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Oh, Crist, This Is Sad • Political Jewelry • Promoting Print

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Oh, Crist, This Is Sad

Effective March 27, J Crist Gallery as we know it is no more. Owners Charley and Jacqueline Crist will now focus their time on the work of James Castle. Among other things, they will feature Castle's work at Art Basel in Switzerland this summer and will begin work on establishing a James Castle Study Center.

In a statement from the gallery, Jacqueline explained, "This new chapter is bittersweet; our introduction of the James Castle Study Center is an exciting new development. But it is with great sadness that we say goodbye to our gallery relationship with our many artists, collectors and visitors who have trusted the gallery to bring many diverse and beautiful works of art to the community ... We will continue to support the arts and business community with the same consistency and commitment we always have."

Charley's statement echoed hers: "It has been a pleasure to support the work of Idaho artists and to experience the many friendships created over the years. Moving on is often difficult but change is necessary and I wish the best for the artists and the community we have served."

Political Jewelry

Arts and politics sometimes seem to exist in different realities, but a Boise State project is combining the two in an effort to raise money for further arts education.

Projects for the sixth annual Art Metals Silent Auction were started on Inauguration Day and are based on the theme Change/Hope—the rallying cry of President Barack Obama's campaign.

The 15 intermediate and advanced metal arts students in the project worked corroboratively on jewelry by exchanging pieces every 45 minutes. The resulting creations will be auctioned off while the show is on display from April 1-25 at R. Grey Jewelry Gallery, 415 S. Eighth St. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, April 2, from 5-9 p.m.

All proceeds from the sale will help purchase new tools for the art metals program and to fund visiting artists.

Promoting Print

Boise State's Red Circle Press is hosting a print silent action at Flying M Coffeehouse beginning Wednesday, April 1.

The group is made up of students, faculty and community members who organize print exchanges between presses, as well as put together exhibitions of print work. For this sale, Red Circle Press has gathered a collection of photographic prints including etchings, woodcuts, linocuts, polyester plate lithographs, serigraphs and digital work.

Funds raised through the auction will go toward bringing national artists to Boise for workshops and presentations. The show will hang through the month of April.

Hey, Screenwriters

Are you an aspiring screenwriter who just needs a kick in the rear to get things going? Or maybe you're just someone who loves deadlines? Either way, NYC Midnight's sixth annual Screenwriter's Challenge might just be the thing for you.

The contest, which draws participants from around the world, is a lot like the annual i48 film festival in which filmmakers have 48 hours to write, shoot and edit a short film. But this one is based online.

Screenwriters working solo or on teams are given a genre and a subject and have eight days to write a screenplay. Up to 100 writers move to the next round, where they all get the same genre and subject, but just 24 hours to create a prize-winning screenplay.

Besides the glory of winning, participants compete for more than $13,000 in cash and prizes. The first round is April 17-25, with the final burst of creativity happening on June 5.

Cost to sign up is $45 and the deadline is Wednesday, April 15. For more info, check out nycmidnight.com.