A Source of Cool Art • Serious Call to Artists 

A Source of Cool Art

The Art Source Gallery is located between the crossfire that is end of the Linen District and the entrance to downtown, and it has thrived in its current place for three years now as a place where artists can express themselves. The gallery has been around for 13 years total and operates as a co-op. The artists there are proud of their accomplishment.

"It's not every day that you can get 40 artists together and they all [get along]," says gallery artist Lou Ray. 

The gallery and its artists have flourished so well over the years that it set its sights on loftier projects, one of which is the National Juried Exhibition.

The sixth annual National Juried Exhibition, which in years past has invited artists from around the world to submit pieces in every medium, has always attracted an array of amazing talent. "We really want a good variety of art work ... each year the show is so different because we have a different juror judge each year," said artist Zella Bardsley, who has helped organize the exhibition from the beginning.

"Originally, we wanted something to promote artists both in the United States and worldwide. We awarded a $1,000 prize this year."

Jennifer Woods, a graphic design professor at Boise State, held the title of juror this year, and it was her job to narrow down the 140 submitted pieces to just 20 for the show, as well as choose the four winners.

This year's show, which ran through the end of June, had an eclectic mix of all media—everything from black and white photography, to pencil etchings, to oil frescoes. Woods awarded local artist Anna Paradis' gothic rendering of insects on mezzotint with Best In Show.

There were also two extremely intriguing photographs by Sally Dill from New York City, in which the bustle of city street markets shine from the center of the powerful pieces.

"Although we usually show work from our 40 gallery artists, [the National Juried Exhibition] allows established artists who maybe haven't shown their work in [the Art Source Gallery] to be able to do so. We have a high school entrant this year, for example, somebody who hasn't been in the art scene before and this exhibition can give newcomers [like him] a chance," claimed Bardsley.

The high-schooler Bardsley referred to is Evan Sesek of Boise, who submitted a black and white photograph of his friends playing on train tracks. "My brother, Colin, who is in Iraq, wanted me to submit photos for him, and I realized I was interested in photography, too, and I decided to submit some of mine ... I was surprised when we both made it in."

The Art Source Gallery wants the exhibition to grow even bigger in the future and encourages artists to contact Zella Bardsley for more information on how to be a part of the show.

The Art Source Gallery, 1015 Main St., 208-331-3374. Gallery hours are Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

—Molly Kumar

Serious Call to Artists

Believe it or not, in the 21st century, human trafficking is still a universal problem. And while it may seem an insurmountable issue, every little bit a person can do to help, counts.

Art-Aid wants to do its share. Their annual show at the Friends Community Park in Star is an outdoor art festival, and they are going to give a percentage of the proceeds to help men, women and children sold into slavery. Art-Aid is looking for artists and artisans to enter the juried show held on September 15. Entries must be post-marked by July 25, and those selected will be notified by August 15. Entrants must pay a non-refundable booth fee of $30 for a 12-foot by 12-foot outdoor space or $90 for an indoor 15-foot by 20-foot space. For more information, e-mail Zach at greenfish1212@yahoo.com or call 208-573-5988.

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