by BW Staff
First Thursday, Jan. 3, at Rediscovered Bookshop, the winners of the Boise Weekly Fiction 101 contest convened to read their stories out loud and take questions from the packed house.
Chief among them was why Fiction 101 winner Dusty Aunan chose to write a story about being pen pals with Genghis Khan.
“I liked the idea of reframing him as this naive and playful character, instead of as a conquering tyrant,” he said.
After the event, the writers all signed a copy of BW that will go on display in Rediscovered Bookshop. To listen to a full podcast of the event, click here.
Over at Bricolage, Chicago transplant Abby Christensen’s exhibition investigated loss and losing. A sculpture made of found trophies painted bright pink, and two numbered lists of words, related to failure and success.
Ryan Johnson transformed the Flying M Coffeehouse into Animal House, a series of paintings in ink, watercolor and acrylic. Notable pieces included a wolf wearing a jetpack, a foppish gentleman named Sir Reginald Dabinforthe IV, and a woman with dripping red chops in "Strawberry Plaid."
Down the street at the Linen Building Gallery, the new 19-person group show, Unfinished, debuted to a sizable crowd despite the frigid temps. Observers perused unfinished pieces by well-known locals like Kirsten Furlong, Kelly Packer and Charles Gill, while artist Bill Lewis painted at a table in the corner.
Over at Bleubird, the sounds of wee Boise Rock School musicians floated out over patrons sipping wine, slurping pheasant soup and checking out the intricate work of artist and recent BW profilee Olive Wicherski.
And finally, from clay cretins creeping out from Altoid tin luggage to painted Altoid tin interiors, Art Source’s Tin-stillation exhibition explored the interior spaces and exterior landscapes of the iconic metal containers.
For a slideshow of all the First Thursday action, click here.