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Boise Philharmonic Executive Director Resigns

And Linen Building debuts Matt Bodett's oneoneoneoneone


A month before the opening of its 2012-2013 season, Boise Philharmonic is undergoing a leadership shake-up. On Aug. 16, Executive Director Tom Bennett resigned, citing "personal reasons."

"It's just a resignation due to some personal issues. He had some deaths in his family and friends, in his personal life," elaborated Jimsi Kuborn, Boise Philharmonic marketing director.

Bennett took over for Tony Boatman as executive director in 2010. Past board president John Stedman will fill in as acting director while the phil wraps up its inaugural Picnic at the Pops series.

"Tony Boatman, who was here for 10 seasons, will be returning as of [Tuesday], Sept. 4. and he'll be our acting executive director through our national search time frame," explained Kuborn. "So he's here Sept. 4 through Jan. 31 of 2013."

Kuborn explained that the philharmonic's executive director is instrumental in the organization's fundraising efforts.

"Our ticket sales cover 38 percent of our overhead, so we need to make sure we're picking repertoire that either meet that or exceed that because it has to be fundraised," said Kuborn. "Our executive director, one of his main goals also is fundraising and development, external relationship building."

In other behind-the-scenes arts org news, Opera Idaho recently brought on four new board members: Attorney Kelly Cameron, Meridian Development Corporation Urban Renewal Administrator Ashley Ford, American Civil Liberties Union of Boise Executive Director Monica Hopkins and Idaho Statesman Manager of Infrastructure/Technology Michelle Jensen.

And in opening news, on Friday, Aug. 31, from 7 to 10 p.m., the Gallery at the Linen Building will host an opening reception for Matt Bodett's oneoneoneoneone.

Unlike Bodett's previous solo show at the Linen Building, 2010's To Be Lost If It Must Be So!, which featured large-scale paintings, this exhibition is comprised of more than 100 small works mounted on wood. According to his artist's statement, "oneoneoneoneone is an exploration of shared experiences. The artwork in this group explores love, death, war, home and communication by using found materials and poems."

The exhibit will remain up through mid-October.