by Andrew Crisp
UPDATE: Howell's family rescheduled the memorial to Saturday, Feb. 2 at 3 p.m. in the Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St.
Boise artist Alexa Rose Howell, a prominent member of the arts community who created the Alexa Rose Gallery on Eighth Street, passed away Jan. 15.
While Howell had spent years battling cancer, her daughter Amy Milanez said her death happened suddenly.
"Even with the fact that she's been battling cancer for 12 years, we didn't expect that she would go into the hospital and not come out this time," Milanez said.
Milanez said the family is planning a life celebration at the Rose Room—which she said is named after her mother—scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 17. She said the event will be open to everybody and that she would like to put together a final show at the former Alexa Rose Gallery space.
"I’ve had this idea of just reopening and doing one more show, but with a lot of her art, just to remember her," said Milanez.
Milanez will have more details soon.
Before Boise Weekly received news of her passing, Howell's watercolor of a French bulldog puppy, "Maurice," was selected for the cover of next week's paper, which comes out Wednesday, Jan. 23. The piece was completed as part of the artist's Spectacular Dogs series, which debuted First Thursday, Oct. 3.
Howell previously told Boise Weekly that inspiration for the piece came from her daughter's young puppy.
"When I was painting him, I realized he was very beautiful and has a lot of wrinkles," she said. "He is very lovable. French Bulldogs were bred to be the dogs of royalty. They have no purpose other than to be cute and charming, and they’re stubborn. And very self-aware that they’re cute."