When: Thu., Sept. 1, 5-8 p.m. 2016
Judas Arrieta's paintings combine the counter-culture vibrancy of graffiti, stylized quirk of manga and subconscious influence of text in advertising (and propaganda) in a riot of colors and shapes so arresting, each viewing provides something fresh and exciting. Born in the Basque Country, Arrieta always felt a connection with Asia—and a fascination for Boise. In a statement for his 2015 exhibition Boiseland at Ming Studios, Arrieta said, "For any self-respecting Basque, Boise, Idaho, is a place of history and encounter, an almost mythical place, a kind of Basque Atlantis that you need to visit before you die.''
The international artist is yet again leaving his mark on this city of magic: As part of the inaugural artist-in-residency program at the Modern Hotel (1314 W. Grove St.), Arrietas painted a mural on the back wall of the building. Arrietas will officially unveil Wonder Stories on First Thursday and, to celebrate, the Modern is throwing a party with cocktails, pintxos, live music and a game of I-Spy with Arrietas. The shindig starts at 6 p.m., and you don't want to miss it or your story will be wondering why.