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Online Art Show at the Libey Gallery

While Libey Gallery in The Center at Colfax Library remains closed due to Coronavirus, the library has posted its first online art show. The show can be viewed on YouTube or click the small red You Tube button at the top of the Library’s website.

While this first show features a sampling of artwork and photography by various artists, future segments will showcase artists talking about their work, their influences, style and more. Artists showing in the gallery include Gabriella Ball, Vicki Broeckel, Dan Codd, Ken Carper, Bob Krikac, Sharon Lindsey, Tom Mohr, Marla Robbins, Russ Robbins, Nancy Rothwell, and Carrie Vielle.

Reopening of Whitman County Library and The Center are pending Safe Start guidelines from the Washington Governor’s Office. In the meantime, visit www.whitco.lib.wa.us or contact the Colfax Branch of Whitman County Library at 509-397-4366 for information and services.

2020-06-30T13:58:26-07:00Announcement|

Support St. Gertrude’s Creates

The Sisters of St. Gertrude’s are turning COVID-19 lemons into creative lemonade through their new St. Gertrude’s Creates Kickstarter campaign.
In normal times, the Monastery of St. Gertrude welcomes people for retreats, services, concerts, lectures, museum and Inn visits, and walks up their beautiful forested hill. The COVID-19 pandemic has put a stop to this, so the sisters are planning other ways to share their hospitality through creative expression.
Support their Kickstarter campaign to help them fill the Monastery’s income gap and the sisters will share a poem, a song, an artwork or crafted creation, an art class, and even a future visit to our monastery home.
2020-05-17T13:38:37-07:00Announcement|

The Sisters of St. Gertrude’s Open Their Home and Hearts to Locals and Travelers

The Benedictine sisters who settled near Cottonwood, Idaho, to establish the Monastery of St. Gertrude may not have imagined that, 110 years in the future, the Monastery would become a center of hospitality, art and culture for the region. Today’s sisters run a bed and breakfast, organize art workshops, make crafts for the gift shop, and operate a museum. And that’s just the beginning.

Something the pioneer sisters who settled here would have predicted is how inextricably tied to the land the Monastery community would be. That’s the way they built it from the beginning. Stories handed down depict a “do whatcha gotta do” attitude with sisters afoot in the forest looking for the cows, pinning up their habits to bring in the hay, and tending the orchard and gardens that sustained them. The Monastery was built in 1920 of blue porphyry stone quarried from the hill behind it, an enduring testament to the community’s intimate relationship with the land.

The little piece of land that promised stability to a growing band of sisters has grown to 1,400 acres overlooking Camas Prairie and the Bitterroot Mountains. Like their predecessors, today’s sisters can be found routinely in the forest, gardens, and orchards. Sister Carol Anne Wassmuth, a master forest steward, oversees management of 1,000 acres of ponderosa pine, fir, and larch enrolled in Idaho’s Forest Stewardship Program, and leads local students in hands-on forest education days. Sisters Carlotta Maria Fontes and Placida Wemhoff organize work in the garden and orchard, a collaborative effort that produces fresh produce for the community and guests. And virtually always, a sister or retreatant is likely to be ambling through the open grounds and woods near the Monastery in peaceful contemplation or joyful fellowship, appreciating the abundant wildflowers and wild birds.

Guests are welcome to individual and group retreats at the solar-powered, geothermal heated and cooled Spirit Center, and to the Inn at St. Gertrude where guests enjoy Monastery-made jam, bread, and desserts. The sisters share their tranquil, harmonious community with the public through concerts in the Chapel (which is on the National Register of Historic Places), art and writing workshops, art exhibitions, the annual Raspberry Festival, and other events.

The Historical Museum at St. Gertrude — which focuses on the rich heritage of the Monastery, Camas Prairie, Snake River, Salmon River, and surrounding areas — is in the final stages of a comprehensive, five-year remodel, and a gift shop and bookstore stocks items crafted by the sisters.

The community also welcomes artists-in-residence, is building a new co-housing program that will welcome lay women to live side-by-side with the sisters, and is exploring a variety of other ways to enable people to live Benedictine spirituality in their daily lives.

