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Arts News: Idaho Represented at Watercolor Exhibition, Plus Boise Krishna Center Opens

The 41st annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies exhibition opens June 9 and runs through Aug. 28.

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Boise's Hare Krishna Temple will celebrate its 30th anniversary with a metamorphosis.

Members of the public, temple administrators, and officials from the state of Idaho and city of Boise will gather at the center of Vedic life in the Gem State on Saturday, May 14 to watch Lt. Gov. Brad Little cut the ribbon on the newly dubbed Krishna Cultural Center. What opened as a modest temple in 1986 will reopen as a 10,000-square-foot hub for religious activities, education and community events.

"It essentially doubles the size of the complex," said Center President Arun Gupta. The site will now include a library of Vedic literature, a commercial kitchen, two performance stages and a 3,000-square-foot park.

Along with the ribbon-cutting, from 5-8 p.m., there will be Indian music and dancing, kids activities and a vegetarian meal of curries, basmati rice dishes, tomato chutney and dessert.

On display will be an exhibit of landscape and nature photos by Boise-based photographer Vishwanath Bhat. Like much of what will be on display during the grand opening, the art has strong spiritual and environmental themes.

"This has a message of universality of how God is in nature," Gupta said.

The works of some other Boise artists will be hanging in honor as well, but on walls in Denver, Colo. Beginning Thursday, June 9, eight members of the Idaho Watercolor Society will have their work on display at the 41st annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies exhibition, which runs through Sunday, Aug. 28. Typically, said IWS President Dennis Hayzlett, the number of Idaho artists asked to participate range from three to five.

"[Eight] is significant for us," he said.

Hayzlett's painting, "Stockholm in May," will join works by Karen Boss, Andrea Harris, Lauren Johnson, Laurel Lake McGuire, Lori Seale, Anne Watson Sorensen and Nyla Tillery. Theirs were among a total of 134 works chosen from approximately 1,100 entries.

Four Idahoans will travel for the awards ceremony—"a good showing," Hayzlett said.

An exhibition of the society's work will be held at the Boise State University Student Union Building beginning Wednesday, June 1.