Gold Buckle Champion, as a nonprofit, takes donations and resells to use the profits to put back into our community and youth projects and to fund our Gabrielle Sanborn Memorial Scholarships.
Karcher Mall has graciously donated a space for us to conduct our art classes and we have our storefront there. Our space is 1122, across from Mor Furniture.
Our hours are Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
We teach from our Western Heritage, where nothing was ever wasted. With this, we have beautiful, one-of-a-kind Art and Rustic Furniture. Not all the items in the store are donated, many are new, but they are unique and hard to find, mostly with a western flair!
We would not be able to do what we do in the community without our volunteer artists. They are amazing people and their creativity knows no bounds. They have not just spent a few hours of their time, but years... making sure we succeed.
Let us introduce them to you alphabetically.
Lisa Bower, an Idaho native, currently utilizes her talents between managing support services in the food industry, volunteering for non-profit organizations and promoting her right brain activities with her art. With years of experience in analysis, planning and executing new services with Fortune 100 companies, Lisa’s experience traverses multiple levels of expertise. These include staff management, customer relations, research, assessment and planning, coordination of service implementation, team development, financial accountability and business growth. She has proven ability to coordinate and facilitate process improvement, develop and document technical solutions, effect successful service implementation and meet financial responsibilities.
A graduate of the University of Puget Sound in Information Technology, she now continues her education with art as a lifelong interest. Lisa studied under the direction of Jordan Garren Pope and Lew Innocenti while in Washington. She currently has her art on display at Art Source Gallery downtown Boise and at the Boise Air Terminal. Lisa has her own business called ART OF THE MATTER. She can be contacted at [email protected]. Other works can be seen at www.artistlisabower.com.
RC Wood Stuff is owned and operated by Ray Church. Located in Nampa, Idaho, RC Wood Stuff offers wooden products that are 100% custom crafted by hand. Whether it's bedroom furniture, living room pieces like end tables, armoires, or kitchen tables and chairs, Ray Church can create anything imaginable. In return, any piece of custom-made furniture will be very unique in your home, in comparison to pieces found at a normal furniture store.
About Ray Church
After retiring and coming to Idaho I have decided to take up furniture making. I have been doing it for some time now and really enjoy working with wood, and making beautiful things with it.
Robin was born and raised in Clayton, Delaware. She grew up helping her family as commercial fishermen and crabbers on Chesapeake Bay. She spent many days in the country riding ponies, bikes, and fishing in the neighbor's ponds and creeks.
Robin was president of the Smyrna High School Art Club for 2 years and has many awesome memories of her high school Art teacher, Mr. Shotzberger. With the exception of art classes in high school, Robin is self-taught without any formal art education.
She moved to Idaho in 1997 and has called Boise, Idaho her home for almost 20 years.
Robin stepped away from artwork for many years, since re-focusing on her artwork; she had trouble finding a style or medium that she was comfortable with. She played with a few ideas; among them, acrylic and soft pastels. Then, she was lucky enough to enter a monthly draw-a-long contest online on a website called DeviantArt, where you could only use ballpoint pen for your medium.
That was it….. She was hooked. Ballpoint pen (BIRO) is now her medium of choice and she absolutely loves what she can do with the layers and pressures of using a ballpoint pen. Although she'll draw anything in BIRO, horses are her favorite subject. She's also partial to almost all wild animals with her favorites being wolves, elk and deer.
Robin says, “What I would love more than anything else to accomplish with my artwork is to have people be drawn into my picture. It could be the tiniest of detail that grabs that person’s attention….. And you are mine…. If only for a second."
Scott is a local artist from Middleton. He works in acrylics, watercolors, charcoal, and many more mediums.
Marcia Yiapan painted her first little oil painting of a Redondo Beach scene when she got a set of paints for Christmas at age 11 or 12. She got a minor in art while majoring in history at U.C.L.A. Like many mothers, she then shelved her paints for years. She now paints mainly in acrylics and enjoys the art of depicting snow. Creating puzzles and games is another passion that gets much of her attention.