First Thursday: Judas Arrieta’s Wonder Stories 

Artist Judas Arrietas: For Basques, Boise is “an almost mythical place, a kind of Basque Atlantis that you need to visit before you die.’’

Courtesy of The Modern Hotel & Bar

Artist Judas Arrietas: For Basques, Boise is “an almost mythical place, a kind of Basque Atlantis that you need to visit before you die.’’

Judas Arrieta's paintings combine the counter-culture vibrancy of graffiti, stylized quirk of manga and subconscious influence of text in advertising (and propaganda) in a riot of colors and shapes so arresting, each viewing provides something fresh and exciting. Born in the Basque Country, Arrieta always felt a connection with Asia—and a fascination for Boise. In a statement for his 2015 exhibition Boiseland at Ming Studios, Arrieta said, "For any self-respecting Basque, Boise, Idaho, is a place of history and encounter, an almost mythical place, a kind of Basque Atlantis that you need to visit before you die.''

The international artist is yet again leaving his mark on this city of magic: As part of the inaugural artist-in-residency program at the Modern Hotel (1314 W. Grove St.), Arrietas painted a mural on the back wall of the building. Arrietas will officially unveil Wonder Stories on First Thursday and, to celebrate, the Modern is throwing a party with cocktails, pintxos, live music and a game of I-Spy with Arrietas. The shindig starts at 6 p.m., and you don't want to miss it or your story will be wondering why.

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