Many Exhibitions, One Fare: Arts Hotspots Team Up for artBus Tour 

James Castle House Artist-in-Residence Keiran Brennan Hinton's work will be on view at one of the artBus stops.

Courtesy Keiran Brennan Hinton/James Castle House

James Castle House Artist-in-Residence Keiran Brennan Hinton's work will be on view at one of the artBus stops.

For a lot of people, taking the bus is a part of their everyday transportation routine. But Boise artBus, a fresh spin on the gallery tour concept that loads 40 art buffs onto a bus and shuttles them from exhibition to exhibition, is working to take the experience up a notch.

Ming Studios, Surel's Place and the James Castle House, three gallery/artist-in-residency spots in and near Boise, organized the inaugural artBus tour, which will chug off from the Idaho Botanical Garden at 6 p.m. on Thursday, July 26. Participants pay $30 for the ride, food and drinks, and between destinations, discussions will focus on the art at each stop. Jodi Eichelberger, program coordinator for Surel's Place, said the artBus is not only a forum for exploring local art, but a vehicle for the theme of rebirth exemplified by the artists' work.

To start the tour, formally called the "Ride to Residencies," attendees will gather at Idaho Botanical Garden to view "Reverse Rebirth," a 50-foot-tall structure that appears to be simply wood fragments but is, in fact, a sculpture constructed from donated and salvaged wood and other objects. The work of Han Seok Hyun, the current artist-in-residence at Ming Studios, it's intended to represent a new type of tree.

click to enlarge Artist-in-Residence Keiran Brennan Hinton not only appreciates Castle's home and art, but recreates it in his own work. - COURTESY KIERAN BRENNAN HINTON/THE JAMES CASTLE HOUSE
  • Courtesy Kieran Brennan Hinton/The James Castle House
  • Artist-in-Residence Keiran Brennan Hinton not only appreciates Castle's home and art, but recreates it in his own work.

"Seeds and plants will be put there, and eventually will take it over," said Teal Gardner, Ming Studios' program coordinator. "...The wood's original form was a tree, and now, this old wood will experience a rebirth." Since the structure's permanent home is in an irrigated area, it will continue to grow and transform. According to Gardner, the studio plans to create a time-lapse video of the process by setting up a camera to take a photo every three minutes for 10 years.

After experiencing Hyun's work, participants will take the artBus to Ming, where they will explore graffiti artist Jose "Prime" Reza's exhibit, Through the Wormhole, followed by a stop at Surel's Place, where Sandra Luckett, the current artist-in-residence, will have her visual art installation Annihilation and Regeneration up for view, along with work by past Artist-in-Residence Clarissa Callesen.

The last stop will be the James Castle House, which opened in April after a long journey of rejuvenation that started in 2015. Artist-in-Residence Keiran Brennan Hinton not only appreciates Castle's home and art, but recreates it in his own work.

"The first time I entered James Castle's shed, where he lived and worked for three decades, I felt a silence thick like water," Hinton said. "His presence is palpable and tangible, a few feet away but always just out of reach. Flipping through catalogs of his work I try and reconstruct the shed as it once was."

The Standing Still exhibit, a collection of Hinton's oil paintings, opens in August at the James Castle House. However, the artBus will give attendees a preview of what's to come while they experience Castle's favorite food—ice cream. At 9 p.m., the bus will close its own loop by returning to the IBG.

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