Moscow— May 10, 2022 Moscow Contemporary will make available artwork for sale to benefit two local nonprofits. Proceeds from the “Community Benefit Art Sale” will go to Sojourners’ Alliance and Moscow Contemporary. The highlight of the sale is artwork by Kay Montgomery, Nick Bode, with additional work by Malcolm Renfrew, Bridgette Schnider, Donald Stanziano/Wade Lutz and others.

This four-day sale, May 19-22, 2022, to benefit two organizations in our community that work to make Moscow a better place to live for all its citizens. This will be a Dutch auction style sale (100% on Thursday and Friday, 75% on Saturday and 50% on Sunday). There will be special extended hours for the sale: Thursday and Friday 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm, Saturday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Sunday 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.


Two late Moscow water colorists, Nick Bode and Kay Montgomery, donated 19 watercolors of nudes to Sojourners’ Alliance. Other work is being donated to Moscow Contemporary.

Kay Montgomery was born outside of Meridian Idaho and raised on a ranch in Southwest Idaho. One of the founding members of the Palouse Watercolor Socius, Kay was also a merit member of the Idaho Watercolor Society, and a member the Northwest Watercolor Society. Kay was community minded and a staunch supporter of the arts and the environment.  She ultimately placed a portion of the family farm in a conservation easement with the Palouse Land Trust, to protect in perpetuity a piece of the beautiful Palouse.

Nick Bode was born in 1950 in Rhinelander, Wisconsin and in 1960 moved with his family to Moscow, Idaho. He began painting watercolor while in high school and studied art with Alf Dun at the University of Idaho. After retiring in 2002, Nick returned to watercolor in 2003. He was a prominent member of the Palouse Watercolor Socius and a member of the Idaho Watercolor Society. He died in June 2016.


Sojourners’ Alliance is a local nonprofit organization that fights homelessness with several programs:

Transitional Housing Program: Men’s Unit, Women’s Unit and Family units.

Low-income apartments: Sojourners keeps 3 low-income rentals in town.

Permanent Supportive Housing: Sojourners’ carries the lease and pays for rent and utilities on 11 apartments in town.

Homeless Prevention: Rental assistance for at-risk individuals.

Rapid Rehousing: Rental assistance with deposit and first month’s rent; subsequent months as needed.

Emergency Shelter: Temporary shelter in area motels.

Housing Specialist: Case management & referrals on a case-by-case basis.


Anyone who would like to seek assistance and check eligibility can call the Region 2 Access Point: (208) 310-4554, so they may help find a solution catered to specific circumstances.

Since August 1, 2021, Moscow Contemporary has been transforming the space at 414 S. Main Street into the best gallery in Idaho. It received its IRS 501c3 tax-exempt status in November 2021.