Visual Arts

paintA major component of POAC’s mission is to support quality visual artists.  We do this by providing POAC artist members with opportunities to show their work at eleven year-round galleries in Sandpoint, Ponderay, and Dover.

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 30 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.

Visual Arts Galleries

POAC Gallery

POAC

The POAC Gallery is the Pend Oreille Arts Council’s flagship art gallery.  Most of the shows in this space are multi-disciplinary, themed, group exhibits that showcase the best that the region has to offer from artists of all ages.  It is home to POAC’s Art for Human Rights exhibit, in collaboration with Bonner County Human Rights Task Force, as well as a solo show for POAC’s Artist of the Year.   ArtWalk exhibits here for the entire summer season, but all other exhibits typically run for 4-6 weeks.

302 N. First Avenue
Sandpoint, ID 83864
208-263-6139
Adjacent to Panida’s Little Theater
M-F, 8am – 5pm

Columbia Bank

CB

As POAC’s largest gallery, covering all three floors of the Columbia Bank Atrium, this gallery is loved by many of our artists for its flattering lighting, spacious museum-like atmosphere, and opening night receptions artfully catered by Tango Cafe.  This space has been known to exhibit up to 175 pieces of art at a time, including Sandpoint’s largest paintings, sculptures, and quilts.  This gallery is perfect if you want to see a lot of art during a short visit to town. It is the new home to POAC’s Annual Student Show for Bonner and Boundary County high school students. Four exhibits, including ArtWalk, are shown here annually, each for three months.

414 Church Street
Sandpoint, ID 83864
208-263-0505
M–F, 8am – 5pm

Columbia Bank Community Plaza

CB Plaza

The Community Plaza gallery is POAC’s special exhibit gallery.  We are occasionally contacted by an artist or teacher who has participated in or organized an interesting artistic project and is seeking a venue in which to share it.  Directly across the street from Farmin Park, this space is in the heart of town and perfect for small and special shows.  If you are interested in using the Community Plaza gallery to showcase your special project, please share your idea with us using the contact form.  Please note that priority scheduling is given to POAC supporters, so become a supporter today!

231 N. 3rd Avenue
Sandpoint, ID 83864
Hours: M-F, 8:30am – 4pm

Ancillary Galleries

POAC maintains gallery exhibits in eight additional “ancillary galleries” in Sandpoint, Ponderay, Dover, and Sagle.  These venues allow people who would not typically seek out arts experiences to experience art in the places that they frequent in daily life.  With varying hours and locations, these venues are often visited by local residents as well as tourists.  They provide excellent opportunities for artists with medium-to-large bodies of work to display solo shows.  Banner Bank, Monarch Mountain Coffee, both Mountain West Banks, and P1FCU are all on four months rotations.  Dover City Hall and Edwards Jones are rotated once a year.

Banner Bank

605 N. 5th Ave.
Sandpoint, ID 83864
208-255-1700
Hours: M–F, 9am – 5pm

Dover City Hall

699 Lakeshore Ave.
Dover, ID 83825
208-265-8339
Hours: M–F, 9am – 4pm

Edward Jones

477100 Highway 95, Suite B
Ponderay, ID 83852
208-255-2613
Hours: M–F, 8am – 4:30pm

Farm Bureau

302 Main St.
Sandpoint, ID 83864
208-265-5895
Hours: M–F, 8am – 5pm

Monarch Mountain Coffee

208 N. Fourth Ave.
Sandpoint, ID 83864
208-265-9382
Hours: M-S, 7am – 5pm; Sundays, 10am – 4pm

Mountain West Bank- Ponderay

476655 Hwy 95
Ponderay, ID 83852
(208) 255-1176
Hours: M – T, 9am – 5pm  Fri. 9am – 6pm

Mountain West Bank- Sandpoint

1323 Highway 2
Sandpoint, ID 83864
208-265-2232
Hours: M – T, 9am – 5pm  Fri. 9am – 6pm

Potlatch No. 1 Federal Credit Union

476864 Highway 95 Ste. D
Ponderay, ID 83852
(208) 255-5493
M – T, 9am – 5:30pm  Fri. 9am – 6pm