The Inland Northwest has something for everyone interested in experiencing art, from boutique galleries that also sell things like wearable art and home décor, to places showcasing emerging artists, to venues where the work is most likely to be cutting edge contemporary. In addition, monthly artwalk events and artist studio tours offer even more opportunities to experience art, engage with artists, and interact with others who share your passion for all things art.
The Art Spirit Gallery
The Art Spirit Gallery is a vibrant for-profit gallery representing the works of more than 120 regular artists, most of them hailing from within a 100-mile radius of the gallery. Each month they feature at least three to four artists' work, sometimes more for popular shows like their end-of-year "small works" exhibition.
No visit to Sandpoint is complete without a trip through ArtWorks Gallery, which has offered a wide range of artworks from their numerous member artists for nearly 25 years.
Coeur d'Alene Galleries
Coeur d'Alene Galleries offers the works of more than 170 traditional and contemporary Western artists, including historical artists like photographer Edward Curtis and sculptor Frederic Remington. The next closest place to view this rich genre of work? Montana.
Emerge is multifaceted: educational, a voice for emerging visual and performing artists, and a community-minded focus. Must-see events include monthly exhibitions, its annual pop-up show, and a printmaking event whereby artists use a steamroller to create a print.
Every month is an adventure at Kolva-Sullivan, which rarely shows the same artist, type of art or media in a row. The space is contemporary, funky and industrial and the work is consistently unique.
New Moon Art Gallery
This east central member-run gallery features a variety of media: textiles, watercolor paintings, wearable art, jewelry, woodworking and more. Look for themed exhibitions in addition to artworks permanently on display.
Northwest Museum of Arts & Culture
It's not a single gallery, but rather several spaces in which to experience visual art, Native American culture, regional history and exhibitions designed to educate and inspire. The MAC, as its known, has been vital to the region since 1916.
Richmond Art Collective
One of a handful of contemporary artspaces in the region, Richmond Art Collective is an ever-changing assortment of multidisciplinary artists whose quarterly curated exhibitions and other events are meant to be thought-provoking, and span a wide range of media including video and performance.
Saranac Art Projects
Located inside the bustling Saranac building, this member cooperative gallery typically features monthly two-member exhibitions, plus select group shows and collaborations with guest curators and artists. Since 2007, they've consistently offered contemporary art, artists and media outside the mainstream.
Spokane Art School
Spokane Art School has existed in various forms for more than 50 years, the last decade or so in the Garland District, where they offer classes and a thoughtful monthly display ranging from work by regional high school students to their current artist-in-residence.