First Thursday Highlights 

Banking on Art

Back away from your cuticles. BW Cover Art Auction anticipatory nail biting can momentarily be put on hold. Though our high-stakes, winner-takes-a-shot-of-tequila auction is still a few months away, this First Thursday D.L. Evan's Bank will offer the eager masses a preview of the looming excitement. Inside the air conditioned lobby at Idaho and Ninth streets, you can get an in-the-flesh preview of art pieces that have graced BW covers since last November.

"What D.L. Evans Bank is trying to do, over the next four First Thursdays, is trying to support local businesses," explained Tory Pearse, Branch Manager at D.L. Evans Bank downtown. "Specifically we're focusing on businesses that bank with us to help promote them. We've got such a great, central location downtown, so we're sending out invitations to all our customers."

In addition to displaying BW cover art, D.L. Evans will host the Bogus Basin Ski Club, which will have a limited number of season passes available for $260. The ski club will also be giving away prizes throughout the evening and offering attendees a chance to pre-order Eve Chandler's new pictorial history book Building Bogus Basin.

Another of D.L. Evans' customers, Boise Guest House, will construct a bedroom display and also have owner Eve-Marie Bergren's art available for viewing. Though art, skiing and bed and breakfasts might seem like an odd First Thursday pairing, ample wine provided by Helina Marie's Wine and Gift Shop in Star should help melt away those thoughts.

Thursday, Aug. 6, 5-9 p.m., FREE, D.L. Evans Bank, 213 N. Ninth St. For more information, call 208-331-1399.

Bomb Squad

A bomb alert has been issued for the Boise area. Well, to be more precise, it's an art bomb alert. For the last couple of weeks, members of Boise's Gypsy Gallery have been covertly planting 2.5-inch by 3.5-inch artist trading card "bombs" in select locales around town. Numbering over 200 in total, these artist trading cards are free to whomever finds them and include information on the artist who created the piece and how to get in touch with them.

Participating artists include: Zella Bardsley, Miriam Woito, Pam McKnight, Jenifer Gilliland, Marianne Konvalinka, Kristy Albrecht, Jany Seda and Michael Falvey, as well as guests Naomi Elton, Lisa Bower and Molly O'Leary. The cards range in size and medium from McKnight's thin collage work spackled with phrases like, "I can drink good beer in this town" to Bower's four-part, collect them all, painting of a cracked orange pot.

This First Thursday, these Gypsy artists will emerge from their guerilla art shadows to host an artist trading card table from 5 to 9 p.m. on the Grove. In addition to providing an opportunity for bomb finders to meet their explosive creators, the Gypsy Gallery table will offer additional cards to swap or give away.

For more information on the Gypsy Gallery and other upcoming events, visit gypsygalleryart.com or contact Marianne Konvalinka at 208-866-6306.

Come on Get Happy

Basque artist Frank Goitia is bringing some of his memory-influenced mixed media work to Happy Fish Sushi and Martini Bar this First Thursday. The show will mark the first time Goitia has shown a body of work outside of Hairlines Salon or Cheers for the past few decades. With a healthy selection of frilly martinis ranging from the Key Lime Martini with Stoli Vanil, Midori, lime juice, cream and a Nilla Wafer rim to the Fuji Apple with Absolut Citron, Absolut Mandarin, apple schnapps and a pop rocks rim, Happy Fish will do their best to cloud your memory as Goitia does his best to conjure up nostalgia for Boise's days of old.

Thursday, Aug. 6, 6-8 p.m., FREE, Happy Fish, 855 W. Broad St. For more information, call 208-343-4810 or visit happyfishsushi.com.

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