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404 South 8th Street Suite L105
Boise, ID, 83702

Swell Artist Collective is an open studio and Art Gallery located in Boise's historic downtown. Formed in November of 2015 and managed by artists Noble Hardesty, Stuart Holland, and Cody Rutty, Swell is located on the lower level of the Old Mercantile Building in Boise's BoDo district. 

By combining their individual artistic practices and ideas into a common space, the artists' mission revolves around creating a vibrant studio and gallery environment that is open to the public and intent on helping bolster the community's rapidly-growing arts culture. Swell will be host to both First Thursday and independently organized artistic events while maintaining hours of operation during which people can visit.   

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Swell Blog. Stories about artists and artwork from the community. Swell Artist Collective and Art Gallery, Boise, Idaho.

Julia Green

Noble Hardesty

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Julia Green's process starts in daydreams and sketches and then focuses on what seems to be cracking her up the most. Her works are created entirely digitally, although she still feels more natural doing sketch and ink in her sketchbook, being as messy as she needs to be. Her work includes gig posters, album artwork, t-shirts, spot illustrations, card designs, gift wrap designs, chalk signs, and much more.

Lindsey Loch

Noble Hardesty

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Lindsey Loch recalls that it all started when she was a young child, with crayons. She was really good at staying in the lines. Later, when she was a little older, she learned to paint with acrylics and water colors but she felt that she just wasn't very good, and also impatient. It was not until much, much later that she fell in love with lovely, flat gouache paints and ink. These days she has more patience and continues to work in gouache, ink and acrylic. Still staying in the lines but also doing her best to stray and explore. 

James W.A.R. Lloyd

Noble Hardesty

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James W.A.R. Lloyd is an illustrator, commercial artist, and the creative force behind the beloved Treefort brand and marketing vibe. Lloyd integrates storytelling throughout his body of work and has developed an iconic style. His disciplined and prolific production is based upon creation for its own sake.

Sue Latta

Noble Hardesty

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Sue Latta is a consummate craftsman, working seamlessly across a variety of media including photography, metal and wood fabrication, and casting everything from bronze and aluminum to plastic and paper. Latta is also an innovator. She developed an image transfer process, which allows the transfer of an inkjet print onto urethane resin thus transforming the photograph into a sculptural medium.

Kelly Knopp

Noble Hardesty

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Kelly Knopp’s work is strange and unexpected, inspired by the narrative of everyday life happenings and personal experiences. Primarily working in pen and ink and digital graphic design, Knopp also has a lot of fun experimenting with murals, wood, and other medias. His process begins as a concept, often times starting with a pencil sketch. He may ink the design as well, and perhaps finish the elements digitally. 

Victor A. Jimenez

Noble Hardesty

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Victor A. Jimenez is a representational painter primarily focused on figurative work. Victor lives in Boise, Idaho where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in drawing and painting from Boise State University. Inspired by an appreciation for skill and craft, he has a high regard for the beauty and history of painting.

Erin Cunningham

Noble Hardesty

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Erin Cunningham is a painter and illustrator living in Boise, Idaho. An artist’s artist, she loves to create anything by hand, as long as it doesn’t involve power tools. Knowing that she wanted to be an artist since she was little, art has always meant a lot of different things to her.

 

D'Arcy Bellamy

Noble Hardesty

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D’Arcy Bellamy transforms steel pipe into abstract, kinetic sculptures. He has a unique method for creating his sculpture.  Most metal sculptors work in an additive process- combining separate elements and welding them together until the work is complete. Bellamy works in a method he calls “subtractive fabrication.” 

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Ed Anderson

Noble Hardesty

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Ed Anderson is a contemporary fine artist and former Air Force officer transplanted to the mountains of Idaho from Minneapolis. His style has evolved from a lifetime with art and architecture. Bold lines and bright colors have come to define his compositions.

