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First Thursday: Art at Eighth and Main

Explore Troy Passey's monochromatic world


Though Troy Passey's artwork will take up only a small corner of CTA Architects Engineers' office on the eighth floor of the Eighth and Main Tower, Passey calls it one of the best places in the city to show art. Those who make the trek to the eighth floor will find 15 of Passey's monochromatic pieces on display during a First Thursday reception, from 5 to 8 p.m. The reception includes light hors d'oeuvres as well as wine from Hells Canyon Winery.

Passey grew up on a farm in Paris, Idaho--330 miles southeast of Boise. Even as a child, he was fascinated by words. He carried around a small notebook where he scribbled down various quotes and observations. Words made their way into the new work Passey is displaying at CTA. Look closely at his large drawings and you'll see snippets of lyrics, literature and overheard conversations.

"My handwriting isn't pretty," Passey said, "but it has an intensity to it. ... It was so bad my teacher told me not to even try cursive. I've taken a weakness and featured it in my artwork."

The exhibition, called Soft You Now, will be on display at CTA for the next six months.