Lisk - Faith Ringgold - Prestige Premiere 

Lisk Plus One

Heretofore, Lisk Gallery has almost exclusively featured the artists who share its name, husband and wife team Mark and Jerri Lisk. Both are artists firmly entrenched in the depiction of nature; Mark from behind the lens of a camera, and Jerri in the more surreal work of acrylic on aluminum. This month, however, ceramic artist Elizabeth James joins the Lisks with pottery that embodies far more than clay is expected to.

James is an Idahoan who has recently returned to Boise after she earned her MFA in ceramics from Kansas State University, which included a residency at the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland last year. Throughout the month of March, James will showcase a collection of work that includes about 20 pieces. As for why Lisk Gallery is the ideal place for her work, James says that her work complements that of the owners' in that all three of the artists are very inspired by nature, making for a visually wonderful partnership.

To give you a better idea of what you can expect from James' work, we lifted this little bit from her artist's statement (with her permission, of course): "My forms are multiple assemblages that combine contrasting clay bodies, glazes and surfaces that are not direct representations of this environment but rather borrowed elements or essences. I introduce materials that typically would not be found in clay to create textures that represent nature and juxtapose the biomorphic organic forms with porcelain vessels that signify our human condition. Sensuous surfaces, muted colors, and fluid forms create a quiet relationship meant to entice the audience both visually and physically."

And you thought ceramic was only for your coffee mug.

Lisk Gallery, 850 W. Main St., 208-342-3773, LiskStudio.com.

Art Talk Blows up with Ringgold

The typically low-key and informal Art Talk put on every First Thursday by Boise Art Museum gets a serious injection of excitement and energy this installment with an appearance, lecture and book signing at the Egyptian Theatre. Artists often present and discuss their own work for Art Talk, but Faith Ringgold is expected to draw a crowd too big for the usual intimate in-house museum routine.

For "Story Quilts and Children's Books," the internationally known African-American artist will discuss the breadth of her work, which includes forays into story quilts (which is storytelling and quilt-making with genre painting), education and writing. Her work is currently on display at Boise Art Museum in a show titled "Mama Can Sing; Papa Can Blow," and following Ringgold's presentation at the Egyptian, she will stick around to sign autographs.

Art Talk, 6 p.m., $10 members/$15 nonmembers. Egyptian Theatre, 700 W. Main St., 208-345-0454. To purchase tickets, go to the theater box office or call 208-387-1273. For more information on BAM's exhibit, visit BoiseArtMuseum.org or see page 29.

Prestige Promo Premiere Part II

Last month, Prestige Skateboards brought down the house at Boise State's Special Events Center with the premiere of Sink or Swim, the local company's first (of what we hope will be more to come) skateboarding films. BW's resident skater checked out the premiere and said not only was the place packed to the gills with riders, but also that the film was on par with any film in the genre.

Bad news was that the film wasn't 100 percent done and ready for sale at the premiere. Good news is that was so last month. This month—on First Thursday—Prestige releases the final version in a screening at the downtown store and will be selling copies. It's local riders grinding rails and hitting jumps in Boise (and a couple of other places the guys filmed on road trips) for the viewing pleasure of all you local skater-types. Edited by Ethan Chancer and filmed by Colin Clark, Devin Wonacott and Ethan Chancer. Check out the trailer at YouTube.com.

7 p.m., Prestige Skateboards, 106 South 11th St., 208-424-6824

What's Gonna Go Up Downtown?

Getting to businesses in the Capital Terrace building along Eighth Street may soon become more difficult. The Capital City Development Corporation is expected to approve the beginning of construction of the Capital Terrace apartments later this month. After years of planning, the project would place a multi-story condo and apartment development on top of the existing building. To do this, a massive construction crane will be erected on top of the current building, roughly over the escalator area, while Main Street would be used as a construction loading area.

The plan has current building tenants nervous about access and dust. Idaho Camera has already closed its downtown location, partially in anticipation of the project.

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