The Idaho Art Lab is a not-for-profit art education organization. We are a project of the Upper Valley Art Guild. Our art gallery and art center are staffed by volunteers, BYU-I interns and two full time staff members who receive compensation when income allows. Our mission: "The Idaho Art Lab promotes the visual arts and provides opportunities to people of any age, ability or economic status to engage in the arts by offering art education programs, gallery exhibits & a gathering place for residents to be involved in the arts as part of their daily life."
Kara Hidalgo, our Executive Director, has been volunteering 40 - 60 hours a week on this project since August of 2010. Her husband, Daniel Hidalgo, is a volunteer teaching artist who has been working on the project full time since March of 2011. We hope to get funding soon that will allow for a steady salary for our Executive Director, teaching artists and staff members. Many volunteers help with fundraisers, manning the Lab and getting the word out. The Idaho Art Lab can easily keep 3 full-time and two part-time staff members busy. Please check out our Volunteer page to see how you can help.
In November of 2010 we began renovations of a building at 7 N. Bridge Street. The Marion Hamilton Gallery of Art opened on March 17, 2011. The drop-in community art center opened in August of 2011 and the ceramics and pottery studios opened in February of 2012.
The Idaho Art Lab Center quickly outgrew the old building and is now located at 2355 S. Yellowstone Hwy. in St. Anthony. There are now Labs for eleven art mediums.
Ceramics studio - We offer hundreds of ceramic bisque ware to paint or glaze. We plan to place the ~1,000 casting molds inventory in an online database so you have access to ALL of our inventory, not just the bisque ware we have room to display.
Pottery studio - We have kick potter's wheels and electric wheels. Studio sessions are $12 for 3 hours or 10 sessions for $90 (30 hours). Low fire earthenware clay is $1.00/lb. Pottery classes are $35/hour (learn to center clay & create a basic bowl or cup) or $100.00/4 hours (1-on-1, teaches you everything from centering to finished, glazed piece).
Drawing & Painting studios - Free, open to the public. Use of our professional drafting table, 4 ft. light table, a straight-edge board for cross-hatching, easels (standing, bench or tabletop), overhead projector, paper cutters and project tables to fit child to adult.
Cartoon Animation - Large light tables are set up and we are in the process of setting up the copy stand and digitizing station.
Scroll Saw Woodshop - Our wood shop has 4 scroll saws with classes (for ages 14 & up) taught by Bill Wilson.
Lapidary - stone cutting, grinding and polishing
Screen printing - We offer photo emulsion tables, a vacuum table and 90 screens in many sizes.
Metal Sign/Sculpture studio - This studio consists of a Vinyl Baker Table which bakes vinyl onto metal.
Computer Loft - We have 20+ computers to teach Photoshop, 3D Rendering and other graphic arts. Eleven computers are in place ... we just need more monitors for the rest.
Photography Darkroom - Our large format photography darkroom offers developing of prints and negatives up to 4" x 5".
Artists Lounge & Library - Our comfy couch and chairs are ready for you to curl up and read about art or chat with a fellow artist about your current project. We have hundreds of art books on every art medium in our reference library. Donations of art books for the library are always welcome.
Volunteer Lockers - The Volunteer Lockers are available free to our top 15 volunteers each month. Each artist gets a flat file (for you to dry paintings in) and a locker to lock up your art supplies. We accept volunteers aged 13 and up.
The Gallery of Art is located in the Idaho Art Lab and showcases art by local artists. The Aspiring Artists Gallery exhibits artwork by aspiring artists of all ages. As a nonprofit, the gallery space allows us much more freedom than a for-profit art gallery. Exhibits can include Private Collections, art of the children who excel in our art education program, pieces that relate to our local events or history, etc. The ideas are endless.
Art Cart Project: Local businesses have asked to display a piece of artwork in their high traffic areas. We use donated art to fill this need and bring a little more culture to the community. About every 3 months we wheel a cart of artwork around town and rotate pieces on the walls of our local Art Cart supporters. The Lab hands out flyers telling shoppers where all the Art Cart pieces are located along with the location of all the art galleries, public art and artists studios are in town.
The Mobile Art Lab is a future goal. It will provide art classes throughout the region as soon as funding allows. The Mobile Art Lab will be a large bus or Traveliner offering outreach art education programs to schools in the Fremont, Madison & Jefferson county where art education is being pulled from the curriculum due to drastic budget cuts.
Please see our Contact page if you have any questions or would like to get involved.
Letters of Support
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Tom Luna, Superintendent of Public Instruction
The Idaho Art Lab is provided in part by:
Dan & Kara Hidalgo (Teton), Steven & Heidi Weatherston (Rexburg), Shane & Debbie Kunz (St. Anthony), Johnson family (Arbon Valley), Bill & Jeanne Rigby (Idaho Falls)
Platinum Donors (> $1,000):
Yvonne Ferrell (Boise), Jocelyn Haeberle (St. Anthony), Penny Vasquez (Ashton), Marion & Jim Hamilton (St. Anthony), Vern Russell (St. Anthony), Bill Wilson (St. Anthony), Bob Bauer (St. Anthony), LaPriel Stein (Rexburg),