Arts News May 26, 2004 

Urban ArtWORKS paint day

Come make your mark (literally) on history by helping complete Urban ArtWORKS most recent public art mural on the Boise Co-op. Urban ArtWORKS, a neighborhood arts education and training program for young adults ages 14- 21, invites the community to help paint the 1,657-square foot, North End-inspired mural while meeting the youth artists and learning about the project. Young artists created the vision for the project and received guidance from adult mentors and professional artists. Past Urban ArtWORKS projects have included several murals at Rhodes Skate Park on the corner of 16th and Front streets in Boise, Idaho. The group has also completed a photojournalism project depicting Boise's historic North End through photography and essays, as seen through the eyes of youth. These collages are displayed outside of Mayor Bieter's office in Boise City Hall.

Urban ArtWORKS community paint day, June 5, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Boise Co-op, 888 West Fort Street.

Out 4 Art

Calling all queer artists! The first Pride juried art exhibition, to be hung at The Community Center, will be on display through June. All artwork must be ready to hang and under 50 lbs. Submissions should be dropped off at The Community Center, 919 N. 27th Street from 2-8 p.m. on Sunday, May 30. Call (208) 344-4295 or e-mail with questions.

Boise Artist shows in Seattle

Acrylic and oil painter Molly Hill is currently exhibiting at Grover Thurston Gallery in Seattle, Washington. Her exhibit of new work will be on display from June 3-26, with an artist reception on June 3 from 6-8 p.m. The prestigious Grover Thurston Gallery is located at 309 Occidental Avenue South, (206) 223-0816. For more about Hill's work, visit or

Call for Performing Artists

The Tuesday Farmers Market seeks performing artists for the weekly Tuesday market at the Boise Spectrum complex on Overland Road. The market is held from 4-8 p.m. Tuesdays through October. Mimes, singers, dancers, quartets, folk singers, school choral groups and other local musicians are encouraged to participate. There is no entry fee and performers are allowed to accept tips. For more information, contact Mark McClaskey at 465-4912.


Josiah Colt, a junior at Meridian's Mountain View High School, was Idaho's First District winner in the 2004 Congressional High School Art Competition. Josiah's colorful and expressive drawing of a rodeo bull ride titled Maverick (also his high school's sports nickname), will be shipped to Washington, D.C., in June to begin a year on display in the U.S. capitol.

Josiah, his parents Kris and Milana Colt, and his high school art teacher, Ric Garner, will fly to Washington courtesy of Southwest Airlines for a July 13 ceremony opening the art display with award-winning work from students throughout the country. The Congressional High School Art Competition, now in its 23rd year, encourages and recognizes the rich artistic talents of young Americans.

Shipman Opens Nampa Studio

Nampa photographer Mike Shipman has opened a new commercial and fine art photography studio in Nampa. Shipman has exhibited locally at Basement Gallery, CW Moore, Berryhill & Co. and Boise Art Museum and has been working toward his own studio for a while.

The grand opening of the studio is Thursday, May 27 from 11 a.m.-9 p.m. at 201 N Kings Rd, #107 (across from the National Guard Armory just south of Garrity Rd.). There will be a gallery of fine art prints, refreshments, and drawings for free photography classes, one-half day of commercial photography, free portrait sessions, and 11 x 14 fine art prints. For more information, visit, call 466-9340 or e-mail

New Downtown Gallery and gift store

A new gallery and one of a kind gift store, Melissa's, is opening its doors downtown. There will be a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday, June 1 at 12:30 p.m. and a grand opening on First Thursday, June 3 from 5-9 p.m. Melissa's is located at 745 W. Idaho Street between Capitol and 8th Street, 344-4015.

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