May 10, 2006 

Boise Naval Base Turns 2 • Capital City Public Market Seeking Emerging Artists • High Desert Journal Issue 3 • Gentlemen, Start Your Banjos • BTM Gold Cup Winners

Boise Naval Base Turns 2

We're not talking about a land-locked sea militia. Boise Naval Base is one of several of the local art community's part visual, part performance and all experimental art collectives. The group was founded on April Fool's Day in 2004 by six artists. Since that time, the group has changed and grown in membership. BNB has staged a handful of performances, exhibitions and even a short film in their two years in existence and permanently, er, docked, downtown at the Visual Arts Collective gallery (1419 Grove St.).

BNB had their big birthday bash last weekend, but happy belated. Here's to many more.

What the hell is Boise Naval Base, you ask? Visit to enlist.

Capital City Public Market Seeking Emerging Artists

Every Saturday through October 29, Capital City Public Market--that downtown haven of all things farmer's market-y--has three booth spaces available for emerging artists to exhibit (and hopefully sell) their artwork and they are looking for artists to fill those spots. Easels, permit, advertising and general liability insurance will be provided; artis just have to show up with their fabulous art.

The sign-up schedule is at Boise Blue Art Supply (820 W. Jefferson) and those interested should sign up by the Saturday prior to the Saturday they want to exhibit (up to three Saturdays total, with preference given to first-time exhibitors). Eighty percent of the artist's $10 on-the-spot deposit will be returned after the artist's Saturday exhibit and 5 percent of sales on any art sold goes to the Emerging Artist Fund.

For more information, contact Karen Bubb at the Boise City Arts Commission at 433-5677 or at

High Desert Journal Issue 3

High Desert Journal, a western art and literary journal out of Bend, Oregon, has just published its third semiannual issue. As always, this issue of HDJ contains a mix of established and emerging regional writers and artists within its pages.

This fairly young literary journal celebrates the unique landscape of the region from eastern Washington and Oregon and Idaho, Utah, Nevada and Montana through a wide range of fiction, essays, poetry, photography and visual art. High Desert Journal can be found locally at Vista Books.

Issue 4 of High Desert Journal will be published in October and its editors are currently seeking submissions from artists and writers living in Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Utah on any theme and from anyone living outside of the region who is working in the spirit of the high desert. The submission deadline June 30th.

For information about submissions or subscriptions to HDJ, visit

Gentlemen, Start Your Banjos

Horseshoe Bend's 5th Annual Banjo Contest and Arts and Crafts Festival is coming up on June 3 though 4, with artists, vendors, cloggers, fiddlers and tons of live entertainment. On June 3 at 2 p.m. in the Horseshoe Bend City Park, they'll be holding a banjo contest and festival organizers are looking for contestants. Registration is $10 for adults and $5 for the little shavers. Some $850 in prize money will be awarded.

To register, call (208) 793-2455 or e-mail, or same-day register on-site at noon. Even if they don't enter the contest, musicians are invited to come and jam on both days of the festival.

More more information, visit

BTM Gold Cup Winners

Boise Tuesday Musicale recently held its 2006 Junior Music festival. Some 1,753 young musicians (5 to 18 years old) participated in the categories of piano, vocals, theory, strings, flute and harp. There were 345 Gold Cup winners (participants can get one every three years) and one Grand Cup winner, Rebecca Richards, this year.

For a complete list of winners, contact Marilyn Goates at

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