Bricolage Debuts Navigate This First Thursday 

24 local artists explore individual interpretations of travel

Erin Cunnigham will be among 24 local artists joining in a group show at Bricolage based on the theme of navigate.

Erin Cunnigham

Erin Cunnigham will be among 24 local artists joining in a group show at Bricolage based on the theme of navigate.

Bricolage is collaborating with the Boise Guest House and 24 local artists to create a First Thursday exhibition exploring individual interpretations of travel. Each participating artist was given an 11-inch by 14-inch wood panel and a metal school compass and then invited to interpret the theme Navigate.

"We provided the wooden panel for each artist to use to keep the size and scope similar," said Chelsea Snow, owner of Bricolage. "I think some of the artists really didn't want to be given the canvas. We had a lot of people extending it out, cutting it down, and that sort of thing so that was an interesting exploration."

Aside from the woodblock and compass, the mediums vary widely. While many are illustrations or paintings, others are abstract, encaustic, or utilize plastics or gouache.

Artist Grant Olson's Olsen's interpretation of Navigate was created in gouache on paper and beckoned him to explore his own paths of travel throughout his life.

"What I found was an entirely different world that was created in this piece that hearkens back to where I have come from but has a comfort in the opacity of its future," Olson Olsen said.

Artist and Neighborhood Allstars graphic designer Toby Robin got involved with Navigate as a way to take some time out of the daily grind. His work is made from wood cutouts.

"I was excited to try and create a piece out of several cutouts," he said. "I definitely enjoyed the process and think the piece came together nicely."

Other local artists involved in the show include Bingo Barnes, Heather Bauer, Laurie Blakeslee, Travis Campion, Cale Cathey (aka Meatbag), Erin Cunningham, Byron Folwell, Becca Fuhrman, Kirsten Furlong, Conrad Garner, Julia Green, Noble Hardesty, Elijah Jensen, Karen Lilly, Kyler Martz, Sarah Masterson, Brienne Oliver, Jeremy Oliver, Jon Sadler, Willow Socia, April Vandegrift and Ben Wilson.

Navigate was born from a discussion between Snow and Eve-Marie Bergren, owner of the Boise Guest House.

"Eve-Marie wanted ... to do a travel room so we thought we would ask artists to make artwork that is travel oriented."

Navigate will be featured at Bricolage in August before moving to the Boise Guest House in September. Originals are for sale, and prints will be created for the guest house.

"We hope to make this an annual thing," said Snow.

An opening reception will take place at Bricolage First Thursday, Aug. 2, from 5-9 p.m, and again at the Boise Guest House First Thursday, Sept. 7, from 5-9 p.m.

For a full list of First Thursday events click here.

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