One gallery of note opening in the near future will only be open for four weeks and will feature, exclusively, the work of Akiane Kramarik, a so-called Indigo child. According to Lee Carroll and Jan Tober, authors of The Indigo Children: The New Kids Have Arrived, "The Indigo Child is a boy or girl who displays a new and unusual set of psychological attributes, revealing a pattern of behavior generally undocumented before. This pattern has singularly unique factors that call for parents and teachers to change their treatment and upbringing of these kids to assist them in achieving balance and harmony in their lives, and to help them avoid frustration." Kramarik--who goes by Akiane--discovered what is referred to as her "binary genius" (she is both a poet and a visual artist) at the age of about 4. Over the last seven years, she has produced over 40 paintings, many of which are created in connection with one of her poems. Kramarik, an Idahoan, has been featured on the Oprah show, the Montel Williams Show, World News Tonight and Good Morning America, to list but a few. She was a featured figure in the film Indigo Evolution, a movie about Indigo children, and she has published two books. She has also had a number of exhibitions of her work and has been inducted into the Kids Hall of Fame (who knew there even was such a thing?). In short, this kid does more in a day than even the Army does before 6 a.m.
November 18-December 18, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. daily, $5; $20 for a full month pass, special pricing for families, seniors, students and special interest groups, Spirit At Work Art Gallery, 855 W. Broad St. (under the Ha'Penny pub). For more information, call Spirit at Work at 388-3884 or visit www.spiritatworkbooks.com. For more information on Indigo children, visit www.indigochild.com.
Also opening soon is Spotlight Gallery. This fine art gallery will feature works in oil, watercolor and steel, and sculptures and blown glass pieces by local artists, including Mac Browning, Fred Choate, Zella Bardsley and more. At the grand opening, you can enter a drawing to win a work of art.
Grand opening November 17, 5-9 p.m., FREE, Spotlight Gallery, 3085 N. Cole, Ste. 203 (next to Jo-Ann Fabrics in the Evergreen Business Mall), 377-2288.
And if that isn't enough culture for you, The Studio and Fine Art Gallery of Mark Manwaring will soon be housed in BoDo.
Manwaring has been painting for over 10 years and a great deal of his work focuses on the people who work in emergency fields. His work is this area is often advertised with the tagline, "Dedicated to those who have devoted their lives to saving others." In this new studio/gallery, he will show and sell original oil paintings of Idaho scenery, including cityscapes, landscapes and still-life paintings. He will also accept commissions for portraits (might be the perfect gift for that person in your life who has everything except a portrait).
Open Tuesday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., 409 S. 8th St. in BoDo, 353-4864.
And now for something completely the same
Gypsy Gallery is anything but (gypsies, that is). They "gypsy" actually refers to the nomadic nature of the venues, not so much the artists themselves. The artists involved contribute time and energy to the various costs that go into putting on exhibits of their work and then directly receive any proceeds that come from the sale of their individual work.
Boise's Gypsy Gallery will be marking their fourth anniversary in December with a grand First Thursday show and celebration on Dec. 7 in the Alaska Building at 1020 Main St. Yes, it's a little way off, but it's never to early to plan a gallery visit.
Gypsy Gallery, www.gypsygalleryart.com.