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Independence Day has passed, but freedom of choice reigns at this month's First Thursday

Very warm weather--of which we've had our unseasonable share--tends to scramble brains and sap energy. But heat or no heat, life goes on and there's nothing to do but, as they say, "power through." It's the American way.

For July's installment of downtown Boise's favorite monthly art walk, an array of old friends and new have come out to (dis)play, with a plethora of works in media varying from photography to painting to blown glass. And while you probably can't stop by every gallery and venue's First Thursday reception--though it warrants a concerted effort, and not just to sample the wine and cheese--here are a few places where you can stop in, cool off and ogle the art.

Gypsy Gallery in the Grove

click to enlarge Gypsy Gallery's Kristy Albrecht
  • Gypsy Gallery's Kristy Albrecht

Gypsy Gallery--those eight gallery-less, all-too-infrequent exhibitors--only shows a few times a year. Well, lucky art aficionados, now is one of those times. They'll be showing outdoors at the Grove Plaza for your First Thursday pleasure. There's no chance here to cool off in an over-air-conditioned gallery, but oh well.

If you don't know the gypsies, they are painter Kristy Albrecht, digital artist Majella Bryan, photographer Michael Falvey, watercolor artist Jenifer Gilliland, watercolor artist Rich Kenny, digital and mixed media artist Marianne Konvalinka, oil painting and mixed media artist Jany Seda and watercolor artist Cherry Woodbury. But the gypsies have added to their band for this event. You'll also see work by watercolor artist Naomi Elton, painter Ric Garner, photographer Mike Shipman, sculptor Zella Bardsley and Diane Ronayne, Ken Levy and Keith Walklet from the Idaho Photographic Workshop.

The gypsies may be banded, but the artistic styles they represent are quite varied--you'll see tropical drinks and hula babes, impressionistic landscapes, florals, photos and a psychedelic frog, with themes ranging from bright to whimsical to natural to energetic to placid. They're willing to share their turf, too, and for $25 and a few necessities, they're offering booths to other artists. Call 866-6306 or e-mail mksarts@msn.com.

As you're purusing the gypsies' displays of artwork, stop by Allan R. Ansel's booth. Another member of the Idaho Photographic Workshop, Ansel will be operating his portable photography studio, offering free four-by-six prints but accepting donations, which will benefit the IPW.

Check out the Gypsies' "gallery" online at www.gypsygalleryart.com.

5-9:30 p.m. The Grove Plaza, downtown.

Boise Weekly B&W Photo Contest Winners at Flipside Cafe

Not to push this too hard, but come on, people. If you didn't make it to last Monday's reception, do be sure Flipside is on your First Thursday radar. Yes, we at BW are partial to the event, since we sponsor it, judge it and hang it on the walls, but we'd go even if none of that were the case.

If you happened to see the June 14 cover story when we printed the winners, you may be curious, you may be dubious. You can't judge the photos by the grainy images in the paper; the nuances of lighting and shade are lost on newsprint.

Seriously, if you thought we were nuts for awarding a cash prize to someone who took a photo of Larry "Not A Male Model" Gebert (Jeff Toothaker's third place photo in the "People" category), then come see the print in person. As judge Paul Hosefros said at the time--not being familiar with the Gebertster like a lot of us long-time Boise residents--"there's a lot going on in the picture." We couldn't punish Toothaker simply because of some unspoken "no dorky local newscasters" policy, no matter how strong the inclination. (Does Larry know about this pic?)

Come see why Gebert & co. beat out the other 200 entries.

5-8 p.m. Flipside Cafe, 808 W. Fort St., 472-1462.

Pilchuck 20 at Stewart Gallery

For future reference: Any art exhibition with an art glass piece called Bee Butts is sure to catch our attention, and so both our inner 12-year-old boy and our art-loving readers win with Stewart Gallery's "Pilchuck 20" show.

This annual exhibition features 20 artists from the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Washington. The school was established by glass artist Dale Chihuly in 1971 for the purpose of advancing glass as an artistic medium. Over the past 30-some years, the Pilchuck school has grown to become the largest educational program around for artists working with glass.

You'll see works by artists Cassandria Blackmore, Sonja Blomdahl, Heike Brachlow, Karen Buhler, Nancy Callan, Nadege Desgenetez, Parker Harper, David Hering, Steve Klein, Carol Milne, Benjamin Moore, Rachel Moore, Leo Morrissey, Mel Munsen, Sean O'Neill, Joe Parra, Scott Schroeder, Jen Violette and Nick Wirdnam.

To learn all about the Pilchuck Glass School, visit www.pilchuck.com.

6-9 pm. Stewart Gallery, 2212 W. Main St., 433-0593.

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