Gem Magazine Drops 

Plus Enso offers a soup-talk with Ana Ura

The second issue of a new literary magazine dropped in Boise on March 21. Described as "a paper gallery of sorts, which features anything that can be printed," GEM is an ad-free art magazine that's the brainchild of Boisean Melody English.

"I've always wanted a magazine," said English. "I study opera and vocal performance at Boise State, but I wanted a creative escape that had nothing to do with music. This is the other piece of me that wasn't getting fulfilled in the practice room."

Former BW intern Matthew Wordell did the layout and design for GEM, and contributors for GEM's second issue include author Alan Heathcock, Boise State professor Martin Corless-Smith, Boise Weekly's Josh Gross and musician Dale Eisinger.

"I really like keeping it small, keeping it intimate," said English. "The best part is, there aren't any rules. It's really healthy right now. It's not me screaming at staff."

You can purchase a copy of GEM at Bricolage, Flying M Coffeeshop, The Record Exchange, Rediscovered Bookshop and Hyde Park Books. Or you can order a copy online at

Also on March 21, the Idaho State Capitol was turned into an art gallery for the latest incarnation of the Boise Visual Chronicle, a series that has reflected life in the City of Trees since 1996.

A reception held in the Garden Level of the Capitol unveiled 30 pieces that will spruce up West Wing halls until Sunday, May 27. Each artist in the exhibition captures a unique flourish of Boise life through photography, paintings, digital work and more. Many pieces are recreated images of well-known landmarks, while others are individual interpretations. Some of the artists include Jan Boles, Deborah Hardee, Carl Rowe, Kristen Furlong and James Talbot.

Now that winter has officially passed through Boise, what better way to bid it adieu than with a bowl of homemade soup? Artist Anna Ura's first solo exhibition, Winter, is on display at Enso Artspace in Garden City. And on Wednesday, April 4, Enso will host Soup-Talk-Art from 6-8 p.m., an opportunity for art lovers to experience and discuss Winter over a bowl of homemade soup. The conversation costs $10 and features guest Amy Pence-Brown.

Upon moving to the City of Trees, Ura became inspired by Idaho's unique geography, which is the subject of her latest body of work. The exhibit captures the essence of various landscapes that are often purposely blurred by movement.

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