Get Political with Jim Budde and Fettuccine Forum 

Or peep a preview of the Boise Weekly Cover Art Auction

We suggest the artist change her name to Alexa Rose Howl.

Alexa Rose Howell

We suggest the artist change her name to Alexa Rose Howl.

As the warmth of summer wanes, the political arena is heating up. And on First Thursday, Oct. 4, sculptor Jim Budde will get metaphorically steamed when he reveals his new political teapot series, Underground Politics, which features busts of politicos like Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich and President Barack Obama.

"I always fall back on these teapots that are based on that Mesoamerican or Pre-Columbian pottery that combine human and animal forms," said Budde.

However, his pottery bears the faces of wild political animals. One teapot features Gingrich with a protruding elephant's snout and a dunce cap, another depicts Gov. C.L. "Butch" Otter nose-to-nose with fellow cowboy Ronald Reagan and a pair of horses.

With newer pieces focusing on the 2012 election, Budde said it's exciting to add commentary to history.

"A few years from now, I want people to be able to look at the Obama or Romney pieces and see the reflection of what was happening at a political time," said Budde.

Underground Politics will also include a series of painted cardboard signs with phrases like "Will Work for Friends" and quotes from the candidates.

The show will be the last in the former Basement Gallery space. Owners Mike and Jane Brumfield have since relocated to the former Hyde Park Gallery space, which reopened Sept. 22. Some of Budde's other work is on display there.

For more First Thursday politics, the Fettuccine Forum returns at 5 p.m. at the Rose Room, led by Idaho Public Television's Greg Hahn. He'll present audio, video and images on the topic The Left, The Right: Occupy Wall Street and the Tea Party.

Over at Mr. Peabody's Optical Shoppe, artist Alexa Rose Howell, formerly of Gallery Alexa Rose, will debut a series starring a less political animal: a French bulldog named Maurice.

"French bulldogs were bred to be the dogs of royalty," said Howell. "They have no purpose other than to be cute and charming. And they're stubborn and very self-aware that they're cute."

Her daughter's puppy hammed it up for Howell for the series, Spectacular Dogs. She painted him and other pooches in black-and-white watercolor and colored pencil, including mixed media and other watercolor studies. Proceeds benefit the Idaho Humane Society.

And while we're at it, Boise Weekly has its own cause to support this First Thursday.

Each week, BW features the work of a local artist on the cover. The originals are then auctioned off to benefit our Cover Auction Grant, which supports local artists and organizations.

During First Thursday, the Idaho State Historical Museum will boast a gallery of the pieces that have graced our cover from Oct. 2011-Sept. 2012. You can also catch a preview of the covers in the BW's Wednesday, Oct. 10, edition, before bidding on your favorite piece at our annual Cover Auction at ISHM, Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 6 p.m.

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