Sesqui-Shop to Close Its Door Dec. 20

by

LAURIE PEARMAN
  • Laurie Pearman

Boise celebrated its 150th birthday in 2013, rolling out a host of events and introducing us to the practically unpronounceable $15 word, "sesquicentennial,"  which the Boise City Department of Arts and History used as the basis for its popular outreach office and gallery space, the Sesqui-Shop.

More than a year after its unveiling, the Sesqui-Shop is closing down, and its last day of operation is slated for Saturday, Dec. 20.

"Although the city tentatively planned to host the shop for one more year, the property owner understandably felt it was time to secure a long-term commitment for the space. The city appreciates the flexible agreement we've had to this point and fully supports the owner's prerogative," city of Boise Community Relations Coordinator Rachel Reichert wrote in a news release.

That doesn't mean the Sesqui-Shop is done for: According to the release, the Department of Arts and History is exploring the possibility of a permanent cultural facility similar to the Sesqui-Shop. Meanwhile, four upcoming Sesqui-Shop events are scheduled between now and the closure of the location:
  • Idaho Humanities Presents: Wilderness Considered Discussion Series, presented by Lisa Brady of Boise State University, Monday, Oct. 27, 6 p.m.;
  • First Thursday Opening, featuring work by artists-in-residence Eric Mullis and Kelly Cox and music by Sun Blood Stories, Thursday, Nov. 6, 6-9 p.m.;
  • Reclaiming the West: Women, Environment and the Irrigation Settlement Movement, 1870-1930, presented by Laura Woodworth-Ney, of Idaho State University, Monday, Nov. 10, 6 p.m.;
  • December Holiday Pop-Up Series, hosted by local makers, Tuesday, Dec. 2-Saturday, Dec. 20 (closed Sundays and Mondays), noon-6 p.m.