BSU Professor Dies, VAC's New Exhibit, Downtown Boise's Windows 

On Tuesday, Dec. 1, Boise Police found 65-year-old Boise State English professor Tom Trusky dead in his home. The cause, though not yet determined, is not believed to be suspicious. Trusky, a longtime member of the Boise State faculty, founded the university's Ahsahta Press, which publishes works of Western American poets, in the 1970s. He also founded and edited Boise State's cold-drill magazine and was the director of the Idaho Center for the Book.

Speaking of remembrances, the Visual Arts Collective is taking a trip down memory lane with the Dec./Jan. exhibit "A Stitch In Time." Artists April VanDeGrift and Megan Laursen each created bodies of work revolving around the themes of memory and time. Laursen's lovely mixed-media light boxes and antique alphabet plaques were immediate eye-catchers, while VanDeGrift's intricate, haunting paintings featuring flocks of white birds added a quiet depth to the show. Visual Arts Collective co-owner Sam Stimpert said he was impressed with how well the exhibit sold on opening night.

Last First Thursday, a gaggle of Boise Weekly judges joined community judge Nancy Spittle and Department of Arts and History judge Margaret Hepworth to size up downtown's fourth annual Winter Window Gallery Stroll.

The yearly event pairs artists with downtown businesses to create colorful holiday windowscapes. Though it's mostly for the public's enjoyment, there is some friendly competition involved as participating businesses and artists vie for the judges' approval. Two teams divided and conquered, and two sets of winners emerged.

First place for team one went to Amy Pence-Brown for Walking in a Winter Wonderland at Bandanna, while first place for team two went to Heather Bauer for Music is Medicine at Record Exchange. Team one's second place choice was Rick Walter's Sno Man at Flying M, while team two went with Sandy Marostica's The North Wind Blows at DL Evans Bank. The third place nod from team one went to Kerry Tullis, Amy O'Brien and Blaise Lawless for Untitled at the Modern Hotel, while team two bestowed the third place honor on Julie Rumsey's I S-Cream at Ben & Jerry's.

Thanks to Downtown Boise Association for inviting BW to judge yet another year. And a special thanks to all the participating artists.

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