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Out to Sea on First Thursday

Turn on, tune in, craft out at Idaho Indie Works.

Laurie Pearman

Turn on, tune in, craft out at Idaho Indie Works.

BW cover lovers will likely recognize artists Kyler Martz and Rebecca Fuhrman. Martz's Out to Sea (May 12, 2010) depicted a partially submerged octopus-shaped submarine while Fuhrman's There Will be Dancing Bears (Oct. 28, 2009) featured a circus bear balancing precariously on a ball. Squish those two pieces together, and you'll get a good idea of what to expect at Bricolage's January First Thursday exhibit, "Strange as it Seems," a circus-themed collaboration between the two artists.

"They're a couple--freaking adorable--and they decided to start collaborating on some stuff. He does his pen and ink work and then she does more ... photo realism, portrait-y kind of stuff. So, they're combining those two under the umbrella of the circus theme," explained Bricolage co-owner Chelsea Snow.

The show opens Thursday, Jan. 6, from 5-10 p.m. and will feature fresh, locally roasted coffee from Roastwerks. Both the artwork and limited prints are available for purchase.

"It's going to be pretty amazing, and I do not use that word lightly, mind you," said Snow. 280 N. Eighth St., Ste. 118, 208-345-3718,

Around the corner, another crafty collective is offering up some hands-on First Thursday fun. Idaho Indie Works is hosting a New Year's Craft-In from 5-9 p.m. in the Pioneer building.

"Instead of doing the traditional First Thursday, we're doing something where everyone just comes, brings whatever they're working on and hangs out and makes stuff," said IIW member Millie Hilgert.

If you aren't currently mid-project, the IIW crew will provide a limited array of supplies and equipment to spark inspiration.

"We'll have some supplies that Etsy had sent us a while back ... They sent us some glass-painting things, some different tutorials for doing recycled envelopes and buntings, some silk screening things," explained Hilgert. 5-9 p.m., 106 N. Sixth St., 208-342-0804,

In other First Thursday collaboration news, artists Bruce Maurey and Wren Van Bockel have a joint show going up at Flying M Coffeehouse titled "On the Land and Out to Sea." Maurey and Van Bockel have collaborated on a number of artistic projects, including live painting at Equaleyes concerts. 500 W. Idaho St., 208-345-4320,

For a full list of events happening on First Thursday click here.

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