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Anna Marie Boles Draws Crowds, The World in Circumnavigations

Friday, Feb. 8

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Native Idaho artist Anna Marie Boles finds her inspiration in the times, places and distances around her.

"Her collection centers on mapping," said Kirsten Furlong, gallery director at Boise State University's Visual Arts Center. "It kind of traces her own personal experiences through various mapping techniques."

Boles' exhibition, Circumnavigations, is featured in the Hemingway Building Gallery through Friday, Feb. 22, and features a wide range of works based on different kinds of maps.

"She uses several different mediums," said Furlong. "There are a few neon pieces; two of them actually trace the outline of the Snake River as it is shown on a map. The third shows the outline of a canal off the Snake River near where she grew up."

In addition to neon pieces, Circumnavigations includes drawings, collages and sculptures inspired by aerial flyovers, digital maps, atlases and both real and imagined landscapes. For Boles, the artwork serves as a catalog of her own journey.

Boles will be at the opening reception for Circumnavigations is Friday, Feb. 8, from 6-8 p.m., to meet and greet patrons and answer questions.

The Visual Arts Center is also hosting a simultaneous reception in the Liberal Arts Building Gallery for the Annual Student Juried Exhibition, when awards are given to Boise State art students whose work was chosen to be part of the exhibit. Both receptions are free and open to the public.

Boles' work can be viewed any time during gallery hours: Monday-Thursday from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

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