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Boise, Idaho, United States

Artist's Bio
As a child, my mother allowed me to paint and draw on the walls of a spare room to my heart’s content. My parents would whitewash each exploration of art so I would always have a fresh canvas and no attachment to my previous discoveries. At the age of 12 my father taught me how to oil paint. At 15, I was offered a scholarship to attend the Pennsylvania’s Governors School of Arts for painting. During this six week program, I became a Pottery student and returned home to work with world renowned potter Jack Troy at Juniata College. Soon after, I began to attend classes at Juniata and apprentice for Jack Troy.

I continued my education at Boise State University earning a B.F.A with an emphasis in Painting and Pottery and a K-12 certified teaching degree. I then opened the “Garage Gallery,” my small art business.

For me, art comes from an ephemeral experience, such as sitting on a rock getting ready to begin a rock climb. I notice the wind feather in the grasses below and my next painting unfolds before me. Creating is my way of communicating through color, texture, line, and form. Idaho rivers and landforms carry a story and significant value to me. As an artist of the western landscape, I remember the forms of earth I visit and paint them as they resonate in my memory. The draining of snowmelt in the foothills, the way it carves the land on its way to the river, and the cultivatation of the farmland inspires my work. The colors at the close of each day define my palette.

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Hello! I have a show at The Gallery at Hyde Park and it will be up for one more month. On Mothers Day I will have a Jewelry sale at the Sawtooth Winery in Nampa, Idaho. Then to close the month I will be up in Moscow, Idaho at The MIX for a solo Jewelry show. That's the latest!! Happy Spring!
Suzanne Lee Chetwood
Boise, Idaho

Feb 2010 The artisan, Eagle Idaho, "Erotica"
Visual Arts Collective, Garden City Idaho, "Love Rocks"
Artist in Residence (AiR) Boise Idaho, "A Climbers Delight: Making Jam"
July-Aug. 2009 The Loft, Hailey Idaho, solo show “Painting Rock and Drainage”
May 2009 Mix, Moscow Idaho, solo Jewelry show
May 2009 Sawtooth Winery, Nampa Idaho, Jewelry show
Apr-May 2009 The Gallery at Hyde Park, Boise Idaho, Group show “figures”
Mar. 2009 Woodriver Cellars, Eagle Idaho, solo show “landscape”
Feb. 2009 The Artisan, Eagle Idaho, “Erotica”
Jan. 2009 Café Silos, Moscow Idaho, “Palouse and Loess soil”
Dec. 2008 Foxtrot style for Living, Boise Idaho, “Idaho Landscapes”
Aug. 2008 The Melting Pot, Boise Idaho, “New West Landscape”
Apr.-July 2008 Foxtrot Style for Living, Boise Idaho
Dec. 2007 Open Studio-Soup Party, Boise Idaho
Mar. 2007 The Basement Gallery, Boise Idaho
Dec. 2006 Studio 518, Boise Idaho, Holiday show
Aug.-Oct. 2006 St. Stevens, Boise Idaho
Aug 2006 The Artisan, Eagle Idaho “Love Affair with Idaho”
June 2006 Visual Arts Collective, Boise Idaho “BOSCO group show”
May 2006 Massage Central, Boise Idaho
Mar-Apr. 2006 The Basement Gallery, Boise Idaho “Of The Earth”
Dec. 2005 6th Annual Soup Party
June-Sept. 2005 Artwalk, Paradise Ford, Moscow Idaho
June 17-July 22, 2005 Crafts National 39 Zoller Gallery, University Park Pennsylvania
June 2005 Bosco Reception Boise Art Museum, Boise Idaho
June 2005 Salon de Refuse Boise, Idaho
Nov. 2004 Massage Central Boise, Idaho
Nov. 2004 The Artisan Gallery Eagle, Idaho “Idaho Landscape”
Nov. 2004 Women’s Celebration of the Arts, Boise Idaho
Dec. 2004 5th Annual Soup Party, Boise Idaho
Nov. & Dec. 2003 - 2004
The Basement Gallery Boise, Idaho “Christmas Show”
2003-2004 Mosaic studio and gallery Boise, Idaho.
Features aesthetic salon, Caldwell Idaho
June 2003 Private Residence, solo exhibition; The Clay Canvas Box featuring the
Show “Exposing Ourselves” –a documentation of artistic enlightenment of a group of individuals at The Fort Street House, Boise Idaho
April 2003 Art sale and show in Julia Davis Park Boise, Idaho “Earth Day”
Nov. 2002- 2004 Soup Shack Boise, Idaho “Clay Canvas-Landscapes”
Oct. 2002 Boise State University Juried Alumni show
Sept. 2002 & 2003 Hyde Park Street Fair, Boise Idaho
July 2002 The Garage Gallery Boise, Idaho “Clay Canvas Box”
Oct. 2001 Kulture Klatch, Solo exhibition Boise, Idaho
Nov. 2000 Picture This Frame Shop and Gallery Boise “The Clay Canvas”
June 1998 Participated in the annual “Arts and Roses” show and sale, Boise, Idaho
1996-1997 Displayed work at The Potters Center Boise, Idaho
January 1995 Presented paintings and clay work in a one-woman show at the Huntingdon Historical Society gallery Huntingdon, Pennsylvania
Related Art Experience
2002-2004 Art Teacher, Fort Boise Community Center, Boise Idaho

2001-2002 Apprentice designer for athletic and fashion shoes K2 corporation.

January - March 2001 Traveled extensively throughout New Zealand independently studying art, landscape, and cultural aspects of the country. Consequently was offered a position for Masters of Fine Art candidacy at Otago Polytech.

May-September 1999 Lived in Nea Makri, Greece while studying art and architecture while
Working at “Karamica” a successful ceramics shop.

May 1999 BFA teaching certificate from Boise State University, Magna cum Laude

May 1998 Designed, organized, publicized, and instructed a children’s art camp,
“Art Explorers.”

1994 Graphic Artist assistant at The Sign Shop, Huntingdon Pa.

1992-4 Ceramic student with Jack Troy at Juniata College, Huntingdon PA

1992 Ceramics major at Mercy Hurst College, Erie PA, Pennsylvania Governors School for the Arts

Gallery’s and Shops
The Gallery at Hyde Park Boise, Idaho
The Loft Hailey, Idaho
The Artisan Eagle, Idaho
The Basement Gallery Boise, Idaho
The Boise Co-op Boise, Idaho
Café Silos Moscow, Idaho
Meridian Ford Meridian, Idaho

2005 Crafts National 39 University Park Pennsylvania selected artist
1992 Pennsylvania Governors School Award for the Arts full scholarship

Boise Weekly Volume 16, Issue 49, June 4-10, Prêt-A-Porter Part Deux, Pg.28
Boise Weekly Volume 16, Issue 44, April 30-May 6, 2008 Cover
The Idaho Statesman May 10, 2005 “Neighborhood feels energy of artist’s studio”
Thrive Magazine 9-23-03 “Brushing up with Suzanne Lee” (Cover and pages 28-29)
Boise Weekly Volume 11, Issue 50, June 18-24, 2003 “Double Exposure”
The Arbiter October 2002, juried alumni Exhibition Recognition