Marilyn Cosho and Treasure Valley Artists Debut Inside View 

And Textiles x Two opens in Meridian

Frida Kahlo was a larger than life personality--with her vivid self-portraits infused with Mexican folk influences, her tumultuous relationship with Diego Rivera and that famous furrowed unibrow.

For Inside View, a new group show featuring an array of Treasure Valley Artists Alliance members, local artist and miniaturist Marilyn Cosho recreated Kahlo's living space in a smaller-than-life one-inch scale. Intricate lace tablecloths and comforters adorn tiny tables and beds, while traditional Mexican pottery sits on brightly hued shelves.

The show opened Nov. 16 at the Boise State Public Radio offices in the Yanke Building at 220 E. Parkcenter Blvd., and will remain up until Jan. 24.

Speaking of the TVAA, members Kathleen Probst and Lisa Flowers Ross will unveil a new joint exhibit, Textiles x Two, at Meridian's Initial Point Gallery, 33 E. Broadway Ave., on the Meridian City Hall building's third floor. The show boasts textile paintings featuring stitching techniques based in traditional quilt making. It runs from Saturday, Dec. 1, though Thursday, Dec. 27, with a public opening reception on Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

On the subject of textiles, fashion designers joined accessory makers, hairstylists, photographers, performance artists, filmmakers and musicians to converge on the Revolution Concert House Nov. 15 for the inaugural Boise RAW Awards. Audience members were able to cast votes for their favorite RAW artists, nine of which will be moving on to the national portion of the competition to vie for a top spot at the RAWards in Los Angeles.

Boise winners include Troy Custer of Bumblebirds Film, musician Desirae Bronson, performance artists Ophidia Pole Dance Studio, fashion designer Brianna Allen of Native, hairstylist Sara Murray of Indigo Palm Salon, makeup artists Spencer McBride and Jose Martinez of M2 Artistry, jewelry maker Monica Macha, photographer Analisa Ravella and spray-paint artists Sector 17.

Moving from RAW to cooked, ceramics artist Rick Jenkins unveiled a new exhibit, Out of the Fire, at the Eagle Performing Arts Center Nov. 10. His work explores a glazing technique called carbon trap shino, which originated in 16th century Japan and is linked to the Buddhist tea ceremony. Colors produced by the glaze include "iron red, golden brown, tan, black or spotted black," according to EPAC's website.

An artist's reception is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 30, from 6-9 p.m. at 1125 E. State St. in Eagle. Jenkins' work will remain on display through December.

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