Monday, March 2, 2015

First Annual Media Award Winners

Posted By on Mon, Mar 2, 2015 at 11:50 AM

The first annual Idaho Media Awards were handed out to eleven recipients, representing six separate film and video projects, Feb. 28. Winners were chosen from a national blue ribbon committee.

"We wanted to make sure there were no local biases, so we enlisted the help of industry experts around the country to help with the judge," awards host Lance Thompson told winners. "They were impressed with your work."

First-place awards went to Robert Lane for I-Doll Cammie Pavesic and Michael Gough for the documentary Add the Words; Chad Case and Jonathan Conti for The Butter Basin, Bradley and Charles Norton for Canyon
, Robert Vestal for his still image titled “Shadowbreak;” and Micron Technology employees Eric Barth, Alf deVarona, and Jason Jacopian for Power of Progress.

“We need this industry to be big enough to be seen,” Idaho Commerce Department Director Jeff Sayer told the gathering. “This (event) tonight is a step in that direction.”

Pictured framing the shot are the winners in the first annual Idaho Media Awards Saturday night at the Red Lion Downtowner. Left to - right and front to back are Robert A. Lane; Michael D. Gough, Robert Vestal, - and Cammie Pavesic; and Bradley Norton, Alf deVarona, Eric Barth, Jason - Jacopian and Charles Norton. - DAVID ANTHONY CUOIO
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  • Pictured framing the shot are the winners in the first annual Idaho Media Awards Saturday night at the Red Lion Downtowner. Left toright and front to back are Robert A. Lane; Michael D. Gough, Robert Vestal,and Cammie Pavesic; and Bradley Norton, Alf deVarona, Eric Barth, JasonJacopian and Charles Norton.

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Boise's 'River' Sculpture Completion Delayed Until Summer

Posted By on Wed, Nov 19, 2014 at 11:38 AM

The concrete wall will sit as is until the spring. - KELSEY HAWES
  • Kelsey Hawes
  • The concrete wall will sit as is until the spring.

Over the course of the fall, workers dismantled the 52-foot-tall river sculpture on the Grove Hotel, facing the corner of Capitol Boulevard and Front Street, in order to repair it. 

This is how the sculpture will look for the next several months. - JESSICA MURRI
  • Jessica Murri
  • This is how the sculpture will look for the next several months.
"It's a bit like leaving your car outside and never moving it; sun, heat, wind, snow, rain take their toll," Terri Schorzman, director of the Boise City Department of Arts and History, told Boise Weekly back in October. "That kind of punishment usually gives you about six years before you need serious maintenance. We pushed it to 14."

But the extreme cold temperatures and impressive amount of snow the valley received last week has halted progress on the renovation. According to a news release from the Boise Department of Arts and History, the sculpture components—the granite and the river bubbles—are in storage.

The project was originally to be completed by January 2015, but now it's projected to be June 2015. Off-site work will continue on the granite, the electrical and the water system. Scaffolding will be removed and pedestrian access will be restored.

To learn more about the river sculpture's facelift, read our report from Oct. 22 here.
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Thursday, June 19, 2014

Heliotrope Finds New (Temporary) Home—on Its Side in an Empty Lot on Fairview Avenue

Posted By on Thu, Jun 19, 2014 at 3:11 PM

"Heliotrope" was found lying on its side in an empty lot located at the corner of 24th Street and Fairview Avenue. - HARRISON BERRY
  • Harrison Berry
  • "Heliotrope" was found lying on its side in an empty lot located at the corner of 24th Street and Fairview Avenue.

Early last week, Boise Weekly reported that downtown public art piece "Heliotrope" was being dug out from its high-profile location at the intersection of Eighth and Main streets to make way for the Gardner Company's plans to build the City Center Plaza and multi-modal transit facility on the spot. Soon after, the 16-foot-tall, $42,000 metal and plant sculpture, by architect and artist Dwaine Carver, vanished to an undisclosed location.

Well, we found it—on its side in an empty lot at the corner of 24th Street and Fairview Avenue, set back away from the road. 

