August 2, 2006 

Everyone's a(n Art) Critic

By now, everyone has seen the design--chosen by then-Governor Kempthorne and released last Monday, July 21--for the upcoming Idaho state quarter, chosen from 1,200 entries received by the Idaho Commission on the Arts. It turns out, something as simple a design for a 25 cent piece has brought out the inner art critic in many locals.

According to a July 26 report filed by KTVB Channel 7's Robbie Johnson, many people don't like the quarter's design. More than three quarters of respondents to the poll at were not pleased with the choice of a peregrine falcon. (As you can see, the bird is show in profile with our state's motto of "Esto Perpetua" next to its beak, almost like the bird is actually uttering the Latin phrase itself.)

Respondents to the poll apparently cited confusion as to what kind of bird it is, and a desire to see some other familiar Idaho feature, "like mountains or wildlife."

Not everyone hates the quarter's design, however. One anonymous commentator told BW, "What's wrong with a peregrine falcon? I kind of how it looks like it's talking."

Art criticism aside, the quarter's design is final, and love it or hate it, you can expect to get your hot little hands on one as of summer 2007.

Local Film Company Garners Outreach Grant

Appaloosa Pictures, a Boise-based film production company, has recently announced receipt of a grant from the Ford Foundation to fund projects and community outreach for Appaloosa's 2006 documentary Trudell, a film about Native American poet and activist John Trudell.

The Ford Foundation is a non-profit organization that awards grants to individuals and groups for the purpose of advancing social change and its $100,000 grant is earmarked to help Trudell's makers bring the film to audiences who might not otherwise see it, thereby stimulating, as an Appaloosa Pictures press release states, "civic dialogue around issues pertinent to the film's themes."

Trudell premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2005 and was also screened at the Tribeca, Seattle International and Mill Valley film festivals, as well as more than 60 other film festivals internationally. It also aired on the PBS program Independent Lens last spring. 

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New Arts-Related Program on Boise State Radio

Recently, Boise State Radio debuted Art Beat, a new local radio series highlighting local artists and arts groups in Idaho. The 4-minute clips are scheduled to run every other Wednesday at 6:35 a.m. and 8:35 a.m. during NPR's Morning Edition on 91.5 FM and at 11 a.m. on 90.5 FM. Show host Jyl Hoyt chatted with local painter (and one-time BW Idaho Arts Quarterly cover artist) Fonny Davidson.

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