Design Freaks and Momisms 

Artists and authors on display

Whether your mom dropped pearls of wisdom like, "If you can't say something nice, then don't say anything at all," or if she spit out fireballs like, "You're running away? Let me help you pack," motherly advice is undeniably priceless.

Local author Patti Murphy celebrates these "momisms" in her new book, Mother Knows Best: Wit and Wisdom from Idaho Moms. The book includes inspiring words from notable moms like First Lady Lori Otter, astronaut Barbara Morgan, Representative Wendy Jaquet and Channel 7 news anchor Maggie O'Mara.

Murphy will sign copies of the book at a special premiere party on Friday, May 6, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Berryhill and Co. Proceeds from the book will benefit the Women's and Children's Alliance. For more information, visit

The group of talented people who are about to graduate from the Boise State graphic design program must have read the definition of the word "graphic"--vivid, striking, telling, explicit--because everything at Design Freaks: Boise State Graphic Design Portfolio Show, fits those descriptors.

Linsey Alexander, Kristen Beumeler, Nicole Cahill, Chrystal Colwell, Mathew Cook, Andy Farrer, Conrad Garner, Brian Green, Jen Hallyburton, Chrissy Kaiserman, Niki Mathews, Jeremy Oliver, Janet Oye, Sean Severud and Kristina Torkelson are the 15 design freaks--their words--who will share the products of their schooling with both professionals and the public.

The students have promised an "extraordinarium of design rarities," and the show will not only feature examples of what the students have learned but their innate talents as well. Each student has blended colors, shapes, designs, patterns and text with his or her own flavor to say something--either literally or symbolically--about themselves and the world.

The portfolio show will be held at Studio J at 1322 W. Main St. Professional hour is at 6 p.m., and then at 7 p.m., the public is welcome to look at art and enjoy food, beverages and a chance to win one-of-a-kind screen-printed show posters and T-shirts. And, of course, to stare at the freaks.

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