Downtown News: BW's First Thursday Picks 

Fresh AIR artists, some color at the Historical Museum and gilding at Classic Design

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The latest group of AIR artists have taken up residency in their temporary homes away from home, where for the next three-to-six months they will work on any number of creative endeavors. This program has proved to be successful with both artists and audiences. The artists are expected to interact with their audiences during First Thursday when they are in residence. Through March 2011, you can visit Chad Erpelding (painter/mixed media), Bryan Moore (painter), Amber Grubb (painter/photographer), Elizabeth Rodgers (screenwriter/filmmaker) and Alan Heathcock (writer) at the 8th Street Marketplace. Both Rodgers and Heathcock are in new writers' studios in the marketplace and throughout their residency, both will participate not only with visitors but also in a couple of regular activities each month, like writers workshops, open mic readings, staged readings, etc. At the Renewal Underground "gallery" space jeweler Alicia Jane Boswell and painter Lauren T. Kistner will also be creating art through March.

The galleries are open during First Thursday. Visit 8thstreetmarketplace.com for more information.

The Idaho State Historical Museum has long been a place where you can visit Idaho's history, but this month, it is also a place where you can learn about some Idaho artists' present and future. On Thursday, Oct. 7, ISHM will screen In Pursuit of Color: Conversations with Local Artists and an accompanying exhibit. Produced by well-known local photographers Susan Valiquette and Craig Clark, this video looks at how some Idaho artists find inspiration and looks at both established artists and those new to the field but quickly making a mark.

The reception is FREE and begins at 5 p.m. with live music. In Pursuit of Color screens at 6:30 p.m. The exhibit runs through Saturday, Oct. 23. 610 North Julia Davis Dr., 208-334-2120, history.idaho.gov.

This First Thursday is full of surprises. Classic Design Studios, part of the Ming Studios collective, is not only staying open for First Thursday, but is inviting the public to see the work being done as part of the International Society of Glass Gilders' workshop.

To gild something is to layer it in gold, and the Society of Gilders works to preserve and promote this ancient art. It's a complicated and delicate process and you watch how it's done on First Thursday from 6-9 p.m.

Ming Studios are on the corner of Sixth and Myrtle streets. Visit classicdesignstudios.com for more information.

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