On First Thursday, Nov. 1, Bricolage appeared to be giving Thanksgiving a trial run, with a candle-lit spread that included local cheese, breads, beer, wine and cider. A small group chatted and snacked in honor of the 2013 Healthy Dozen calendar.
Idaho's Bounty commissioned 12 artists to depict different foods grown in Idaho. The resulting dozen pieces are vastly different, ranging from Grant Olsen's depiction of apples using various paint samples, to Julia Green's beans and Chelsea Snow’s textile carrots. The calendars are $20 and will be available at Bricolage and at idahosbounty.org.
At Flying M Coffeehouse, artist John Padlo’s oil paints layered canvases in bright primary colors to create clouds, candies, flying saucers and toy figurines. The 60-inch by 36-inch “Sweet America” depicts an entrenched Captain America toy with dishes of glossy sweets in the foreground. In the background, a group of flying saucers destroys a city skyline.
Over at the Idaho State Historical Museum, hundreds of people came to take part in its First Thursday Dia de los Muertos celebration.
The celebration—which included traditional dances in honor of the holiday and altars made by local artists commemorating the lives of friends and loved ones—drew from the whole community. From professional Latin dancers to school children building Guatemalan commemorative kites, folks from all walks of life joined in the festivities. More activities are planned for today, Friday, Nov. 2.
Down at the Gallery at the Linen Building, three artists debuted work in a group show: Dave Thomas, Ed Anderson and Michael Chambers.
Anderson’s work included three-panel paintings of fauna, including a mallard mid-takeoff, a bugling bull elk and a sparkling-eyed trout. Chambers focused on bicycles in soft colors for one-half of his contribution, and the sharp lines of doors and doorways in the other. Thomas’ abstract series features black as a principal color, offset by a brighter, secondary hue.
Across downtown at Solid , artists Conrad Garner and Cale Cathey, known as Meatbag, unveiled a slightly limited show, which the duo said was deliberate.
"We have a show at Flying M [in December] and are trying to see what we should be producing for that," said Garner.
Realistic black-and-white portraits of Alfred Hitchcock, Elvira and Vincent Price occupied the left edge of the show.
"They're some of my favorite old Hollywood people, and I was watching a lot of scary movies this month," said Garner.
In the middle were three slightly smaller cartoonish portraits of heavily tattooed sailors that could have been straight from a cartoon by John Kricfalusi—creator of Ren and Stimpy. The right was occupied by three small, bright depictions of cheerful songbirds covered in gang tattoos.
And finally, Record Exchange was all about sustainability and satiating the thirsts of First Thursday-goers. Usful Glassworks (formerly Sustainable Futures) displayed its wares made out of old beer and wine bottles. Those who purchased glassware received a 30 percent discount coupon at the RX.
In the gift shop, attendees stood in line to nab a free glass of Stone's Arrogant Bastard Ale or IPA and cruised the $2.99 CD bins. Jodi Peterson took to the stage at the back of the store and gave an overview of Usful Glassworks' mission, and then Bill Coffey and His Cash Money Cousins provided rocking tunes for those watching from the aisles to groove to.
For a full slideshow of all the First Thursday action, click here.