The gallery at Bricolage on First Thursday, Feb. 7, featured artwork by Erika Sather-Smith. Purple curtains hung next to her copper etching prints, which drew the eye in immediately. Five-sided cones on the floor and the ceiling added colorful contrast to the black-and-white prints. Bricolage also unveiled its merger with Brass Razoo, which now has its clothing and jewelry lining the walls.
At the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, The Muse Project hosted its fourth town hall meeting on Boise’s collective creative intelligence, or Scenius. According to organizer Brandie Redinger, scenius “is a verb, not a noun. It is a happening in and of itself.”
While things were slow in the beginning, the words of panelist and Trey McIntyre Project co-founder John Michael Schert rang true for the audience.
“Boise’s still at this really beautiful moment where we can shape who we are for perpetuity,” Schert said.
Across town, The Crux hosted Re-Vision, a large group show that included pieces from a new crop of artists mixed with work remaining from previous months. The packed space also featured a performance from The Boise Cello Collective.
Some highlights included Bruce Maurey's series of plywood slabs decked out in glossy Day of the Dead images, James McKain's pencil sketches of mustachioed fish, Lauren Haney's illustrations of female figures with elaborate headdresses, and Anne Boyles' richly detailed acrylic-on-canvas pieces that included a portrait of Bob Dylan.
Over at Flying M Coffeehouse, a puzzle master had covered every inch of wall space with Valentine's-related works by local artists for the 20th anniversary of the coffeeshop's fundraiser, Valentine for AIDS. The silent auction ends Sunday, Feb. 10.
Radio Boise offered tours of its recently expanded space, and First Thursday-goers could watch a show being broadcast live.
Nearby at the spacious Sesqui-Shop, Payette beer was available at a table in front of Boise’s historic Hollywood Market sign. Art by Pat Kilby lined the walls, as well as a section of prints by Wingtip Press. The shop also featured a photobooth with a background made out of more cones by Erika Sather-Smith.
Click here for a slideshow of all the First Thursday action.