Challis Arts CounciL at the MadDog Gallery 632 E. Main Street, Challis, ID 83226
Challis Arts CounciL at the MadDog Gallery 632 E. Main Street, Challis, ID 83226
The Challis Arts Council is a 501c3 non-profit organization conceived in 1988 to promote the arts and humanities in Custer County.
The Challis Arts Council purchased the MadDog Gallery in 2007 located on Main Street. We are committed to granting greater community access to local and non-local artists, the arts, and cultural organizations. It has become a dynamic center to educate, enlighten and engage current and future artists, young and old alike.
Volunteers throughout the year manage the programs that include performance, reading and visual arts exhibitions.
We are located at the MadDog Gallery 632 E. Main Street, PO Box 1131, Challis, ID 83226.
Our gallery events, performing arts and fundraisers are listed for the current month. Please check back each month as our calendar is updated accordingly.
Ages 12 to 24.
Also: Annual Meeting. See flyer below.
The fifteenth Young Artist Show opened on March 2 and continues until March 31. The opening featured a performance by the Junior Senior High School Choir, conducted and accompanied by Brityn Smith This show features the work of artists from 12 to 24 years, and from 6th grade up. There are 39 entries in three categories; 2D, 3D and Photography. This is a juried show and awards are presented. The public is encouraged to support young artists by stopping into the MadDog Gallery at 632 Main in Challis and vote for the People’s Choice Award, which will be presented at the end of the show.
Cameron Peterson & Will Carter
Horse Shoe Tables
Do You Know
McKaylee Smith Eris Grieving
Isabel Parker Moms & Babies
Abi Laws Untitled
Augustus Zerga White Tail Shed
Augustus Zerga Rock Chuck
Julia Banks Puppy
Adie Waters Diamond Monograph
Parker Banks One Line Drawing
Ages 3-5; Leona Andruska, “Ocean Traveler Pinecones”
Ages 6-8; Zoey Grace Perrine, “Little House on the Prairie”
Ages 9-11; Colton Franks, “Mountain Lion Alley”
Our gift shop offers unique, one-of-a-kind gifts made by local artists. Come by and see what great items we have to offer for any budget.
Our talented artists keep our inventory active. Take home a treasure from Idaho today!
Members are the heart of Challis Arts Council. These fine individuals and local organizations realize the importance of nurturing and expanding our local artists' talents. Membership accounts for over a third of all incoming funds to help us operate. We also receive a portion of our funding through grants from the Idaho Commission of Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and other public or private entities.
Membership is open to all. Anyone with an interest in keeping art alive in our community is encouraged to join. Become a member today! Fill out the Get in Touch form at the bottom of the website.
Our volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. They help set up and take down for gallery shows, change out displays in the gift shop, help on Saturdays during heavy traffic months, write grants, prepare food for gallery openings, help with mailing and thank you notes and share ideas with our Board of Directors!
We also have a dedicated part-time staffer, Melissa P. Fitzgerald, who handles much of the financial and inventory duties, runs the Educational Performing Arts program; and keeps the gallery open 4-5 days a week. Thanks Melissa!
Sound fun? If you would like to volunteer please fill out the Get in Touch page at the end of our website and we will get back to you as soon as possible! Please note the following in the message section:
Email: email is required
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Which areas would you be interested in volunteering? Happy to volunteer where needed , Performing Arts , Gallery/Visual,
Fundraising , Administration, Other
What time of day are you typically available to help?
morning, afternoon, evening, all day
We deeply appreciate our local sponsors. Their generosity helps our community grow. Please support our local businesses and organizations!
Creekside Inn B&B
Challis Hot Springs
Wells Fargo Bank
Western Heritage Insurance
Salmon River Electric Cooperative
Custer Telephone Cooperative, Inc.
Beta Thi Sorority
Garden Creek Studio
Challis Area Chamber of Commerce
Challis Joint School District #181
Challis Vikings Booster Club
Little Vikings Booster Club
*see our calendar for information on upcoming programs.
IDAHO SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL'S mission is to produce great theater, entertain and educate. To realize this mission, the Festival seeks to:
Develop an artistic home for theater artists that supports emerging actors, encourages new regional and national playwrights, promotes sustained employment opportunities
for artists and attracts the very best artistic staff;
Educate through a range of programs, including programs and tours for K – 12 children and teachers, ongoing adult education, interpretive programming, affiliations with universities and cultural organizations, as well as residencies and training opportunities for actors;
Illuminate human nature and our rich cultural heritage through a repertory that includes the plays of William Shakespeare, the richest and most complex in the English language, together with other works from a variety of dramatic periods and genres; and
Promote cultural understanding through highlighting diverse traditions and supporting artists and audiences of all ages, ethnicities and backgrounds.
MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE is from the Theatre’s International Tour project to local activities for kids and adults in Missoula, MCT programs are all designed to develop the personal and professional skills and goals of the participants. The excellence of our productions along with our unique and acclaimed teaching methods result in the successful fulfillment of our mission: The development of life skills in children through participation in the performing arts.
CHRISTMAS TREE LIGHTiNG CONCERT: Challis Arts Council, in cooperation with the Hardy family and Challis Area Chamber of Commerce, pitches in to celebrate the yuletide season with a community concert of Christmas songs.
DINNER THEATER: Challis Arts Council hopes to revive this popular event in 2021.
Please refer to our monthly calendar for additional Educational Arts and Fundraisers throughout the year.
Challis Arts Council tries to hold at least one workshop a year offering instruction from accomplished artists in their particular field. Past programs have taught willow furniture, basket making, watercolor painting, professional art marketing and textile landscapes.
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM,
In cooperation with Challis Joint School District #181 the arts council brings in an artist to visit the school for a week. In the past, CAC has brought in storytellers, musicians, and poets that have worked with a variety of ages. One actually had students build and play their own didgeridoos! Stay tuned for information for the upcoming 2021/2022 school year.
We do receive some money from Idaho Commission of the Arts, and apply for grants from different public and private entities, but those funds are never a sure thing from year to year. We also hold fundraisers to keep the coffers full.
OFF THE WALL ART SALE
Local residents clean out their houses by donating their valuables to the MadDog Gallery to help raise money for operations. The Gallery becomes a great second hand art store with furniture, antiques and wonderful artwork that can be purchased over the two week sale.
BACK PORCH YARD SALE
This event is held at the end of the Off the Wall Art Sale with any donated items that would be of value to our community…we believe in recycling and reusing everything in our mountain community.
SOUP AND SONG AT THE MADDOG GALLERY
This evening of music and food held every other year on the first Saturday in November at the Gallery. Local chefs prepare soup, bread and desserts and diners sit down to eat on tables set up in our gallery and listen to local music. With your ticket price you get an original pottery bowl to fill with soup and then take home to remember your art experience.
See below for our current fundraiser and stay tuned for new fundraisers as they’re imagined and developed.
Your generous gift will help us fund our mission to help local artisans and the community. Together, we can make a difference.
There are so many ways to get involved in our arts community. Drop us a line to find out about events, volunteer opportunities and fundraisers!
632 Main Street, PO Box 1131, Challis, Idaho 83226, United States
Tuesday - Friday 11:00am -1:00pm and 2:00pm -4:00pm
Saturday - Seasonal