A major component of POAC’s mission is to support quality visual artists. We do this by providing POAC exhibiting artists with opportunities to show their work at numerous galleries.
In addition, POAC organizes, sponsors, and promotes an annual ArtWalk that takes place in downtown Sandpoint during summer. From the third week of June through the second week of September, more than 25 downtown businesses and galleries open their doors to artists of every medium. Exhibiting artists receive tremendous exposure to both local residents and tourists visiting our area from around the world.
POAC encourages young artists to develop their talents by organizing, hosting, and promoting an annual Student Art Show. This student-exclusive event is held in the spring. All area high school students, along with some home-schooled students, are invited to exhibit artwork they have created in art classes. We have added an extra educational dimension to the annual show by assisting the students in planning, curating, and hanging this show.
The long running and ever popular POAC Arts and Crafts Fair is held every August at beautiful City Beach in Sandpoint. More than 100 vendors display and sell their work over a two-day period. Every year, we strive to make the fair better and more fun for everyone. The fair hits all the right notes: fabulous artwork and crafts, a huge variety of food, attention-holding kids’ tent, live music, and a beautiful venue.