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New A.I.R. Artists

The 8th Street Marketplace's Artist in Residence program has released the names of their third round of artists for September through November. But this announcement comes with an added surprise--they're expanding.

Now, in addition to encompassing two second-floor rooms and a basement room in the Mercantile Building in BODO, the AIR program is also offering free studio space in the basement of the Renewal Building and on Main Street in the Alaska Building. According to 8th Street Marketplace representative Courtney Robinson Feider, First Thursday events at the AIR space regularly bring in 250 to 300 people for performances, live painting and free wine. This got the attention of other downtown property owners looking to drive more traffic into their spaces and expose potential office-space renters to their available properties.

"It's cyclical. It's driving traffic and exposing people to the cultural diversity and creativity of Boise, but also it's cyclical because it puts more people in these commercial spaces, which might help businesses to identify them as potential places to work," said Feider.

With 41 artists mailing in applications this go-round, it's obvious the AIR program has solidified a reputation for being just as supportive of artists as it is of business owners. Without further ado, here are the fall 2009 artists:

At the 8th Street Marketplace in BODO will be choreographer Kelli Brown, printmaker Benjamin Love and painter Goran Fazil. At 517 S. Eighth in the basement of the Renewal building will be painter April VanDeGrift and large-scale painter Emily Wenner. At 1020 Main Street in the Alaska Building there will be painter and illustrator Sandy Marostica and cityscape painter Robin Zimmerman.

For more information, visit 8thstreetmarketplace.com.

*Editor's Note: The online version of this article reflects a correction in the spelling of the artists' names.

Lemur Stay-fari

We're coining a new term to add to this year's annoying recession lexicon: the stayfari. For the resourceful Boise family who just can't scrape together a two-week jaunt to the Serengeti, there's now an acceptable replacement: the African boat ride at Zoo Boise.

For a mere two bones, zoo visitors can get their passport photos snapped and board a barge charting a course through the murky zoo lagoon (the Boise River). The S.S. Kiboko and the S.S. Mamba--which mean hippo and crocodile, respectively, in Swahili--will swoop by the new Keynetics ring-tailed lemur exhibit before ferrying passengers to the Africa arrival dock (the zoo). Once on the mainland, explorers can traipse through the underbrush to catch rare glimpses of giraffes and lions. Don't forget to pack your khaki cargo getup and fake British accent, this stayfari looks like it might get wild.

For more information, call 208-384-4125 or visit zooboise.com.

Dragon Wagon

If lemurs and lions weren't enough to get your heart palpitating, Garden City is lowering the exotic animal limbo bar. The Woman of Steel Gallery and the Garden City Waterfront District have linked up to assemble a Chinese dragon parade, moon festival and art show on Saturday, Oct. 3, from noon-9 p.m. The event promises Korean dancers, Chinese rubber ducky races, Chinese moon cakes and a lion dancer.

Though event organizers already have the "authentic 10-child Chinese dragon in a traditional undulating street dance" squared away, they are seeking art and craft booth applicants for the block party, which will take place in the Alley Arts and Cultural District from 5-9 p.m. Booth application fees are $20, or $30 for power access, and are assigned first come, first served.

The inaugural Idaho Metal Arts Guild juried show is also seeking applicants for the event, which will have its opening reception at Woman of Steel Gallery during the moon festivities.

For more information or to download an application, visit idahometalartsguild.org or contact Margaret Ratliff at 208-867-0713.

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