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Curator's Pick show takes over Basement Gallery

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Downtown Boise's Basement Gallery has had a change of plans for October. Instead of exhibiting the work of Keith Farnsworth, there will be a Curator's Pick exhibition featuring gallery owner Jane Brumfield's favorite works from previous exhibiting artists. The show will feature Ruth Franklin, a British-born artist specializing in acrylic paint, charcoal and pastels. Her paintings, which feature mainly human subjects, are characterized by broad brushstrokes. Another artist Brumfield has selected is Melissa Graves-Brown, inspired by Idaho's bountiful natural beauty. Artist Charlotte Snook--who draws inspiration from wild animal education books and dog-training manuals--will also be included. Rounding out the show is artist Christopher Perry, who utilizes oil paint and kiln-glass and believes both media influences one another, and Molly Hill, who left a career in the corporate sphere to pursue art and describes herself as a "closet artist." The subjects of many of Hill's Asian influenced paintings hold their gaze directly with the viewer, eliciting an intimate and engaging sensation. The exhibit will be up through the month of October.

Moving from Asian to antlers, Tyler Bush's latest multimedia exhibit, Home on the Strange, will be on display at Idaho Poster and Letterpress through October. The show features Bush's acrylic images of Deer Ladies, encaustic pieces and porcelain sculptures of antlered Victorian-era folk. For more info on the show, visit

If horns aren't your cup of tea, you can bounce around downtown and check out the Pink Project. Downtown Business Association merchants will display decorated art bras made by local survivors, supporters and advocates throughout the month to bolster breast cancer awareness.

At D.L. Evans Bank, you can check out a bra decorated by artist and breast cancer survivor Connie Kline, while snacking on pink treats and desserts from Sweet Perfections by Holly Kay. D.L. Evans will also showcase an array of covers from the Boise Weekly Cover Auction, which goes down on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at the Linen Building.

To kickstart the Pink Project, Angell's Bar and Grill will host the Bras Over Boise party on First Thursday. For $10, you're en-tit-led to an assortment of apps and one drink ticket and will be entered to win an array of door prizes.