May 24, 2006 

New Sacajawea Monument at the Idaho Botanical Garden

Perhaps you've noticed the numerous celebrations around the valley this spring of the Lewis & Clark's bicentennial. Earlier this May, in conjunction with the opening of the Lewis & Clark Native Plant Garden, the Idaho Botanical Garden unveiled a new sculptural centerpiece to the garden, a work depicting Lewis & Clark guide, Sacajawea (work pictured above). Sacajawea was a Lemhi Shoshone woman whose knowledge of native plants for food and medicine helped the expedition succeed. Rose Ann Abrahamson, a lateral descendant of Sacajawea, was in attendance at the May 15 unveiling.

click to enlarge New Sacajawea monument at IBG. - COURTESY IDAHO BOTANICAL GARDEN
  • Courtesy Idaho Botanical Garden
  • New Sacajawea monument at IBG.

On-Again Off-Again Governor's Arts Awards Back On

Every two years, Idaho's governor, in conjunction with the Idaho Commission on the Arts, gives out the Governor's Awards in the Arts in recognition of excellence in Idaho's arts and in encouragement and stimulation of arts awareness throughout the state. As we recently reported (Arts News, "Governor Kempthorne on Arts Awards: Let's Call the Whole Thing Off," April 19), Gov. Kempthorne cancelled the awards due to "committee hearings on his nomination for Secretary of the Interior, along with the inability to schedule an abbreviated ceremony." We were rather hard on the old boy for ditching his commitments. As much as we'd like to think that BW is responsible for the awards being back on, it appears that we're not the only ones who raised a fuss.

In a recent ICA press release, it was announced that Lt. Gov. James Risch and the ICA, "at the urging of numerous other Idahoans," have scheduled the 2006 Governor's Awards in the Arts for Saturday, October 7, at the Egyptian Theatre (700 W. Main St.), as they were intended before Dirk got too busy to be bothered. Grumble.

Boise Art Museum Names Interim Executive Director

As BW reported earlier this month (Arts News, "BAM Director Moving On," May 3), Boise Art Museum's executive director director Tim Close has moved on to greener pastures as of May 15. Close left BAM to take the position as director for the Museum of Glass: International Center for Contemporary Art in Tacoma, Washington.

BAM's interim executive director has been named. The museum's own Melanie Fales, current curator of education, was named by the museum's board of trustees. Fales will serve in the interim position while the board searches for a new executive director to replace Close.

Fales, a Boise State graduate with a master of arts degree, has been with Boise Art Museum since 1996, where she began as an art educator. Besides her work at BAM, Fales also serves as an adjunct faculty member at both Boise State and the University of Idaho.

"The board is proceeding with its search for a permanent executive director," Bill Selvage, president of the museum's board of trustees, was quoted as saying in BAM's May 18 press release. "We hope to fill the position within the next six months."

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