Hidden Talents opens in Tonasket, grand opening Saturday

Sally Rose Howerton
Sally Rose Howerton’s store Hidden Talents in Tonasket is set up to be equal parts art supply store, art studio and art gallery. Charlene Helm/staff photo

TONASKET – Sally Rose Howerton feels that there is a big need to fill for local artists and hopes that her new shop, Hidden Talents at 315 S. Whitcomb in Tonasket, can satisfy that need, and then some.

“So many ‘creatives’ are trying to work at their kitchen table and have to wait days for shipments to arrive from other sources,” Howerton said. “I just don’t think it should be so difficult to make art.”

Howerton said her frustration of having to travel to Spokane for supplies and instruction became her inspiration.

“Spokane Art Supply (is) a wonderful place, full of creative people and lots of inspiration,” she says. “I just wondered why we couldn’t have something like that here. When this store front opened up I just had to take that leap of faith.”

Hidden Talents is equal parts art supply store, art studio and art gallery. Howerton will carry a plethora of supplies, ranging from the common (water colors, oils, acrylics, pen and ink, colored pencils) to the unusual (mixed media, collage, mosaic, art journaling, magna).

“We have a classroom and will soon have a calendar of classes offered,” she says.

The store will have WiFi access and plans are in the works for classes on promoting one’s art through online markets and e-stores, as well as making connections through social networking. Also featured will be Open Studio Play Days once or twice a month, where artists can work on their own projects or lean new techniques from an instructor.

“That’s me,” she says, “but I am certainly hoping other artists will join in and want to teach as well.”

Howerton is also planning on implementing a concept she calls the Art Bar.

“This will be great for small groups or families,” she says. “For a set fee attendees will receive a canvas, shots of paint (of their choice), collage glue and full access to the classroom, collage papers, tools, supplies and instructions for two hours.

“Think of it as an alternative to going to the movies!”

Howerton and her husband of 21 years have lived in the Okanogan Highlands and have built, remodeled, sold and rented out homes in the area for nearly all of that time. They have two adult children who live in the Spokane area, and currently share their home with “three very prickly cats,” she says, “and whatever stray happens to cross my path.”

Hidden Talents will have its Grand Opening on Saturday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Local artist Jim Weaver, a wine tasting hosted by Esther Bricques Winery (3-5 p.m.), refreshments and possibly live music are special attractions planned for the day.