Ming Studios Throws a Block Party 

And Gypsy Gallery celebrates 10th anniversary

"Portrait of the Girl (Milkmaid)" is part of a new exhibit at Lee Gallery.

Alexander Pushnin

"Portrait of the Girl (Milkmaid)" is part of a new exhibit at Lee Gallery.

Ming Studios (which includes Bricolage, Classic Design Studio, Boise Art Glass, Rocket Neon and Fawn and Foal) is kicking off December in style with an annual block party that goes down First Thursday, Dec. 6. Located at Sixth and Myrtle streets, the arts organizations welcome visitors to party and peruse work from local artists.

Peek inside Boise Art Glass to catch free glassblowing demonstrations, as artists craft glass pieces and pour molten material. That evening, the studio also hosts an ornament-making workshop, which continues through December.

Meanwhile, Brooke Burton's photographs of birds posed in surprising domestic situations, take roost at Bricolage. Next door, Classic Design Studio is open for visitors to wander in and sample eats, while Alex Richards provides live music.

Over at the Basque Museum and Cultural Center, visitors are invited to check out a holiday sale and tour the historic Cyrus Jacobs-Uberuaga house, the site of a recent University of Idaho anthropological dig that unearthed artifacts from early Boise settlers. Visitors can stroll through the museum and enjoy discounts at the Center's store, while enjoying Basque pintxos and wine by the glass. Local Basque musicians will keep things lively from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Speaking of keeping things lively, the Gypsy Gallery manifests once more for the collective's 10th anniversary show. The roving band of a dozen or so artists debut work in metal, acrylic, glass, photography and more at the headquarters for A.L.P.H.A., the Allies Linked for the Prevention of HIV and AIDS at 213 10th St. The roving band of artists meets this First Thursday, Dec. 6, from 5:30-9 p.m.

Over in BODO, at 409 S. Eighth St., Ste. 101, Lee Gallery debuts a collection of Russian, Ukranian, French and American realistic paintings. The collection belongs to Akhmed Salakhly, collector and art critic on the advisory board of the Repin Academy in St. Petersburg, Russia. The exhibit, Realism without Borders, will remain in Boise until Monday, Dec. 31.

Just down the street, artists from the Creative Access Art Center showcase their work at Enable 3.0 from 5-8 p.m. The apprentice artists, who are developmentally disabled, have worked for hours with skilled artists to create their own pieces. All proceeds from the exhibit go to the artists, as part of a program developed with the Idaho State Independent Living Council to help those with disabilities explore the arts as a means of self-employment.

The Creative Access Art Center, 500 S. Eighth St., will also serve light appetizers while Dave Triggs provides live music.

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