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Basement Gallery Moves Above Ground

Jane and Mike Brumfield will take over Hyde Park Gallery space

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Almost three years ago, Jane and Mike Brumfield hopped across the Atlantic Ocean to purchase downtown Boise's Basement Gallery. Now it's time for another jump, but this one is only one mile away. Basement Gallery is moving into the old Hyde Park Gallery space.

"Obviously, we won't be in a basement anymore, so the name will go," Jane said.

The duo will do trade under the name Brumfield LLC and keep the name of the building in Hyde Park as Hyde Park Gallery.

Before the Brumfields were given the key to Basement Gallery on New Year's Day 2010, previous owner Perry Allen had focused on exhibiting work by young and emerging artists. In the years since, the Brumfields have maintained much of Allen's aesthetic, but Basement Gallery has grown up. The space also featured more established artists, including familiar names like Ben Wilson and Bill Carman, the artist who piqued the Brumfields' interest in buying the gallery.

The Brumfields have moved on, too.

"[Basement Gallery] is a cool space and it's very characterful and we've loved being here," Jane said. "I feel a huge affection for the space itself. At the same time, it's not a very functional space for a gallery."

The Hyde Park Gallery space will include a larger framing workshop, a more traditional gallery space and an office space for art appraisal, a new service that will be offered by Brumfield LLC.

"Our new space will really be more established artists, but we might keep that website to do some sort of online project and presence for new emerging artists," Jane said. "I want it to be first and foremost a gallery."

Saturday, Sept. 22, is the official launch date of the new Hyde Park Gallery. The opening event will run from 4-8 p.m., with food and beverages provided by 13th Street Pub and Grill. The exhibition will feature wax sculptures by Lisa Kaser as well as a group show of contemporary narrative paintings, including work by newcomers and Basement Gallery veterans.

Basement Gallery will continue to showcase art on its walls for a few more months. Ben Wilson's show runs through Saturday, Sept. 8, and an election-centric exhibit will open on First Thursday, Oct. 4, featuring new political caricatures by Jim Budde, along with a range of his older work. There are no confirmed plans for the Basement Gallery space after the Budde exhibit closes Saturday, Nov. 10.

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