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Inspired by Nature

Outdoor Idaho's, "Inspired by Nature," showcases a variety of artists from around the state who use nature as their muse. A fused glass artist from Challis, a wild-fowl wood carver from Nampa, plein air painters in the Sawtooths, and a famous mixed media artist from Clark Fork share their talents, techniques, and inspiration.

"Idaho's landscape and nature inspire all of us in different ways,” says producer Sauni Symonds. “Outdoor Idaho covers the issues, the adventure, and the beauty of our state, but I also wanted to give voice to those who are inspired to preserve or represent nature through their art form."

Ted Smith, award winning wild-fowl wood carver from Nampa is considered a master of his craft, and at 75 is doing some of his best work.

Claudia Whitten, fused glass artist in Challis mixes a little bit of technical engineering with creative expression. Her kilns cook plates, bowls, and vases around the clock to satisfy her clients and galleries.

Plein Air painters gather in the Sawtooths to capture nature's beauty in real time. With canvas, paint, and natural inspiration they replicate nature under open skies.

Evelyn Sooter, mixed media artist in Clark Fork uses nature's discarded-and-forgotten to assemble works coveted by collectors and museums around the country.