Slideshow: First Thursday, June 7, 2012

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Ming Studios came alive on First Thursday, June 7, with live acoustic music, food and drinks, and opportunities to get involved with the glass-blowing process at Boise Art Glass. Visitors mingled in the warm studio and had a chance to see glass-blowers at work while also viewing their finished products.

Over at the Eighth Street Marketplace Artist In Residence studios, artist Star Moxley displayed her current installation, "If I Were ... I Would," a thought-provoking, multimedia work utilizing a prominently red color scheme. The box, which was central to the installation, was occupied by what Moxley called a throne. Moxley encouraged attendees to venture into the decorated box and experience it from different seating positions.

At Cassandra Schiffler's AIR studio, visitors were able to take part in "Constructing a Visual Space," where they could make their own visual space piece, photograph it, sign it and display it in the studio. In the back of the studio, Theresa Burkes displayed her multimedia artwork in a well-lit room. Her central piece, "Apron," was composed of a hand-shredded copy of the contentious ultrasound bill built into an apron that, when worn, covers the mouth of the person wearing it.

Over at the Basement Gallery, featured artist Jackie Hurlbert displayed her ceramic pieces and oil paintings, while Salon 162 showcased artist Shasta Nash's bright, imagery-laden artwork. The delicious smells of chocolate wafting from Salon 162's chocolate fountain drew in a crowd, but it was the unique work that got them to stay.

Down the street at Gallery 601, the Idaho Humane Society brought out a few dogs currently up for adoption for the annual Art for Animals exhibition. Many of the paintings sold from the exhibit during the month will benefit the Humane Society.

And over at the Egyptian Theatre, outdoor enthusiasts poured in for The Meltdown, a kayaking whitewater film festival that kicked off this year's North Fork Championship whitewater race on the Payette. Films from Red Bull, Bomb Flow, Forge Motion Pictures and Banks Mag showed kayakers plummeting off 50-foot waterfalls and more.

For a slideshow tour of all the above First Thursday events, click here.

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