Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Slideshow: Countdown to the 13th Annual Cover Art Auction

Posted By on Tue, Aug 26, 2014 at 3:38 PM

Fifty-one weeks, 51 pieces of local art.

Each week Boise Weekly does the work of a gallery, showcasing original works on the front cover of the paper; and, every year, BW throws all that art on the wall and puts it up for sale, with proceeds benefiting local artists and (of course) Boise Weekly itself.

We're doing something a little bit different in the run-up to our 13th annual Cover Art Auction—set for Thursday, Oct. 16 at Gallery Five18 (518 S. Americana Blvd.). Each day, for 51 days, we're posting our cover pieces in chronological order. 

Follow the series on and our Facebook page, here, where you can ogle past favorites, rediscover pieces you might have missed or plan which works you'll pull out your bidding paddle for.

Most important, we hope our countdown series will keep the Cover Auction fresh in your mind. Which will be, one more time, on Thursday, Oct. 16, at 6 p.m., Gallery Five18, 518 S. Americana Blvd. 

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Calling All Artists: Feast V Proposals Due Aug. 21

Posted By on Thu, Aug 21, 2014 at 11:03 AM

The Charm School does many things, but arguably its most visible manifestation is the Feast. Boise-area artists have precious minutes to convince the audience that they deserve a $1,000 grant paid for by the $20 door fee paid by attendees while they—the attendees—eat their dinner.

Feast V takes place Sept. 10 from 6-8 p.m. at the Visual Arts Collective in Garden City, but proposals from participating artists are due Aug. 21 at 5 p.m. If you're interested in hopping on stage and delivering a powerful plea for why you should be awarded Benjamins for their art projects, this is your cue to drop what you're doing and create a proposal that contains the following elements:

Your name

Your email address

Some photos of your work or a link to your website

A 100-word artist bio

A 150-word description of the project you'd like to pitch to Feast V attendees

Send it to Of the proposals received, 10 will be chosen and notified by Aug. 23 at 5 p.m.
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Monday, August 11, 2014

2014 Governor's Awards in The Arts Announced

Posted By on Mon, Aug 11, 2014 at 3:25 PM

Every other year since the 1970s, the office of the governor and the Idaho Commission on the Arts have honored Idahoans' contributions to the arts with the Governor's Awards in the Arts—one of the first awards of its kind in the nation. The awards—silver medallions designed by Idaho artist Elizabeth Wolf—will be distributed during an official public ceremony by Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter and First Lady Lori Otter Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 2-4 p.m. in the Capitol rotunda.

The categories and their winners are as follows: 

Excellence in the Arts
Kim Barnes, writer (Moscow) and Denise Simone, actor (Hailey)

Support of the Arts
Marilyn Beck (Boise) and Ana Maria Schachtell (Boise)

Support of Arts Education
Linda Wolfe (Pocatello)

Excellence in Arts Administration
Terri Schorzman, executive director, Boise Department of Arts and History (Boise)

Lifetime Achievement
Daniel Stern, music director, Boise Baroque Orchestra (Boise)

Exceptional Service
Congressman Mike Simpson (Blackfoot)

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Sunday, August 10, 2014

Freak Alley Gallery Undergoes Another Transformation

Posted By on Sun, Aug 10, 2014 at 11:57 AM

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Every year since 2011, more than 80 artists have come together in the parking lot and back alley bounded by Eighth and Ninth streets between Bannock and Idaho to paint and repaint (and repaint) the aging bricks and crumbling cement in downtown Boise. On Aug. 9, artists showed up again with scaffolding, air brushes, spray paint and creative minds. Paintings range from cartoons and abstractions to realism and politically charged messages.

In August 2012, the second year of the alley transformations when the tradition was budding still, this reporter covered the event for Boise State Public Radio, and met Colby Akers, the creator of Freak Alley Gallery. With multiple facial piercing and a facial tattoo, Colby was on a mission to curate and showcase graffiti art.

  • Tony Caprai
Freak Alley Gallery actually started more than a decade ago, inside a single doorway within the alley—where Akers had permission from Moon's Cafe to paint. He slowly stared acquiring permission from building owners and calling for artists to submit  mural proposals. 

Karen Bubb, public arts manager for the city of Boise, told Boise State Public Radio that she likes how the murals change every year.

"I think it's a sign of vitality for the arts scene in Boise," Bubb said. "It's like breathing in some ways. It's fresh again."

Today, the alley is a collective, with local artists like Tony Caprai splashing paint over the murals from last year. His artwork often features scenes of Boise at night, and this mural was no different. Next year, it'll change again.
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Saturday, August 9, 2014

Brumfield's Gallery Says Farewell

Posted By on Sat, Aug 9, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Brumfield's Gallery gives it one final shot with Leigh Dyer's collection called "Monkey Brand." - LEIGH DYER
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  • Brumfield's Gallery gives it one final shot with Leigh Dyer's collection called "Monkey Brand."

The Brumfields have spent the last decade in art galleries, owning a gallery in England for four years before moving to Boise and running the Basement Gallery downtown for three years, then opening Brumfield's Gallery in Hyde Park two years ago. Jane Brumfield said it's time for her and her husband, Mike, to move onto something new.

But before they leave the Hyde Park art gallery behind, they're bringing in what Jane calls their "most ambitious project, by far."

The Brumfields commissioned British artist Leigh Dyer, paid for the shipping of several steel sculptures, and will host the artist when he flies over to help install the artwork the week before the show opens.  

The show is called "Monkey Brand," and it opens Sept. 13. Dyer is a self-taught sculptor who works with recycled steel. He started by making railings, sconce lighting, sculptural castings for security cameras and stands for menus. Now, his work showcases serpents, sea horses, octopi and, of course, monkeys.

