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Let Your Inner Artist Shine in 2023

Register for one of the many classes offered through POAC By Jillian Chandler

Pend Oreille Arts Council

It was one year ago that Pend Oreille Arts Council unveiled the Joyce Dillon Studio to honor the legacy of Joyce through the namesake art studio.

When Joyce passed away in the summer of 2020, more than a dozen nonprofits in Bonner County were the beneficiaries of her estate—and Pend Oreille Arts Council was honored to be a recipient of her generosity. Thanks to the generous donation left to them, the board and staff of the POAC wanted to find a way to use the funds to ensure Joyce’s name and legacy lived on. They formed the JDS Committee, and planning for the new studio space began. It would make its home in a space at the Music Conservatory of Sandpoint (110 Main Street), upstairs from where the Pend Oreille Arts Council’s office resides.

As Board President Carol Deaner shares on POAC's website, "One of [Joyce's] last wishes was to help POAC continue its mission of providing artistic and cultural opportunities for the citizens of our community. The first step of this wish is the establishment of a classroom/studio where local artists and students, both young and old, can continue expanding their artistic endeavors.”

Through the Joyce Dillon Studio, students are encouraged to gather, learn and create. If you're hoping to explore your artistic side, or continue to nurture your already established passion for art, it's time to explore all the classes offered through the studio. From creating glass chimes from recycled material to weaving, urban sketching and wildlife and landscape painting, to pastels, oil painting and kimekomi, as well as photography, there's no shortage of mediums to delve into.

The current catalog of classes (with dates, times, descriptions and costs), can be found online at The schedule currently offers classes January through May.

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