Art galleries in the City of Trees once again opened their doors for First Thursday to display their latest collections. Some places even offered the public a chance to get their hands dirty.
Boise Art Museum welcomed visitors to create art with crayons, paints and colored pencils. It was a real hit with young children, as well as the parents who brought them. BOSCO artists were also on hand at BAM with work to preview the upcoming open studios weekend on Oct. 15-16.
At Boise Art Glass, experts guided people on how to blow glass vases and create Christmas tree ornaments, as well as teach a special technique that uses real gold and stenciling to recreate signage that was quite popular around the 1880s.
"Once a year in October, we create gold leaf on glass," said Noel Weber, owner of the Classic Design Studio.
The gold leaf lessons were quite a contrast to the photo realism from new Artist-in-Residence program participant Anne Boyles just two blocks away at the Renewal Underground.
Though some gallery owners blamed the rain for a low turnout, Art Source Gallery was packed. Several artists were on hand to display their work, including glass artisan Zion Warne. Down the block, secondhand store Exposure drew in passersby with window dancers.