Celebrate A Plethora of Artistic Ability With Dry Spell 

Friday, July 13

Who doesn't love a good reason to celebrate? New jobs, holidays, birthdays, weddings, divorces—there are any number of reasons to say hooray and attend a party. Friday, July 13, you can celebrate the new work of two names that those acquainted with the Boise arts scene are well aware of: Eli Craven and Maria Chavez.

Craven and Chavez have collaborated on a new installation at Art Space in the Eagle Performing Arts Center, which is already pretty neat to look at even when there isn't a stellar artist or two displaying work. The Art Zone's sleek, modern gallery space is situated in the center of the Eagle Performing Arts Academy, so dancers leap and twirl in adjacent rehearsal spaces.

Craven and Chavez's project, Dry Spell, came to be as the result of conversations about the maintenance and grooming of residential landscapes in order to control the process of de- and re-generation, according to a press release. The installation "serves as a constructed garden cultivated to elevate and monumentalize the beauty of decay."

Those conversations were far from the first between the couple, who are among a group of artists who founded Black Hunger Gallery in Boise's North End. They collaborated on a project called Canoeing in January, which was displayed at Bricolage and graced the cover of the Jan. 3 edition of Boise Weekly. Craven's work is also being exhibited as part of Wither and Bloom, a collaborative show with fellow Black Hunger-er Erin Cunningham at Visual Arts Collective through Tuesday, July 31.

Learn more about the artists at elicraven.com and mariachavez.net and view Dry Spell at EPAC's Art Space through the end of August.

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