Downtown News: BW's First Thursday Picks 

Where the Sky Meets the Earth

It's almost impossible to walk into any local art gallery without seeing a landscape rendition of the Boise foothills. Why anyone would want an expensive interpretation of something you can look out your window everyday and see is beyond us. But keeping that in mind, we still think you should check out Basement Gallery's new show, "Where the Sky Meets the Earth."

The exhibit explores "contemporary approaches to a traditional subject"--the landscape--utilizing a variety of fresh perspectives. The show features everything from Tricia May's colorful tree groves to Valerie Stuart's Earth-toned abstracts. Other artists in "Where the Sky Meets the Earth" include John Taye, Cynthia Guild Stoetzer and Pat Kilby. Basement Gallery, 928 Main St., 208-333-0309,

Speaking of the sky meeting the Earth, Boise's newest beanpole high-rise condos, The Aspen Lofts, have taken a cue from their BODO neighbors, the 8th Street Marketplace, and are now integrating art with real estate. In collaboration with Urban Agent Team and Steve Zabel, Aspen Lofts developer Scott Kimball is introducing The House of Art, an opportunity for local artists to display and sell their work for one night only--First Thursday, August 5. A panel of judges will select nine different artists from all types of media to set up shop on the seventh floor of the Aspen Lofts. Artists will sign a two-phased contract and be able to sell their work the night of the event only. Obviously, all work should be displayed to the public in a way that doesn't cause nicks or scratches to the fancypants condo.

The deadline for submissions is Friday, July 16, and artists must reside in the Treasure Valley and include a current resume with five digital images of their work (72 dpi). Those who aren't chosen for the August First Thursday event will be considered for a September location. Applications should be submitted to Steven Zabel at, Lindsay Dofelmier at and Jen Iacoboni,

For complete First Thursday listings, click here.

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