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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, Idaho’s historic downtown, on the lower level of the Old Mercantile Building in The BoDo District.

By combining individual artistic practices and ideas into a common space, their 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.

Samuel Paden

Swell Artist Collective's Samuel L. Paden was born and raised in Central Africa to an American father and Swedish mother. After many years spent in Brooklyn, New York and overseas in Reykjavik, Iceland, he now lives in Garden City, Idaho. “I use this diverse background to pursue a simple statement of the self, land, and elements," said Paden. "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."

Samuel Paden


Samuel L. Paden was born and raised in Central Africa to an American father and Swedish mother. After many years spent in Brooklyn, New York and overseas in Reykjavik, Iceland, he now lives in Garden City, Idaho. “I use this diverse background to pursue a simple statement of the self, land, and elements," said Paden. "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."

More work can be found here: www.samuelpaden.com

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 Photo credit Lawrence Manning

Photo credit Lawrence Manning