Saturday, August 9, 2014

Brumfield's Gallery Says Farewell

Posted By on Sat, Aug 9, 2014 at 11:33 AM

click to enlarge Brumfield's Gallery gives it one final shot with Leigh Dyer's collection called "Monkey Brand." - LEIGH DYER
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  • Brumfield's Gallery gives it one final shot with Leigh Dyer's collection called "Monkey Brand."

The Brumfields have spent the last decade in art galleries, owning a gallery in England for four years before moving to Boise and running the Basement Gallery downtown for three years, then opening Brumfield's Gallery in Hyde Park two years ago. Jane Brumfield said it's time for her and her husband, Mike, to move onto something new.

But before they leave the Hyde Park art gallery behind, they're bringing in what Jane calls their "most ambitious project, by far."

The Brumfields commissioned British artist Leigh Dyer, paid for the shipping of several steel sculptures, and will host the artist when he flies over to help install the artwork the week before the show opens.  

The show is called "Monkey Brand," and it opens Sept. 13. Dyer is a self-taught sculptor who works with recycled steel. He started by making railings, sconce lighting, sculptural castings for security cameras and stands for menus. Now, his work showcases serpents, sea horses, octopi and, of course, monkeys.

Dyer plans to stick around in Boise for a week after the show opens, possibly giving some talks on his artwork. This show will be his debut in the United States.

As for Jane and Mike Brumfield, they're splitting their time between Boise and Houston nowadays. Jane is taking this opportunity to pursue a lifelong goal of attaining a master's degree in arts administration. 

"My heart is in curating visual arts exhibitions," she said. "A gallery is practically a not-for-profit venture. I'm ready to go back to larger organizations and focus just on the curation side of art, rather than running a business."

The gallery's final show opens Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. and runs through Nov. 1.

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