Christine Raymond Debuts The Journey at Enso Artspace 

And Garden City hosts An Artistic Taste of Garden City

Go on a journey with artist Christine Raymond.

Christine Raymond

Go on a journey with artist Christine Raymond.

Journey might have done it any way you wanted it in the early '80s, but local artist Christine Raymond did things just the way she wanted with her latest exhibit, The Journey, which opened April 19 at Enso Artspace, located at 120 E. 38th St., Unit 105, in Garden City.

Raymond's large and small compositions utilize Lascaux acrylic and gold leaf, and feature soothing, evening summer sky palettes of red and purple. The pieces evoke a certain calmness, with titles like "Sanctuary," "Stillness" and "Quiet Vitality."

The Journey will remain on display until May 31, with a special Soup-Talk-Art event, featuring Raymond and Boise Art Museum Executive Director Melanie Fales on Wednesday, May 8, from 6-8 p.m. Tickets cost $12.50, including soup and bread.

Enso Artspace is open every Thursday from 3-8 p.m., or by appointment. For more info, visit ensoartspace.com.

Speaking of recently opened exhibits, Boise State alum Goran Fazil was commissioned to create a permanent site-specific piece, "Hegelian Constructs," for the Bay Window Project, located in the corridor west of the Simplot Ballroom in the Boise State Student Union Building.

According to Boise State, the piece was developed from a series of paintings representing pyramid-esque constructions, and "aims to portray the development of our society through a continuous construction upwards."

Fazil's piece is the last of four works commissioned for the project. The first was installed in the spring of 2010, and features two large canvasses by Matt Bodett, while the second was installed in the spring of 2011 and features work by Sue Latta. For more info, call 208-426-1242.

And moving from art openings to art throwdowns, Visual Arts Collective and the Woman of Steel are hosting a fundraiser for the Garden City Library Foundation Sunday, May 5, from 2-5 p.m. The second annual An Artistic Taste of Garden City will feature local artists, live art-making, breweries, wineries, food, a silent auction and a musical performance from StoneSeed.

Artists include Cate Brigden, Michael Cordell, Irene Deely, Liz Hilton, Sue Latta and Amy Westover, among many others. Food and drinks will be provided by City Peanut Shop, Coiled Wines, Crooked Fence, Kanack Attack Katering, Kilted Dragon, Sofia's Greek Bistro, Syringa, Vale Winery and more.

Attendees must be 21 or older to attend, and tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the door and can be purchased at notaquietlibrary.org/artistictaste.

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