Slideshow: October's First Thursday Brims With Art


Artist Jim Budde displayed new sculptures at Basement Gallery.
  • Andrew Crisp
  • Artist Jim Budde displays new sculptures at Basement Gallery Oct. 4.

First Thursday, Oct. 4, Boise welcomed a new crop of Artists in Residence, who will spend six months in studios housed in BODO's Mercantile and Northrup buildings, as well as a subterranean space at Urban Renewal.

Mary Lantz welcomed a crew of visitors to her new space in the Mercantile Building, saying she "felt like Cinderella." The art-curious wound their way to the top floors of the Northrup Building to seek out artists Tyler James Bush—who displayed intricate outfits on mannequins and wooden candles—and Boise newcomer Abby Christensen. Pam Demo's space was empty, and Bush and Christensen were quick to note that they had just begun setting up their new studios, as was Tuong Anh Ens, who will occupy the Renewal space.

Over at Flying M, artist Tony Rios sat and sipped a beverage alongside a slew of people on computers, engaged in conversations or reading books. Rios' group of colorful paintings are anchored by a large piece surrounded by corners of a red frame. The show brightened up the back wall of the packed coffee shop.

Down the street at Mr. Peabody's Optical Shoppe, Alexa Rose Howell presented Spectacular Dogs, which included paintings of a French bulldog pooch named Maurice, along with other canines the artist made up entirely. She greeted one guest in Italian, and introduced others to her selection of pooches by their French names. One sketch featured three chihuahuas—Coco, Rocco and Loco.

And at the Basement Gallery's former location below the Idanha Building, owner Jane Brumfield handed out buttons bearing the visages of President Barack Obama and candidate Mitt Romney for patrons to show their political leanings. Artist Jim Budde debuted a selection of politically charged sculptures and paintings in the gallery. And all this took place just a day after the first 2012 presidential debate

For a slideshow of all the action, click here.