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404 South 8th Street Suite L105
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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 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.   


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

Allen Gladfelter

Noble Hardesty


Allen Gladfelter draws comics to the delight of children and adults the world over. He’s a cartoonist, game artist, freelance illustrator, and storyboard artist who has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry.

Liz Flores

Noble Hardesty

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.

Mike Dreher

Noble Hardesty


Mike Dreher is a comic artist and illustrator. He lives just outside of Boise, Idaho and works in traditional and digital media. Mike brings his love for making comics to whatever he does, whether it's mentoring up-and-coming comic artists or chipping in to help fledgling creators.

Amy Chen

Noble Hardesty


Amy Chen grew up in Idaho, and many of Idaho's native animals, insects, and plants that recur in her work have a personal symbolic meaning rooted in childhood memories.

Miguel Almeida

Noble Hardesty


Miguel Almeida is a visual artist living in Boise, Idaho who enjoys telling stories through various mediums, both digital and traditional. When he’s not arting, you can usually find him skateboarding or spending time with his three-legged cat, Robert Smith.

Steve Willhite

Noble Hardesty


Steve Willhite has been a freelance cartoonist since '91 with artwork appearing in comic books, magazines, children's books and newspapers. He specializes in artwork that's a bit odd or out of the ordinary - but always fun!

John Warfel

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John Warfel creates work that engages with his clients' stories. Photography, design, illustration and video all come into play - and he thinks it's great to create for a living. But in order to get his hands dirty after a day spent working on a computer, he pursues artistic endeavors like drawing, printmaking and t-shirt design.

Sarah Terrell

Noble Hardesty


Sarah Terrell's work is energetic and eclectic in style and subject matter. While embracing grunge art, pop surrealism, and pop culture, her work remains deeply influenced by nature, travel, and all things beautiful.

Tony Rios

Noble Hardesty


Tony Rios very rarely paints with an agenda, and doesn’t attempt to explain his work, he believes that art can have more than one meaning, that it is subjective and views differ from one person to the next. So he leaves it to the viewer to go away with whatever the images mean to them. Music plays an influential part in his creations, inspiring both images and concepts.

Lorelle Rau

Noble Hardesty


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.

Samuel L. Paden

Noble Hardesty


"My work shifts from the interior energies of abstract figures to the outward forms of landscape. This movement reflects my artistic process and the catalyst for painting." - Sam Paden

James Titus McKain

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James McKain's work is focused on metaphor and darker themes of the human condition, creating loose narratives for the viewer to follow. Ultimately he likes to allow the viewers to project themselves into each illustration and find their own meaning.

Bruce Maurey

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Bruce Maurey's paintings draw inspiration from his time spent living near the Mexico border. Dia de los Muertos characters are typically the focal point of his work, with vibrant colors and whimsical scenes which represent a celebration of life and death, honoring both his past and those passed.

Wil Kirkman

Noble Hardesty


Wil Kirkman's neon glass sculptures are conduits of encased illuminated color. Inspired by the organic nature of the rare earth elements that fluoresce under ultraviolet light, his custom works fuse design, use of color and the artistic component, pushing the boundaries of neon art technology.

Patrick Kalange

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Patrick Kalange is an illustrator and bartender in Boise, Idaho. He works in almost every medium, including chalkboards. Kalange splits his time as a Project Director assisting other artists with their font designs and producing his own.

Shelley Jund

Noble Hardesty


Shelley Jund creates art that is mysterious and dreamlike. She likes to explore dualities, and will often create works that are both ethereal and natural, ephemeral and enduring, and that combine the beautiful with unsettling aesthetics.

John Irwin

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John Irwin is constantly seeking new styles and diversifying his portfolio. From fast paced night life promotional media to traveling across the world creating stories of individuals on their own journey, he has continued to expand the vision for JAI illustrated.

Bobby Aden

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Through vision and imagination, Bobby Aden is a self taught painter and freelance artist. Oil painting, acrylic, pencil, and ink are just a few of the art forms he enjoys. He is dedicated and devoted to his craft and this radiates throughout his work.

Karl Henke

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Karl Henke's work centers on photographic-based imagery involving transfer processes and typologies. It is often rational in form and focused on concepts of place and identity.

Jacob Diaz

Noble Hardesty


Jacob Diaz says of his work: "Most of my work leading up to this point has been animal and landscape inspired. I think of nature as the great unbiased space which I measure human endeavors against."