Last week, Antiques Roadshow, the TV program beloved by collectors everywhere, announced plans to visit Boise. Production crews will roll into town Saturday, June 29, as part of an eight-city tour to film the popular Public Broadcasting Service program.
"We've invited Antiques Roadshow to come here for more than a decade," said Ron Pisaneschi, director of content at local PBS affiliate Idaho Public Television.
Every week, Roadshow takes a group of experts to cities across the country to appraise that town's family heirlooms and antiques. Participants bring in items pulled from dusty attics or basements, often cradling one-of-a-kind violins, priceless jewelry or vintage children's toys, with appraised values in the thousands, much to the surprise of their owners.
"Heretofore, they haven't done it in Boise because, for the first many years, the requirement was that there be 100,000 square feet of column-free space, which we don't have in Idaho," said Pisaneschi.
However, the Roadshow production crew, according to Pisaneschi, experimented successfully with shooting the program at smaller venues, ultimately securing Boise as a stop on the tour. A venue will be revealed at a later date, but you can download a free ticket application at pbs.org/antiques.
Moving from PBS to BODO, artists are encouraged to apply for free studio space at the 8th Street Marketplace and Renewal Underground as part of the Artist in Residency program.
Last week, the Boise City Department of Arts and History issued a new call for artists for residencies from March to August 2013, open to emerging and established Idaho creators in any discipline. AIR artists are given use of studio space to create new work. In return, they host art events on the First Thursday of each month. Abby Christensen, Tyler James Bush, Mary Lantz and Tuong Anh Ens are the current AIR artists, whose terms expire in March. Applications may be submitted before the noon deadline Friday, Feb. 1.
And speaking of Tyler Bush's AIR studio, the artist was the victim of a burglary he believes occurred between 11:30 p.m. Jan. 8, and 11:30 a.m. Jan. 10. Bush returned to his studio space to find his Apple Mac Mini computer, Apple iPhone 3GS and a mini projector missing.
Bush is offering a piece of his artwork to the person who steps forward with the items. Those with information can contact Boise Police or the artist via his website, tylerjamesbush.com.