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Creations of Spit and String • For it's a jolly good fellowship • Rock, paper, wood • So, what's The Deal? • TriCA soup and salad •

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Creations of spit and string

The Philadelphia Exhibitions Initiative, funded by the Pew Charitable Trusts, is housed at the Philadelphia Center for Arts and Heritage, which is located in, you guessed it, Philadelphia, Penn. The connection to local arts news? The Philadelphia Museum of Art was awarded $250,000 by PEI to exhibit a retrospective of the work of Idaho-born James Castle.

Castle, who was deaf, didn't speak and is believed to have never learned to read or write, expressed himself through small works of art, utilizing materials most of us would consider garbage: old bits of paper, cardboard and food containers. His medium was often just as unappealing: old bits of charcoal, flour past and soot moistened with his own saliva. According to PEI's press release, this "first comprehensive exhibition of Castle's work will ... provide the first major scholarly consideration by a leading museum of [his] work."

For more information, visit pcah.us.

For it's a jolly good fellowship

The Idaho Commission on the Arts has awarded fellowships of $3,500 each to seven Idahoans (and recognized three more) so that they may continue work on various craft, design and visual art projects for fiscal year 2009. Award recipients are Garth Claasen of Caldwell, drawing; Glenn Grishkoff of Hope, mixed media; Geoffrey Krueger of Boise, painting and mixed media; Troy Passey of Boise, drawing and painting; Julie Singer of Ketchum, ceramics; Lawrence Smart of McCall, woodworking; and Stephanie Wilde of Boise, mixed media. Michael Cordell of Boise (sculpture), William Lewis of Boise (painting) and John Snyder of Moscow (photography) all received honorable mentions. Fellowship disciplines rotate on a three-year basis.

The fellowships for fiscal year 2010 will be in dance, media arts, music and theater and the deadline for submissions is January 30, 2009.

For more information, visit arts.idaho.gov.

TriCA soup and salad

On May 16, the Treasure Valley Institute of Children's Arts holds its annual fund-raising event, TriCA Soup. For your $100 suggested donation, you'll sit down to a dinner of soup, salad, delectables, desserts and complimentary wine and beer, all the while being wowed by dancers (and other performers).

Entertainment comes via Leap Troupe, students of the Children's Dance institute; the Intergenerational Choir, a group of singers ages 3 to 70; the After School Players, a group of the Open Door Children's Theatre students; Leta Neustaedter and Vashti Summervill will sing for your supper; and John Michael Schert and Alison Roper of the newly Boise-based Trey McIntyre Project will perform a McIntyre-choreographed dance.

May 16, 7-9 p.m., the Linen Building, 1402 Grove St. For more information, call 208-484-0142 or visit tricarts.org.

Rock, paper, wood

Stewart Gallery is currently exhibiting mesmerizing works by artists Kazuo Kadonaga and Yutaka Yoshinaga.

Kadonaga's glass, bamboo, wood, paper and silk pieces have been in several solo and group exhibitions, and his work has been shown galleries and museums across the world, including the 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art in Kanazawa, Japan; the Museum of Modem Art in Toyama, Japan; and Pilchuck Glass School in Seattle, Wash.

Yoshinaga's delicate works deal with pigment and paper and have also graced museum and gallery spaces the world wide from Tokyo to Milan to San Francisco to New York.

Opening reception is May 16, 7-9 p.m. Stewart Gallery, 1110 W. Jefferson St., 208-433-0953, stewartgallery.com.

So, what's The Deal?

Local artists Amy Westover and Jennifer Wood, a.k.a. The Jokers, wanted to find a new and intriguing way for both artists and those who support the arts to discover more about each other and, according to The Jokers' mission statement, "stimulate collaboration." So they created an art card collective and named it "The Deal." The collection of 108 cards represent visual artists, filmmakers, curators, gallerists, performers, architects, writers and arts supporters known as "Creators." The cards will be available at trading parties and meet-ups and will be available for purchase at locations around Boise.

Opening reception is May 16, 9 p.m., FREE. Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., Garden City, 208-424-8297. For more information, visit thedealboise.com.

It's all so Cloak and Dagger

On May 24, the Idaho State Historical Society opens a new exhibit titled "Brotherhood: Freemasonry's Mark on Idaho."

The exhibit sheds a bit of light on the secret society of Freemasons and their surprisingly large place in Idaho's history. Also, be sure to read the May 21 issue of BW for an in-depth look at the Skull and Crossbones-esque fraternal organization.

May 24-Aug. 31, $4 adults, $1 children. Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Dr., 208-334-2120, www.idahohistory.net/museum.