First Thursdays are the only times the public can get a glimpse into the 12,000-square-foot private studio of Alex Vega. The Boise Creative Center at 1204 W. Front St. is hard to miss as you drive onto the Connector: It's the building with all the giant murals.
Vega paints murals, large-scale canvases and corporate fine art in the sprawling studio, which he purchased after years of struggling to work on such large canvases in his little garage on the Bench. He leases portions of the warehouse to local artists, as well.
On Thursday, he'll feature illustrations by Dick Lee, whose drawings have appeared in National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, the Washington Post and more. Lee will be on site to talk about his work. Visitors can also feel what it's like to paint on a grand scale.
"They may have never gotten to use an airbrush before, or a commercial paint gun that empties a gallon of paint in 10 seconds," Vega said.
The Center is also teaming up with Boise Art Glass in the evening to create a mini-block party and harvest festival for First Thursday.