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Boise Weekly art director Leila Ramella-Rader, shed a few tears when she heard the news that Polaroid was ceasing production of its instant film. For more than a dozen years since moving to Boise from Pennsylvania, Ramella-Rader has been capturing vintage neon signs on white-framed Polaroid prints during road trips, and she has photos from Idaho, Utah, Oregon, Washington, California, Arizona, Nevada and New York. She has amassed more than 200 photos, which will be on display at Bricolage through the month of May.

Ramella-Rader follows two simple but strict rules for snapping her shots: The signs must be old and she can only take one photo, which means not all of them work. "Some of them are wonderful and some of them aren't," she said. "But it's all part of the process."

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Art Source Gallery is gearing up for its Ninth Annual Juried Art Show and will accept applications through Saturday, May 15. The show is open to artists working in all fine art media but no video or craft will be accepted. This year, the show reaches a new level with respected artist John Taye sitting in the juror's chair. Taye expresses movement, beauty and energy in his own sculptures and his paintings, and will surely look for similar qualities in the juried show submissions.

Results will be announced on Monday, June 7, and the opening reception for the show will be on Thursday, July 1. The work will be on exhibit through Sunday, August 1.

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After 10 years with Boise Philharmonic, executive director Tony Boatman has retired. After an intense search, South Dakotan Tom Bennett will step in to fill Boatman's shoes.

Bennett, who will live in Boise, comes from a long work history of orchestral management and will be responsible for a vital part of the philharmonic's survival: fundraising.

Boise Philharmonic will wrap up its 2009-2010 season May 14-15 with a concert featuring 17-year-old Grammy-nominated violinist Caroline Goulding. On Thursday, May 20, the orchestra will celebrate Velma Morrison's birthday with a free all-Gershwin concert courtesy of Mrs. Morrison herself.

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