China Daydream - Idaho Paints Idaho - Holiday Gypsy Gallery Show 

Dream a Little Dream

This Friday J Crist Gallery opens China Daydream, with new paintings from artist Molly Hill. The exhibition is the first for Hill since recently returning from China, where she traveled with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Idaho Commission on the Arts. Known for placid Asian figures set in expressionistic scenes, Hill's work rarely remains in the gallery for long before it's snapped up by collectors and admirers.

Also opening on Friday is Season of Divinity by Mary Frances Dondelinger, featuring a collection of work well-suited for the holiday season: pieces featuring traditional orthodox icons. And in keeping with the holiday spirit, many of the artists represented by J Crist have created a limited selection of one-of-a-kind toys, which, after the show ends on Dec. 21, will be donated to the YWCA Women's and Children's Crisis Center.

China Daydream, Season of Divinity and artist-made toys opened to the public Friday, Nov. 30, with a reception from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. All exhibitions close Dec. 21. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday noon to 4 p.m. and by appointment. J Crist Gallery, 223 S. 17th St., 208-336-2671,

Flux This

In last week's installment of Arts News, we ever-so-briefly mentioned What the Flux, the metal arts sale put on at Flying M Coffeehouse courtesy of Boise State metal arts students.

While the show is for your shopping enjoyment, it's a two-part exercise for Boise State students, who are learning not only how to coax art from various metals but also about the business aspect of being a working artist. Sixteen student jewelers will display—and hopefully sell—a variety of work, including rings, brooches, pendants, hair pieces and bracelets, made from traditional metals like silver, copper and brass, and less-traditional materials like feathers, pebbles, countertop samples, gum, silk flowers and licorice.

Check it out Thursday, Dec. 6, 6 to 10 p.m. Flying M Coffeehouse, 500 W. Idaho St., 208-345-4320.

Will Art 4 Charity

The fifth-annual Holiday Gypsy Gallery show in conjunction with the Idaho Photographic Workshop opens Monday, Dec. 3. Featuring almost 20 artists, the annual show benefits the Women's and Children's Alliance. The exhibit runs through December 8 with an artists' reception on First Thursday, Dec. 6, from 6 to 9 p.m., when all art will be auctioned off and donations of food and toys to benefit the WCA will be accepted.

For more information, e-mail or call 208-344-6014. Visit the show or attend the reception at the Alaska Building, 1020 Main St.

Paint the State

Idaho Paints Idaho is currently on exhibit at the Garden City Library with the 50 paintings that came out on the top of the heap in the annual competition. On Saturday, Dec. 1, the library hosts a reception featuring some of the participating artists.

This year, local artist and Boise State professor Dan Scott served as the competition's juror, choosing 25 paintings to go on tour throughout Idaho. Gregg Russell of Meridian took first prize in this year's competition, and Helen Grainger Wilson of Boise was the Western Region Award winner. The exhibit will show at the Garden City Library until Dec. 29 before traveling to the University of Idaho, where it will show Jan. 15 to Feb. 23. On March 10, the 25 paintings will be hosted by the Magic Valley Arts Council in Twin Falls until April 19.

Also this week at the Garden City Library is a reception for the newly unveiled Secret Garden mural painted by Fred Choate and Deanna Eveland specially for the children's section. Dress up as your favorite storybook character for tea time in celebration of the mural on Thursday, Nov. 29, at 6 p.m.

Garden City Library, 6015 Glenwood St., 208-472-2940.

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