The Gallery

The Gallery at the Linen Building is a second-floor, loft-style art gallery located inside the Linen Building Event Center. With natural light, warm sunsets and bird's-eye views of Downtown Boise and the Linen District, The Gallery offers artists and art lovers a fresh, unique urban space in which to display and view art.

Since opening in August 2009, The Gallery at the Linen Building has featured several exhibits showcasing the work of some of Idaho's top professional artists, as well as student and faculty artists from Boise State University.


The Gallery is open weekdays from 10 am to 3 pm and on weekends by appointment only.

Current Gallery Opening



Portland artist Reed Clarke’s “Exploring Identity”  

“Exploring Identity" features over 20 oil paintings and sketches from 2009 through 2013.  Clarke’s work centers on presence. “I do not try to create a likeness as much as to present a person who makes us want to look, and then look again.”

This will be Reed Clarke’s first time showing in Idaho.


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Most of my paintings began with a face and poses that interests me. It seems natural and compelling for me to represent people in my work. I like the idea of having a human subject and the discipline it imposes. In all the people I attempt to capture in paint, whether actual or conjured, I can’t seem to escape constantly running into some part of myself. And even though a painting may start with a face or a figure, I am soon lost in the actual process of painting: the interplay of color, line, volume, tone, value. Always, I’m trying to have the courage to paint over the early pleasing parts of a painting and arrive at something beyond what I thought was going to be the destination when I began – to let the process of painting have a say in the resolution that’s right for the specific painting I’m working on. The finished painting may have many failures before the final state of the painting begins to emerge.  In the end, I hope for a balance between the subject of the painting and actual paint on the canvas.



Reed Clarke was born in Long Beach, California in 1947 and grew up in the Los Angeles area.  He attended art classes as a teenager and after graduating from college in Portland, attended the University of Iowa where he earned a Master’s of Fine Arts degree in 1972.  While at Iowa he was influenced by the work of Mauricio Lasanski.  After graduate school, Reed spent a year living in Europe, with extended periods of time in England, France, Holland and Scotland.  Upon returning to Portland in 1975, Reed continued to study print making and painting for several years with George Johanson and Jack Portland.  After teaching for a number of years at the Oregon Episcopal School, he returned to graduate school and obtained a Ph. D in counseling psychology from the University of Oregon.  Recently retired, Reed spends the majority of time painting and print making in his studios in Portland and at the Oregon Coast in Gearhart.