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First Thursday Picks

Four stops not to miss Thursday, June 6


NfiniT Gallery Anniversary Celebration

In June of 2012, new artist co-op NfiniT Gallery squeezed into a brick storefront at 405 S. Eighth St. in BODO. A year later, the space is a regular stop-off for downtown art patrons. While strolling the streets of Boise this First Thursday, June 6, slip into NfiniT Gallery to help celebrate the shop's one-year anniversary with food, craft beer from The Ram Brewery and a large selection of work by local artists in a variety of media.

Owner Mark Baccay and his wife, Anita, have plans to enliven the space on First Thursday by installing a new front door that doubles as an original art piece.

"Instead of just a rudimentary means to get into the gallery, we wanted it to be an experience," said Mark.

A handful of NfiniT artists collaborated to construct the handmade wooden door, inlaid with fused- and etched-glass elements. The door will be available for sale to patrons.

"We're kind of a family of artists, so this is a chance to collaborate and get as many of our members as possible to work on this door project, so that it's got a little something from everybody," he said.

Also on the building's exterior, Mark plans for a pair of "living walls," or installations created from rows of green plant life.

Inside the doorway, models will pose as living mannequins to show off fused glass and metalwork jewelry designed by Idaho artists Katy Johnson and Debbie Fischer. While mingling in the gallery, visitors are invited to peruse an e-book project illustrated by a group of St. Joe's Catholic School students, or enter a drawing to win an original piece of art by one of 19 Idaho artists.

Art Source Gallery Jewelry Showcase

If elegant, handcrafted jewelry tickles your artistic fancy, traipse down to 1015 W. Main St. for a show featuring local jewelry artists at Art Source Gallery. Equilibrium: Art Jewelry in the Balance features work by Rick Olmstead, Barbara Bowling, Karen Klinefelter, Nancy Hoyt, Kay Seurat and Jan Benson. The creations run the gamut from cloudy, opalescent jewels to stylish leather wraps.

One of Hoyt's newer pieces is a square sterling silver pendant inlaid with a creamy Owyhee Picture Jasper stone.

"It's a natural stone that comes from the Owyhee mountain range," she said.

Hoyt employed the lost wax cast method to create the silver piece, before laying in the stone, which features a coffee brown color that resembles a set of hills, melding with a foreground of creamy white.

Bowling, by comparison, plays with metallurgy to craft ornate cuffs and an intricate Macbeth's Cauldron forged from vitreous enamel copper, while Seurat's earrings and necklaces combine precious gems like Cherry Creek Jasper with sterling silver.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Art Source Gallery. In the years since its inception, in November 1993, the artist co-op has grown to 40 artist members and now includes a second location at the Boise Airport.

You can celebrate with the artists during First Thursday, while sipping wine from Indian Creek Winery, enjoying light snacks and listening to music by JB Duo.

Duck Club Poster Show

Crack a book on the history of music and you're likely to see just as many pictures of posters advertising concerts as you will pictures of the concerts themselves. The art of the times reflects the music of the times and is a crucial companion to understanding a period's themes and values.

Poster art has been experiencing something of a renaissance in Boise of late thanks to the folks at Duck Club Presents. First Thursday, June 6, Duck Club will host a local concert poster art show at Sage Yoga and Wellness, 242 N. Eighth St., Ste. 200.

"Each piece of art was commissioned to celebrate the shows they highlight," said Lori Shandro, Duck Club co-founder and the show's curator.

Rather than being printed en masse at a shop, Duck Club's concert fliers are screen-printed in limited runs that are numbered and signed by the artist who made them, then sold at the concerts they advertise.

"They're meant to be commemorative to anyone to whom the show became special," Shandro said.

The First Thursday art show will feature prints from more than 30 local artists such as James Lloyd, Julia Green and Erin Cunningham, who have created designs for local performances by bands like Delicate Steve, El Ten Eleven, Titus Andronicus and Flashlights.

Prints that didn't sell out will be available for purchase, but Shandro says that isn't the point of the exhibition.

"These aren't a source of profit, but of artistic love and passion for the music," said Shandro.

The First Thursday event will run from 5:30-9 p.m. and feature music from the Vinyl Preservation Society and wine tasting from Indian Creek. The exhibition will remain up through the end of July.

Ming Studios Compound Biannual

Compound Biannual could be the name of a pharmaceutical journal or a plastic-gloved prison physical, but in the case of Ming Studios, it's the collaborative industrial art space's twice yearly bash, featuring screenprinting and glass-blowing demos, live music, food-truck grub from the Funky Taco and flowing booze.

This First Thursday, June 6, Ming Studios--comprised of Classic Design, Bricolage, Fawn and Foal, Boise Art Glass and Rocket Neon--will open the doors to its shared warehouse space at Sixth and Myrtle streets to host a few guest artists.

Portland, Ore.'s PLANE/AIR Collective is "an ongoing series of art and craft 'house shows' in the punk tradition," featuring puppeteer, sculptor and performance artist Joseph Bryan and ceramicist, textile artist and photographer Kati Von Lehman. The duo will caravan to Boise for a June residency at Ming.

In addition, Ming will host a pop-up shop with Pauli Ochi, director of Ochi Gallery in Ketchum. Ochi will have an array of jewelry, artist prints, books, apparel and ceramics on hand for the evening.

Next door at Bricolage, Boise State University Professor Laurie Blakeslee will present a group show titled Re:Thread, which includes "stitched, sewn, wound, raveled or woven" pieces by artists like Kirsten Furlong, Elijah Jensen, Grant Olsen, Ashley Roshitsh, Chelsea Snow, Jennifer Wood and Melanie Yazzie. The reception takes place from 5-10 p.m.