About the Idaho Falls Arts Council
Since its founding in 1990, the Idaho Falls Arts Council has committed to hosting an array of events, arts, performances, and venues to feature local and international talent within Idaho Falls and its surrounding areas. Now consisting of the Willard Arts Center, the historic Colonial Theater, the ARTitorium, and the Civic Center, these settings provide the means to have an annual impact of $2.7 million on the local community in the form of art galleries, 10 - 16 mainstage shows, 8 visual arts exhibitions, and community events all year long. The continued support of its staff members and volunteers accommodate the thousands of individuals who partake in the local arts community.
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JUNE 3 - AUGUST 29, 2021: HALL GALLERY
Mel Edmondson & Bernadette Regnier
Free opening reception on Thursday, June 3, 5-8 p.m. at the Willard Arts Center in conjunction with the Idaho Falls Gallery Walk
Explorations of animal art by two artists with strong ties to eastern Idaho.
Born in Evanston, Illinois, Mel Edmondson was taught at an early age by her artist-mother, who studied art at the Art Institute of Chicago. Edmondson traveled extensively and lived in Europe and the Hawaiian Islands where landscape painting was her focus.
In addition to earning a Fine Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin in 1987, Mel studied art at the Leo Marchutz School of Art in Aix-en-Provence, France. Edmondson also has a degree in French language and Art Education and taught High School Art in Idaho Falls for fourteen years.
Mel aims to simplify her compositions using minimal color and brush strokes. Although wildlife is a predominant theme in her work, she explores other subjects in the outdoors. She currently works and lives in Middle Tennessee.
Bernadette Regnier is an Idaho Falls Artist who specializes in lino-cut printmaking, drawing, and painting, but also experiments with pottery, weaving, mosaics, and murals. She is president of the Snake River Plein Air Painters, a member of the Idaho Watercolor Society, and a resident artist at the Willard Arts Center.
Bernadette’s love of art started early in life. She grew up in Longmont, Colo., where her family has a feedlot and raised cattle. She spent her time drawing and painting the plants, animals, buildings, and vehicles around her home. She worked in agronomy for more than thirty years, advising farmers in the best way to grow canola and sugar beet. This work brought her to Idaho, and a few years ago she decided to become a full-time artist. Bernadette’s work focuses on plants and animals and she hopes to capture the spirit of her subjects in her art.
Michael Saunders and Monika Buerger, Lorena Murdock