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Boise, ID, 83707

(208) 901-8834

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.


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

Jaki Katz Ashford

Noble Hardesty

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.