by Tara Morgan
Our first stop during the abnormally mild and balmy February First Thursday was the Flying M for the Valentine for AIDS 19th Annual Silent Art Auction. The artwork varied in quality and style, with over 100 pieces on display. Some of it reflected the message of the event—raising awareness for HIV/AIDS—while other pieces dealt with an assortment of love-themed subjects. The display was bright and well put together, with lots of impressive and eye-popping pieces for visitors to enjoy and bid on. The silent auction will close on Sunday, Feb. 12, at 4 p.m.
Next on the list was the Rose Room for the Year of Idaho Food Fettuccine Forum. Three of Boise’s resident food experts spoke on the current state of Idaho’s food culture. Amy Hutchinson, co-founder of the Boise Urban Garden School, talked about the insights gained and lessons learned over the course of the Year of Idaho Food, and about where to go next. She also talked about the dishes and foods that best reflect our state heritage—including fry sauce, huckleberries, lamb and potatoes.
Food journalist and BW contributor Guy Hand spoke about people’s evolving attitudes and relationships towards food. He illustrated his points by sharing his various food stories and adventures from the past year, including visits with wheat growers in Northern Idaho, and a trip to a geothermal heated greenhouse that grows organic oranges in the Idaho winter.
Janie Burns, owner of Meadowlark Farm, spoke on the need to develop a vibrant food culture for future generations in the face of degraded natural resources. She also touched on the relationship between food and the economy, and food and individual bodily health.
After sharpening up on food knowledge, it was off to the Add the Words art show at the Bittercreek Ale House. Unfortunately, the art was nestled behind tables of folks enjoying their dinners, making it awkward and difficult to get a good look. But the heart-shaped wall of mixed-media art featured some impressive pieces, and all of it reflected the spirit and message of the LGBT rights campaign.
Next on the journey was Bricolage for Elijah Jensen’s Dying Letter Office opening. Jensen’s meticulously hung show included a variety of delicately pinned-up mixed media items that he had mailed out to DLO project participants over the last three years. Show attendees cozied up close to work to read the intimate lettering and see the hand stitching on many of Jensen’s pieces. The exhibit also showcased a number of items Jensen received back from friends in the mail, including stenciled birds and dried leaves.
We wrapped up our First Thursday journey at the packed Art Source Gallery for the kickoff of the Idaho Scholastic Art and Writing Awards exhibit. Gold and Silver Key award recipients from local high schools displayed their artwork and student writers stepped up to the microphone to read their prose. The exhibit will be up through the end of the month at Art Source Gallery, 1015 W. Main St.
You can check out a slideshow of our February First Thursday journey here.