Idaho's finest Artists
at the Purple Easel
Purple Easel Gallery in Salmon, Idaho is proud to highlight some of their artists.
Chloe Ross was born and raised in Gibbonsville, Idaho, and has been drawing since she was a teenager. Although pulled in other directions for several years, drawing has always been her true passion. She joined the Air Force in 1984 and five years later met and married her husband Jeffrey Ross. They have two children, Joshua and Garrett. Chloe retired from the Air Force in 2004, after 20 years of service. Chloe and her husband Jeffrey now reside in Salmon, Idaho where she is happy to finally be able to devote her time to drawing and exploring other interests.
Chloe particularly enjoys drawing people and animals. She strives for realism and detail. Her primary mediums are graphite, charcoal and ink, however, she is beginning to explore other mediums, such as watercolor. Chloe has no formal or professional training so she enjoys attending workshops and classes whenever possible to learn new techniques and styles. She admires Salmon’s talented local artists and feels blessed to be back, living in the area she calls home.
Stephanie Smith grew up in the mountains of Montana and Idaho where her family spent a great deal of time tromping the woods. “My mother taught me to see the world of texture, line, color; and how the landscape changes with shifting light. My father pointed out windows, or microclimates—little worlds created by the protection of a rock or tree that allowed an orchid to thrive in just that small space or the hollow of a rock that collected water and provided protection from the wind allowing a flower to bloom in the desert. Both taught me to look for and see all that was around me.”
First introduced to kiln formed glass in 2002, she quickly became smitten with the art. “Working with glass combines art and science and it is important to understand the physical and chemical properties of glass or it is difficult to draw out its beauty and the many design possibilities it offers. I have studied with a number of accomplished glass artists who have pioneered and perfected many of these innovations.
I notice my parents’ early efforts to help me really see the world around me come out in my glass; small windows or microclimates of line, color, texture and light playing in the larger landscape of the pieces.” She recently moved from Montana to an Idaho studio space overlooking the Salmon River Valley, “…one of those special places my parents taught me to really see the world around me.”
Celeste Graham was born and raised on a farm in Missouri. When she was in grade school her aunt took her to art classes in the evenings where she learned to work in oils. In the mid 1970s, when her family was young, she and her husband, Ralph, moved to the Salmon area. She and an artist friend took the kids with them while they tried to capture the beauty of the Salmon mountains. She has studied under Barbara Peets as well as taken various workshops on watercolor and oil techniques. Her main interest is painting landscapes to share the feelings experienced in the calm of the mountains. She uses a variety of media, including pencil, charcoal, watercolor and oils. For many years, she worked as a nurse in the local hospital. After her husband passed away and her children were grown she decided it was time to pursue her dreams. As part of that adventure, she decided to do something that would not only let her pursue her art but also promote local artistic talents. So in May 2007 she opened the Purple Easel Gallery. The gallery started with 14 artists and after two moves, grew to over 50 artists working in a variety of media. Not only does she provide a service to artists, she also sells art supplies and framing services to the community. To continue to grow as an artist, she studies on her own and through various workshops with award winning artists. Art is a constantly changing world, there is always something new to learn, always another special place to share through art.
Kickin’ it Up at the
The 25th Annual
UofM Rodeo Team
2016 - 2017
in the Bitterroot!
4th Weekend in July
Most Fun Library
in the World!!!!
Darby Community Public Library
Dining in the Bitterroot Valley of Montana.
The "Root" of happiness.
8 Great Breweries and more along
Hwy 93 - Lolo , MT to Salmon, ID
Blues Brews and
Sat. Aug. 4th 2017
Home of the Copper King -
the Daly Mansion
Museum and grounds
Birthplace of Sacajewea.
Idaho Art at its best!
Purple Easel Gallery
Sevensville, where Montana began!
St. Mary's Mission
Victor Historical Museum
Visit the Lemhi County Museum,
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Chief Joseph Pass Cross Country Ski Trail System -
Idaho Art at its best!
Purple Easel Gallery
Montana and Ravalli County History -
Bitterroot Chamber Visitor Center in Darby, MT
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