The sisters have done all of this with the grace of the Benedictine commitment to communal life and a commitment to the three core values of Healing Hospitality, Grateful Simplicity, and Creative Peacemaking. Sounds like a breath of fresh air, doesn’t it?

To do their part to stem the spread of COVID-19, the sisters […]

2020-03-17T17:09:37-07:00Featured Story|

Gold Rush Historic Byway

Immerse yourself in scenery, history and wildlife on this 43-mile route from Greer to Weippe and Pierce. This is a wonderful detour from U.S. Highway 12’s Northwest Passage Scenic Byway.

From the junction with U.S. 12, cross the Clearwater River at Greer and follow Idaho 11 up a steep grade to Weippe and Pierce. Take in panoramic views of the Clearwater Valley along the way.

Allow 2 1/2 hours or more for stops at scenic turnouts and visits to local businesses and historical sites in Pierce (where Idaho’s gold was first discovered) and Weippe, where native camus roots, prized food for Native Americans, still flower in the spring. 

Camping, fishing, riding and hiking are on tap in summer. During winter, ski and snowmobile on 350 miles of groomed and open trails. The byway can be icy during the winter months.

See our video!

2020-01-30T20:28:07-08:00Scenic Byways|

Northwest Passage Scenic Byway

Follow 202 miles of the Lewis and Clark and Nez Perce National Historic Trails through the ancestral homeland of the Nez Perce people on this National Scenic Byway and All American Road—and Northern Rockies Top 10 Scenic Drive (see www.drivethetop10.com).

The drive takes travelers from Lewiston, Idaho, to Lolo Pass on U.S. Highway 12. At Kooskia the byway splits with one segment heading south on Idaho Highway 13 toward the Camas Prairie and the town of Grangeville. The other segment of this national treasure continues east on US 12 following the Middle Fork of the Clearwater River, and the Lochsa Wild and Scenic River, through a magnificent wilderness to the Lolo Pass Visitor Center where Idaho and Montana meet.

Allow four hours for this drive, but make sure to add time to take in the heritage sites, wildlife viewing, and river recreation along the way.

See our video!

www.nwpassagescenicbyway.org

2020-01-30T20:17:14-08:00Uncategorized|

Elk River Backcountry Byway

This is a low-key, off-the-beaten path adventure, stretching 57 miles along back roads replete with forests, wildlife and access to backcountry adventure.

The byway connects Orofino to Boville via Elk River. It’s mostly gravel from Elk River to Orofino. From Orofino: Wells Bench road from Idaho 7, cross the North Fork of the Clearwater at Dent Bridge, then to Elk River where it joins Idaho 8 to Bovill.

Allow two hours for this drive, which is maintained year round, but isn’t recommended for a winter drive! Be sure to stop in Elk River for a burger, cold drink or huckleberry ice cream cone. Take advantage of plentiful camping, boating and fishing in season. During the winter, take advantage of trails for snowmobiling and skiing along the route.

Choose your campsite in the forest lands along the byway are open to unimproved camping. Remember to “Pack it in, Pack it out.”

See our video!

2020-01-30T20:01:57-08:00Scenic Byways|

Palouse Scenic Byway

Ramble all day on this 208-mile scenic drive that criss-crosses southeastern Washington. Of all byways in the Two Degrees NW region, this is the longest because its network of roads cross each other.

Rolling hills abundant with wheat, pea, lentil, mustard seed and canola crops paint this land in shifting colors each season (early to mid summer is best for bright yellows and deep greens). The Palouse’s hilly farmlands (drive backroads linking Rosalia, Oaksdale, Palouse, Colfax or Tekoa) and channeled scablands (east on 26) were all carved some 13,000 years ago when Lake Missoula glaciers dissolved into floods raging up to 20 miles wide and 600 feet deep! Whitman county activists won Washington scenic byway designation for these roads following Indian and wagon trails in 2003 and now aim for federal status.

Watch our video!

