Safaris are undeniably cooler than zoos. Blazing through the African grasslands next to bounding cheetahs and galloping zebras beats the hot pants off of watching a lion nap in a cage while some snotty toddler drips ice cream on your shoe. Well, BOSCO--Boise Open Studios Collective Organization--is the safari of art viewing. The now biannual event provides the public with the rare opportunity to step into artists' studios and observe them "in their natural environment."

BOSCO's fall open studios celebration takes place on Saturday, Oct. 9, and Sunday, Oct. 10, from noon-6 p.m. and will feature 21 local artists, including Zella Bardsley, Chris Barrietua, Barbara Bowling, Lisa Cheney-Jorgensen, Judy Deam, Theresa Fredricks, Rick Friesen, Jerry Hendershot, Belinda Isley, Pat Kilby, Chris Long, Angela Kelly Neiwert, John Killmaster, Marianne Konvalinka, Betty Maguire-Hayzlett, Pam McKnight, Eric Obendorf, Susan Rooke, John Taye, Tarmo Watia and Amber Waite.

The BOSCO opening reception takes place on First Thursday, Oct. 7, from 5-9 p.m. at the Masonic Temple, where you can take a gander at some of the artists' work and pick up an official BOSCO art safari map. Head to for a BOSCO slideshow preview.

BOSCO Slideshow Fall 2010

BOSCO Slideshow Fall 2010

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