Local Artists

Current Installation

Artist Haagensen standing under and holding up different artworks.

Lynne Haagensen

A master of the unique art of printmaking, Lynne Haagensen is known around Idaho as a Professor Emeritus from the University of Idaho. Her art, displayed around the walls of the D Street entrance, are meant to be viewed as a series, building to a crescendo in the center.

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ARCADE 1UP Clarkston

Richard Stover has been repairing and restoring arcade cabinets for several years. Currently on display are Space Invaders Deluxe (1983), Pole Position (1982), and Gravitar (1983). This display was featured in the March 2, 2023 issue of The Scoop newspaper.

Space Invaders Deluxe, Gravitar, Out Run

Ongoing Installations

Ralph Crawford and his wife

Ralph Crawford

Ralph Crawford moved to Lewiston from Southern California in 1960 and has become a local figure ever since. His most famous sculpture, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mr. Olympia, has several copies around the world, including, Ohio, Hong Kong, and even at Mr. Schwarzenegger's house in Austria. Mr. Crawford has loaned several of his Western works to the Library, even providing the buffalo pelt under his epic Buffalo Run.

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Sharon Taylor Hall

Sharon's work can be seen throughout the local community, both in her volunteer work and her works of art, the latter of which can be seen at the Historical Center, Lewiston High School and Pioneer Park.  She created our wonderful Reading Mother, as well as a few dozen miniatures of it that are available for purchase.

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John Patterson

John Patterson, retired Lewiston High teacher for over 30 years, is a self-described formalist, ‘interested in non-objective designs.’ He works in many mediums, with 2 oil paintings visible in the Community Room and 4 wood bookcases throughout the Lewiston Library. The books inside are carved by Mr. Patterson to honor 1st Edition Friend donations.

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Dan Piel (1929-2002)

Dan Piel has hauntingly beautiful portraits across America, including Mozart in Cal Poly Theatre, Lyndon Johnson at the Johnson Library, and the stunning Chief Joseph series on display here at Lewiston Library. We are thankful to the Nez Perce County Historical Society for loaning these works to us.

3 portraits of Chief Joseph as an adult

Previous Installations


Erin Cassetto

"Art is my way of valuing everyday experiences. By painting on site (en plein air) and later reflecting in my studio, I have the privilege of exploring what makes these moments stand out to us. I am interested in the patterns and rhythms that are unique to places. I am fascinated (and sometimes frustrated) by the lines, brushstrokes, colors and tones that record memories and observations of the places, spaces and moments I’ve experienced." Erin's backpack allows her to find the "just right" location to paint from with a small journal, portable paints and brushes, water and the all important survival necessities including bear spray. Her easel is used for sites accessible by car rather than on foot.

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Ray Esparsen

Colorado native Ray Esparsen has taught art for almost 3 decades, and his work is a regular fixture around Lewiston today. With the title Professor Emeritus from Lewis-Clark State College, Ray has become an artist full-time, and his work can be seen around town during Art Walk. Whether dealing with surrealism, landscapes or abstraction, Rays artwork is instantly recognizable.

A Surrealist mural by Ray Esparsen (Photograph by Randy Goss)