At Enso Artspace, a collective featuring 10 local artists, Pamela Swenson's oil on canvas landscapes took center stage on Feb. 3. The space was bursting at the rafters as patrons jockeyed to drink in all the work showcased in the small gallery.
"We all chip in to pay for this place and to have things on the wall. We're in an enviable position—we don't have a galleryist telling us what to put on the wall and what will sell. We've had really aggressive sales," said Enso artist Michael Cordell as he ducked to the side to help with an art sale.
With wine, grapes, cheese and desserts made by Enso artist , the whole evening felt like being invited into someone's home. Swenson was similarly inviting.
"I usually paint in the early morning or late afternoon," said Swenson. "The little ones are often plein air. Those are much harder, finding the right site is challenging. You have to be able to set up and deal with the wind and the bugs in your paint."
Swenson gets inspiration for her paintings from the views near her Snake River home. With a small point-and-shoot camera, she snaps photos that become her bigger paintings. Her work is on display until Thursday, March 8.
View a slideshow of the exhibit here.