Books Come to Life Right Before Your Very Eyes • Guv Gives Recognition Where Recognition Is Due • Your Life As You Know It 

Books Come to Life Right Before Your Very Eyes

"How can we make the winning entries of our Booker's Dozen 2008 contest stand out?" the people at the Idaho Center for the Book asked themselves. Based on the mailing we received, the answer was, "Let's make the images in our newsletter all 3-D."

Accompanied by a pair of old-school cardboard 3-D glasses, all of the images on the two-sided, full-color ICB newsletter attempt to jump off the page. You won't see the creature from the Black Lagoon crawling out of the swamp, but you will see photos of the 14 winning Idaho book artists' creations: It's All Gregg to Me (Ruth A. Barnes), Isolable (Gabe Linn), Michel Foucault's Minor Perverts Whom 19th Century Psychiatrists Entomologized (BW contributing writer Gretchen Jude), Que Sirrah Sirrah or Chicken Recipes (Becky Dodge), Breakfast—2 Weeks (Joe Murgel), Milk & Honey (Robert Reeves), Artist (Katie Jo Rupert), The Respectable Girl's Guide to Living with Tourette's Syndrome with Coprolalia (Melissa Schultz), Crane Dance (Scott Samuelson). American Quilts (Kathleen Sorge), Halliburton Code of Ethics and Behind Anderson's Camera (Earle Swope), Oldest (Leslie Twitchell) and Lady Ash (Kris Watkins).

Judges this year included Cort Conley, Barbara Michener, Troy Passey and Tom Trusky.

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Guv gives recognition where recognition is due

A call for nominations for the Governor's Awards in the Arts has gone out. In conjunction with first lady Lori Otter and the Idaho Commission on the Arts, these awards are, according to the commission, to "recognize excellence in the arts in Idaho and stimulate and support awareness of the arts throughout our state."

The categories in which awards will be presented are Excellence in the Arts, Support of the Arts, Excellence in Folk and Traditional Arts, Support of Arts Education and Excellence in Arts Education. This is a biennial event, and this year's awards ceremony will be held on Oct. 16 at the Stephens Performing Arts Center on the Idaho State campus in Pocatello.

Nominations must be postmarked by April 11. For more information, visit Arts.Idaho.Gov/Special/GAAWEB2008.doc.

Your Life As You Know It

Earlier this month, BW received a phone call from someone claiming to represent artist C.E. Kadlec, whose work, according to his representative, is so phenomenal, that after his Boise show, "this town will never be the same." When we asked for more information on the artist, we were told, "Chicago, San Francisco and New York are all talking about him. Is that enough for you?"

A few days later, an anxious gentleman stopped by the office and asked if we knew where the C.E. Kadlec exhibit was going to be held. Nobody could confirm it yet, but we indicated it would probably be at the Gallery at Hyde Park. The gentleman headed quickly toward the door, stopping only to say that, after Kadlec's show, "this town will never be the same."

We can't purport to the authenticity of Boise's sea-change, but we do have confirmation that work by Charles Kadlec will be on display in a one-man show at the Gallery at Hyde Park through the month of April. According to a gallery press release, the self-educated Kadlec was born in Chicago, Ill., in 1949. After returning from the Vietnam war in the '70s, he painted fervently. A flood in 1994 destroyed not only much of Kadlec's work, but also his desire to paint. After traveling the world, he settled down in Boise and began again to paint. The gallery profile describes Kadlec as, "An intensely private person, awareness of Kadlec's genius to date has been spread exclusively by word of mouth. Although his works are featured in private collections throughout North America, this show will be the first time they have ever been displayed in public."

If you see the show, drop us a line and let me know if you—or Boise—will ever be the same: Opening reception is April 4 from 7-9 p.m. Gallery at Hyde Park, 1513 N. 13th St., 208-345-6380.

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