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Case in point: Former BW Editor Bingo Barnes' latest venture, Idaho Poster and Letterpress. On First Thursday, Barnes will open a working letterpress museum and gallery in the basement space that formerly housed Bricolage on Eighth Street. In addition to offering workshops and classes, Barnes will also have a letterpress studio that the public can rent.
This First Thursday brings the Idaho Poster Show, which will showcase work from local poster makers such as Nobel Hardesty, Ben Wilson, Erin Ruiz, Kelly Knopp, Julia Green and Erin Cunningham, all of whom have either graced the cover of BW or contributed work to our pages.
Speaking of creative awesomeness, BW's current Social Media Czar Josh Gross is in the process of publishing a new collection of short stories, titled Secrets and Lies. Gross' book illustrator Jennie Jorgensen will display all 25 original illustrations that dot the pages of Secrets and Lies at Bricolage (also owned by former BW staffers) this First Thursday. In addition, Boise High senior Elissa Johnson will showcase her multimedia pieces, which "portray people, animals and the relationships between them." For more info, visit bricoshoppe.com.
Down the street from Brico's new digs, Boise Art Museum will host BW graphic designer and general badass Adam Rosenlund, who will speak on a panel of local comic book artists and designers for BAM's new exhibit, Comics at the Crossroads: Art of the Graphic Novel. For more info on the exhibit and opening night revelry, check out the First Thursday feature on Page 19.
Over at Flying M Coffeehouse, BW-delivery cyclist Patrick Sweeney of North Star Cycle Couriers will premiere a new photography exhibit titled For Your Thoughts.
Rounding out this BW-tastic September First Thursday is former BW promotions guru and Renaissance man Tyler Bush. Many will remember Bush from his exhibit at this year's Modern Art event, which featured live poker-playing deer ladies festooned in lush Victorian garb. To promote his upcoming Home on the Strange art event, Bush will deck out the window at lacy underthing boutique Ella's Room.
Click here for a full list of First Thursday events.