Sally Ellis' painting entitled Lunch Break Taggart Lake

The work of lifelong artists and Brigham Young University–Idaho faculty members will be on display in the Spori Art Gallery from May 31 to July 23 in its next exhibit titled, “Brush Fire: Retrospective Exhibit.” An opening reception for the artists will be held on May 30 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. in the Spori Art Gallery where visitors can meet the artists and enjoy light refreshments.

On the eve of their retirement from BYU-Idaho, Rich Briggs (ceramics) and Sally Ellis (watercolor) will feature their work in a retrospective exhibit where guests can enjoy pieces that span the entirety of the artists’ careers. Briggs will display functional earthenware and sculptural pieces, including wood-fired stoneware—a rare treat as there are only a few wood-burning kilns in Idaho.

Ellis, an award-winning artist and signature member of the Idaho Watercolor Society, will showcase her watercolor paintings featuring regional landscapes.

“Brush Fire” is an exhibit where watercolor and fired stoneware will meet in a harmonious combination making it a must-see attraction.

“This stunning, duo exhibit is a fun one, where visitors will be pleasantly surprised about how earthenware and watercolor landscape paintings get along so well. It reminds viewers that we truly do live in a beautiful world,” said Spori Art Gallery Curator Kyoung Dabell. 

The BYU-Idaho Spori Art Gallery features the works of local and regional artists as well as the university’s permanent collection. The gallery is open to the public from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on weekdays and 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Private tours are offered to groups of 15 or more guests and can be booked by contacting