First Thursday Picks 

In order to create the 26 jewelry pieces up for auction this First Thursday, Boise State Art Metals students had to cede creative control to their peers. Every 45 minutes, they passed their works in progress from student to student until they reached the last person in line, who was tasked with making the hodge-podge creation into a finished necklace or brooch. Utilizing orange or lavender stones, the resulting pieces are hairy, felty, shiny, steely, ribbony and just plain weird.

If those are qualities you like in your jewelry, make your way to R. Grey Gallery for the seventh annual Art Metals Fundraising Auction, which has its opening reception this First Thursday, March 4, from 5-9 p.m. All proceeds from the auction, which ends on Saturday, March 20, will go to fund the purchasing of new equipment for the Boise State art metals studio. For more information, contact Anika Smulovitz at 208-426-4060 or the R. Grey Gallery at 208-385-9337.

If you'd rather sit on your weird art than wear it around your neck, the Lisk Gallery is the place to be this First Thursday. From 5-10 p.m., artist August Johnson will open a show of his "ballistic" chair creations--uber-modern chairs that look like a bunch of giant, welded-together push pins. Interestingly enough, Johnson promises that they are comfortable to sit in.

A couple of blocks away, the Gypsy Gallery, a collection of local artists who show their work in ever-changing venues around town, will invade the Empire Building at 10th and Idaho streets on First Thursday from 5-9 p.m. Gypsy regulars Zella Bardsley, Miriam Woito, Pam McKnight, Kevin Flynn, Cherry Woodbury, Michael Falvey, Jenifer Gilliland and Kristy Albrecht will be joined by guest artists Betty Rodgers, Gay Bauwens, Todd Warner, Kay Seurat, Melissa Kunz, Bernie Jestrabek-Hart, Marcia Warne, Zion Warne, David Day, Michael Luque, Marjorie Bjornsen and Melissa Nodzu. The show officially opens Wednesday, March 2, and has a brief run, closing on Friday, March 5.

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