Downtown News: BW's First Thursday Picks 

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The art of metaphor mixing with Shasta Nash at Happy Fish.

Shasta Nash

The art of metaphor mixing with Shasta Nash at Happy Fish.

Is the Hyde Park Street Fair too far in the future? Are you jonesing for another glass bead-and-hemp choker? Then you'll be happy to hear that David and Kristi MacDonald have opened Art Glass Etc. in the Idaho Building downstairs across from Superb Sushi. The MacDonalds' tiny shop is filled with beads, rings, bookmarks and paperweights made of colorful glass.

The MacDonalds have long had a glass-blowing studio in Garden City, but they decided to open a storefront away from the studio so students could "work in a more private space."

To celebrate the grand opening of their store on First Thursday, David will be blowing glass in the Superb Sushi courtyard. For more information, visit or call Kristi at 208-794-3639.

Right next door to Art Glass Etc., local humanmade clothing store Bricolage will also be serving up an overflowing plate of First Thursday awesomeness. Artist Saratops McDonald's faceless sculptures based on the human figure will share space with Caitlyn Davies' hand-crafted Intentions perfumes and Willow Socia's wood-mounted, mixed-media pieces described as "a striking mix of old and new, bright and subdued, clearly defined and inexpressible." For more information, call 208-345-3718 or visit

Over in BODO, Happy Fish Sushi and Martini Bar will feature painter Shasta Nash's new "Mixing Metaphor" series, which includes seven new acrylic pieces exploring cliches like "when pigs fly" and "a leopard can't change its spots."

Around the corner, the Eighth Street Marketplace Artists in Residence program will officially welcome in a new freshman class. The artists, who are now granted six-month residencies instead of three, will be in their spaces until Sept. 11. New artists include journalist and former BW News Editor Nathaniel Hoffman, poet Megan E. Williams, community artist Kathleen Keys, painters Matt Bodett, Marcus Pierce and Cody Rutty, and mixed-media sculptor Saratops McDonald (who is also showing at Bricolage).

Get a complete list of First Thursday events as well as a map to help you find your way around.

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