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As 'Acts of Painting' Closes, Ming Studios Looks Ahead to 2019 Art Installations, Events

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William "Bill" Lewis' art students in the Nampa School District rarely see him as self-aware and bitingly witty as the painter was in his exhibition, Acts of Painting, which closed on Jan. 5 at MING Studios.

Each piece in the series made observations about both the creator and the creative space, from the daunting prospect of a blank canvas to artistic synesthesia—in one piece, the painter lapped at his oils like a dog—and even artistic suicide. Some of the pieces were macabre dances, while others were laugh-out-loud funny.

The exhibition, which opened in November, was MING's last of 2018. Now, the arts and event space is looking toward events in 2019.

Next on deck is the Grand Slam/Storyfort Regional Qualifier, which will whittle eight participating slam poets down to four who will go on to compete in the regional tournament. That takes place on Friday, Jan. 27, from 7-9:30 p.m. Tickets are $7 online and $10 at the door.

Soon after, beginning on First Thursday, Feb. 7, is Gradient, a multimedia arts event featuring work by Sean Dahlman, Jonnie Pedersen, Ashton Jenicek, Seth Graham and Garth Claassen, among others, and including dance, film and live music. Additional performances will take place on Friday, Feb. 8, from 3-9:30 p.m., with a performance at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 9, at the same time, and Sunday, Feb. 10, from noon-3 p.m., with a performance at 1:30 p.m.



A group exhibition, Lay of the Land, which shines the spotlight on Idaho-based photographers, will open on Friday, Feb. 15, and run until Sunday, March 24.