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When it isn't chilly, super snowy, pouring down rain or melt-your-face-off hot, it's pretty nice to be outside. And if you're not a fair-weather outdoors enthusiast, you might even leave your house when conditions are less than ideal.

Plein air painters know how awesome it is to be outdoors. The term translates to "in open air," and its an artistic tradition that's alive and well in Boise. Case in point—the Idaho State Historical Museum's newest exhibition, Mingling Time and Place: Plein Air Painters of Idaho, which opens today.

The show features a variety of professional and amateur artists who loaded up their paints, easels and canvases, abandoned their studios headed out to capture Idaho's great outdoors. The past meets the present in this exhibit, which mixes work from 1930s "hobohemians" who helped form what is now the Boise Art Museum with contemporary members of the Plein Air Painters of Idaho. PAPI and BAM helped create this exhibit, as part of BAM's 75th anniversary celebration.

Check it out from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. today. Museum rates are $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for students and children ages 12 and younger, and FREE for children younger than 6.