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Current Artist: Kelley Cooper
As a child, I doodled constantly in pen and ink; as a teen, I wove tapestries. I was accepted to Rhode Island School of Design in the textile department and quickly transferred to the Illustration Department in order to learn to draw and paint. I’d found my passion. The smell of oil and turpentine, the inviting look of a freshly laid palette, has always stirred my blood and sparked my imagination. To me, there is nothing better than the question “what will I paint today?”
I was represented by Kneeland Gallery (Ketchum, Idaho) for 5 years, followed by Gail Severn Gallery, also in Ketchum, for the following 9 years. I participated in two summers of the Sun Valley Center Arts and Crafts Festival and a one man exhibit at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. I moved to Boise in 2006 and decided to detach from the gallery and take a sojourn from painting.
Although I had a substantial client base I needed to explore, without thought of sales and exhibits, alternative subjects and styles of painting on my own, I enjoyed painting for myself, using the process to explore a range of feelings I hadn’t processed in paint before.
At this time I worked for the Boise Art Museum as an ‘Art Reach’ instructor, taking art classes to schools without existing art programs. I then sought certification as a Montessori early-childhood educator and worked 2 years in the Montessori school system. After the death of my daughter in 2011 (who’d drowned in the Mississippi at age 19 attempting to save her dog) I felt compelled to get serious in the studio. I could hear her voice urging me to paint again … “Mom, you’re always so happy when you paint.” I then left my job at a Montessori School to pursue painting full time. I gave myself a year and a half to compile a cohesive body of current work to present to galleries and am ready to embark down that road of opportunity again, to have my work seen in a public forum.
Currently I am represented at Silver Creek Art in Ketchum, Idaho.
Painting is my refuge and my passion. Painting allows me to translate my inner world for others.
The subjects vary according to my whim: expressions on the faces of birds, the bend of a flower in raking light, the patterns of mown fields against a silo, and I emerge reinvigorated and often unexpectedly amused at the result. The element of surprise is what fuels my desire to begin again.
The innumerable dialogues between dark and light, hard and soft edges, positive and negative shapes, are overwhelming at times. To simplify the options and get a feeling across is my aim. When a piece is overworked, I move on to work on another, hoping to initiate my inner view. Some pieces are never resolved for me, and some miraculously construct themselves, as if I were a semiconscious vehicle for the brush. Those are good times in the studio.
The ordinary can become quite intriguing and beautiful depending on the quality of light that illuminates it; the unobtrusive can become mysteriously infused with internal essence. I rely on capturing the quality of light while attending to the expressive application of paint in order to affect the look and mood of a painting.
It’s always about the light for me. And if I am truly present while working, somewhere in the balance in myself, between conscious and unconscious, rational and creative, a surprise can happen and the painting exclaims itself. This is what brings a painting alive. These are the moments that I hope for in the studio.
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