Patrons filed past the bar and pool table at Mulligan's First Thursday, Dec. 6, to leer at 30 bright skateboard decks from artists like Erin Cunningham, Noble Hardesty and Rick Walter.
Pieces displayed in the second Art Deck-O event included Steve Willhite's black-and-white portrait of nude beauties, and a shimmering golden feline illustrated by Julia Green.
While ogling the pieces, a woman turned to her male companion and asked, “Now, which would look best above the fireplace?”
Speaking of fresh art, new works also adorned the walls of The Crux coffeeshop during First Thursday, not that the packed house was taking much notice.
Eyes were trained on the front of the shop, where a rotating cast of classical musicians were tearing through selections from Mozart, Vaclav Nelhybel and Super Mario Brothers.
Many of the classical musicians are involved with the Boise Philharmonic or the Boise Baroque Orchestra, but chose to volunteer their time for this gig to support the cause.
What cause? Why the revolution, of course.
The performance was the debut of Classical Revolution: Boise, the local chapter of a national effort to bring the classics out of stuffy auditoriums and to the people.
"This crowd is not going to come to the Philharmonic," said oboist Lindsay Edwards. "We want to reach new people in a new space."
It was definitely a new space. And though there was no shortage of older folks that looked like regular Philharmonic attendees, there was a contingent of younger people in the audience listening intently to the layered complexity of orchestral composition. So mission accomplished.
On the other side of downtown at Sixth and Myrtle streets, Ming Studios—which includes Bricolage, Classic Design Studio, Boise Art Glass, Rocket Neon, and Fawn and Foal—kept the party going First Thursday.
Families stayed warm around an outside fire pit, while Alex Richards filled the inside warehouse space with guitar tunes. Clutching glasses of wine, block partiers watched the torches flare up at Boise Art Glass and neon signs flicker on at Rocket Neon.
Inside the Bricolage gallery, Brooke Burton displayed a collection of staged photographs of birds dropped into mini human environments. Though the series was created a number of years ago, the photos maintained their humorous edge.
For a slideshow of the First Thursday action, click here.