Emerge art studio in Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho is a place for experienced and new artists to unite for the same reason; to be creative! The mission statement of Emerge is, “A collective art experience engaging all members of the community in a variety of high quality creative outlets, while offering a platform for emerging artists to cultivate their careers as professionals.”
The ability to merge amateur with professional is unmatched with what Emerge has done. They feature local professional artists but also offer tons of classes for aspiring artists, some of whom are kids. The main studio space showcases local artists but they constantly have classes going. This gallery is the Swiss army knife of art; there are a multitude of functions this one art studio offers. Pottery, both on the wheel and hand crafted, print making, painting, sculpture and piano lessons.
Right now they are getting ready for the Day of the Dead celebration and fundraiser which will take place November 2nd. For this fundraiser they hand carved large wood pieces that were covered in ink, a cloth was placed over top of the inked wood and then a steam roller pressed the images in by rolling over them. This all took place in the parking lot, and the results are amazing.
This fundraiser is very important to the studio because Emerge in a non-profit and relies heavily on volunteers to keep it going. It also needs people to sign up for classes, here are some of the upcoming classes:
Let’s Write an Artistic Resume with Jasmine Reed
every Monday Oct. 30th- Dec. 4th 6:30-8:30pm
Comics with Derrick Freeland
Nov. 4th & 11th 1-4:00pm
Abstract Sculpting with Otis Bardwell
Nov. 4th 10am-2:00pm
The Beaded Bliss Bead
Celebrating the colors of Nicaragua with Melissa Corey
Nov. 18th 12-5:00pm
If you’re more of an observer and less hands-on the gallery always has a showing during the first Friday art walk. They also have a large pop-up art show during the spring/summer where local artists can submit ten pieces of original work. Whether you are a Picasso, crayons and paper artist, or just like to admire others work, Emerge is a place where you can take it all in.♦