Things are about to get mushy in this edition of Downtown News. Boise artists and art outlets are prepared to spread the love this First Thursday, Feb. 7, a week before Valentine's Day, Thursday, Feb. 14.
That includes the annual Valentine For AIDS exhibit at Flying M Coffeehouse, now in its 20th year. Original art covers the coffee shop's walls as part of the silent auction, which serves as a fundraiser to benefit the nonprofit Safety Net for AIDS Program, SNAP. Last year, the event raised more than $23,000 for local HIV/AIDS causes and featured Valentine-themed art from around 250 artists. This year's auction closes at 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10.
In other M news, longtime curating team, Jeremy "Jerms" Lanningham and John Warfel, are officially retiring.
"We're wanting to get into studios and have our own shows rather than planning them. I'll definitely miss it, but we want to create, too," said Lanningham.
Flying M barista Adam Atkinson will officially take reins as the new art wall curator after Valentine for AIDS.
In other downtown news, Bricolage owner Chelsea Snow announced Jan. 30 that her shop will establish a much closer relationship with former Nampa clothing company Brass Razoo, owned by designer Elise Vaughn.
"We've been selling her things in the store for a little over a year now, and they've done really well, and we really love working together," Snow said.
Brass Razoo will move into the Bricolage storefront at 418 S. Sixth St. in Boise. A fabrication studio will be added to the shop's existing boutique space, and Snow will expand a growing roster of sewing and art classes. However, the storefront will now have shorter hours, down to four days a week.
Bricolage's First Thursday offerings include a Valentine's Day-inspired installation of etchings and screenprints by E. Sather-Smith, titled Love and Hate.
Speaking of artists coming together, Main Street coffee shop The Crux will host the Re-Vision opening First Thursday, which includes work from nearly a dozen artists and live music through the evening. Bruce Maurey, Tony Caprai, Kelly Morgan, Sector 17, Will Eichelberger, Storie Grubb, James McKain and Lauren Haney will display new work, with Classical Revolution playing arrangements during the evening. A booth from The C.O.T. will feature clothing and merchandise.