March 22, 2006 

The Woman of Steel and a Man of France

Many will remember when the Woman of Steel art gallery---with it's goth-chic design aesthetic and funky and beautiful metal art--was open to the public. And still others will recall that gallery owner and Woman of Steel herself, Irene Deely, closed the place to the public. Good news, art lovers: beginning in April, the gallery will open its doors once more.

The gallery recently announced that it will be the exclusive gallery representative for French artist Rene Peyrou, courtesy of French art dealer Daniel Georget. Peyrou's work has been exhibited throughout Europe and has now found its way to little old Idaho.

On Saturday, April 7, the gallery will hold a reception to welcome Daniel Georget as its new director, to exhibit this fabulous new work, and last but not least, to mark the grand reopening of the gallery to the public every Saturday.

Woman of Steel, 640 W. Chinden Blvd., Garden City, 331-5632.

Ladies and Gentlemen, Start Your Big Read

On March 23, the Log Cabin Literary Center will kickoff the National Endowment for the Arts' new literacy program, the Big Read. The Log Cabin was one of 10 organizations who received a $25,000 NEA grant to fund the pilot program encouraging literature and reading as a way of life. From four classic novels--Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston, or To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee--the Log Cabin has chosen Fahrenheit 451.

Boise Mayor Dave Bieter, award-winning writer Anthony Doerr, Patricia Kempthorne and many others will be on hand this the Grove Plaza downtown on Thursday at 4 p.m. to officially launch the program in this community.

Visit www.logcablit.org for a schedule of Big Read-related events around the valley.

Boise Public Library's Essay Contest

In celebration of National Library week, Boise Public Library wants to hear about why you love the library. On the theme of "Change Your World @ Your Library," library staffers are asking Boise residents of all ages to put in writing how using the library has changed their lives.

So rack your brains, write 100 to 250 words on what using the public library has done for you. Whether it's been there as a research tool or it's where you learned to love reading, the library wants to hear about it. The submission deadline is Friday, March 31, and there several ways to enter: Go to the library's Web site at www.boisepubliclibrary.org to send your mini-essay on their form, or send an e-mail to librarycomments@cityofboise.org. If your skills don't run to the electronic, the library will accept paper submissions, too (which must include the author's name, age, library card number, phone number and e-mail address, if applicable). Mail those to Library Week Essay Project, Boise Public Library, 715 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise, Idaho 83702.

The essays won't be judged. However, to spur interest in participation, George's Cycles and Fitness, together with the Friends of the Public Library, will draw names for two grand prizes: new bicycles from George's. There's a random drawing in each age range--in the child and teen category (up to 17 years old) and 18 years old and up. Prizes will be announced at a program at the library for National Library Week on April 6. For more information, call 384-4076 or 384-4200.

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