John Updike once wrote, "What art offers is space--a certain breathing room for the spirit." What a bar offers is certain spirits--and a space for art.
On Saturday, March 5, Dead Bird Gallery will present its second Art in the Bar event, in which Knitting Factory is transformed into a gallery for a day. More than 30 artists are participating this time. Hernan "Non" Reyes, a Caldwell man paralyzed after a car accident in 1992, places a brush in his mouth and paints intricate outdoor scenes. Brandy Davis, a member of the Lipan Apache tribe, paints delicate Native American scenes on feathers. Potter Gordon Knight digs his own clay and prepares most of his own glazes. And illustrator Geoffrey Everts creates alien, surreal, slightly disturbing landscapes. The event runs from noon-10 p.m., and the bar will be open. For more information, visit deadbirdgallery.com.
Art continues to fill spaces as Boise State's Visual Arts Center hosts the art department's MFA Thesis Exhibition with work by MFA students Matt Bodett, Erin Cunningham and Arin Lindstrom. Bodett's exhibit is titled "Arrive Where We Started," Cunningham will present "Confabulation," and Lindstrom will show "Place: An Artist's Experience In A Highly Mobile World." Cunningham is a longtime contributor to BW and we're thrilled to see her, Bodett and Lindstrom reach this important turning point. The opening reception is Friday, March 11, from 6-8 p.m., and the exhibit continues through Friday, March 25, in both Gallery 1 (Liberal Arts Building) and Gallery 2 (Hemingway Center). For more information, visit artdept.boisestate.edu/vac.
Art filled every inch of space at this year's Valentine's for AIDS at Flying M in February, as close to 300 artists participated in this 18th year of the event. Each year we are astounded at the amount of money raised and this year is no different: The event raised $25,500 for SNAP.
An important space now has a bit more money for art. Boise Art Museum received a $40,000 grant from the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation for the installation and exhibition of Mike Rathbun's "Coordinates." The foundation also granted the Idaho Nonprofit Development Center $50,000 for its "strategic plan to strengthen capacity among Idaho nonprofits," and the University of Idaho Foundation received $20,000 to help with the Lionel Hampton International Jazz Festival. For more information on the foundation, visit pgafoundations.com.