First Thursday Listings 

1. Art Source Gallery-Black and White is a multimedia exhibition by member artists presented with the idea that everything goes as long as it's black and white. Music by the JB Duo, nibbles and beverages. 6-9 p.m. Art Source Gallery, 1015 W. Main St., 331-3374.

2. Basement Gallery-Time again for the Annual Traditional Exhibition. Steve Dyer exhibits impressionistic landscape, still-life and figurative oil paintings. Perry Allen, the Gallery proprietor, displays original watercolor and ink landscape paintings. Nancy Brossman shows an assortment of pastel, watercolor and oil painting pieces. Karl Hermanson exhibits oil paintings on wood created from vintage photographs. Ardith Tate displays a variety of earth-tone hand-thrown pottery titled Mud & Sticks. Matthew Jordan represents uniquely formed and delicately produced hand thrown glass. 5-9 p.m. Basement Gallery, 928 W. Main St., 333-0309.

3. Boise Art Museum-James Castle exhibition: drawings, constructions and books. Since first displaying his art in 1963, Boise Art Museum has collected the work of Idaho artist James Castle (1900-1977) through purchase and donation. The museum now houses the largest collection of Castle's work held by a public institution. This exhibit features all 90 works from the museum's collection and a selection of 41 works on loan from J Crist Gallery and private lenders. The exhibition is accompanied by a scholarly catalog published in conjunction with the show. This is the first time the museum's collection has been exhibited and documented in its entirety. Castle, a self-taught artist, was born deaf and never learned to read, write, or use sign language. He did, however, develop a highly sophisticated means of communication through his art and devoted his lifetime to it. He ignored traditional drawing materials in favor of discarded cardboard, scraps of paper, and homemade charcoal and dyes, and produced drawings, assemblages, and books representing landscapes, interiors, and fantasy forms. The Boise Art Museum will also feature Artists of the Northwest: Selections from the Wells Fargo Collection. The show features 20 works of art from the Northwest, created from the 1960s to the 1990s by Northwest masters like Morris Graves, Guy Anderson, Kenneth Callahan, Paul Horiuchi, Margaret Tomkins and George Tsutakawa. The distinctive quality of the Northwest is demonstrated in themes of regeneration and transformation and the relationship of people to the world around them. What distinguishes these works is the artists' use of neutral colors and frequent use of symbolism to express ideas. FREE. Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Dr., 345-8330, www.boiseartmuseum.org.

4. The Bouquet-Art in the Bar features young, alternative artists' works in many mediums including painting, photography, fiberglass, multimedia, graphic design, sculpture and jewlery. 7p.m.-2 a.m., FREE, The Bouquet, 1010 W. Main, 345-6605.

5. Brown's Gallery-Artists at Work shows Brown's transformation into a studio space where several artists demonstrate a wide variety of styles and mediums from oils and watercolors to sculpture and pottery. A special selection of artists' works from their personal studios-sketches, studies, unframed works-will be offered. The Blue Bird Jazz Combo will provide music. 5-9 p.m., FREE, Brown's Gallery, 1022 Main St.,

6. Cole/Marr Photography Workshops-Spring in Boise includes photographs by the instructors of Cole/Marr Photo Workshops. 6-9 p.m. Cole/Marr Gallery & Photography Workshops, 8th Street Marketplace, 404 S. 8th St. B100, 366-7630.

7. Cotton Club-Seminar on "Spiral Lone Star" wall hangings by author and quiltmaker Jan Kranze as well as a blocking demonstration. Cotton Club is open to the public on First Thursdays only. The Cotton Club, 106 N. 6th (in the basement of the Old Pioneer Building), 345-5567, www.cottonclub.com.

8. Flying M Coffeehouse-Exhibition includes works by 8th and 9th grade students. Gift shop stays open late. Flying M Coffeehouse, 300 W. Idaho St., 345-4320.

9. Gallery 601-Join us for a Parrothead Party featuring the work of Carribean Soul artist Jim Mazzotta. With his Jimmy Buffett-inspired poster art, your walls will never look the same. If posters aren't your thing, proudly wear his art on one of the many T-shirts or baseball caps available. 6-9 p.m., Gallery 601, 211 N. 10th St., 336-5899.

10. Idaho Black History Museum-The Invisible Idahoan: 200 Years of Blacks in Idaho details the substantial and sometimes surprising contributions African-Americans have made to the laws, culture and society of Idaho. 11 a.m.-8 p.m., FREE, Idaho Black History Museum, 508 Julia Davis Drive, 433-0017, www.ibhm.org.

11. Idaho Camera-Exposure 555 is an exhibition of works by Boise State photography majors. 5:30-8 p.m., Idaho Camera, 170 N. 8th St., 344-8303.

12. Lindley Glass Studio-Many works by local glass artists in the Lindley Glass Gallery. Lindley Glass Studio, 217 N. 10th St., 342-8024.

13. Lisk Gallery-Photographs by Mark Lisk feature Idaho and Southwest landscapes and Jerri Lisk unveils the third 50 Series. Fifty small paintings among other new works. Guest artist this month is Sam Allen who exhibits large scale abstract oil on canvas works. Lisk Gallery, 850 W. Main St., 342-3773.

14. Piazza di Vino-Exhibition of works by Plein-Air Painters of Idaho. PAPI are a group of artists who are dedicated to promoting on-location painting among members at scenic locations that depict enviromentally unique ecosystems and historic places. Piazza Di Vino, 212 N. 9th St., 336-9577.

15. R Grey Jewelry Gallery-Stephen Dixon presents his line of jewelry, La Vigne, inspired by the grape vines in his Oregon vineyard and his beautiful collection of stackable rings. R. Grey Jewelry Gallery, 818 W. Idaho St., 385-9337.

Stewart Gallery-Snapshots: Lives in Transition is an innovative project designed to give alternative students at the Work and Learn School an opportunity to explore, to express and to share their lives in photography, text and other media. 6:30 p.m., Stewart Gallery, 2212 Main St., 433-0593.

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