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Fancy yourself a public-art expert? Whether you prefer Andy Goldsworthy's natural touch or Christo and Jeanne-Claude's over-the-top wrapping of the Reichstag, the Boise City Department of Arts and History wants your 2-cents. The department is seeking to fill three vacant positions on its 12-member Visual Arts Advisory Committee. Members are appointed to three-year terms and meet on the third Wednesday of the month to develop "policies and goals for the selection, placement and maintenance of works of art acquired through the Percent for Art Program and other public/private arts programs."

To qualify, you must be an arts professional--artist, art educator, architect, landscape architect, curator, arts professor, arts writer--and you must submit a brief cover letter and resume along with the two-page online application, available at artsandhistory.cityofboise.org. All applications should be sent to Karen Bubb at kbubb@cityofboise.org by Thursday, Dec. 23, at 5 p.m.

If the gallery world is more your snifter of brandy, there are two exhibits currently on display at Stewart Gallery that shouldn't be missed. Gallery owner Stephanie Wilde's "The Golden Bees" is "a series of images in response to the unexplained disappearance of the honey bee," while "Is Anybody Out There" is a group invitational. Artists with work in the exhibit include: Chad Buck, Garth Claassen, Larry Calkins, Christel Dillbohner, Charles Gill, Henry Jackson, Alan Macdonald, Kerry Moosman, Robert Marchessault, Troy Passey, Ada Sadler and Karen Woods. Both shows will be up until Tuesday, Jan. 4.

Speaking of Tuesday, Jan. 4, that is the day Big Tree Arts will present a special poetry double-header at the Woman of Steel Gallery. At 6 p.m., check out a performance poetry workshop and then stick around for a 7 p.m. poetry slam of steel and haiku battle. 6 p.m., $5, $1 students. Woman of Steel Gallery, 3640 Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 208-331-5632, womanofsteelgallery.com.

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