Shout out the first words that come to mind when you read the term "artists' cooperative." "Linen pants," "yoga," "macrobiotic diets" and "marijuana" are all acceptable answers. Thankfully, not all artist co-ops are housed in ashrams or sustainable urban tree-forts. Some, like Art4Art! Idaho, even promote free market capitalism.
In a shared storefront in the Vista Village Shopping Center, a collection of local artists display and sell their work to the public every Wednesday through Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. Items offered at Art4Art! Idaho include photography, painting, pottery, fused glass, lampworked glass, blown glass, origami, mosaics, perfume botanicals, bath and body items, jewelry, tutus and repurposed vintage furniture. And the cooperative donates 5 percent of the store's gross earnings back to local youth arts organizations.
To celebrate all their mold-breaking and do-goodery, Art4Art! Idaho hosts a monthly Artists Groove Party. This month's throwdown takes place on Friday, Jan. 15, from 5:30-9 p.m, with audio jams provided by the magically named Spoondragon at 6:30 p.m. Browse work from blown-glass artists like Lisa Tate and Filip Vogelpohl, steady your steely gaze on Zella Bardsley's metal and mixed-media work or get smelling pretty with Caitlyn Davies' perfume botanicals.
Friday, Jan. 15, 5:30-9 p.m, FREE, Art4Art! Idaho, Vista Village Shopping Center, 1002 Vista Ave., 208-440-2412, art4artidaho.blogspot.com.