FIRST THURSDAY: Basement Gallery • Brown's Gallery • Art Source Gallery • Gypsy Gallery 

One of the attractive features about First Thursday art is the variety in artistic aesthetic, subject and media. An evening art stroll yields such wide rewards, and you always come away with these different ways of approaching visual arts playing off of one another. Here's a small selection of some of the art you'll see this First Thursday:

Basement Gallery: Summer Exhibit

Basement Gallery will hold an opening reception for what promises to be a varied and original showing. Four very different artists make up Basement Gallery's Summer Exhibit:

John Killmaster a well-known artists and former professor at Boise State, will exhibit enamel, gouache and oil pieces. Killmaster is not only known locally, his work as an enamelist and painter is known nationally and internationally, with his art shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Smithsonian Institution, as well as in museums and galleries in Australia, Russia, Spain, Japan, Germany Italy and Israel. A little closer to home, Killmaster also did a show at Basement Gallery last August.

Tarmo Watia, another former Boise State prof, exhibits a new series of original oil paintings in this gallery's summer exhibition. Watia has had numerous gallery shows, and his works are in collections both national and international. Besides possessing an MFA from the University of Michigan and extensive study of the art of the European masters, Watia is a prolific artist.

Kellie Cosho makes her gallery debut this First Thursday, when she'll be exhibiting works in pastel, ink and other mixed media.

Amy Lunstrum has previously exhibited "monster art" at a "very scary show" (with other local artists) at Flying M Coffeehouse last fall/winter. Basement Gallery will show Lunstrum's new series of one-of-a-kind hand-built stoneware sculptures.

Basement Gallery's Summer Exhibit runs through August.

Reception from 5 to 9 p.m., 928 W. Main St., 333-0309.

Brown's Gallery: Plein Air Painters of Idaho

Brown's Gallery will hold their opening reception for an exhibit of works by more than a dozen artists from the artists group, Plein Air Painters of Idaho.

Painting en plein air, a style of painting executed outdoors and in natural light, gained steam as a 19th century French art-thanks in part to Claude, Camille and their peers. Unlike the classical rigidity of form of academic art, or the introspective, interpretive nature of modern art, plein air privileges exclusively on painting expressive, loose impressions in the natural light of a scene directly before the artist.

Accordingly, the mission of Plein Air Painters of Idaho is to promote "on-location" painting at and of statewide scenes as they paint from life-"alla prima," promoting "greater cultural and environmental understanding within the arts" and the beauty and vulnerability of Idaho's great natural vistas. You can expect soft colors, loose, curved lines and interesting treatments of light in these landscape paintings.

Reception from 5 to 9 p.m., 1022 Main St., 342 6661.

Art Source Gallery: "Seasons of Idaho"

Art Source Gallery holds its opening reception for new a new single-artist show, "Seasons of Idaho," with impressionist landscape works in oil by artist Gregg Russell. Russell happens to be a member of the Plein Air Painters of Idaho, so in contrast with the Brown's Gallery show, this exhibition will show one artist's version of the plein air aesthetic.

Still under 30, Russell is a formally trained artist who has studied under the tutelage of other artists. He expresses his love for the Idaho landscape through his impressionistic paintings.

Of the process and meaning of art, Russell says in his artist statement, "Painting to me is about interpreting creation. Having been raised in Idaho, it was easy to become connected with the natural beauties of creation. From sun-drenched fields to frosty mountain peaks, the splendor of nature has inspired me. ... Painting is a struggle. I know that no matter how well I try to express my subject it is nothing compared to creation. This constant striving for the impossible is what keeps me going."

Besides Russell's paintings, this First Thursday reception will feature food and drink, as well as chamber music by Traumerische Trio.

Reception from 6 to 9 p.m., 1015 W. Main St., 331-3374.

Gypsy Gallery's First Thursday on the Grove

Gypsy Gallery is and isn't what the name suggests-it is not a space, but a roving idea. In late 2003, a group of local artists came together as Gypsy Gallery, a gallery held in various venues as a way to exhibit their work. Composed of artists working in a variety of media-from watercolor, acrylic, and oil paints to digital photography to mixed media.

This First Thursday reception on the Grove near the fountain will feature original works by Gypsy artists and guest artists, including visual artists Justin Miller, Jany Seda, Naomi Elton and Dan Looney, as well as glass artist Nicole Mills.

Music will be provided by Ancestral Cadence and jazz pianist Paul Tillotson will perform on the patio at the Bistro, so come out and enjoy great music, great weather, great people and-of course-great art.

Reception from 5 to 9 p.m., The Grove.

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