See map, and more information at www.palousescenicbyway.com

2020-01-30T19:41:06-08:00Scenic Byways|

White Pine Scenic Byway

From Cataldo Mission, Idaho’s oldest standing building, to the picturesque town of St. Maries and Potlatch, the 83 miles of the White Pine Scenic Byway passes lush forests, farm land, mountains, lakes and marshlands to the St. Maries and St. Joe rivers. The largest stand of white pine in the country lies along Idaho 6 in the St. Joe National Forest. And Potlatch was once site of the largest white pine lumber mill in the world.

Allow two hours for this 83 mile drive, plus time to wet a fishing line, take a hike, strap on cross-country skis, or explore the towns along the way. Begin at the junction of Interstate 90 and Idaho 3, south on Idaho 3 to Idaho 6, then southwest to U.S. 95 at Potlatch.

The White Pine Byway (Idaho 3) runs through the St. Joe National Forest and the entrance to the St. Joe Scenic Byway, intersecting with the Lake Coeur d’Alene Scenic Byway (Idaho 97). Then follows along the Coeur d’Alene River until it intersects with Interstate 90.

Full services in St. Maries.

See our video!

2020-01-30T19:30:01-08:00Scenic Byways|

St. Joe River Scenic Byway

St. Joe River Scenic Byway follows the course of the beautiful St. Joe River, the world’s highest navigable river. Enjoy picturesque mountain landscapes and watch for bald eagles and osprey overhead, and deer, moose, elk and bear along the river’s edge.

The byway follows 47 miles of paved Forest Highway 50 from its junction with Idaho 3 in St. Maries to Avery. Between May and November (depending on snow) the byway extends another 42 miles of gravel road to the Idaho-Montana border. East along the St. Joe River, watch for bald eagles and osprey. At first deep and still, at St. Joe City, the river becomes shallower with more rapids. You’ll see (lr catch) Dolly Vardins, rainbow, cutthroat and other species of trout.

Allow 2 1/2 to 3 hours, one way, for this drive along a two-lane road with numerous pullouts and points of interest. Full services available in St. Maries and Avery; partial services in Calder. Enjoy the many recreation opportunities along the St. Joe Wild and Scenic River and in the Idaho Panhandle National Forest.

See our video!

2020-01-30T19:13:55-08:00Scenic Byways|

Lake Coeur d’Alene Scenic Byway

Lake Coeur d’Alene Scenic Byway traverses an area where the lakes, mountains, and beautiful summer weather have made it one of the most famous summer playgrounds and resort destinations in the Pacific Northwest. It’s also home to a variety of wildlife, including moose, deer, elk, bear and several bird species.

The byway begins at the junction of Interstate 90 and Idaho 97 and follows Idaho 97 south and east along Lake Coeur d’Alene to Idaho 3. Take your time to explore along this two-lane, paved winding road.

Great for year-round visits, even in December and January when the eagles congregate between Wolf Lodge Bay and Beauty Bay. Wildlife is diverse throughout the year, and Lake Coeur d’Alene is home to the largest population of nesting osprey in the Western states. Summer attractions include camping, boating, water sports, cycling, bird watching, and fishing. During the fall you can enjoy the leaves changing colors along the lake.

Allow 1 1/2 hours for this 36-mile drive. You’ll want more time to explore the outdoors and a mid-way stop at the town of Harrison for huckleberry ice cream and a dose of Idaho history. Take a break and stretch your legs on the Mineral Ridge Trail, which offers panoramic views of the lake, as well as several learning stations describing the area’s botany and animal life.

At Idaho 3, the byway meets up with the White Pine Scenic Byway.

See our video!

 

2020-01-30T18:42:20-08:00Scenic Byways|

SBDC Offers Workshops for Idaho Small Business Owners

The North Central Idaho SBDC is part of a nationwide network of Small Business Development Centers providing no-cost consulting to improve the success of small businesses. One way to get started: a slate of low-cost workshops covering topics ranging from business set-up to bookkeeping to marketing and social media. Download the Spring/Summer 2020 schedule or view it online.

Where & when
Various dates, January through May 2020
406 Main St, Lewiston, ID 83501

Contact

lcsc.edu/sbdc

Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art – Washington State University

The Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art WSU increases arts access for the Inland Northwest region, inviting visitors to experience the vitality of art in six galleries exhibiting preeminent artists from around the globe. Visitors can find the museum on Wilson Road across from Martin Stadium on the WSU Pullman campus. Visit the Museum website for a schedule of free exhibitions and events.

