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Design and Illustration Students Strut Their Stuff

The difference between a starving artist and a graphic designer could be considered a steady paycheck. And it's that steady paycheck that the artists participating in "ink" are hoping to bank on, once they've completed their degree at Boise State, that is.

This First Thursday, a group of illustrators and graphic designers who are classmates and soon-to-be-alumni from Boise State will gather in a retrospective portfolio show for a little shameless self-promotion and collective pat on the back. According to student Seth Hanson, 14 graduating students will present the work they've completed thus far in their academic and professional careers a designers and illustrators. Though a good deal of the work will be mounted on presentation board, expect some digital files and even a portfolio book or two, and each student will be on hand to discuss his or her work, in addition to accepting well-financed job offers. At 7 p.m., Nate Voss and Donovan Beery, two graphic designers from Nebraska who are authors on the design blog Be A Design Group, will take center stage to address the audience about general industry trends and news, and field questions about anything your curiosity can come up with. So long as it's design-related.

The show starts at 6 p.m., and Voss and Beery speak at 7 p.m., Market Place Suite 170, 404 S. Eighth St.

State Historians John Hancock Their Books

This First Thursday, the Idaho State Historical Museum hosts a half-dozen historical writers, all of whom have written about Idaho, as they sell and sign copies of their books. History buffs can meet and mingle with some of Idaho's historians and have a wander around the museum (you know, have a sit in the saddles and coo at Deja Moo, the two-headed cow). For those with a history buff on their holiday shopping list, the gift shop will be open (where you can buy a stuffed toy version of Deja Moo at a special discount) and, of course, you can get a signed copy from any of the evening's featured writers.

• Award-winning Idaho historian Susan M. Stacy signs her new book, Tom and Julia Davis: Some Good Place, about two of Boise's pioneers who donated the land for a city park and after whom Boise's stately Julia Davis Park is named.

• Second generation Mexican-American Max Delgado signs his book, Jesus Urquides: Idaho's Premier Muleteer, whose packing and hauling skills distinguished him in his trade.

• Linda Morton-Keithley, staff member of the Idaho State Historical Society and editor of Sitting Tall: Saddles & Saddle Makers in Idaho, signs copies of the book.

• Diane Myklegard and Diane Ronayne, authors of Resurrection of the Bar O, the Tom and Jemima Davis Story and the Apple Time cookbook will sign copies of their books.

• Boise State University professor of history Todd Shallat will be signing two of his many books on Idaho, Snake: The Plain and Its People and Ethnic Landmarks.

For more on each of the authors, visit The museum will be open until 9 p.m. Idaho State Historical Museum, located at 610 N. Julia Davis Dr. in Julia Davis Park.

All About the Alaska Center

Apparently the Alaska Center is the place to be this First Thursday. From Post Falls, 13-year-old Akiane Kramarik, who has often been referred to as a prodigy artist, shows her lifetime collection of work that tends to revolve around religious messages. If you missed Oprah gushing over her (or if you missed Good Morning America, World News Tonight with Peter Jennings, The Montel Williams Show ... the list goes on and on), 40 of Kramarik's limited-edition giclee prints will be on display. In addition to creating pieces that are indisputably well done for someone her age, Kramarik is also a poet. And if you're moved to spend money on her work, prints, books and gifts will be available for purchase.

And on the second floor, Gypsy Gallery—the ever-moving collective of artists—presents its fifth-annual holiday show in conjunction with Idaho Photographic Workshop. Work has been on display all week at the Alaska Center, but tonight is the big deal with an artists' reception, the silent auction of all original artwork and the music of Gayle Chapman from 6 to 9 p.m. Ten percent of the proceeds from this year's event benefit the Women's and Children's Alliance, and food and gift donations for the WCA will be accepted during the event.

The Alaska Center, 1020 Main St.