Anyone that wants to learn about art in Boise has definitely found the right blog and our first section will fully cover the best art galleries and museums near you.
After that we will get into a variety of other topics like art supply stores, events, festivals, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, local sculptures and statues, art classes, studios for rent, and the top frame shops in your area.
You can jump straight to any section that interests you most by using the table of contents on the left. Feel free to check out more of our posts on art around the Pacific Northwest right there and here is our Boise art map with all of the various places we are mentioning pinned on it.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Boise
If you want to check out the best art galleries and museums in Boise you can head to:
- Boise Art Museum at 670 Julia Davis Dr
- Art Source Gallery Fine Art at 1015 West Main St
- Stewart Gallery at 2230 West Main St
- Boise Art Glass at 1124 W Front St
- Gallery 601 at 8th Front St
- James Castle House at 5015 Eugene St
- Labry Fine Art at 404 S 8th St
You will see over 4,000 works of art at the Boise Art Museum which is open from 10am to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday and starting at noon on Sunday. They hold an annual gala and art in the park event every year which are both great while you might also be interested in their adult classes and workshops plus they offer art camps for kids.
Art Source Gallery is open from 10am to 6pm every day but Sunday and holds an annual juried art show in your area every year while some of the pieces in their collection are for sale.
The Stewart Gallery provides art advisory services and is open from noon to 4pm Wednesday to Saturday.
Boise Art Glass holds their monthly First Thursday events from 5pm to 9pm. They have classes for kids who are 8 or older plus they have art studio space for rent and Art Glass is usually open from 10am to 6pm every day but Sunday.
Gallery 601 is open from 10am to 3pm Tuesday through Saturday and also has a First Thursday event each month and they are great place to go for high end custom framing plus they sell some of their works.
You might be able to rent art studio for emerging local artists, scholars, and professionals at The James Castle House who is open from 11am to 5pm Thursday through Saturday.
Materials & Supplies Near You
When you need to buy art supplies and materials in your area head to:
The Potter’s Center provides clay pottery and art materials and has art classes for all ages.
Shows & Events
Some of the top local art shows and events held here in this city would be:
First Thursday Downtown events typically run from 5pm to 9pm on the first Thursday of each month when you will experience art, shopping, dining, and entertainment that is specially and uniquely available for this event.
Boise Art Museum holds an annual gala every year and Art in the Park on the first weekend of September each year.
The Art Source Gallery holds an annual juried art show every year that is highly recommended.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
Capitol Contemporary Gallery at 451 S Capitol Blvd would get our nod for the best dealer and appraiser near you and they also offer art consultation services on top of appraising, buying, and selling works.
Art Source Gallery, Boise Art Glass, Gallery 601, and Labry Fine Art from our initial list also sell art.
There isn’t much better than walking around outside on a beautiful day and seeing some cool art:
- Public Art Walking Tours at 150 Capitol Blvd
- First Thursday In Downtown at 101 S Capitol Blvd, #206
- Freak Alley Gallery at 210 N 9th St
The Public Art Walking Tours is a two hour walking tour to explore the public art collection located around downtown which is held every third Saturday during the months of April through October.
First Thursday events typically run from 5pm to 9pm on the first Thursday of each month but if you have been paying attention you already knew that.
The Pacific Northwest’s largest open-air multi-artist mural gallery is Freak Alley Gallery and it is located between 8th and 9th Street downtown.
Sculptures & Statues
There are some really nice sculptures and statues in your area like:
- Abraham Lincoln Statue at 218 N Capitol Blvd
- Frank Steunenberg Statue at 705 W Jefferson St
- Anne Frank Statue at 777 S 8th St
- Abraham Lincoln Sitting Statue at Julie Davis Dr
Created by W.H. Mullins Manufacturing Company the Abraham Lincoln Statue was dedicated in 1915 and is located on the Idaho Capitol Mall at the south end of Steunenberg Park.
The Frank Steunenberg Statue was created in 1970 by H.W. Steward and can be found in front of the Idaho State Capitol.
The Anne Frank Statue was created by Greg Stone and was put up at the Idaho Anne Frank Human Rights Memorial in 2002.
Unveiled on June 6, 2010 in Julia Davis Park The Abraham Lincoln Sitting Statue was created by Gutzon Berglum.
Boise Art Classes
Whether you need lessons for kids or are an adult who wants to grow his skills you have some options. Some of the best Boise art schools and classes near you can be found at:
- Boise Creative Center at 1204 W Front St
- Idaho Art Classes at 4100 N Pennfield Pl
- Pioneer School of the Arts at 13255 W McMillan Rd
- Syringa Art Studio at 850 Fulton St
- Brush of Genius at 205 N 10th St #300
Boise Creative Center offers art classes for all ages and will host your private paint parties.
You can find classes for all skill levels at Idaho Art Classes who has night classes and does outdoor oil painting workshops.
Pioneer School of the Arts has after school classes, night classes, home schooling, and summer art camps in your area that are also very popular.
Brush of Genius provides art classes for children over 7 and adults.
Boise Art Museum and Boise Art Glass from our first list also put on art classes.
Studios For Rent Near You
When you can’t wait to get that next project started rent some space at one of these local art studios:
Boise Art Glass and James Castle House from our best galleries and museum list also have art studios for rent.
When you need art framing in Boise head to:
- Finishing Touch Frame Gallery at 944 S Vista Ave
- Picture This Frame Shop & Gallery at 215 N 5th St
- Van Dyck Frame Design at 439 S Capitol Blvd
- Frame Works Picture Framing at 10418 W Overland Rd
- Frame Garage at 8811 Horseshoe Bend Rd
- Gray’s Art & Framing at 6054 W Corporal Ln
Finishing Touch Frame Gallery features over a thousand molding choices and an equally impressive array of mat and glass choices.
Every member of the staff at Frame Works Picture Framing has over 10 years of experience and they will even do in home consultations.
Frame Garage specializes in oversized framing while also offering photo restoration and they can even handle your home decoration needs.
Gray’s Art & Framing provides picture framing supplies and material for the do it yourselfers out there.
Gallery 601, Capitol Contemporary Gallery, Michaels, and Joann from previous lists also do framing in your area.
We have also written art guides for:
Have Fun Enjoying The Boise Art Scene
At the moment that is all we know but we tried to cover the full art scene near you. We listed the best local galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers that you may want to check out.
Feel free to use the comments to share your own tips or to let us know if you think we got anything wrong. We hope you enjoy your time at the best Boise art galleries, museums, supply stores, or doing whatever else you plan to do with the info.