Get your walkin’ shoes, the Second Friday Art Walk in downtown Coeur d’Alene kicked off its 2019 season on April 12. Dozens of galleries and specialty shops are open until 8:00 PM, and the art walk is a perfect time to browse, chat with artists and proprietors, and maybe buy your own unique piece of art.
Most galleries are conveniently located on Sherman Avenue and 4th Street, standing shoulder to shoulder with restaurants and pubs so you never have to go hungry or thirsty. Every gallery has something distinctive to offer. Start your trek on the west end of Sherman Avenue.
Blackwell Gallery shines the spotlight on an assortment of local artists whose talents range from woodcarvings to paintings to metalwork to watercolors and more. With gleaming hardwood floors, the intimate space combines a Northwest vibe with the feel of a big city gallery.
Let your inner artist run free with classes and workshops at Summer’s Glass & Beads. The shop sparkles with wind chimes, baubles, sun catchers and jewelry, all locally made.
Fully rooted in the West, The Coeur d’Alene Galleries has specialized in 19th and 20th century Western art since 1986. You’ll find rare artwork, historic pieces and contemporary art sought after by collectors and decorators.
An artist’s cooperative, Gallery Northwest is chock full of reasonably priced, one-of-a-kind treasures. A sense of humor (along with considerable talent) seems to prevail, and you’ll find comical carvings and whimsical pottery alongside paintings and photography of iconic Northwest scenes.
The Art Spirit Gallery of Fine Art opened its doors in 1997 and is a mecca of high-quality work by regional artists. You might find a handcrafted wooden kayak that looks as gorgeous on the wall as it would on the water or paintings and sculptures that cause you to pause and contemplate their meaning.
An eclectic mix of art, antiques, jewelry and décor items fill every nook and cranny at Angel Gallery Fine Arts & Antiques (Facebook Angel Gallery Fine Arts & Antiques). Take your time poking through the crazy assortment of items here, it’s like granny’s attic – without the dust and cobwebs.
Studio 107 combines the best of two worlds: art and wine. Gorgeous, custom-designed jewelry sparkles in tall glass cases, hand-thrown pottery sits atop tables and original art covers the walls. Thirsty? Fine wines are available at the bar.
Photographer Cameron Howard’s love of all things water is the inspiration for his gallery, LiveforBlu. Waves seem to jump out of his shimmering, large scale photos printed on metal, and numerous couches and chairs are grouped in friendly spaces. The wine bar at the back of the gallery gives you reason to linger.
Retail meets locally created art at Mix it Up where an abundance of home décor items, yard art, specialty books, greeting cards, fanciful clocks and more invite lots of browsing and buying.
After you’ve visited Sherman Avenue’s galleries, veer off the main drag onto 4th Avenue for more extraordinary shopping and viewing opportunities.
“Art is doing the same thing over and over and getting different results,” says Arlon Rosenoff, owner of the fine art gallery by the same name. The spacious studio showcases Rosenoff’s vivid palette knife scenes of international cities and everyday objects like bicycles and boats.
Be prepared to be overwhelmed (in a good way), when you step intoCisco’s Gallery. Native American, cowboy, Western art and artifacts cover every inch of wall, counter, and floor space. Here you’ll find a rare Nez Perce basket hat, photography by Carl Moon, antique weather vanes and “essentials for the Western man cave.”
Downtown Coeur d’Alene’s Second Friday Art Walk runs from 5:00 pm to 8:00 PM every second Friday through September. If you cannot make the Friday event, visit these galleries during business hours. Some are open daily while others have limited hours. Check websites before venturing out.