A Talk With Nicky and Stuart Alden 

While at first glance the phrase "creative path to happiness" might sound like a bunch of new-age mumbo jumbo, Denver, Colo.-based duo Nicky and Stuart Alden lend the line some cred. Originally members of the corporate design world, Nicky and Stewart spun off to form two distinct, multi-disciplinary creative ventures. Idaho Stew, derived from "Stuart," serves as a multi-faceted, environmentally friendly design studio whose motto is, "Hearty storytelling for growing business." On the other end of the spectrum is Ink Lounge Gallery, a print shop that specializes in screenprinting and also holds workshops to better cater to the creative public. In the past couple of years, the husband-and-wife design duo have exhibited in Cuba, designed and screenprinted posters for the 2008 Democratic National Convention and spoken in Venezuela.

On Thursday, Nov. 19, the Aldens will share their professional experiences with Boise audiences at The Watercooler with a talk titled "Finding the Creative Path to Happiness." The event will feature stories and insights, as well as the opportunity to sign up for screenprinting workshops on Friday and Saturday designed to "get your hands off the keyboard, and immersed in ink." Whether you're tired of the daily grind or interested in gaining a new perspective on the world of design, the Aldens will help nudge you down your own creative path to happiness.

Thursday, Nov. 19, 5:30 p.m.-8 p.m., $10-$20, The Watercooler, 1401 W. Idaho St., 208-368-0003, watercoolerboise.com.

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