• Going For Baroque

    Dan Scott's exhibit at J Crist

      The 2007 Triennial currently on view at the Boise Art Museum includes a striking survey of what is going on in painting in Idaho these days, and one of the artists whose work stands out is Dan Scott. He probably would do so in any group show of contemporary painters today. As the Triennial and other events around the country suggest, we are in an era in which no single trend or school of painting dominates, and the directions and intentions are all over the map. Under the circumstances, an artist whose work seems removed from this maelstrom, offering an oasis of accomplished technique, sumptuous surfaces and quiet contemplation is bound to get noticed.

      For those whose appetite is whetted by the two examples of Scott's at BAM, J Crist Gallery offers an opportunity to further experience his art without competing distractions. The nine new works that make up the show "Know Me This Way" at J Crist, rendered in oil on canvas and board, are esoteric still lifes that contain more than meets the eye.

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  • Shock of the Old

    William Lewis at J Crist Gallery
      On September 7, J Crist Gallery kicked off the 2006-2007 season with a bang, bringing in an exciting show of impressive work by a rarely seen artist. Certainly it is the liveliest art to appear in a local gallery for some time after a stretch of mostly humdrum fare in Boise.
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  • Pretty and Nice

    J Crist Gallery's still life show
      The current show at J Crist Gallery is "Still Life with Objects" (through July 28) and more than anything, it seems to be about the appeal of nice things. The show includes paintings, watercolors, glass and jewelry. Just over a dozen artists are represented and the space is appropriately full, abundance being a common theme in the still life.
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  • Don't Take Me Alive

    Dave Thomas at J Crist
      By now, it's safe to say abstract art has its own tradition. The pioneers of the genre were hammering out their manifestoes over 50 years ago. Their accomplishments survived the initial backlash and they seem, in a sense, to be re-emerging. Everyone today has the cliched image of an abstract painting in his or her brain, or, if not, has seen good gestural abstract work while watching an episode of Frasier.
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  • Hands That Speak

    Artist Molly Hill at J Crist Gallery
      Boise artist Molly Hill could be called recalcitrant on the subject of her paintings. She is a successful artist, whose current showing of acrylic on canvas paintings at J Crist Gallery, entitled Talking Hands, opens on First Thursday, but she is hesitant--almost resistant--to talking about her work.
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  • Christine Christens Crist

    A total minimalist experience
      J Crist Gallery has inaugurated its brand new space at 17th and Fairview with brand new work on canvas and paper by Boise painter Christine Raymond, and the choice of artist is particularly fitting.
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