Urban is a foreign word in most parts of Idaho. Residents of Boise, the state's largest burg, may be better acquainted with visions of the city, but few see its brick buildings and ribbons of asphalt quite like the group of artists taking part in the upcoming URBAN exhibition.
Opening at Boise Art Museum Saturday, May 18, URBAN provides visitors with alternative views of the City of Trees. BAM Curator of Art Sandy Harthorn said she chose work by artists Charles Gill, Michael Miller, Karen Woods and Jan Boles for their perspectives on Boise cityscapes, ranging from the rain-spotted views of motorists to large panoramas of the metropolitan skyline.
"I just thought that they all had different viewpoints, different ways of looking at Boise," Harthorn told Boise Weekly, "but similar in their attitudes, similar in their formats and similar in their interests in the Boise streetscape."
The four urban-inspired artists will present approximately 40 pieces as part of the show, including Miller's photograph of State Street saloon the 44 Club, and Boles' sunny panorama shot from the top of the Capitol Terrace parking garage. While some scenes should be familiar to locals, the artists' images reveal underappreciated vistas and hidden beauty in unlikely places, as in Boles' rendition of the Franklin Road exit on Interstate-84.
BAM describes the exhibition as an "honest portrayal of Boise buildings and structures, old and new, large and small." Presented to help celebrate Boise 150, the city's sesquicentennial, URBAN reveals the hidden gems of our city's built environment.