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Faison to head Idaho Commission on the Arts

The premature death of Dan Harpole, executive director of the Idaho Commission on the Arts (ICA) and board director of the National Assembly of States Arts Agencies, left the ICA reeling. Harpole was well-respected and well-liked and the people at ICA knew filling his shoes would be difficult, but they also knew it was important to get someone permanently back at the helm of the organization.

After winnowing down a long list of qualified applicants, the ICA has chosen Michael Faison as their new executive director. According to a press release, commission chair Mark Hofflund is very pleased with their choice. "Everyone is looking forward to working with Michael," said Hofflund. "After a nationwide search, he comes to us with outstanding recommendations, an enviable reputation and widespread experience. We are confident, in turn, that his presence will augment the commission's own evolving reputation around the state, as well as among our partners at the federal level and among other state arts agencies." Faison will take over the helm on June 29 and is, himself, pleased with the decision. "It is a privilege to lead an agency that does so much to improve the quality of people's lives," he said. Of his first trip to Boise in 2005, he said. "I was impressed by the quality of the arts events, and I also enjoyed the friendly character of the people—they made me feel welcome. My positive impressions of Idaho were sealed when I explored the surrounding countryside by motorcycle, where I found more friendly people and stunning scenery," he said.

"A dirty mind is a terrible thing to waste."

That line was uttered by Shirley MacLaine playing feisty Ouiser Boudreaux in the 1989 film version of Steel Magnolias. If you are a woman around the age of 60, it could be you saying that line on stage at Boise Little Theater's production of the play that focuses on a group of Southern women who spend a great deal of time together in their small-towns beauty parlor. Boise Little Theater is looking for six women between the ages of 20 and 60 June 23 and 24, 2 p.m., in the theater Green Room, Boise Little Theater, 100 E. Fort St., 208-342-5104.

Holiday sales start earlier and earlier each year

Yes, it is only June and we hate to be the ones to mention the "H" word this early in the year, but if you're an artist and would like to be a part of the Beaux Arts Societe's 41st annual holiday sale November 8-11, you should start thinking about it now.

The Beaux Arts sale is a highly-anticpated event each year and a terrific opportunity for artists from across the country to have their work displayed and sold at the Boise Art Museum without the hassle of doing the actual displaying or selling. The enthusiastic, experienced sales staff will be responsible for promoting, exhibiting and selling the artwork. All items submitted must be handmade and applications must be in by July 28, 2007. For more information, call 208-345-8330 Ext. 26 or visit Click Events, Holiday Sale to download an application.

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