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October in Art: Fall colors, aeroplanes and art for the kiddies

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Art abounds in the city of trees--it's easy to find and there's usually something for every aesthetic temperament. The following is just a sampling of what you might find on your First Thursday art walk this week. Check the First Thursday listings for a lot more.

Gallery 601: "Flying High With Bill Phillips"

William S. Phillips is well-known for his aviation-themed art and you only have to go as far as the post office to see a familiar image: Phillips was selected in 1997 by the U.S. Postal Service to paint the stamp illustrations for a sheet of 20 stamps entitled "Classic American Aircraft" (which became the second-best-selling stamp in 1997) and was was choosen again this year to illustrate another series, "American Advances in Aviation." (Coincidentally, I recently bought a sheet and sent the B-29 "Superfortress" to my grandfather, a veteran of a B-29.)

Phillips success might be attributed to a combination of old chestnuts like "do what you know" and "do what you love": He was chosen in 1988 to be a U.S. Navy combat artist and received the Navy's Meritorious Public Service Award and the Air Force Sergeants Association's Americanism Medal for his service. He has had shows at the Smithsonian's National Aviation and Space Museum, the Naval Aviation Museum and the Airmen Memorial Museum.

At the gallery this month, Phillips will exhibit his latest works, a series of landscapes. But don't worry, the airplanes are still in the picture, so to speak. Phillips' collection of aviation art, Into the Sunlit Splendor, was published this year by the Greenwich Workshop Press and will also be available for purchase at the First Thursday event.

Gallery 601, 211 N. 10th St., 336-5899, www.gallery601.com.

J Crist Gallery: Arts for Kids Fundraiser

The J Crist Gallery simultaneously celebrates its 10th year and opens the doors on its new gallery space with a new exhibition, Christine Raymond's Awakening (see page 33 for a review of the show).

Yet even with a lot to crow about, J Crist Gallery is putting the focus on their First Thursday event on something else. Partnering with the Boise City Arts Commission, J Crist will hold a fundraiser the the BCAC's Arts for Kids summer workshop program. Arts for Kids is a program that provides children in the Boise area with the opportunity to experience artistic and creative discovery through hands-on activities and to encourage year-round participation in the arts, thus engendering a knowledge (and hopefully love) of art in kids at an early age.

The Arts for Kids project, with a projected 2,000 participants, depends a lot on volunteers, private and business donations and events like the J Crist-sponsored fundraiser. "We are extremely grateful to the J Crist Gallery for this public-private partnership," says Tamera Cameron, the BCAC's performing arts manager. "It's forward-thinking that Jacque and her staff see the importance of providing support for the next generation of artists. This kind of support allows us to continue to provide Arts for Kids free of charge."

The evening will feature hors d'oeuvres and drinks provided by Red Feather Lounge, raffle tickets for artwork, and music by Darkwood Consort. Money raised will be matched dollar-for-dollar by the gallery.

Arts for Kids Fundraiser, 5-8 p.m., $1 at the door, $1 hors d'oeuvres and drinks and $1 raffle tickets for artwork, J Crist Gallery, 223 S. 17th St., 336-2671, www.jcrist.com.

BAM: Katy Stone's "Fall"

Georgia O'Keeffe may have been a big draw over the summer at BAM--perhaps the big name overshadowing everything else in the museum at the same time. But just because the exhibit ended mid-September doesn't mean BAM doesn't have other artistic cards tricks up its sleeve.

Since January, Katy Stone's art installation, entitled appropriately Fall, has graced the museum's sculpture court (see BW's review, "Painting as Sculpture," by Christopher Schnoor, May 4, 2005). The site-specific installation is created from thousands of streams of hand-painted acetate (a synthetic, plastic-like material) and gracing surfaces from walls to windows to the floor.

Using acrylic paints, Stone paints images on the acetate, then cuts the images to a shape, installing the formations to be viewed as both painting and sculpture. The transparency of the material allows light to pass through, producing shimmering reflections and shadows.

With pieces like Cascade, Red Fall and White Roots, the sculptures are inspired by nature and occurrences in nature.

The museum's regular First Thursday feature, Studio Art Exploration, is from 5-8 p.m. Participants will use transparent material to create artwork inspired by Stone's exhibit.

In conjunction with the winding down of the BAM exhibition, Stone will also deliver a lecture as part of Boise State's Visiting Artist and Scholar Series on October 13 at the Idaho Historical Museum.

Exhibit runs through October 16, Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Dr., 345-8330, www.boiseartmuseum.org.

Stone's lecture is at 6 p.m. on October 13 at the Idaho Historical Museum, 610 Julia Davis Dr., 334-2120. The event is FREE and open to the public.

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