Here is a little flashback to when I painted this mural in the Center Street Underpass in Pocatello a couple years ago. It took 8 hours to complete (luckily this time lapse isn’t that long). ;)
I would like to extend a big “thank you” to Stephanie Bachman, Danae Lenz, and the Idaho State Journal for this wonderful piece on Gumption! It’s so exciting to be highlighted. I am also very grateful for this kind, encouraging community that can be found here in Pocatello. Many thanks!
To read the article on Idaho State Journal’s website click here.
Article Written by Stephanie Bachman for the Idaho State Journal
THE ART OF GUMPTION: Graphic designer adds a new spin on Old Town Pocatello
Old Town Pocatello is rife with personality, and Paige Weber’s Gumption is no exception.
On the third floor of the historic Kane building, Weber’s illustrative design studio is an eclectic pocket full of her art, whether that be its Idaho-shaped stickers of Idaho State University’s Red Hill, watercolor postcards of English cows or posters of the many neon signs that light up the streets of Old Town Pocatello.
“For me, I love to paint, I love to design, and I love digital illustrations,” Weber said. “The variety is what keeps me going.”
Weber moved from Boise in 2015, and in August quit her full-time job and dedicated her efforts toward creating art for her clients and the community. Her mom, who’d been a fine artist in Weber’s early years, helped cultivate her daughter’s love of art, and was one of the inspirations that gave Weber the final push to open up a studio.
“In 2013, (my mom) was diagnosed with terminal cancer and in the last couple months of her life she started to paint again,” Weber said. “And for me, it was a real poignant moment because it took her till the end of her life to pick this up again, and she loved it, and so for myself … I’m going to really make art my business.”
At the start of 2015, she took on a year-long goal to whip out one painting a day and in 2016, leaped headfirst into a project that emphasized the small yet powerful icons that make Pocatello distinct.
In 2017, she created the Gumption Works Zine, a miniature magazine that highlights eateries, hot spots, and events of Old Town, with a flair of the Gumption’s stylized personality coming through the illustrated artwork. Weber distributed these in shops and businesses around the area and would like to launch a new, updated one in the future.
“It was a guerrilla art effort just to get it out to the community,” she said. “I wanted people to know what was great about Pocatello. … I did (a First Friday Art Walk) over at Deckadence, and a lady took a bunch (of zines) to take to her class reunion. It was interesting where it wound up.”
Another project she’s working on is the Neon Lights Collection, where she draws and digitally designs Pocatello’s historical neon lights that are making a welcome and colorful return back to the streets. Among just a few that she’s captured onto paper are the signs of the Chief Theatre, Red’s Key Cycles, Tough Guy Lanes and Buddy’s Italian Restaurant, with more on their way.
“I’m really into neon sign art right now, and that’s all thanks to Pocatello because we are a unique area, and we have a unique situation where we have all these neon signs,” she said.
One of her year-end goals is to create a calendar of the neon signs, but for now she shares her current collection at the Portneuf Valley Farmer’s Market and intends to participate in it this upcoming year.
UPDATE: Due to frigid temps and delays in construction this event has been POSTPONED until April! I will post updated information closer to that time.
The time has finally arrived to relight the iconic Fred’s Photo Sign in Pocatello! Relight the Night, the Cuoio family, and community donors are excited to bring you the first sign relighting of 2019. Join us for First Friday Art Walk at the Old Town Pocatello offices located at 420 N. Main Street on March 1, 2019, from 5 to 8 pm. Fred’s Photo Service imagery and historical artifacts will be on display in Old Town Offices. THE RELIGHTING WILL COMMENCE AT 6:30 PM. Join us for this historical celebration! We look forward to seeing you.
NEW IDAHO PRINTS
Our Idaho stickers were such a success, Gumption is now offering these paintings in limited edition, signed, and numbered prints! Each piece is printed on 130 lb. extra heavy linen cardstock and comes in a 9" x 12" size. All made in the USA. These are perfect for gifts or to show your Idaho pride.
Currently, you purchase one print for $20 or two for $35. You can snag prints in the studio or online at: https://www.ihavegumption.com/prints/. This will be the only print run for these watercolor paintings. Get yours before they are gone!
I am excited to share that Gumption has spent the last couple days moving into the Kane Building on Center Street in Pocatello. Beginning in the new year you will be able to visit Gumption headquarters. I will have regular office hours for those hoping to stop in for some Gumption Gear.
Join Relight the Night for the unveiling of the new and improved Hotel Yellowstone Sign in Old Town Pocatello! We will be relighting the sign Friday, November 23rd at 8:30 pm. It will be a night to go down in the history books.
Gumption will have a booth slinging our goods at the 69th Annual Warren Miller Ski Movie: A fundraiser benefiting CW HOG.
You can get tickets to this event at the CW HOG office, Barrie’s Ski and Sports, Element Outfitters, and the Pocatello Ski Swap on Nov. 2 & 3 in the ISU Ballroom.
DETAILS YOU SHOULD KNOW
ISU Outdoor Adventure Center and Volkswagen Present
WARREN MILLER'S "FACE OF WINTER"
November 3, 2018
ISU's Bengal Theater
5:00 pm Family-Friendly Matinee
7:00 pm Pre-Party (cash bar w/ beer and wine)
8:00 pm Screening
Tickets: $12 in advance & $15 at the door
Lately, I have been working on some Pocatello specific gear. I love living in this great town and I know others do too. Why not celebrate it? I have a few stickers dedicated to the cause, but I wanted to make one of them extra special.
It’s been about a year since I picked up a paint brush and I felt it was time to make it happen again. This painting is dedicated to Pocatello’s Gap that can be seen at the Lower Gibson Jack Trail head. The video below shows the process of creating this painting.
Here is a link to the the stickers that are available on the site: https://gumption.works/collections/printed-goods
No, I am not offering career advice.
Well, maybe . . .
I had the opportunity to work on this book cover over the last couple months. The book has been a labor of love for a mentor and friend of mine, Connie Miller. I first met Connie while I was working at the Girl Scouts. She was a board member and was part of my marketing committee. We have been friends ever since.
Why this book is so powerful. Connie has over 25 years of executive leadership, most recently as CEO of Icon Credit Union based in Boise, Idaho. She’s won a number of awards, given hundreds of hours of volunteer service, and mentored many people. Now, she can share her guidance with the masses!