The Week in Review: Potters and Pottery 

Though First Thursday usually beckons the of-age set to booze and schmooze in art-filled spaces, First Thursday, Aug. 2, boasted a number of events for kids, or the kids in all of us.

Craft collective Indie Made hosted a Kids' Pop-Up Shop, where "pint-sized artisans peddled their wares at booths lining the halls all the way down to restaurant Jenny's Lunch Line, at the opposite end of the building, displaying everything from tutus to accessories that all ages could enjoy," observed Boise Weekly's Sheree Whiteley.

Down the way on Sixth Street, Bricolage assembled 24 local artistic heavy hitters to interpret the whimsical theme Navigate. The results were all over the proverbial map. First Thursday-goers ambled past Erin Cunningham's delicate white fake flower piece, Toby Robin's 3D hipster skull character and Kyler Martz's antique floating whale boat.

Over at Basement Gallery, First Thursday-ers streamed down the subterranean gallery's stairs to check out Ben Wilson's latest solo exhibition. Childhood memorabilia from the attic of Wilson's mother was propped up on tables and rested on the floor, while Wilson's vibrant paintings adorned the walls.

And down the street at The Crux, "paintings of beer cans and Sesame Street characters hung next to bedazzled animal skulls and repurposed skateboards for a group art show, which provided an artsy ambiance for a Harry Potter satire puppet show," noted Whiteley.

The puppet show primed the crowd for Norwood, Mass., band Harry and the Potters, which set up for its upbeat rock set as fans flocked to the merch table.

And speaking of pop culture satire, Rick Walter's new solo exhibit debuted at Visual Arts Collective Aug. 3 with a couple of unusual pieces, including a toy figurine of a robotic Mickey Mouse operating a mini machine gun.

Walter's oil-on-canvas paintings filled the rest of the Garden City venue. According to BW's Andrew Crisp: "Recurring themes popped up throughout, including a cotton-candy-pink panda bear tumbling through goldenrod clouds, dark skulls floating in black backgrounds and haunting portraits of fire."

And moving from tumbling bears to twirling dancers, on Aug. 4, Whiteley swung by the inaugural performance of the Boise Dance Co-op, a new collaborative project featuring dancers from Treasure Valley companies working together during the roughly five-month off-season. The sold-out afternoon performance featured a mixed bag of dance styles and themes.

According to Whiteley: "The latex-laden premiere of Skin, choreographed by Off Center Dance Artistic Director Kelli Brown, featured dancers covered in red body paint flapping large sheets of the textile. The piece was followed by another premiere, Polyamorous, choreographed by Idaho Dance Theatre's Gonzalo Valdez."

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