Sandpoint Downtown Art
Lauded as an arts town, Sandpoint has about two dozen galleries and artists’ studios scattered around, plus a growing collection of public art adorning the streets of downtown, such as “Stag” and “Bear and Baby,” pictured here.
In summer, up to 20 downtown venues become galleries in Artwalk, a self-guided walking tour to browse revolving art exhibits, sponsored by Pend Oreille Arts Council. Another summertime art tour is the Artists’ Studio Tour, a self-guided driving tour held each August in the countryside, where art aficionados can go behind the scenes at working studios to see art in action.
And on any business day, Sandpoint’s art galleries make for a fine afternoon perusing works from artists regional to international. These downtown galleries are all within a few blocks of one another:
Art Works Gallery: Representing over 50 regional artists in media as diverse as painting, sculpture, jewelry, metal work, ceramics, fused and stained glass, calligraphy, tile and many more. 218 N. First Avenue, 208-263-2642
Cedar Glen Gallery and Ferrara Wildlife Photography: Located adjacent to the historic Panida Theater, wonderful art images of wildlife by accomplished photographer Jerry Ferrara. 300 North First Avenue, 208-304-5393
Hallans Gallery: Classic and historic large-format black and white photography from the early 1900s through the century, by acclaimed photographers Ross Hall and Dick Himes. 323 N. First Ave., 208-263-4704
Pend Oreille Arts Council Gallery: Right adjacent to the Panida Theater, this vibrant arts organization maintains ongoing art exhibits by local and regional artists in multiple mediums.
302 N. First Ave., 208-263-6139
Zero Point Crystals: Featuring museum-quality crystals, rocks and natural items in an exquisite collection. 226 N. First Ave, 208-255-2522
Hen’s Tooth Studio: World-class wildlife and bird studies rendered in finely detailed watercolors by Sandpoint native Ward Tollbom. 323 N. First Avenue, 208-263-3665
Blue Lizard Indian Art: Not a gallery per se, but its collection of Indian jewelry, pottery, drums, artifacts, art, hand-carved fetish and more are of interest. 330 N. First Street, 208-255-7105