Alan Stanford at Idaho State historical Museum 

Not all artists are ready to bow down to the tyrannical might of the computer. Some, like watercolor artist Alan Stanford, prefer to use centuries-old mediums to express themselves. On Thursday, Dec. 3, Idaho State Historical Museum will open a new exhibit featuring Stanford's paintings.

A Treasure Valley resident, Stanford's work focuses on the places, people and objects that make up Idaho's past. His exhibit, "A Watercolor Journey Through Idaho," features more than 80 pieces, all with their own short narratives detailing their place in Idaho's history. Viewers can expect to see paintings depicting early Native American history, changes in Idaho's transportation, famous moments of exploration and more.

Last year, his painting of Voorhees Hall became the main image for the College of Idaho's holiday card. The muted colors and barren trees give the building a haunting quality, showcasing Stanford's top-notch brush skills. Stanford's work reveals a different time, before the glitz and glamour of the modern age. Idaho State Historical Museum displays this ode to the past through Feb. 27, 2010, but Stanford himself will only be on hand to sign commemorative postcards on the exhibit's opening day.

Thursday, Dec. 3-Feb. 27, 2010. Tuesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m.-5 p.m., $3-$5, Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 N. Julia Davis Drive, 208-334-2120, idahohistory.net.

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