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First Thursday

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For the November edition of First Thursday, downtown Boise plays host to published art, scratch-off art, deathly art, the art of giving and art that defies words. Find your favorite on Thursday, Nov. 7. See Pages 20-22 for more comprehensive First Thursday listings.

Art Source Gallery/John Killmaster

: John Killmaster's enamel pieces and paintings ask more questions than they answer, and have been showcased at The Smithsonian, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and abroad. Join : Art Source Gallery: : for an artist reception for Killmaster's exhibit "Beyond Words." Munch on appetizers while taking in his oil paintings, like "Sawtooths Above the Salmon," a glimpse of the sun-kissed range buffeted by trees and the river; or "Nirvana," a vivid gaze at meadows in the near field, but from a distance it's a wispy, other-worldly landscape.

: In an artist statement, Killmaster wrote: "Living and exploring through visual discovery is the essence of my art and progression of myself," and viewing "Beyond Words" can be Boise's nickel tour of one of Idaho's most enigmatic and admired artistic minds. : 1015 W. Main St., Boise, 208-331-3374, artsourcegallery.com:

Bricolage

The scratch-off part of lottery tickets is the best thing about them other than, you know, winning. The act of scraping free that small amount of removable paint takes on the feel of a big reveal. A group of artists showing their work at Bricolage have taken to heart this principle of the scratch-and-win with The Scratch-Off.

This is how it works: Show up at Bricolage between 5:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. armed with fingernails or a coin fit for scratching. Buy a small work of art--that's your ticket to have a go at the 8-foot by 15-foot wall laid over with scratchable ink, hidden under which is a large installation waiting to be revealed. There will also be a fortune wall similarly coated in scratchable ink; ask the wall a question and scrape off a shape to reveal its prophecy. The Scratch-Off is a collaborative effort by Juliana McLenna, Noel Weber, Anna Weber, Sam Liberto and Catie Young. 418 S. Sixth St., Boise, 208-345-3718, facebook.com/bricoshoppe

D.L. Evans Bank

May 2 was Idaho Gives Day. Across Idaho, 6,192 donors gave 9,415 gifts for a total of $578,735 to 419 Idaho nonprofit organizations. The number and profile of such organizations has increased dramatically in Idaho over the past several years.

That trend aside, we're willing to bet you didn't know November is Idaho Nonprofit Awareness Month; and, if you did, maybe you didn't know about the kickoff party at D.L. Evans Bank, where Mayor Dave Bieter will sign an official proclamation and nonprofits of all stripes, including Transform Idaho, Global Lounge and Sierra Club--as well as Idaho Nonprofit Center Executive Director Lynn Hoffmann--will be on hand while you partake of appetizers provided by Life's Kitchen. 213 N. Ninth St., Boise, 208-331-1399, dlevans.com

Flying M Coffeehouse

This month, downtown Boise's see-and-be-seen hangout/cafe/gift shop hosts an exhibition by Boise Weekly cover artist Lara Petitclerc-Stokes. Her most recent cover, "Young Ghost Dancing With His Familiars" (April 24, 2013) is a sample of her spare-of-line, geometrical approach to form and explosive use of color. Her work will hang through November. Also on display will be an extension of the Boise State University Art Metals Handcrafted Jewelry Sale, during which attendees may view and purchase work designed and manufactured by Boise State Art Metals students. 500 W. Idaho St., Boise, 208-345-4320, flyingmcoffee.com

Idaho state historical museum and sesqui-shop

Dia de los Muertos was days ago, but there's still time to catch the comet tail of collaborative exhibitions and activities between the Idaho State Historical Museum and the Boise 150 Sesqui-Shop.

Dia de los Muertos--Day of the Dead--honors the dead with arts and crafts, visits to grave sites, hearty meals, riots of music, dancing, parades and storytelling. From 5 p.m.-9 p.m., the Idaho State Historical Museum offers free admission, and the public is invited to see traditional and contemporary Dia de los Muertos altars, which local artists have created, along with other original works, to commemorate the holiday.

Over at the Boise 150 Sesqui-Shop, the party continues with a wall of niche altars to the dead created by artists including Bryan Moore, Shelley Jund, Grant Olsen, Julia Green and Amy Lindstrom, as well as organizations like the Mexican Consulate in Idaho and North Junior High.

There are also 16 steamroller-printed banners and music by Gerardo Barca beginning at 7:30 p.m., so if you missed the Friday, Nov. 1, celebration at the Idaho State Historical Museum, you can still catch a bit of the holiday's flavor at the Sesqui-Shop. ISHM, 610 Julia Davis Drive, Boise, 208-344-2120, history.idaho.gov; Sesqui-Shop, 1008 W. Main St., Boise, 208-384-8509, boise150.org/sesqui-shop