Please consider supporting Swell Artists by helping fund our kickstarter! Every donation counts!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/759859305/swell-artist-collective-the-next-step

Cody Rutty

Noble Hardesty

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A meticulous painter with a background in architecture, Cody Rutty creates amazing paintings and drawings inspired by fractal geometry and chaos theory. Through layers of intersecting shapes, lines, and colors, he creates intricate scenes that detail a difficult balance between unpredictable and familiar. 

Please consider supporting Swell Artists by helping fund our kickstarter! Every donation counts!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/759859305/swell-artist-collective-the-next-step

Stuart Holland

Noble Hardesty

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Stuart Holland's work is illuminated by philosophy, quantum physics, psychology, and psychedelics, striking a delicate balance between additive and reductive mark-making which emphasizes the stark contrasts of charcoal.

Please consider supporting Swell Artists by helping fund our kickstarter! Every donation counts!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/759859305/swell-artist-collective-the-next-step

Noble Hardesty

Noble Hardesty

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Noble Hardesty is constantly creating. Driven by an indelible desire for proficiency and endlessly inspired by the verboten; tattoos, comic books, cartoons, lowbrow culture, pop culture, essentially anything that is supposed to be hands-off or taboo.

Please consider supporting Swell Artists by helping fund our kickstarter! Every donation counts!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/759859305/swell-artist-collective-the-next-step

Jess Tornga

Noble Hardesty

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Jess Tornga's art explores themes of mental health, emotional connection, feminism, and social justice. She works primarily as an illustrator and printmaker guided by a love of process; she explores the tactile elements of carving wood and linoleum block for printmaking, as well as the clean simplicity of digital illustration.

Please consider supporting Swell Artists by helping fund our kickstarter! Every donation counts!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/759859305/swell-artist-collective-the-next-step

Jessica Tookey

Noble Hardesty

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Jessica Tookey creates drawings and paintings to uplift and inspire people to see the beauty that is all around and within. An ambidextrous artist, Tookey finds inspiration in the beauty of imperfection, and has been creating all of her life - ever since she could hold a tool to make marks with.
Please consider supporting Swell Artists by helping fund our kickstarter! Every donation counts!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/759859305/swell-artist-collective-the-next-step

Jessie Swimeley

Noble Hardesty

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Having a camera in her hands for over 30 years, Jessie Swimeley’s brain is hardwired to find unexpected beauty, amazing color, or something totally out of place everywhere she looks. Her photography focuses on nature and how she sees the world. Flowers, landscapes, and animals of the Pacific Northwest (and beyond), all become fine art through her lens.

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Katy Rogan

Noble Hardesty

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Katy Rogan's delectable pen and watercolor illustrations are sweet yet pensive, illustrating Rogan’s propensity towards helping people feel a little bit better.

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Julie Pegan

Noble Hardesty

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Julie Pegan is an artist with a need to create. Her work illustrates a weird sense of humor nurtured by a childhood steeped in fantasy, whether it was literature, movies, or her own imagination.

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Nancy Panganiban

Noble Hardesty

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Nancy Panganiban is a painter who works primarily with acrylic or alkyd. She likes to experiment with combining materials in an unusual way. Her multifarious paintings are vibrant scenes bursting with contemplation and imagination. Each work seems to tell a mythical story of nature using vivid imagery and sensitive details. 

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Jay O'leary

Noble Hardesty

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Jay O’leary is a painter and tattoo artist from Boise, Idaho. His bright, elaborate paintings and drawings are replete with lurid humor and vivid grit, urging the viewer to fasten their seat belt for a fast and bumpy ride through his chromatic mind.

Please consider supporting Swell Artists by helping fund our kickstarter!
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Miss Cay

Noble Hardesty

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Miss Cay is an acrylic painter and mixed media artist from the Pacific Northwest. Balancing absurdity and frightening imagery while creating playful and lively pieces, she is constantly pushing boundaries of subject matter, color, movement, and style.

Please consider supporting Swell Artists by helping fund our kickstarter!
https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/759859305/swell-artist-collective-the-next-step