BW Picks

4th Annual High School Photo Contest • Woman of Steel Gallery Grand Re-opening • Boise Public Library Spring Booksale • Easter "Egg"stravaganza at Zoo Boise • Wild Rockies Annual Barking Spider Bash

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Thursday 6

4th Annual High School Photo Contest

This is BW's first year at the helm of this annual photography contest and color us impressed with the quality of work these high-schoolers have turned out. Make Villano's a First Thursday stop this month, and you'll be impressed, too. The top 18 photographs will be hanging on the walls and the other 133 entries will be on hand for viewing, too. Check out the story on page 15 to find out more.

FREE, 5-8 p.m. Villano's Deli, 712 W. Idaho St., 433-0077.

Friday 7

Woman of Steel Gallery Grand Re-opening

Irene Deely closed her Woman of Steel Gallery to the public about six months ago. She says she's been wanting to find someone to run the front of the gallery to leave her completely free to do her studio work (sculptural pieces). "It takes a very specific person who is able to understand the art world know how to curate art and hang it and speak about it intelligently," Deely says. "I kind of gave up."

But fate intervened. Deely kept hearing about a fellow named Daniel Georget, a fine art agent new to town (via France) who happened to be representing a fabulous French artist, Rene Peyrou. "I'd heard about this artist and thought, 'Why would they want this person to be represented by an unknown gallery in Garden City, of all places?'" Deely recalls. But Georget's name kept coming up, so she finally just gave him a call. They met the next day, and Georget was instantly excited about the nontraditional approach of the Woman of Steel Gallery--the lounging, living room-like setting instead of the traditional stark white walls typical of fine art display." Georget phoned Peyrou and described the gallery and they were both on board. Peyrou's inspiration in natural forms and Deely's organic approach seemed to mirror each other. Says Deely, "The idea of soil and planting and planting things in the right soil is very important to Daniel and Rene."

Friday's reception is a grand re-opening of the gallery and Georget will be introduced as the gallery's new director. Peyrou's exhibition, "Transfiguration," will also open. Expect aperitifs and live music to round out the night.

6:30-9:30 p.m. Woman of Steel Gallery, 3640 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 331-5632, www.ideely-womanofsteel.com.

Friday 7-Sunday 9

Boise Public Library Spring Booksale

This annual event makes us realize that the Friends of Boise Public Library are our friends, too. Head down to the downtown library warehouse (just behind the Boise Public Library) for a bibliophile's dream. And best of all, you can pick up a bunch of books for not much money and help out the library while you're doing it.

While some books on sale--like coffee table books, special editions and sets-- are individually priced, there will be a plethora of 50-cent paperbacks, $1 hardcovers and a $9-for-all-the-books-you-can-stuff-into-one-bag deal, too. Besides the books, you can pick up records, videos, books on tape and CDs. Oh yeah, and on Sunday, it's all half price. Just don't blame the library when you can't find a place to put all these deals once you've brought 'em home.

Fri. 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Sun. noon-4 p.m. Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd. (sale is in the warehouse between 8th & 9th streets, directly behind the library). For more information, call 384-4238 or visit www.boisepubliclibrary.org.

Saturday 8

Easter "Egg"stravaganza at Zoo Boise

The Easter Bunny is coming eight days early this year, with a special trip to Zoo Boise's Easter "Egg"stravaganza--a hunt for eggs and thousands of pieces of candy hidden by the Bunny himself (and a few of his helpers) on the zoo's main lawn. Age categories and hunt times are: For ages 2 and under (toddler with parent) at 10:30 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.; for ages 3-5 at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.; for ages 6-10 at 11:30 a.m., 1 p.m., 2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. If the Easter egg scrambles aren't enough, there will also be FunJumps (courtesy of Tate's), photo opportunities, yummy food concessions and plenty of other hyperactivity-inducing activities.

10 a.m. to 5 p.m. $5 adults, $2.75 seniors and children. Zoo Boise, 355 Julia Davis Dr. For more information, call 384-4125 or visit www.cityofboise.org/parks/zoo.

Wild Rockies Annual Barking Spider Bash

It's that time again--Wild Rockies' racing season has their opener this weekend with the Barking Spider mountain biking event. Billed as a "fun and easy" course, the Barking Spider is a nine-mile course at the Hemmingway Butte ORV Area (25 miles southwest of Nampa). The terrain is rolling, with a few twists and turns, and the folks at Wild Rockies promise that the spectator viewing is good on this course, too--so even if you don't want to ride, you can come out and just have fun watching. Those bold enough to brave the blustery spring elements can do some free dry camping on site.

Race times are: Beginners (one lap) and Trailblazers (half lap) at 11 a.m.; sports (two laps) at 12:35 p.m.; experts (three laps) at 12:30 p.m.; pros (three and half laps) at 12:29 p.m.; trailblazers at 3 p.m.

$25 to participate, FREE for children. For more information, call 587-9530. Register for the race at www.wildrockies.com.