Where & When
1535 NE Wilson Road, Pullman, WA 99164-7301 – on Terrell Mall, across from Martin Stadium
Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. -4 p.m., closed Sunday and Monday

Contact
509.335.6282
debby_stinson@wsu.edu
museum.wsu.edu
Find us on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter & YouTube

 

Idaho Author’s WWII Historical Book Available on Audiobook

Traveling over the holidays? Here’s some entertaining and thought-provoking listening.

E.M. (Lizzie) Sloan’s captivating historical nonfiction book, When Songbirds Returned to Paris (Fawkes Press 2016), is now available as an audiobook on most audio platforms. This riveting WWII story is revealed as a conversation between Lizzie and Cecily Lefort, her relative and Special Operation Executives secret agent in France. The innovative exchange revives the life of a spy in animated narration by three professional actors: Kelly Quinnett, Gabi Plumm, and David Harlan.

Listen to a sneak preview of When Songbirds Returned to Paris

Follow E.M. Sloan on Facebook.

Wild at Art

Wild at Art is a contemporary, paint-your-own-pottery studio located in Moscow, Idaho. Whether you are painting pottery or canvas or glass, we offer a variety of media for you to express your creative side. Our studio is open to the public on a drop-in basis during regular studio hours and is also available as a venue for your next personalized group event or private party by arrangement. We are always announcing new events and artistic activities, so be sure to like our Facebook and Instagram pages to stay in touch. If you are looking for a great way to spend time in Moscow, come in, grab some paint, and explore the artist within!

Where & when
118 East 3rd Street, Moscow, ID 83843

Wednesday-Saturday 12:00-7:00 p.m.
Sunday 12-5 p.m.
Monday and Tuesday, closed

Contact
(208) 669-2425
gettingwilderatart@gmail.com
moscowwildatart.com
Find us on FacebookInstagram.

 

Learn more about getting Wild at Art!

Pottery 

Bald Mountain Ski Area

Bald Mountain Ski Area is located in the Clearwater Mountains along the Gold Rush Historic Byway, just outside of Pierce, ID in North Central Idaho. Operated by the The Clearwater Ski Club, a volunteer driven not-for-profit, Bald Mountain offers your whole family affordable, winter fun.

Since establishment in 1959, this authentic ski hill remains true to the roots of skiing. With a Rope Tow and T-Bar, Bald Mountain Ski Area offers terrain for every level of skier and snowboarder.

Where & when
2358 Bald Mountain Road, Pierce, ID 83546
During winter we are open December 26 – January 2; then Weekends & Holiday through 2nd Saturday in March.

Contact
Call 208.464.2311
Email skibaldmtn@gmail.com
skibaldmountain.com
Find us on Facebook & Instagram

Colfax Arts Council Paints the Town

Through an ambitious volunteer-led project, the Colfax Arts Council is giving the eastern Washington town of Colfax a public-art makeover. At a community celebration on October 3, 2019, the town toasted four new public murals and an outdoor installation along the Concrete River featuring fish colorfully painted by school children and community residents.

Debby Stinson, the president of the Colfax Arts Council, described the project’s vision as public art that could attract visitors and also make the community feel good. “When you’re revitalizing a town and want people to know about it, if you create a wonderful backdrop for photos to be shared on social media the town gets more notice,” she said.

Established regional artists designed the murals with plenty of input from city officials, building owners and other stakeholders. The murals are on four downtown buildings:

  • Spokane artistMelissa Cole painted a landscape of native flowers and bees with recycled glass mosaic elements on the Dusty Attic building.
  • Pullman artistCori Dantini added whimsical wheat stalks, flowers and wildlife to the Bully For You building.
  • Colfax painter and art teacher Henry Stinson painted  a pair of American Gothic-style robots with a pitchfork on the side of Fonk’s Coffee House.
  • Spokane artist Yelena Yunin’s design features koi fish and lily pads at the Colfax City Pool facility.

The 3,744 hand-painted fish soon to be installed on the fence along the river have been painted by an untold number of established, aspiring, and occasional artists in school and at community fish-painting parties. When the installation is completed in the summer of 2020, Colfax (pop. 2,860) will realize Debby Stinson’s vision of having “more art than people.”