Dyer plans to stick around in Boise for a week after the show opens, possibly giving some talks on his artwork. This show will be his debut in the United States.

As for Jane and Mike Brumfield, they're splitting their time between Boise and Houston nowadays. Jane is taking this opportunity to pursue a lifelong goal of attaining a master's degree in arts administration. 

"My heart is in curating visual arts exhibitions," she said. "A gallery is practically a not-for-profit venture. I'm ready to go back to larger organizations and focus just on the curation side of art, rather than running a business."

The gallery's final show opens Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. and runs through Nov. 1.
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Thursday, July 31, 2014

City Installs 15 New Traffic Box Art Wraps Downtown

Posted By on Thu, Jul 31, 2014 at 1:00 PM

"Leaf Party" by Karen Eastman (left) and "Dalicious" by Collin Pfeifer (right). - HARRISON BERRY
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  • "Leaf Party" by Karen Eastman (left) and "Dalicious" by Collin Pfeifer (right).

In downtown Boise, 15 traffic boxes are now a little brighter. 

The Boise City Department of Arts and History has just finished wrapping 15 traffic boxes in designs created by local artists. Many of the artists have never been part of a public art project, including 12-year-old Fresco Arts Academy student Zoe Tormollen, whose work can be found at the intersection of State and 11th streets.

Eight more art-bearing traffic boxes will be unveiled in September, joining the 80 boxes across the city that have already been wrapped.

For more information about the traffic boxes and a walking tour map, check out the Department of Arts and History website.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Need Something To Do Wednesday?

Posted By on Wed, Jul 23, 2014 at 2:20 PM

The sun has sucked the energy out of your mind and body and you lay on the couch motionless. You want to do something tonight, but you can't possibly endure the giant crowd of Alive After Five. Lucky for you, there are alternatives. 

If you're looking for a creative way to spend your evening, witness the dedication of a piece of public art made by Boise artists Marianne Konvalinka and Lynn Fraley and learn how to make your very own visual journal with the help of local artist Lisa Cheney. Once you're energized from the art, you can run through the fountain on the Grove and tell the sun it can't control you anymore. 

7 p.m. FREE. Jim Halls Foothills Learning Center, 3188 Sunset Peak Rd., Boise, 208-514-3755,
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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

BODO Constellations Part of Public Art Piece

Posted By on Wed, Jul 2, 2014 at 5:13 PM

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If you've been in BODO recently, you may have noticed that the sidewalk in front of Urban Outfitters on the corner of Eighth and Front streets has some unusual markings.

Those aren't the urban equivalent of crop circles: They're the beginnings of work by Boise artist Amy Westover and architecture firm McKibben and Cooper.

Titled "Virgo," the piece will be the latest contribution to the Eco Art on Eighth series. Slated for completion by the end of August 2014, "Virgo" is meant to invoke the environmental themes surrounding air quality by depicting the constellations of the autumnal equinox. The piece will cost $42,000, paid for in part by the city's Percent for Art Program.

Ultimately, "Virgo" will appear on both sides of Eighth and Front streets (see below), and the constellation points will be made from steel discs inserted into the sidewalks. 

Other installations in the Eco Art on Eighth Series include Litharacnium on the corner of Eighth and Broad streets, and Heliotrope, which still awaits a permanent location after being removed from the corner of Eighth and Main streets for the construction of City Center Plaza.

The ultimate layout for Amy Westover's 'Virgo' - BOISE CITY DEPARTMENT OF ARTS AND HISTORY
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  • The ultimate layout for Amy Westover's 'Virgo'

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Wednesday, June 25, 2014

UPDATE: Trey McIntyre: Brother, Can You Spare 250,000 Dimes?

Posted By on Wed, Jun 25, 2014 at 1:50 PM


According to Trey McIntyre Project representative Caty Solace, response to Trey McIntyre's request for funds has been productive, and that since McIntyre released the request (it was received by Boise Weekly at 1 p.m. June 24), donors have given the nonprofit $5,000, reducing the debt from $25,000 to $20,000.

"People have responded well," Solace told Boise Weekly.

The January announcement that McIntyre would repurpose TMP from a full-time dance troupe to a nonprofit supporting his other artistic endeavors alienated some donors, Solace said.

"It was definitely in alignment with the announcement of the transition," she said. 

If TMP does not raise sufficient funds to pay the remainder of its budget deficit, it will roll over the deficit to the next fiscal year of fundraising. 


Trey McIntyre may have shelved the Trey McIntyre Project, but that doesn't mean TMP is done with McIntyre.

The nationally recognized dancer and choreographer closed much of the dance troupe in January to pursue video, photo and public speaking projects. But as the company is gearing up for its last performance at Jacob's Pillow Dance Festival, which takes place June 28-30, it's also facing $25,000 of debt at the end of its fiscal year: June 30.

"We are at risk of not being able to pay our bills in this final important season," McIntyre wrote in a press release.

"The worst ending to the TMP story that I can imagine would be to not finish with the fiscal integrity that has marked our entire history," he wrote.

McIntyre is asking for donations to offset the debt here.

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Friday, June 13, 2014

Need Something To Do Friday?

Posted By on Fri, Jun 13, 2014 at 2:10 PM

When you enter an art gallery, you view various works and try to peel away the layers into the mind of the artist. At an artist reception, you can gain insight on the inspiration behind the art.

Enso Artspace will host a reception for Kirstin Furlong's Repeat and Shift this evening. The exhibit focuses on the interactions of animals and humans and the impact that relationship has on the environment. The exhibit is influenced by patterns found in nature and features wall installations created specifically for Enso Artspace. 

5 p.m. FREE. Enso Artspace, 120 E. 38th St., Ste. 105, Garden City, 208-991-0117,
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