It's officially spring, but the leaves have changed over at the 8th Street Marketplace Artist in Residence program. The cast of skillful virtuosos occupying spaces since October 2011 has been replaced by a new batch of artists, including printmaker Theresa Burkes, sculptor Adrian Kershaw, multimedia artist and costume designer Star Moxley, mixed-media purveyors Kate and Sarah Masterson, filmmaker Seth Randal, abstract painter Cassandra Schiffler and bookmaking troupe the Idaho Book Arts Guild.
The first First Thursday of spring also brings Portland, Ore., letterpress aficionado Kyle Durrie, who built a mobile print shop in the cargo bay of an old delivery truck. In June 2011, she hopped into the makeshift rig and toured the country offering demos to American cities large and small. The last stop in her tour will be the shared space between Bricolage and MING Studios, just next door to Boise Weekly headquarters.
Speaking of BW, freelance photographer Laurie Pearman is opening a new collection at Flying M Coffeehouse. Pearman said the series is a challenge to herself and a break from the portraiture she does for both BW and in a fine-arts capacity. The series is a still-life exploration called Dysfunctional Dollhouse.
More fab BW photogs are also on display this First Thursday. Former BW photography intern Will Eichelberger will hang his photos at The Crux and the Happy Fish Sushi and Martini Bar through April. Eichelberger's piece, "White Buffalo II," the sun-bleached skull of a cow set over a colorful backdrop, graced the cover of BW's March 28 issue.
At Boise Art Museum, the exhibition Open to Interpretation pays homage to the history of the riverside arts bastion with a collection culled from 3,000 submissions from 1937 to 2012. Sculptor John Grade, a crafter of fascinating three-dimensional work, will host a discussion about his inspiration in conjunction with the exhibition.
Furthermore, BAM's Melanie Fales will host a Fettuccine Forum on the museum's 75th anniversary celebration at the Rose Room at 5:30 p.m., with food from Simply Pizza and beverages available.
Over at the Linen Building, First Thursday patrons are invited to an exhibition by one of BW's Cover Auction Grant recipients Ed Anderson. The Minnesota expat explores the last 10 years of life in Idaho. His anatomical watercolors of Gem State fish are a particular treat.
For a full list of First Thursday events as well as a map, click here.