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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 Julia GreenNoble HardestyKelly Knopp, Stuart Holland, and Victor A. Jimenez, 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 five 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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Cat Art Show / Humane Society Fundraiser

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Sneak Peeks!

A cat inspired art show and silent auction benefiting the Idaho Humane Society Cattery. 

This is a 21+ show due to the fact that it is taking place in a bar.

Participating artists include:

Eyes on Conservation at Swell

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Take a listen. EOC got to talk with a few of us at Swell about our show that opened last week.

Image credit: Matthew Podolsky

Image credit: Matthew Podolsky

EOC podcast takes you inside a unique conservation art exhibit that we hosted as a part of Les Bois Film Festival. Artists from Swell Artist Collective and The Endangered Species Print Project presented a diverse array of art representing sensitive species in Idaho and the Pacific NW.

Hear interviews with participating artists and biologists from the opening night of the show!

View more photos from the EOCAS exhibit on Flickr

Eyes on Conservation Art Scene Exhibit! Sneak peeks.

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The Les Bois Film Festival introduces the Eyes on Conservation Art Scene Exhibit! Presented by the Swell Artist Collective and The Endangered Species Print Project.

Andrea Bonadiman

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It's a beautiful day! Nothing like blue skies to remind us of the beauty in life and death. Andrea Bonadiman is helping inspire us with her bone art. So delicate. Bonadiman's art explores many different mediums, all inspired by the flora and fauna of the world around us. She specializes in bone art with pyrography, carving, and acrylic paint and often works with watercolors, large acrylic canvases and saw blades. There is no medium out of reach or context. Bonadiman believes that art is exploration of ourselves, which means we are always growing into a new skin.

Amy Chadney

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Amy Chadney is one of our Swell Artists Collective members that was recently added to our roster. Amy was born and raised in Hertfordshire England and studied Fine Art, Textiles and Theatre at the University of Chester. She is a fine artist, specializing in mixed media, acrylic, collage, and pen & ink illustration. Chadney has many years of experience creating art, teaching art, and running artist communities.

April VanDeGrift

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Photo credit Boise City Dept. of Arts & History

Photo credit Boise City Dept. of Arts & History

We love that the City of Boise Arts and History Department documents artists and artist workspaces. There's something so intriguing and inspiring seeing artists that you cherish immersed in their world. Their most recent is of Swell member, April VanDeGrift. Check out the full article here.

Liz Flores

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You've seen many paintings and drawings at Swell, but have you seen the photography from Liz Flores? Liz Flores is a visual artist born in California and based in Boise, Idaho. She utilizes photography to explore visual connections in everyday life, architecture, and objects.

Jaki Katz Ashford

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Many of our new Swell Artist Collective members have multiple backgrounds in all kinds of materials. Jaki Katz Ashford is one of those artists. Jaki Katz Ashford is a painter, designer and sculptor whose talents have earned her a stellar reputation over her 35 year career. Her work in the medallic arts in particular, has garnered her significant acclaim, and she has sculpted over one thousand medals, including the United Nations Peacekeeping medal, the Century IV medal for the City of Philadelphia and coins of the realm for many foreign nations. Her whimsical imagination has earned her an international reputation as a sculptor of fine collectibles. She has created sculptures for The Franklin Mint, Noble of Germany, the Hamilton Collection and other sculpture houses.

Pat Kilby

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So pleased to have Pat Kilby apart of Swell Artist Collective. Kilby paints original oil paintings on canvas. His paintings have been called 'quirky', 'skewed' and 'cartoony' and are always unique and colorful. He paints primarily landscape and cityscape paintings of Idaho and other locations in the Pacific Northwest and western Canada. He’s been drawing and creating art most of his life and painted his first oil painting on canvas when he was 17 years old. Through the years he has studied and worked in many mediums but in the last 10 years has come back to oil painting.

Jon Morse

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Welcome Jon Morse to Swell Artist Collective. Jon Morse is a full time artist located in Boise, Idaho. Splitting his time between iconic pop art imagery and more modern themes, he uses simplistic colors and shapes, put together in a way that makes a visually striking and pleasing image. He works with watercolor, gouache, and acrylic on a variety of surfaces, as well as high quality prints on "blotter" paper - all hand perforated, paying homage to that historic psychedelic subculture of the art world. See his work in person at Swell right now and visit his profile.

Lorelle Rau

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Let us introduce you to Lorelle Rau, one of our newest Swell Artist Collective members. Lorelle Rau is a contemporary collage artist, who uses cut paper and appropriated imagery to investigate concepts ranging from nature and place to random and personal first-hand experiences. She currently has a piece up at Swell for our new member welcome art show. Drop by Swell to see Lorelle's work in person or you can visit the link below and read more and see more work.

50+ Amazing and Talented Artists

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*Drumroll* We are so excited to share with you our newest members of the Swell Artist Collective. We now have 50+ amazing and talented artists of a variety of styles and mediums added to our roster. Go check out their portfolios and read their bios. Then join us on Friday, 5-9pm, for our first opening with all of our members. Our walls are jam-packed with artwork ready to be seen.

Lindsey Loch

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If you are still looking for some last minute Christmas gifts, might we suggest these gorgeous, handmade ceramic goods by Swell member, Lindsey Loch? They are truly one-of-a-kind and definitely a statement piece. The earrings are surprisingly light and made with silver. Her mugs will be your favorite mug you'll want to drink out of every morning! Contact Lindsey at if you are interested.

Fifth Annual Art Deck-O-

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The artists have been selected and the date has been set. Over 30 artists will be given a blank skateboard deck to transform into a piece of art. This will be the 5th annual Art Deck-O- and this show gets better every year! This is a one night only silent auction art show held at the Olympic Venue in Downtown Boise on February 3rd. 75% of sales will go to the artists and 25% will go to the Swell Artist Collective to help fund future art events and opportunities.