Punxsutawney Phil's tiny shadow might have forecast six more weeks of winter, but it apparently also extended viewing opportunities for Boise art fans. On First Thursday, March 1, downtown Boise will host a number of exhibits that are prolonging their February spotlight. Make sure to swing by these shows during your March First Thursday crawl:
The Fulton Showroom at 517 S. Eighth St. will run the group art show Valentine's Day through Thursday, March 1. Featured artists include Wren Van Bockel, Bruce Maury, Shelley Jund, Shasta Nash, Josiah Stephens, Kelly Knopp, Anne Boyles, Ben Sanchez, Jaki Katz Ashford, Bryan Anthony Moore, Nicholas Burgdorf, Manuela Muminovic and Storie Grubb.
Speaking of overlooked artistic treasures, if you haven't seen Janet Waring's work, it can be found underground at the Basement Gallery. Waring's paintings are stream-of-consciousness expressions that direct viewers to consider "negative capability." Waring is a visiting artist from Lincolnshire, England, and will be featured at Basement Gallery until Saturday, March 10.
Visiting artists come in many forms. Sometimes they are the subject of an artist's obsession--the imaginary invention of a creative mind. This is how Erin Cunningham's Whispering Pines: The Hazel B. Jackson Project came to be. According to Cunningham's artist's statement:
"All I know is that Hazel B. Jackson once existed. I found her name on a small slip of paper, typed out and trimmed as though it were meant to fit on the lip of a file folder. I have kept that slip of paper for seven long years now, tucking it away in boxes of keepsakes and returning to it often to make sure it was there."
Cunningham decided to retrace Jackson's story, as she imagines it, and it will be shared on First Thursday at Bricolage.
If your art budget is a little tight right now, we bet you can afford $1 desserts at the Boise State Public Relations Student Society of America's A Sweet Taste of Boise event. A hunger for live music and local sweets can be satisfied in the Alaska Building at 1010 W. Main St. from 6-9 p.m. There will also be an art walk that coincides with the event. Taste of Boise events provide funding for PRSSA conference expenses.