October 13-19 2004 

Hyde Park Changes

Changes are afoot in Hyde Park. The Gallery at Hyde Park is slated to open in the old Goldy's space in late January. Owner Cindy Skaggs plans to feature emerging Boise artists working in all mediums and to do giclee printing and screen printing. Skaggs, a four-year Boise resident, is making a major career change by launching the gallery; for years she worked in juvenile correction homes and residential treatment homes in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Skaggs is excited to support the growing artist community in town and will likely be involving her two artist sons in the gallery, as well as high school students and other budding artists.

Hyde Park's Trip Taylor Bookstore will be moving sometime in the near future. Owner Trip Taylor would like to operate out of a bigger space, to accommodate more tomes and to be able to host literary events. Stay tuned for the official landing spot.

Unitea, the yoga studio and tea house that opened in Hyde Park just a few months ago, has closed its doors. Owner Virginia Gagne will soon be setting up a yoga studio elsewhere in the North End.


The results of the audience awards from The Idaho International Film Festival are in. And the winners are ...

Best Feature Film--Les Choristes

Best Comedy--Sons of Provo

Best Documentary--Aron Ranen's Gonzo Documentaries

Best Short--Peluca

The 2004 Idaho International Film Festival took place September 30 through October 3 and featured over 40 films throughout the weekend and had over 4,500 attendees. Festival organizers plan to announce next year's Film Festival dates by the end of the year. For more information visit www.idahofilmfestival.com.

Idaho Foodbank Feeding Hope CD

To commemorate 20 years of fighting hunger in Idaho, the Idaho Foodbank has produced a compilation disc of songs by some of the area's best musicians. The CD entitled Feeding Hope features Douglas Cameron, John Nemeth, Rochelle Smith with Jean Cardeno, Kevin Kirk, Buckhorn Mountain Boys, JJ Dion, Pinto Bennett, Steve Eaton, Banner, Christine Thomas with Trailer Park, Bill Coffey, Steve Fulton and Dale Keys. All the work to produce the CD was donated and all proceeds from the sales of the CD will benefit the Idaho Foodbank.

On Thursday, October 14, The Idaho Foodbank is hosting an open house with live performances by Steve Fulton, Bill Coffey, Christine Thomas and Larry Kiser. Feeding Hope will also be available for purchase, tours of the newly remodeled offices and warehouse will be given and there will be refreshments and a photo history of the Foodbank's 20 years of existence. The cost of the CD is $15, and if you don't make it to the open house, you can find the CD at the Record Exchange or any of the Foodbank's three warehouse.

Idaho Foodbank open house, Thursday, October 14, 4-7 p.m., 3562 S. T K Avenue. For directions call 336-9643.

Bown Crossing Public Art Project

O'Neill Enterprises, developer of the mixed-use community Bown Crossing, has commissioned Boise artist Amy Westover to create usable, public artwork in the community's marketplace. Currently under construction, the Bown Crossing development will feature a pedestrian-friendly commercial district with shops, restaurants and professional offices surrounded by a mix of housing options to include luxury homes, high-end brownstones and sophisticated lofts. The development will be located adjacent to the historic Bown House, next to Boise's Riverside Elementary School in Southeast Boise.

The Bown House was built in 1879 and currently serves as a living museum, preserving the story of the Bown family, who trekked west on the Oregon Trail.

Derek O'Neill, president of O'Neill Enterprises and the developer of Bown Crossing said, "Westover's artwork will be significant in achieving a distinctive sense of place that reflects the history and future of this part of Boise." Westover's work is still in the planning stages, but she expects that the area's many cottonwood trees, critical to the Bown family and other early settlers, will be reflected in her artwork.

This commission is especially unique given how rarely private developers commit funds to public art projects. :

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