by Andrew Crisp
When Rebecca Mitchell's mother Surel—a beloved local artist specializing in brash use of color in a variety of media—passed away in October of 2011, a bevy of local artists turned out for the funeral. There, Rebecca promised to turn Surel's Garden City home into the Valley's newest artist in residence program, dubbed Surel's Place.
"She is my patron saint and she will continue to be the city’s patron through Surel’s Place," Rebecca said at her mother's funeral. "Artists will be able to come to her house and live and work in her home, creating more important beauty and truth for this community."
Rebecca worked with a board, which includes local artists like Michael Cordell and Karen Bubb, public arts manager for the City of Boise Department of Arts and History.
"I like to think of Surel as the grand dame of the Boise art scene. Her unconventional style and incredible civic involvement has shaped Boise and Garden City over the past 30 years," said Bubb in her eulogy.
On Wednesday, June 13, Boise Weekly goes behind the scenes to look at the creation the forthcoming Surel's Place. Below is a video preview of the home that will allow artists space to live and work.