Downtown News: BW's First Thursday Picks 

Snuggle up with Sniglets

Erin Cunningham's Sniglets ponder investing in bathing suits.

Erin Cunningham

Erin Cunningham's Sniglets ponder investing in bathing suits.

BWHQ-ville is about to get even more badass. Not only is The Flicks popcorn kernel-throwing distance from us, but we can also bum some sugar (or a blowtorch?) from our nabes at Classic Design Studio, Boise Art Glass and Rocket Neon. Now another rad business has moved onto the block: Bricolage.

After switching locations from inside the Eighth Street Micro Mall to the former Alexa Rose Gallery space, the Bricoladies have packed things up again. The craft store and gallery space's new home is 418 S. Sixth St. on the corner-ish of Sixth and Myrtle, between Boise Art Glass and Classic Design.

Bricolage has some big, bad re-opening festivities planned for First Thursday, Aug. 4, including an art show by Erin Cunningham, a keg, snacks by Brook Slee, a photobooth, and tunes by Veronica and the Mental Foreplays and Owlright.

For the exhibit, titled The New Nothing, Cunningham will reprise her Sniglets series, which features simple, ghostly line drawings of big-eyed, "beturtlenecked" characters.

In swap-a-roo news: former BW owner Bingo Barnes will settle into Bricolage's former digs in the basement of the Idaho Building. After years toying with the idea, Barnes will officially open Idaho Poster and Letterpress next First Thursday, Sept. 1. According to Barnes:

"Idaho Poster and Letterpress is a working museum and gallery. With classes, workshops, First Thursday receptions, themed gallery exhibits and with a letterpress studio available to the art community for rent and use."

Also in the Idaho Building this First Thursday is artist Lori Waselchuk's Grace Before Dying, an evocative traveling exhibit documenting an inmate-run prison hospice program in Louisiana. According to, "Until the hospice program was created in 1998, prisoners died mostly alone in the prison hospital. Their bodies were buried in shoddy boxes in numbered graves at the prison cemetery."

The Idaho End-of-Life Coalition, which brought Grace Before Dying to Boise, is hosting a number of other events in conjunction with the exhibit. For more info, call 208-841-1862.

Next door to the Idaho Building at 242 Eighth St. on the second floor, Sage Yoga and Wellness will host a photography exhibit from Erica Sparlin Dryden of Bandwagon Photography this First Thursday. In addition to Dryden's character snapshots, musicians Krispen Hartung and Edward Stumpp will collaborate with painter Dana Logan on improvisational pieces.

See a full list of events and a map for First Thursday.

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