Arts News May 5, 2004 

Stewart Gallery's Annual Women's Luncheon

Stewart Gallery will host its fourth annual Day in May Women's Luncheon on Tuesday, May 11 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Owner and artist Stephanie Wilde says that the women's luncheon is a very social event, where women have the opportunity to be exposed to artwork they don't normally see and to purchase new works as well. Referring to the gallery itself and the artists that will be exhibited Wilde says, "We often forget what we have in our backyard."

The initial impetus for the event was to introduce new clients to the gallery and to help educate women about art in a social, fun setting. They decided to hold a luncheon rather than an evening event to accommodate many of their clients' hectic schedules. Over the past four years, Wilde says that women have responded very well to the luncheon, that they love being able to attend an event like this while their children are in school.

This year the focus of the luncheon is women artists producing small works. Twelve artists—both local and national—will participate in the show: Deborah Barrett, Barbara Bartholomew, Lys Beckman, Karen Bubb, Dana Costello, Holly Gilchrist, Andrea Guiterrez, Christine Ravaux, Lora Stoyanova, Stephanie Wilde and Karen Woods. Of the group showing their work (which will be exhibited at Stewart Gallery through the end of June) five of the artists will be in attendance and available for questions about their work: Bubb, Guiterrez, Stoyanova, Wilde and Woods.

The luncheon is an elegant sit-down affair for approximately 100 women—with fine food, wine and fresh flowers in abundance. Women with a real interest in art who would like to attend this special event should contact Stewart Gallery at 433-0593 or e-mail the gallery at lbune@rmci.net.

Boise State Public Art

Boise State Professor Laurie Blakeslee's 3D Basic Design class has installed a new sculpture, The Game Trail, to be temporarily displayed on the Boise State campus. The Game Trail was designed and constructed under the direction of Ben Sterling and presents a commentary on the creation of sod trodden paths between buildings and classes. Student traffic off of designated concrete sidewalks had created certain "trails"; this installation intends to enhance these alternative walkways with the addition of several wild game creatures. The installation can be viewed May 3-7, both from the Greenbelt and the Boise State campus. It is located in the north side of campus just east of the education building and west of the Simplot Micron Technology Center.

In addition to The Game Trail, another public art installation will go up for viewing May 6-12 on Boise State's campus—Progression. This installation, inspired by the progression of human intervention through the landscape, is a temporary and site-specific work designed by student Micky Hohman and constructed by Kirsten Furlong's Art 106 Basic 3D Design class. The installation will be located between the Towers dorms and the Morrison Center facing Capitol Boulevard.

The assignment for this project was to find a site on campus, research it and fashion a site-specific artwork. Hohman's work—an eight-piece series of metal triangles inserted into the ground representing the growth of the University and the surrounding area—was selected as the most creative vision of all the student proposals. It will be fabricated by the entire class using steel and rebar to represent the structural aspects of the surrounding area, while following the lines of the river to represent nature.

Daytime Drop-In Writing Workshops

The Log Cabin Literary Center has announced a new program, the Daytime Drop-In Writing Workshop to be held the first and third Wednesdays of each month from 12-1 p.m. The program is modeled after the evening program of the same name and will feature rotating guest instructors.

The first meeting will be on Wednesday, May 19, at 12 p.m. at the Log Cabin (801 S. Capitol Blvd., 331-8000) and will be led by poet Kerri Webster. The cost is $1 for Log Cabin members and $2 for nonmembers.

BCAC Call to Artists

The city of Boise's Percent-for-Art program invites artists currently residing in Idaho to submit applications to design public artworks, (with budgets ranging from $1,000-$10,000) for designated sites in Boise Parks. The projects will be developed with site-specific considerations such as location, history, neighborhood audience and relationship to the environment. Selected artists will enter into a general contract with the City for one (or possible two or three) years. Each project will be separately negotiated based on the scope of services, fees and time frame. Artists may be asked to meet with City staff and neighborhood representatives, conduct site-specific research, create proposal narratives, drawings and/or models, draft budgets and work with fabricators.

Applications for these public art projects are available at Boise City Arts Commission (First floor of Boise City Hall on Capitol Blvd.), 433-5674 or downloaded at cityofBoise.org. The application deadline is June 2.

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