Artsy Cartography 

While Google Earth 5.0 can take you deep into the ocean to explore the Mariana Trench and way out to the moon to poke around at Apollo landing sites, there's one thing it can't do: show you the location of all the public art in Idaho.

Luckily, Idaho Commission on the Arts has shouldered that task.

ICA used Google Earth to create an interactive online map pinpointing hundreds of pieces of public art scattered all across Idaho. You can browse by artist name, location, media or word, and each listing features the piece's location, a detailed description of the work and, oftentimes, a photo.

From Robert Berks' free-standing bronze bust at the Hemingway Memorial in Ketchum to Jerry Beebe's untitled wood sculpture of raccoons on a tree stump in Coeur d'Alene's City Park, you can now explore all the little treasures that inspire passersby throughout the Gem State at arts.idaho.gov.

Speaking of Idaho Commission on the Arts, the state agency is holding its quarterly meeting on Friday, May 14, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Owyhee Plaza Hotel's Gallery Room. The discussion will meander from the executive director's report, to grant and award panel recommendations, to planning for the 2010 Governor's Awards in the Arts. If you've got something to get off your chest, public comments will be taken at 9:45 a.m. and 4 p.m.

This is our last chance to remind you: Art Source Gallery is taking submissions for its ninth annual Juried Show. Artists in all mediums except video and crafts are encouraged to enter up to three original pieces completed within the last three years by Saturday, May 15. All three-dimensional works have a 75-pound weight limit. Boise State professor and artist John Taye will be this year's juror, and awards totaling $1,000 will be handed out for best-of-show and runners-up. For more information, contact Barbara Louise Bowling at 208-336-0767 or bbowling@cableone.net.

In lend-a-helping-hand land, local non-profit Artisans4Hope, which provides sewing classes and resources for refugees, is in need of the following crafty items: scissors, good quality thread, sewing machine needles, knitting and crocheting needles, wool yarn for felting, batting, stuffing (for pillows), polar fleece, cording, D rings and transparent plastic storage boxes. For more information, e-mail info@artisans4hope.org or call 208-345-6716.

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