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Enso Artspace Debuts Tiny Wonderful

And Sun Valley Center for the Arts unveils Crossing Cultures

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A new series opens Friday, Dec. 7 at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Ketchum, which explores our notions of race as the definition continues to morph.

Crossing Cultures: Ethnicity in Contemporary America includes four artists who collectively represent Native American, Asian, European and Mexican backgrounds.

Participating artists Bob Dix and Joe Feddersen will be on hand to talk about their work during an opening reception Friday, Dec. 7, from 5:30-7 p.m. Other artists involved in the show include San Francisco's Julie Chang, who blends motifs ranging from "Chinese textiles, European wallpaper patterns and contemporary graphic design," and Ana Serrano who works primarily in cardboard, making "sculptures of buildings she sees as representative of Latino neighborhoods in Los Angeles."

Crossing Cultures remains on display through Feb. 23, 2013. More information is available at the center's website, sunvalleycenter.org.

In the Treasure Valley, Enso Artspace is celebrating things both tiny and wonderful. On Friday, Dec. 7, Enso invites visitors to a special holiday reception for a new series, featuring all 10 Enso artists called Tiny Wonderful.

According to Enso's website, the series includes gold-leafed bones created by Chris Binion and leaf mosaics crafted by Lisa Pisano. The works are inspired by the holiday season, and will remain on display through January 2013.

Just down Chinden Boulevard, Payette Brewing Company hosts Art & Ale 3, which takes on a holiday theme this time. The event pairs local brews and art from noon to 10 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 8. You can score work by 12 local artists, including Noble Hardesty, Tomas Montano, Danielle Demaray, Julia Green, Fawn and Foal, and more. Saint Lawrence Gridiron slings eats and the C.O.T. provides live music.

And in calls-to-artists news, the Boise City Department of Arts and History is seeking designs for a life-sized sculpture of late Micron CEO Steve Appleton, which will stand in the courtyard of Boise State University's new Micron Business and Economics Building.

According to the city, the sculpture budget is $90,000. Artists nationwide are encouraged to apply, and applications will be reviewed by a selection panel in January 2013.

Once installed, the sculpture and courtyard will pay tribute to Appleton. For details or to apply, visit boiseartsandhistory.org.

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