Boise Supports the Arts • Idaho Writers Take High Desert Journal Obsidian Awards • New Exhibit at J Crist • Call to Piano Players 

Boise Supports the Arts

Since 1986, the Office of the Mayor has bestowed honors upon members of our community who excel in their contribution to, or support of the arts. Possible honorees are nominated; the mayor reviews the nominees, a panel then meets to review the nominees and make recommendations to the mayor. The mayor then chooses the winners.

This year, the awards for Artistic Excellence go to Curtis Stigers for performing arts/music; Matthew Cameron Clark for performing arts/theater; and Anthony Doerr for literary arts. The award for Individual Support of the Arts goes to Kay Hardy and Gregory Kaslo for their support of the Egyptian Theater and the Boise Art Museum. The award for Business Support of the Arts goes to the Record Exchange and Jill Sevy and Mike Bunnell for visual arts/music. The award for Excellence in Arts Education goes to Phil and Wendy Hartman, public school music educators; and Jon Swarthout, dance instructor for the Children's Dance Institute. The award for Business Integration of the Arts goes to Noel and Lucy Weber and Classic Design for visual arts.

The celebration will be an evening dinner program at the Basque Center with a free concert following. Tickets for the dinner and ceremony are $30, but the concert is free and features Basque dancers, Bosnian dancers and the City Band. Food, wine and beer will be on sale as well.

Sept. 21. Awards ceremony: 5:30-7:30 p.m., $30, the Basque Center. Concert: 8 p.m., FREE, the Basque Block. Reservations for the ceremony can be made online after Aug. 15 at For more information, contact Karen Bubb at the Boise City Arts Commission at 208-433-5677 or

Idaho Writers Take High Desert Journal Obsidian Awards

The magazine High Desert Journal is only published twice a year, but it focuses squarely on Western art and literature. To feature some of the best new Western writing, they offer the Obsidian Prize "to introduce emerging authors and give focus to those with established careers through a prize," said Elizabeth Quinn, editor. According to a press release, they received hundreds of submissions from around the world and chose one winner and two finalists in fiction, nonfiction and poetry.

Bruce Van Noy of Ketchum won in the fiction category with his story, "The Ghosts of Rain." Jerry D. Mathes II of Moscow and Jackie Shannon Hollis of Aloha, Ore., were the two finalists with "A Hunter's Story" and "See the People on the Other Side" respectively.

The winner in the nonfiction category was Joe Wilkins of Moscow with "A Story and A Prayer." The finalists were Kelly Bilkre of Moscow with "Naked Running" and Michael Lancaster of Missoula, Mont. with "Razor Face."

The poetry winner was Ellen Waterston of Bend, Ore., with Painted Shut. "Soil" by Rumit Pancholi of Notre Dame and "Woman Under Trees" by Judy Halebsy of Sacremento, Calif., were finalists.

The winners' and finalists' stories will be published in the upcoming issue of High Desert Journal out in October.


New Exhibit at J Crist

On August 9, J Crist Gallery holds an opening reception for its newest exhibit, "Fresh Paint." The artists exhibiting are regional and local artists who are all represented at J Crist and include Chris Binion, Cate Brigden, Stacie Chappell, Rick Friesen, William D. Lewis, Judith Lombardi, Andrea Merrell, Carl Rowe and Dave Thomas. The exhibition continues through September 7.

August 9, opening reception, 4:30-6:30 p.m., FREE, J Crist Gallery 223 S. 17th St., 208-336-2671,

Call to Piano Players

Prairie Dog Productions is looking for an additional piano player for their upcoming season. Call 208-336-7383 and leave a message with your name, number and experience to set up an audition.

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