Renowned Illustrator at Gallery 601
It's not often we make a pronouncement this definite, but at the risk of overshadowing the bevy of First Thursday events that are well worth your time, we think this may be the biggest thing happening this First Thursday.
Artist and illustrator Scott Gustafson of Connecticut-based The Greenwich Workshop Inc. takes up residence at Gallery 601 for the evening to discuss and sign his work, including the recently published Favorite Nursery Rhymes from Mother Goose, which features Gustafson's illustrations. Gustafson has made a successful career putting some of the best-known children's books into pictures, including The Night Before Christmas, The Nutcracker, Peter Pan, Alphabet Soup, Animal Orchestra and Classic Fairy Tales, for which he won the Chesley Award for best interior book illustrations from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists.
In addition to an opportunity to meet the artist, this is also a do-good event for The Learning Lab, a nonprofit organization based out of the Boise Public Library that reinforces basic learning skills in academic areas like math, reading, writing and spelling, as well as real-world skills for GED prep and the workplace.
Fans are encouraged to let Halloween linger one more night and arrive at Gallery 601 dressed as a classic fairy tale character (not, however, as the Big Bad Wolf's scary, non-fairy tale Halloween cousin). And a $25 donation to the Learning Lab puts visitors in the running to win one of Gustafson's framed works courtesy of Gallery 601, while 20 percent of the evening's profits will benefit the Learning Lab.
From the Outside In
For the mono-linguistic English speakers who cannot correctly translate the name of the new downtown women's clothing store, Belle, it's French for beautiful, mes cheries. Formerly a woman's fashion boutique of a similar name, new owner Kellie Reagles took over the store at the end of September and reopened under the much abbreviated moniker. Reagles fills the racks with uber-designer names like Castle jeans and Victoria Beckham (in fact, Belle just may be the only place in town to pick up VB fashion). Fall coats are new in stock, and Belle carries a line of accessories including shoes, jewelry and handbags.
Belle is open until 9 p.m. First Thursday with a $10 discount on purchases of $50 or more. 220 N. Ninth St., 208-345-1039.
Jewels for a Queen
Boise artist Robert Grey Kaylor of R. Grey Gallery and Utah-based artist Winston Gamble show off a dozen new pieces this First Thursday.
"We've been doing a joint show for the last six years, and it's always every November," explains Kaylor. "We change format every year. In the past, we've featured bracelets or rings. This year, each artist has contributed six new and unique neck pieces utilizing various metals, including 14-karat gold, 18-karat gold, platinum and sterling silver.
Kalyor says the pieces featured in this show range in price from $900 to a hefty $20,000 for an aqua diamond piece with 18k white gold and platinum. Both artists will be present to discuss their work, and hors d'oeuvres will be served.
R. Grey Gallery, 415 S. 8th St., 208-385-9337.
Sotheby's it's not, but quality nonetheless
We here at BW like to think of our cover as the place where art by the people and for the people slaps the people in the face each and every week. Inviting local artists to submit their latest and greatest for publication on our cover is an unconventional strategy insofar as the rest of the alt and faux-alt weeklies are concerned, but we never have been too scared to deviate from the norm.
So here's how it works. Artists—the novices and the pros—submit work to our offices. Our esteemed art director picks and chooses and publishes. We save up all the year's covers, frame 'em and then auction 'em off for charity every November. In the past, proceeds from our auctions have benefitted children's arts organizations, as well as a public art installation on Sixth Street downtown. It's a win-win situation for everybody: The artists make a buck for their work, we support the arts community, and we have plenty of cool work gracing our walls. The only downside? After the auction, our office walls are completely bare.
Starting First Thursday, November 1, 50 covers will be on display for preview at the Idaho State Historical Museum. Drop in, peruse the selection, make some notes as to which pieces you can't live without, and then show up to bid on auction night: Thursday, November 8, doors open at 5:30 p.m.
Stewart Gallery All Week Long
Although Stewart Gallery is gracefully bowing out of First Thursday activities this month, the gallery is currently hosting its 20th anniversary show with a celebratory collection of work from 20 artists titled "20/20." The exhibit runs through Wednesday, November 7, in the gallery's new home on Jefferson Street..
On Friday, November 9, San Francisco artist Henry Jackson will discuss his work at the gallery. His touring exhibit, Selecting and Collecting, visits New York, Boise, San Francisco and London. (How does our little city squeeze itself onto a bill that includes only three of the world's most fanatical art cities?) Doors open at 6 p.m., Jackson goes on at 6:30 p.m. and a reception will follow. Seating for the public is very limited and reservations are required by Saturday, November 3. Contact Cassandra@StewartGallery.com for information and tickets.
Stewart Gallery, 1110 W. Jefferson St., 208-433-0593.