Slideshow: First Thursday, July 2012

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Christina Birkinbines Treefort photos adorned the walls at The Crux.
  • Tabitha Bower
  • Christina Birkinbine's Treefort photos adorned the walls at The Crux for First Thursday.

The Northrup Building, home to 8th Street Marketplace Artists in Residence Kate and Sarah Masterson, got off to a quiet start on First Thursday, July 5. The two sisters' works are housed in a small, yet comfortable room that envelopes viewers. The duo collaborated on a few pieces and worked alone on others, which lent the work a sense of community. The brick wall at the end of the room only added to the pieces surrounding it as viewers were tempted to turn on the "Burlamp" hanging to the left.

Also on First Thursday, Art Source Gallery hosted its 11th Annual Juried Art Show. Cash awards were handed out by juror Amy Pence Brown and gallery-goers took in the artwork while listening to multiple musical acts. Best in Show went to Maria Essig for "Stanley Lake Mist," First Runner-up went to Angela Neiwert for "Paper Doll Dresses," Second Runner-up went to Linda Berberick for "Ode to Strawberry Blonde," and Third Runner-up went to Rachel Linquist for "Frida Kahlo Contemplates Her Heart." Those in attendance were high-spirited, even when Zion Warne's glass sculpture was accidentally knocked over and damaged. The artist took the damage with a grain of salt, as another joked: “Looks like you sold something!”

Over at Bricolage, the shop's cool air was filled with an inviting scent that reached out the front door to pull guests inside. Once inside, featured artist Brienne Oliver was working to create small “Beloved” prints, which she gave away to visitors. She encouraged people to funnel toward the rear of the store to view her artwork. Oliver’s hanging animals—pigs, elephants, frogs—were suspended from the ceiling in front of an elaborately created background. The exhibit was appropriately titled, Punkin' Hearts Whimsy A'flight, and the light-hearted pieces were indeed as whimsical as they were creative.

The taps were flowing once again for First Thursday at The Crux. Patrons enjoyed cold beer, caffeinated beverages and wine as they escaped the heat to soak in the melodic and harmonious voice of singer Miss Bobby Pins. Also performing for the First Thursday festivities was fusion belly dancer Iridessa Blossoms. Gallery-goers wandered from the bar, to the live entertainment, to the artwork of Christina Birkinbine, which was displayed on the walls. Birkinbine’s photography was printed on high-resolution aluminum and showcased Boise’s inaugural Treefort Music Fest, capturing the laid-back feel of the burgeoning Boise music scene.

Speaking of caffeinated beverages, Flying M celebrated its 20th anniversary on First Thursday with a photo- and memorabilia-collage that covered the art wall of the coffeeshop. The community hot spot came alive with the hustle and bustle of faithful patrons, as large groups gathered to enjoy coffee specials and conversation. Others wandered in to scope out the wall commemorating Flying M as a city staple on the corner of Fifth and Idaho streets. Flying M will be offering drink and retail specials throughout the week to celebrate its 20th anniversary.

And over at Boise Art Museum, a crowd of roughly 70 people gathered around Nick Cave’s massive stationary Soundsuits in anticipation of a live performance put on by Ballet Idaho dancers. Children spoke in hushed tones and the excitement grew as museum personnel shuffled viewers around to make way for the dancers. Once the music began, the colorful Soundsuits swept across the room in graceful moves. After a few minutes, some dancers pulled small children from the crowd to share in their joyous dance. All too quickly, however, the performance ended in a flourish of movement as the Soundsuits disappeared as quickly as they had come.

For a slideshow of all the First Thursday action, click here.

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