To come, to create, and to inspire, this is what the Idaho Art Lab in St. Anthony offers.
“I’ve seen people come in here, with a frown on their face and leave with a smile and that says a lot about the place,” said Curtis Kary, a volunteer at the Idaho Art Lab.
The Idaho Art Lab is a non-profit art education organization that provides a wide variety of classes and learning. You can really be any age to participate in classes, two-year-olds to even 90-year-olds.
Kara and Daniel Hidalgo are co-founders of the lab and have been doing this for three years. There are 14 volunteers who work here too.
“The mission and the goal for the Idaho Art Lab is to give people a place to come everyday and just be in a space where they can create art and share their knowledge with other people, be able to exhibit their art and then inspire other people to create art and kind of keep the cycle going,” said Kara Hidalgo, co-founder and Executive Director of the Idaho Art Lab.
“The Idaho Art Lab being a visual arts center we offer lots of different exposure to the visual arts and we have 17 different mediums here so if you think you’re an artist or you want to explore the arts, we probably have a medium that you will be happy with,” said Daniel Hidalgo, co-founder and Director of Education of the Idaho Art Lab.
They have lots of art mediums offered from visual painting, to sculpture making, ceramics, pottery, print making, lapidary art, woodworking and much more.
Reporter Andrea Olson tried out splatter painting for the very first time and found it to be a lot of fun.
One of the best parts of working here for Kara is how personal the lab is.
“My favorite part is coming in each day and meeting someone new. It’s the personal connections and the personal energy,” said Kara.
For Daniel, it’s working with the pottery and ceramics.
“It’s a lot of fun, to work in the three dimensional mediums, and it’s like being a kid again because you get to play in the mud,” said Daniel.
This place was built off of passion.
“The original passion came from my husband wanting to be an art teacher and the arts are being pulled from the schools, so for him to get into the arts as a teacher was looking pretty difficult. There’s certainly a need for it, there just wasn’t an avenue for him. School is very hectic and we really feel very passionate that people need time in their life to sit and do a meditative activity such as art, it’s very healing,” said Kara.
There are classes with small price fees and a section in the lab to buy paint, paper, brushes and a variety of other art splies. But this facility is free to use and even some nights offer free activities.
“It’s a place for the whole family to come and have a wholesome activity,” said Daniel.
“The two people that run the place, are some of the most unique people that you will ever meet and what they’re doing is showing people they’re creative side and they’re very special people,” said Kary.