Carver told BW that he'd moved the sculpture from its prominent downtown home to its present one himself, and chose to put "Heliotrope" on its side for liability reasons. 

"It would easily stand up under any number of circumstances; it's a very stable structure. However, if some folks were to take it upon themselves to jump that fence and climb it without it being significantly attached to a footing, then it would be maybe three or four guys climbing up its cantilever would be able to topple it," Carver said.

The city of Boise is currently negotiating with a landowner to find a permanent home for the sculpture, and Carver said he doesn't anticipate the sculpture staying in its present location for more than two months. 

"If it were a really long time frame, I certainly wouldn't be temporarily storing it out in the open that way. I'm confident that it's going to be installed in its new home within 60 days," he said.
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Friday, October 4, 2013

New Butterfly Takes Wing for Women's and Children's Alliance

Posted By on Fri, Oct 4, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Artist Valerie Pierce (left) and Bea Black (right), the executive director of the WCA, hold the monarch butterfly sculpture that will replace the one stolen from WCAs Taking Flight statue in 2012.
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  • Artist Valerie Pierce (left) and WCA Executive Director Bea Black (right) hold the monarch butterfly sculpture that will replace the one stolen from WCA's "Taking Flight" statue in 2012.

With a theme of renewed hope, officials with the Women's and Children's Alliance gathered at a special presentation Oct. 4 to receive a stained-glass butterfly to replace one stolen from the "Taking Flight" sculpture outside of the organization's headquarters.

The previous stained-glass butterfly, valued at $2,500, first disappeared from the WCA's downtown Boise building in March 2012. It was returned after a few weeks but, two months later, the butterfly was stolen again.

The new butterfly was granted to WCA by Kuna artist Valerie Pierce and presented at the Oct. 4 breakfast to honor survivors and first responders of domestic violence.

“Anytime we have adversity in our life, we have a chance for metamorphosis—that is what the butterfly symbolizes—especially the monarch,” said Pierce, who re-created the original "Taking Flight" butterfly. “It has this amazing journey. It is long-lived and it is a survivor. And that is what these women are. They are survivors.”

For Cindy Mendoza, a survivor of domestic violence, the WCA gave her the hope and the tools to get out of an abusive marriage.

“After a first few times with the counselors, I began to change inside. I began to feel better. And then I realized what that was—it was hope. It was starting to creep inside me,” said Mendoza.

The Oct. 4 event also highlighted the power of individuals to report and stop domestic violence.

“It is so interconnected. If someone is involved in a physically violent and abusive situation, many times first responders are the ones that are going to be there—witnessing or helping to patch them up,” said WCA Executive Director Bea Black. “One individual can make a difference.”

First responders to domestic violence can be anyone—the victim, the victim’s family and friends, law enforcement, emergency room doctors or nurses.

“One person can stop domestic violence,” said Shawn Rayne, deputy director of Ada County Paramedics. “And when things go right, it gives you hope and faith that we really can make a difference. It doesn’t happen every time, but the more and more we do, and the more and more we are aware—we can make a difference.”

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Sunday, May 27, 2012

Modern Art Work Vandalized; Artist Removes Hanging

Posted By on Sun, May 27, 2012 at 10:26 AM

A wall-hanging, made of discarded video tape and on display at Modern Art 2012, was burned by vandals.
  • Jaclyn Brandt
  • A wall-hanging, made by Boise artist Adrian Kershaw of recycled videotape for the Modern Hotel's recent Modern Art 2012 show, sustained damage that was discovered by hotel employees on May 24. The hanging was removed the next day.

If you attended Modern Art 2012 at the Modern Hotel, it would have been pretty hard to miss the wall cover made out of knitted and crocheted videotape.

Adrian Kershaw, a Boise artist, created the wall cover specifically for the event. The 30-foot by 6½-foot piece was created with 100 percent recycled VHS tape. The project took three weeks and more than a dozen volunteers to create.

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Friday, January 13, 2012

Idaho Supreme Court Rules in Million-Dollar Flick Flap

Posted By on Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 2:53 PM

Today’s Hollywood Reporter chronicles a unique legal battle between a film producer and director that recently played out before the Idaho Supreme Court. The case revealed a classic power struggle between financing and artistic vision. David Richards, producer of The Hayfield, about an 1867 battle between Montana settlers and a Native American tribe, sued the film's director, Randy Starkey, for what was called "utilateral" posession of the movie.

