COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho – The art community in Coeur d’Alene has rallied together for one of their own.
The city has become an art destination thanks to Steve Gibbs. He has spent decades helping the northwest arts industry and its community. For almost 20 years the Art Spirit Gallery has been just as much about the community as it has been for showcasing pieces, especially during the city's art walk.
"We get three to five hundred people that come down. They get to meet each other, see the artwork, meet the artist that created them and realize that they're people that live right here with them," said Gibbs.
It is Gibbs' love for art and Coeur d’Alene that fuels the gallery. It has been important to him ever since he was a child. Over the years the gallery has helped many foundations like Team Gleason and other ALS organizations. But on Friday night, the community gave back to him.
"I just have a huge support group of good friends through the arts," Gibbs explained.
Over the summer Gibbs was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease, also known as ALS. Local artists decided to dedicate their November show to him. Money from the artwork sold will go toward Gibbs trust and medical bills. Even at a benefit that's meant for him, Gibb's wants people to take away a more selfless message.
"Art is alive and well in Coeur d'Alene, there's nothing about age or income or anything else. Everybody is welcome and it's fun," said Gibbs.
Gibbs has been working with the University of Idaho to form a non-profit partnership that will give different educational opportunities.