McCall may be best known for the year-round recreation and scenery, but we also boast beauty of a different kind…a vibrant artist community. Take advantage of the vast array of paintings, prints, sculpture, pottery, jewelry, fabrics, wall art and more by taking a gallery stroll through McCall.
Start the morning at Artizen Gallery. Here you will find everything from handmade furniture to clothing to ceramics. We can’t get enough of Trail Creek Woodworks draw-knifed post and rung rocking chairs – a perfect addition to any front porch! While you are there, be sure to check out Artizen’s fabulous line of wellness cooking products and pick up a few things for an artistic dinner at home!
Your next stop is Studio 616. This fun and funky gallery is comprised of a cooperative of artists who create a unique assortment of artwork and wears you won’t find anywhere but in McCall. Take a piece of Idaho home, literally, with a wooden patchwork sign by red6red. If you are after something smaller, we love these hand sewn leather satchels from Mike Herther.
From Studio 616, walk a few blocks toward Payette Lake to Gallery Fifty Five. This gallery boasts some of the most stunning glass art, paintings, and photography in the region. Don’t pass up the beautiful glass pieces by Laura Johnson. Each piece depicts scenes of nature using hand cut glass in transparent colors to catch the light. We also love the craftsmanship of Genie Weppner’s pottery, both decorative and functional, such as her stoneware pitcher and glass set.
Your last stop before lunch is the Granite Mountain Nature Gallery and just as the name suggests, here you can find an extensive selection of fossils, minerals, rock spheres and much more. Some of our favorite pieces are the brilliantly colored agate stones that capture the stunning colors of nature in the bands of minerals.
After all that gallery hopping, you deserve a lunch break! Keep the art day going by stopping at Southside Grill, decorated by the ladies at Studio 616. With a brand new menu and a full bar, Southside is a perfect pit stop. Start with the grilled chicken skewer appetizer served up with a delicious Peruvian cilantro-lime sauce. For the next course, try the fish tacos built with soft corn tortillas and your choice of cod, mahi, shrimp or calamari. Don’t forget to add a margarita to the meal – they are Southside’s specialty!
If you are looking to create your own art, check out the McCall Arts and Humanities Council. From January to April you can participate in the Cabin Fever Program, a series of classes offering instruction on drawing, photography, cooking, fiber arts, dance and more. Check their website, mccallarts.org, for a complete schedule of upcoming classes!