Salt Lake Culinary Center has installed both a gallery wall and a chalk mural area to showcase local talent. We also showcase pottery and other 3D artwork through the space. We invite you to stop in on weekdays from 10am-5pm and/or check out the artwork during a class or event.


Jerry Kencke ~ Photographer



A lifelong resident of Idaho with summers spent roaming the hills of the South Fork of the Boise River, Jerry attended Boise schools, and graduated fromMountain Home High School.  He majored in Botany at BSU when it was a two-year college.  Being a practical person with a young family, Jerry became a master electrician.  His skill and reputation earned him the respect of the local farming and ranching community.  He understands the soul of this independent community and has watched as commercialism and crowding infringe on the beauty of nature and change forever the way of life for so many.  His love of the outdoors sparked his interest, and for over 40 years he has used his camera to capture the fading western life scenes he has come to cherish.


Jerry’s award-winning work has appeared in juried exhibitions throughout the Northwest, various publications, & promotional materials.  Jerry was named a “Western Masters Artist” in 2013.  He is the first & only photographer ever accepted in this fine art organization’s 40-year history & partnership with the Charles M. Russell museum in Great Falls, Montana.  His recent credits include 2015 Peoples Choice Award & 2014 Winner of the NW Cultural Heritage Award, at the Wallowa Valley Arts Festival, Joseph, Oregon; “Best of Show” in the 2014, 2013 & 2012 Twin Falls Art in the Park; & the Boise City Arts Commission’s Public Art Collection.  His work hung in the Idaho State Governor’s office from 2007-2009.



Artist Statement


     I work in 35 mm, medium format and digital, creating images using only natural light.  I enjoy capturing the dusty excitement of local rodeos, life of Basque sheepherders, nature’s unexpected beauty in the lines, patterns and shadows of this rugged land, and the flowers that offset the harshness.  I try to show the beauty of western life around us, helping all of us to see its truth before it is gone. 

Equally important is how I display my work.  I do my own custom matting and hand-craft many of my frames to create a unique, artistic presentation.

To see more of my work, you may visit my website:




CHALK ART: Melody & Jack Tripp