In happier days, Richards and Starkey formed Minor Miracle Productions, an Idaho company, to support their project. As producer, Richards put forth the funding while Starkey helmed the production. Their agreement was that all of the film's proceeds would be equally divided. But following production, disagreements prompted Richards to file suit against Starkey for breach of contract, accusing the director of plotting to sell interests in the film to outsiders without Richards' consent. The film wrapped in 2006, but has yet to be seen in a public premiere.

Idaho's high court ruled in Richards' favor and ordered Starkey to pay more than $1 million and surrender the copyright to the film.

The Hollywood Reporter drew ties of the ruling to a popular HBO series:

“Anybody who watched Entourage might remember the episode where fictional director Billy Walsh wants to protect his film from meddlesome producers at all costs and decides run off with the film stock.”

You can read the full court decision here.

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Sunday, December 25, 2011

New Depiction of Washington Crossing Delaware River on Christmas

Posted By on Sun, Dec 25, 2011 at 10:28 AM

Think of George Washington crossing the Delaware River on Christmas night, and chances are you think of the many artists' interpretations of the historic event. One in particular, the well-known 1851 painting by Emanuel Leutze, depicted Washington standing up in a rowboat, but historians say it's time to set the story, and the image, straight.

1851 painting by Emanuel Leutze of Washington crossing Delaware
  • 1851 painting by Emanuel Leutze of Washington crossing the Delaware River.

Tomorrow, a new painting will debut at the New York Historical Society museum in Manhattan, which shows Washington aboard a flat-bottomed ferry big enough to carry cannons and horses. The new painting shows Washington holding onto a cannon, bracing himself against a fierce snowstorm.

New painting of Washington Crossing Dealware by artist Mort Kuntsler
  • New painting of Washington crossing the Delaware by artist Mort Kuntsler.

The artist, Mort Kunstler, said he researched historical and even weather records to help him craft the new portrayal. Kunstler said documents indicated a storm had swept in that night in 1776, brininging freezing rain, hail and snow.

History confirms that Washington and his troops crossed the Delaware from Pennsylvania to New Jersey and mounted a surprise attack at the Battle of Trenton on Dec. 26, 1776.

On Monday, Jan. 16, the new painting by Kunstler will be the subject of much comparison to Luetze's painting. That's the day the Leutze artwork will go back on public display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, also in Manhattan.

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Huffington Post: Idaho Production of Rent Sparks Controversy

Posted By on Fri, Dec 23, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Nothing sells tickets quite like a good controversy. The Huffington Post picked up a story today from north Idaho, where a mini brouhaha has surfaced over a local production of the Pulitzer Prize-winner Rent.

"Though its subject matter seems a trifle old hat now, the Broadway musical 'Rent' is causing controversy once again-this time in Idaho," wrote the Huffington Post.

It turns out that there have been dozens of letters complaining about a production at Coeur d'Alene's Lake City Playhouse, scheduled to open Friday, Jan. 13, 2012.

"It's not just because there are gays and lesbians involved," Arcadia Nicklay of Hayden told a television crew from Spokane. "It's because they are fornicating gays and lesbians."

The production's director Troy Nickerson told the Spokesman Review, "If you don't want to see it, please don't come."

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Tuesday, November 25, 2008

BW street van

Posted By on Tue, Nov 25, 2008 at 8:21 PM

The Boise Weekly van got more street this week. Our resident drawer, Adam Rosenlund, who also designed the citydesk logo that now graces the top of this blog, went and painted the truck.

Well, he didn't paint it himself, but the citified imagery that now graces the sides of our big old delivery truck comes out of Adam's brain.

As you can see, the Boise Weekly is delivering peace and goodwill throughout the land; our very sheaves of newsprint take flight weekly bringing joy and merriment to all the poor suckers that can't even afford to buy a paper.

That's how I see it at least. But then again, they don't let me write art reviews for good reason.

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