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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 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.   

Mark W. McGinnis

Ever since Swell Artist Collective's John Padlo can remember, he has always been drawn to primary colors and fascinated by the mechanical world. Toys, mannequins, UFOs, hot rods, pulp and science fiction gravitate toward his inner child and become playful subjects in his artwork. Padlo creates art and paints because he feels compelled to. He enjoys the physical act of painting, drawing, and sculpting, as well as the magic of design, composition, and creation. Every brush stroke is a tribute to the creative process, and a celebration of youthful dreams realized.

Mark W. McGinnis


Mark W. McGinnis is an artist and writer. He was a professor of art for 30 years at Northern State University in Aberdeen, South Dakota. He now resides in Boise, Idaho and his primary media are acrylic, black ink, and watercolor. His interdisciplinary approach to art has included paintings, artist's books, sculpture, printmaking, installation, video, performance, essays, and interviews. The research orientation of his work has led to series and projects of exploration and inquiry on a range of subjects including Neo-Modernism, Homage Still Life, Extinct Species, Buddhism, the Snake River Basin, science and philosophy, literature of India and Japan, world religions, religious elders, economics, foreign policy, nuclear weaponry, American Indian history, and explorers of the "New World." His projects have been featured in over 120 solo exhibitions. His numerous books are available from Amazon.com.

More work can be found on: www.markwmcginnisart.com

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