Center for Arts & History

Exhibits & Events

Current Exhibits

Lewiston's Beuk Aie Temple

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Words & Light

September 6-October 26

The opening for the WORDS & LIGHT, an ekphrastic exhibit featuring photography from three artists with poetry and descriptive stories will open on Friday, September 6 at 4:30 p.m. at the Lewis-Clark State College Center for Arts & History, located at 415 Main St. in Lewiston.

Sean D. Cassidy, presents his floral photography and ekphrastic poetry exhibit Flora Poetica.  The exhibit seeks to see a flower’s beauty in its many appearances throughout its life cycle. Cassidy’s exhibit includes photographs and videos accompanied by ekphrastic poems by: Claire Davis, Okey Good, Dennis Held, JD Mathes, Mark Sanders, Derek Sheffield, Kimberly Verhines, Ellen Vieth, and Robert Wrigley. Two photographs hanging in this collection are left without poems so viewers may share their own poetic impression. Cassidy is a Humanities professor at Lewis-Clark State College and has spent much of his life traveling around the world documenting his experiences through movies, videos, and photography.

RA Friedman is a photographer who works in NYC and maintains a studio in Philadelphia. Freidman brings his pinhole photography exhibit “Figurative Alchemy” to the Center and is this year’s Lewis-Clark State College Humanities Division Rosehill Scholar. Freidman uses a primitive pinhole camera, making exposures that run into minutes, and prints that take months, sometimes years to resolve. “I undo modern methods and bring the image-making process to a near crawl.” Friedman says.  His work utilizes digital technology and traditional photographic tools and techniques that connect with the history of the craft. A pinhole camera demonstration will take place by Freidman on September 26 at 5:30 p.m. for $10 per person through LCSC Continuing Education.  Those interested may register at

Boise photographer Chad Estes brings his exhibit “Reveal Mission,” filled with compassionate photography and storytelling to the Center. Estes is an Idaho native who learned photography from his artist father, Dean Estes, and uses the same Nikon camera and took classes from the same photography professor at Boise State University, 20 years apart. In 2011 Estes started the Reveal Mission to bring together his passion for telling people’s narratives using portraits and written stories. In the fall of 2012 he held his first art show revealing the scars and stories of eight breast cancer survivors and warriors.

Estes became dedicated to providing compassionate photography and storytelling art therapies for people with cancer, body image struggles and life altering experiences and currently serves as Idaho’s State Lead Ambassador for the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network working on legislation for cancer patients and increased cancer research funding. He also serves his local community as a hospice chaplain.

WORDS & LIGHT exhibit is brought to the community through grant funding from ARTSIdaho and US Bank.

The Center for Arts & History galleries are open Tuesday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free but donations are welcome. For more information about the exhibitions or to schedule a docent tour, visit or call 208-792-2447.

Featured Workshops

RA Friedman Pinhole

Thursday, September 26th

5:30-7:30 pm Pinhole Photography: Light Painting the Figure taught by RA Friedman

This class requires prior Registration to participate

Cost: $10

Register through Continuing Education Classes online or call the office.

Pinhole photography, the use of a small aperture instead of a lens, has traditionally been a natural light medium. This hands-on workshop brings the DIY analog process into the studio, working with the human form in a whole new way and creating mysterious "hand-drawn" light and shadow on Polaroid-type film that can be manipulated in-camera during the minute's long exposure.

Saturday, October 5th

1-3 pm Artist Clayworks Demonstration with John Patterson

Saturday, October 12th

During Second Saturday there will be a follow-up on the Clayworks Demonstration with John Patterson. This will allow students from the Demonstration to finish their clay projects

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See List below for Next Second Saturday, Family Art Day Date.

Bring the whole family from 1-3PM and make a unique arts and craft project together for your child to take home. 

Second Saturday Dates: 

  • September 14
  • October 12
  • November 9
  • December 14
  • January 11
  • February 8

  Grant Funding 


Our exhibit season brought to the community through grants from:

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More Information

Please call 208-792-2447 to inquire about additional hours and facility availability.

If you are interested in exhibiting at the Center for Arts and History click here for more information.