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Southwest Report


For its next blockbuster exhibition, Boise Art Museum brings to town works by Georgia O'Keeffe. Visions of the Sublime is an extraordinary exhibition that re-examines the work of one of America's most iconic artists. O'Keeffe was a visionary who provided us new ways to view our surroundings and explore our inner selves. O'Keeffe said, "I have picked flowers where I found them-have picked up sea shells and rocks and pieces of wood ... I have used these things to say what is to me the wideness and wonder of the world as I live in it." This comment connects O'Keeffe to the aesthetic concept of the sublime, with its sensation of infinite space and evocative color and light. This exhibition, spanning more than five decades, features 30 paintings and one sculpture by O'Keeffe, together with photographs by O'Keeffe's husband, Alfred Stieglitz and images of O'Keeffe by noted American photographer Todd Webb. Complementing these works are 18 paintings by earlier American artists that exemplify the concept of the sublime in landscape painting. Included are works by Albert Bierstadt, Martin Johnson Heade and George Inness from the Hunter Museum of American Art and the Butler Institute of American Art. The exhibition opens June 30 and is on display through Sept. 19.

A local documentary focusing on the history of the Jewish community and human rights issues in Idaho has received international recognition as the winner of a Silver Telly in the 26th Annual Telly Awards. The documentary, Rivers in the Desert, produced by Jody Tee Creative Services and their independent production company, Edenbridge Productions, premiered at The Flicks and aired on Idaho Public Television in May 2004.

The program used the move of Boise's Synagogue (Ahavath Beth Israel) in October 2003 as a visual metaphor to follow the journey of Jews in Boise from pioneer days to the present. Rivers in the Desert includes the story of Moses Alexander, the first Jewish governor in the United States and the tumultuous years when Jews (and other minorities) throughout the state felt the threat of the Aryan Nations' (Nazi) presence in Idaho. The program gave viewers an opportunity to find out what it's like to be Jewish in Boise and was produced in cooperation with the Idaho Human Rights Education Center.

Ground has been broken on the latest addition to the Idaho Botanical Garden, the Lewis and Clark Native Plant Garden.

This garden will offer a look at native plants from Great Falls, Montana to The Dalles, Oregon as cataloged by Captain Meriwether Lewis on the journey made by the Corps of Discovery. Four distinct habitats will be featured: prairie, canyon land, montane, and wetlands. Seven "Travelers' Rest" areas, named after a stop which the Corps of Discovery made on their long ago journey, will offer information on the plants and how they were used. All interpretive signage will be interspersed with text from Lewis' journals.

The scheduled completion date for this project is May 2006, 200 years after the Corps of Discovery passed through northern Idaho on their return journey to St. Louis, Missouri.

The following Treasure Valley artists and art organizations recently received Idaho Arts Commission Quick Funds Grants:

Boise Philharmonic Association received $990 to support expanding education outreach, "Ensembles in the Schools" and serve rural elementary and middle schools.

Foothills School of Arts and Sciences received $1,000 to support "Nature in Motion," a drama workshop and school performance.

Mary Alice Glen received $485 to present and attend workshops at the American String Teachers National Conference.

Kathleen Keys received $490 to attend and participate at the 2005 National Art Education Association Convention.

Kimiko Miyoshi received $1,000 to create two installations for an exhibition at Eastern Oregon University.

Grant Olsen received $950 to create and show several larger-scale works.

Djenne Shaub received $465 to attend Mamady Keita's West African Drum workshops in Phoenix, Arizona and Santa Cruz, California.

Si Se Puede Idaho, Inc. (Yes We Can Idaho, Inc.) received $960 to support Reflections/Reflectiones, a pilot project to help at-risk students study Mexican American Culture through paintings.

Catherine Wagner received $960 to support a poetry reading tour as a source of new poems in Spring 2005.

Rosenthal Gallery of Art at Albertson College of Idaho received $1,000 to support a professional consultation by Hispanic folk artist Eva Castellanoz in planning a visual art project, The Rose Collaborative.

Hyook Chan Johnson received $900 to study Ka-Ya-Kum (classical Korean stringed instrument) with master Okhee Chang.

-Cynthia Sewell