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Treasure Valley Artists' Alliance Adds Some Local Color

And The Charm School seeks proposals for Feast II

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If you were swept up in the Modern Art madness Thursday, May 2, and didn't make it across the street to the opening of Veiko Valencia's new exhibit, Silent Protest, you're in luck: The show remains on display at the Linen Building until Sunday, June 30.

According to Valencia, his work explores the concept of protest and is inspired by his childhood creating political banners for his activist mother while growing up in Peru.

"I believe there is a visual inequality in the Latino community," Valencia wrote in his artist statement. "Within the minority, there is a majority: Mexican culture ...I respond to these issues with humor and protest, but particularly with the concept of protest."

The Gallery at the Linen Building is open weekdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and weekends by appointment.

Moving from art inspired by Peru to art inspired by the Boise landscape, the Treasure Valley Artists' Alliance is celebrating Boise's sesquicentennial with a new exhibit that opens Friday, May 17. Local Color--Boise 150 features "paintings, sculptures, assemblages and photographs that evoke the environment, the people and the enterprise of Boise over the last century and a half."

The reception takes place Friday, May 17, from 5-8 p.m., at the Boise State Public Radio offices, 220 E. Parkcenter Blvd., and runs through Thursday, July 25.

The show will be accompanied by a 72-page, full-color catalog featuring an introduction by Boise Mayor David Bieter and pictures of work from 55 artists, along with their statements. You can pre-order the catalog for $14.95 until Thursday, May 16, at treasurevalleyartistsalliance.org. The price jumps to $19.95 Friday, May 17, and will be available at Rediscovered Bookshop.

Moving from local color to local flavor, The Charm School is seeking applicants to give presentations at its second Feast dinner, Wednesday, June 12, from 6-8 p.m. at the Visual Arts Collective.

During Feast, attendees pay $20 for a school cafeteria-style dinner prepared by a local chef. While they're eating, 10 local creatives present 3-5 minute project proposals. At the end of the meal, the audience votes to fund their favorite proposal with a micro-grant from the door money--between $400 and $1,000

Presenters must be 21 or older and their projects must be based in Boise. One-page proposals, including, name, email address, artist bio, website or photos of past work and a 150-word description of the project are due Wednesday, May 22, at 5 p.m. Proposals can be emailed to charmschoolboise@gmail.com.