1Art Source Gallery-Fourth annual national juried exhibition. Juror Heather Ferrell announces the winners at 7 p.m. Enjoy music by Beth Wilson. 6 p.m., Art Source Gallery, 1015 W. Main St., 331-3374.
2Art Under the Stars-Come enjoy art, wine and hors d'oeuvres at this wonderful outdoor gallery in the heart of Boise at 8th and Grove streets. Art Under the Stars is an outdoor public art gallery and features local and regional artists, many of them current members of the Capital City Public Market. Each artist will be showing and selling their work at this unique event. Featured artists include mosaics and metal workers, photographers, painters, printmakers, ceramic artists and fine jewelers. Art Under the Stars is on the first Thursday of each month through October. 5 p.m., 371-7004 or 345-9287, Downtown Boise.
3Basement Gallery-Six local artists present their work. Steve Dyer is exhibiting colorful impressionistic landscape, still-life and figurative oil paintings. Perry Allen, the gallery proprietor, displays original watercolor and ink landscape paintings. Nancy Brossman shows an assortment of pastel, watercolor and oil painting pieces. Karl Hermanson exhibits oil painting on found-wood created from vintage photographs. Ardith Tate displays a variety of earth-tone, hand-thrown pottery titled "Mud and Sticks." Matthew Jordon represents uniquely formed and delicately produced hand-blown glass. 6 p.m., Basement Gallery, 928 W. Main St., 333-0309.
4The bouquet-Art in the Bar features young, alternative artists' works in many media including painting, photography, fiberglass, multimedia, graphic design, sculpture and jewlery. 7 p.m., The Bouquet, 1010 W. Main, 345-6605.
5Brown's Gallery-"High Desert Art." This is an eclectic show of both two- and three-dimensional works created by the High Desert Art League, a group of nine professional artists who enthusiastically share their ideas and dedication to their respective media. With a maximum membership of 12, admission to the league is by invitation only and currently includes Kathleen Keiher, Norman Frater, Robert Pumphrey, Helen Brown, Cindy Biggs, Denise Newbold, Barbara Slater, Vivan Olsen and Richard Fredrick. 5 p.m., Brown's Gallery, 1022 Main St., 342 6661.
6Cole/Marr Photography Workshop-Abstract guitar art by photographer Scott Chandler is a tribute to the exotic shapes of acoustic and electric guitars. 6 p.m., Cole/Marr Gallery & Photography Workshops, 8th Street Marketplace, 404 S. 8th St., B100, 366-7630.
7Cotton Club-See the results of the Picnic Quilt Challenge and demonstrations of the Quilt Pounce Iron-off. Cotton Club is open to the public on First Thursdays only. The Cotton Club, 106 N. 6th (in the basement of the Old Pioneer Building), 345-5567, www.cottonclub.com.
8Flying M Coffeeshop-Local artist and Flying M barista Jacob Benjamin presents "A LIttle Like Home, a collection of photographs featuring the people who make Boise home for him. Gift shop stays open late. Flying M Coffeehouse, 300 W. Idaho St., 345-4320.
9Gallery 601-The fourth annual "Art for the Animals," proceeds to benefit the Idaho Humane Society. This silent auction features over 50 framed pieces of artwork from a few local and national artists. 4-9 p.m. FREE. Gallery 601, 211 N. 10th St., 336-5899.
10Idaho Camera-Come enjoy photos from the Idaho Photographic Workshop. 5:30 p.m., Idaho Camera, 170 N. 8th St., 344-8303.
11Lindley Glass Studio-Local artist Filip Vogelpohl, using a torch, demonstrates glass art creation. 6 p.m., Lindley Glass Studio, 217 N. 10th St., 342-8024.
12Lisk Gallery-Photographs by Mark Lisk feature Idaho and Southwest landscapes and Jerri Lisk presents acrylic painting on aluminum. 6 p.m., Lisk Gallery, 850 W. Main St., 342-3773.
13prestige skateboards-Boise's newest skate shop presents A Labor of Love, a skateboard art show featuring Ben Wilson, Jerms, John Warfel, Steve Schleicher, Grant Olsen and more. The artists were given blank skateboards and asked to do whatever their little hearts desired. This unusual and awesome exhibit is the result. 7 p.m., Prestige Skateboards, 106 S. 11th St., 424-6824.
14R. Grey Jewelry Gallery-An Evening with the Artists features unique handcrafted wood jewelry boxes by local artists Michael Hamilton and Dee Roberts. Appetizers and spirits served. 6 p.m., R. Grey Jewelry Gallery, 818 W. Idaho St., 385--9337, www.rgreygallerycom.
15record exchange-Don't miss the chance to see The Art of Rock, a collection of work by artists from the 70s through today. Several of the pieces being displayed will also be available for purchase. Exhibit runs through June. Record Exchange, 1105 Idaho St., 343-0107.
16BOISE ART MUSEUM: Boise Open Studios Weekend Reception-Almost 50 artists showcase their work at the Boise Art Museum for the Open Studios Weekend. Boise Open Studios Collective Organization (BOSCO) members have their works on display and while you are at the museum to view them, you may purchase a map/ticket to visit the personal studios of the artists, half of which will be open on Saturday, the other on Sunday. Some artists will have their studios open on Friday night as well. 6 p.m. FREE reception, map/ticket $10, 344-2055, James Castle-James Castle exhibition: Drawings, Constructions and Books. Since first displaying his art in 1963, The Boise Art Museum has collect the work of Idaho artist James Castle (1900-1977) through purchases and donations. This exhibit features all 90 works from the museum's permanent collection and a selection of 41 works on loan from J Crist Gallery and other private lenders. Castle, a self-taught artist, was born deaf and never learned to read, write or use sign language. He did, however, develop a highly sophisticated means of communication through his art. Katy Stone-Seattle artist Katy Stone creates a new, site-specific installation for the museum's sculpture court. The new artwork, created from several thousand streams of hand-painted acetate, will be accompanied by smaller, thematically related pieces. All of Stone's artwork will interact with the architectural elements of the sculpture court's walls, windows, and floor. The artist's work is an intriguing coalescence of drawing, painting, and sculpture. Using acrylics, she first paints images on clear acetate, then cuts the images to shape, and installs them in various formations to be viewed as a sculpturally projected painting. The delicate acetate interacts with light and air to produce shimmering, biomorphic reflections as well as deep shadows. Stone's inspiration comes from the forms and forces of nature, and her work revolves around themes that recur in nature-the vital fluids of water and blood, physical states of falling or sprouting, and impressions of lightness and weight. FREE members, $5 general, $3 seniors and college students, $1 grades 1 through 12, FREE under age 6. Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Dr., Boise, 345-8330, www.boiseartmuseum.org.
17Idaho Black History Museum-The Invisible Idahoan: 200 Years of Blacks in Idaho details the substantial and sometimes surprising contributions African-Americans have made to the laws, culture and society of Idaho. The Idaho Black History Museum was founded in 1995. The museum's purpose is to build bridges between cultures, break down barriers and provide a safe haven to explore the African American experience through the education of all people on African American history, art and culture with an emphasis on Idaho. FREE, Idaho Black History Museum, 508 Julia Davis Drive, 433-0017, www.ibhm.org.