Hello and welcome to our post that will try to cover everything about art in Boise. Galleries, museums, supplies, schools, shows, events and more in your area will all be broken down in depth on this page.
Hopefully this will be a one stop shop that is loaded with everything you may be interested in on the topic at hand. We will begin by diving right into the best local art galleries and museums where you can see some of the finest exhibitions and collections the city has to offer.
Following that we will discuss where you can find all of the best art supply stores. The most popular events and shows throughout the year definitely need to get a shout out.
The art walking tours, statues, and sculptures around town can be a great way to get some sun and culture at the same time. You can find art classes for kid and adults and we will mention some of the best.
For those who are ready to get right into their next project we will cover the best art studios for rent near you. Other topics like framing, dealers, and appraisers will be covered as we progress forward.
You may also be interested in more of our posts on art around the Pacific Northwest, 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. They hold an annual gala and art in the park event every year which are both great. You might also be interested in their adult classes and workshops, plus they offer art camps for kids.
The Stewart Gallery provides art advisory services. Art Source Gallery holds an annual juried art show in your area every year plus some of the pieces in their collection are for sale.
Boise Art Glass holds their monthly First Thursday events from 5–9pm. They have classes for kids who are 8 or older plus they have art studio space for rent.
Gallery 601 also has a First Thursday event of each month and they are great place to go for high end custom framing plus they sell some of their works. The James Castle House provides an art studio for emerging local artists, scholars and professionals.
Materials & Supplies Near You
When you need to buy art supplies and materials in your area head to:
- The Potter’s Center at 110 Ellen St
- Idaho Blueprint & Supply Co at 619 W Main St
- Michaels at 8633 Franklin Rd
- Joann at 1085 N Milwaukee St
The Potter’s Center provides clay pottery and art materials and has art classes for all ages. Idaho Blueprint & Supply Co is a leading provider of imaging services near you.
They offer a full range of printing, copying and finishing services as well as selling a wide variety of art supplies.
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 5–9pm on the first Thursday of each month. When you visit you will experience art, shopping, dining and entertainment 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. Art Glass holds First Thursday events from 5–9pm on the First Thursday of each month.
The Art Source Gallery holds an annual juried art show every year.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
Capitol Contemporary Gallery at 451 S Capitol Blvd would get our nod for the best dealer and appraiser near you. 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 main 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
First Thursday events typically run from 5–9pm on the first Thursday of each month. 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.
Freak Alley Gallery is the Pacific Northwest’s largest open-air, multi-artist mural gallery 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. The Abraham Lincoln Sitting Statue was unveiled on June 6, 2010 in Julia Davis Park after being 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, they have night classes and do outdoor oil painting workshops.
Pioneer School of the Arts is an art school for kids near you. Brush of Genius provides art classes for children over 7 and adults.
At Pioneer you can find after school classes, night classes and even home schooling. Their summer art camps are also very popular.
Boise Art Museum and Boise Art Glass from our main 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 main 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. They also offer photo restoration and can 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.
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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 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 local 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 it else you plan to do with the info.