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June 7, 2006

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Art Source Gallery Announces Winners in Fifth Annual National Juried Art Exhibition

After receiving over 200 entries from artists around the country and culling them down to 47, Barbara Robinson, exhibition juror and artist services director for the Idaho Commission on the Arts, named the exhibition's best of show and five runners-up.

The awards were announced last Thursday at Art Source Gallery's First Thursday reception. The best of show award went to Debbie Cahn of Bellevue, Washington, with her mixed-media work entitled Texture #57. The five runners-up were Vince Torrano or Kalamazoo, Michigan, with his mixed media work entitled The Bard; Seth Magnuson of Grass Valley, California, with his mixed media sculpture entitled The Guardian; Roy Reynolds of Idaho Falls with his oil painting entitled The Critic; Melinda Bristol of Boise, with her graphite on board work entitled The Clinic; and Justin Miller of Boise with his oil photo collage entitled Idanha Castle.

The pieces will be on display through the month of June at Art Source Gallery, 1015 W. Main St., 331-3374. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Local Prof Gets Lit Honor and Award

Alan Heathcock, local writer and adjunct English professor at Boise State, recently received some good news: His short story, "The Peacekeeper," was selected to be included in the upcoming Best American Mystery Stories 2006 anthology. The tome is edited by well-known author Scott Turow and will be published by Houghton Mifflin. The story originally appeared in the fall 2005 issue of Virginia Quarterly Review. The story was also a winner in the fiction category at the recent National Magazine Awards.

Nampa Art Coordinators Retire

The city of Nampa has lost two long time friends of the arts ... to retirement. Olivia Vincent, who spent 28 as an art coordinator with the city of Nampa, and Joy Tuckness, who was an art coordinator with the city for 16 years, were given their big send-off on Monday, June 5, at a reception at the Nampa Civic Center.

Both Vincent and Tuckness have been involved with arts in Canyon County in many capacities, and both spent the last decade working with the Nampa Civic Center to coordinate the artists who display their art in the center's display cases and art wall.

The Nampa Civic Center Wants You

The Nampa Civic Center is looking for performance artists of all types to fill the bill at a variety of community events this year, including Snake River Dayz, Kiwanis Steak Fry, Community Fun Night, Nampa Festival of the Arts and Canyon County Festival of Trees.

They are seeking performers ranging from rock groups to fiddle ensembles to dance groups and more. Most of these events do not come with monetary compensation because of a lack of admission fees charged for events, but performers do receive, in the words of the center, "publicity and an opportunity to showcase their talents and make a contribution to the community."

Interested performers should submit the following: A work sample (video, CD or cassette tape), a photo, a 30-word or less description of artist, biographical information on the group's members, and a history of the group (including performance history, awards received, etc.) Clippings of reviews or feature stories from newspapers are welcome, too. Submissions should be mailed to the Nampa Civic Center, ATTN: Amber Berg, 311 3rd St. S., Nampa, ID 83651, or dropped off at the center Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Submissions are due by June 23.

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