Where to Get Some Winter Inspiration 

Explore Thin Ice in Sun Valley or watch Celebrities in Jeopardy in Boise

Iris Haussler, Svalbard Sketch, 2010, ink and melting glacier water on paper, courtesy the artist.

Iris Haussler

Iris Haussler, Svalbard Sketch, 2010, ink and melting glacier water on paper, courtesy the artist.

Thin Ice: Journeys in Polar Regions, a new exhibit at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, features work from numerous artists, as well as early explorers, all of whom have been to the world's polar regions. The multidisciplinary show--which opened Dec. 9--includes images taken by some of the first explorers, as well as photography by Subhankar Banerjee, drawings by Anna McKee, an installation by Kim Baranowski, sketchbooks from Iris Haussler, handmade Arctic "bookworks" by Rachel Hazell and paintings by Mark Thompson.

The center is also hosting photographs by Ann Puchner from her time on Baffin Island, as well as a selection of Inuit art from the private collection of Ketchum resident Page Klune.

The center is also hosting a series of lectures and events, including poet and novelist Gretel Ehrlich on Thursday, Jan. 5, a screening of Werner Herzog's film Encounters at the End of the World on Wednesday, Jan. 11, and photojournalist James Balog on Thursday, Jan. 19.

Thin Ice will hang at the center's Ketchum facility through Saturday, Feb. 4. For more info, check out sunvalleycenter.org.

Speaking of artistic inspiration, the City of Boise Department of Arts and History is looking for a few artists who want to put their own designs on some downtown Boise traffic boxes.

Anyone interested in the chance to create a mural should submit 10 digital examples of past work along with a letter of interest and a resume to the department by 4 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 16. A selection committee will choose 16 artists, each of whom will be paid $1,000 to design one community-related mural.

Send applications to Traffic Box Project, c/o Karen Bubb, Public Arts Manager, Boise City Department of Arts and History, P.O. Box 500, Boise, ID 83701-0500. For more info, call 208-433-5677 or email kbubb@cityofboise.org.

Here's another event to mark down on your calendar: The Cabin will host its inaugural Celebrities in Jeopardy fundraiser on Friday, Feb. 24, at the Egyptian Theatre.

Rather than the usual dinner/silent auction/concert combo, Celebrities in Jeopardy will feature local celebrities squaring off in a quiz show/literary comedy routine emceed by authors Anthony Doerr and Alan Heathcock and overseen by Judge Stephen Trott.

The event promises silly questions, prizes, surprises and a little music. Tickets will cost $35, $60 or $100, and will go on sale in early January at The Cabin, 801 S. Capitol Blvd. For more info, call 208-331-8000 or visit thecabinidaho.org.

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