The project was so successful and brought together so much of the community that the Colfax Arts Council, which raised $32,000 and spearheaded this year’s effort, plans to apply for more grants to continue the projects next year.

 

2019-12-04T09:53:36-08:00Featured Story|

Budding Rose Art Gallery & Clayworks

The Budding Rose Art Gallery and Clayworks is a non-profit gallery for kids. It opened in 1999 as an America’s Promise Discovery Project. The first show happened the 1st weekend in June, 1999, during an annual celebration in Rosalia with 178 multi-media art pieces displayed. To date, 20 years later, more than 4,000 youth-created artworks have been displayed and every student who submits their artwork for display also gets to sign their name on the gallery’s old wooden floor.

Where & when
510 South Whitman, Rosalia, WA 99170

Open by appointment and during following events:
Rosalia Annual Yard Sale — 1st Saturday in May, 10am-4pm
Rosalia Annual Battle Days featuring Student Art Show — 1st Saturday in June, 10am-4pm
Rosalia Annual Quilt Show — last Saturday in July, 10am-3pm
Rosalia Annual Halloween Festival — last Saturday in October, 3pm to evening before nighttime illuminated kids parade
Rosalia Lions Free Photos with Santa and Mrs Santa — 1st Saturday in December, 10am-1pm

Contact
Call (509) 523-4200
Email jcnebel2@aol.com

 

Third Street Gallery

The Third Street Gallery is a space for art in the heart of downtown Moscow. By featuring the work of established and emerging makers from the Palouse and the broader Inland Northwest, the Third Street Gallery celebrates the creative excellence of the region in a well-loved public space.

City of Moscow Arts Staff and members of the Moscow Arts Commission have worked together to create artistic direction for the Third Street Gallery since the gallery’s beginnings in 1998. The gallery features works in a wide range of media, subject matter, and content while presenting a curatorial vision open to all cultures and art forms.

The Third Street Gallery features artwork on the second and third floors inside Moscow City Hall. The building was designed by architect James Knox Taylor in 1911, and was formerly the Moscow Federal Building. Entered in the National Register of Historic Places in 1973 as a Second Renaissance Revival brick building, the structure now houses City offices and meeting spaces such as the City Council Chambers. The Third Street Gallery is an essential part of this building, as it brings art into the center of civic life in the City of Moscow.

Where & when
206 East Third Street, Moscow, ID 83843
Monday – Friday at 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Keep up with us
ci.moscow.id.us/230/Third-Street-Gallery

Contact
Call (208) 883-7036
Email mcherry@ci.moscow.id.us

One World Cafe

Locally owned coffee shop featuring fair trade, organic coffee roasted in Troy, Idaho, locally made artisan pastries, Kombucha, draft beer, wine, in-house sandwiches, and more. Live events including music, readings and dance many nights a week. Rotating artwork throughout both levels. Free wifi and meeting room that can be reserved for up to two hours at no cost.

Where & when
533 S Main St Moscow, ID 83843
Open 7 days a week, 6:30 am -9:00 pm

Contact
Call 208.883.3537
Email owcmoscow@gmail.com
owc-moscow.com
Find us on Facebook & Instagram

2020-01-29T16:30:20-08:00Restaurant|

Libey Gallery in The Center at Colfax Library

Libey Gallery features local artists and photographers showing and selling their works. Adjacent to the Colfax Library, two large gallery rooms with custom lighting and sound provide a pleasing atmosphere for showcasing local talent. Libey Gallery also plays host to community events like December’s Festival of Trees and provides rental options for private functions.

Located at the second stoplight in Colfax, don’t miss the Libey Gallery – and while you are visiting, stroll around the adjacent Colfax Library to see the many historic exhibits and art pieces on display there!

Where & when
102 S. Main Street Colfax, WA 99111
Monday-Wednesday 10am-8pm
Thursday-Friday 10am-6pm
Saturday-Sunday 1-5pm
Closed holidays

Contact
Call (509) 397-4366
Email kirkpatr@colfax.com
whitco.lib.wa.us