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Puffy Mondaes' Mosaics, Idaho Botanical Garden's Scarecrows, Kerry Moosman's Sculptures (at Stewart Gallery)


Puffy Glass

Are you all broken up about your lack of skills when it comes to crafting mosaic masterpieces? Do your recycled glass and tile vases look more like bulky medieval weaponry than quirky art projects? Craft store Puffy Mondaes in Nampa wants to give you an edge up. On Friday, Sept. 18, from 7-9 p.m., Puffy Mondaes is offering an all-ages mosaic tile class, in which participants will be taught to make garden stepping stones.

So if you're done hop-scotching through your garden on plain ol' rocks, then learn how to jazz up your backyard dirt with a little flash of color. The class and all supplies will only set you back $25. To check out other upcoming class offerings at Puffy Mondaes, visit

Friday, Sept. 18, 7-9 p.m., $25, Puffy Mondaes, 200 12th Ave. S., Nampa, 208-467-1621,

Library Eye Candy

If the Library! at Collister gets any more artsy eye candy, people are going to have a hard time concentrating on their hardbacks. Now, in addition to Stephanie Bacon's seven-part "The Museum and Farm of Ideas" collages, the children's section is about to unveil the new mural Up, Up and Away.

Painted by library staff, the mural features "a fanciful cityscape that evokes imagination, adventure, and exploration." The mural either features a hot air balloon, or is just piggy-backing on the success of the Pixar film Up because the library also invited Idaho Hot Airlines to give demonstrations on balloon piloting at the mural unveiling.

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 6 p.m., FREE, Library! at Collister, 4724 W. State St., 208-562-4995,

Pulling Straws

Though it's been unanimously agreed upon that hay is for horses, come fall, it also becomes the material du jour for crafty scarecrow builders. For the second year in a row, Idaho Botanical Garden is inviting people with a propensity for stuffing grass into tattered overalls to enter their creations into the scarecrow stroll competition.

Though it won't cost you much to enter--it's only $5 per scarecrow for families and nonprofit groups or $15 for businesses--topping last year's winning creation will take a lot of human brain power. Pieced together by Meridianites Justin, Ashley and Renee Ross, the winning scarecrow Chef Gazpacho featured a busty, apron-clad chef holding a tray with wine in one hand and a menu in the other offering things like ghoulish gouda, slimy Swiss and moldy mozzarella.

If you think your bundled-hay skills can top Chef Gazpacho, you've only got until Friday, Sept. 18, to crank out an even scarier masterpiece. Installation for scarecrows is the week of Sept. 21-25, and entrants have to set up an appointment before they can cart their creation down to Idaho Botanical Garden. The scarecrows will be tucked behind trees and popping out of flower beds from Saturday, Sept. 26, through Halloween.

Visit to download an entry form, then call IBG's administration office at 208-343-8649 to schedule your scarecrow setup time.

A Moos-t See

Renowned Boise sculptor Kerry Moosman's exacting hand-coiled pots have been raising eyebrows in the art world for years. Locally, his historically influenced public art murals on the side of the Idanha building and the McCarty building have also stopped downtown denizens in their tracks.

On Friday, Sept. 18, from 6-9 p.m., those who would like to shake hands with Moosman and talk pottery can head down to the Stewart Gallery for an artists' reception celebrating the close of his show "Pure Form."

Friday, Sept. 18, 6-9 p.m., FREE, Stewart Gallery, 1110 W. Jefferson St., 208-433-7593,