Just what constitutes art and what is considered craft can be argued at length by people who aren't afraid to wield a paintbrush or a hot glue gun. Crafts are usually looked down on like the underachieving cousin of the family, but in the right hands, crafts can make Aunt Martha's colorfully painted gourd look like it belongs in a folk art museum.
Need proof? Head to Nampa on Friday, July 12, when Flying M Coffeegarage is refusing to unleash the Pandora's Box of DIY mediocrity on an unsuspecting public and is instead showing off the artistry of the pros.
The Super Summer Craft Market will fill the Coffeegarage's downtown Nampa parking lot with booths featuring local artists and seasoned crafters. Shoppers can indulge their desire for original art by Tierra Studios, home fragrances from The Sweet Home, fused glass from Surly Mermaid, original screenprinted T-shirts and apparel by Fawn and Foal, and hemp jewelry from Idaho Hemp Works, among other creations.
While patrons are satisfying their hunger for handcrafted masterpieces, they can also satisfy cravings of a more ravenous nature thanks to local food trucks, including Saint Lawrence Gridiron.
Unlike past years, this year's market will take place in the evening and segue into the Nampa Art Walk to further showcase local businesses and artists.
While the art vs. craft debate may never be settled, the two sides will declare a truce for at least one night.