"Phillip Was a Funny Guy" • Bye, Bye Meth • TMP in NYC 

Self-portrait

P.J. Dean

Self-portrait

"Phillip Was a Funny Guy"

The above line is a phrase that Phillip "PJ Dean" Jarski's mother often uses when she talks about her son. She isn't referring to his sense of humor when she says it. It's more about the enigmatic and intriguing qualities and the independent spirit her son possessed, as well as his ability to surprise her.

Jarski, a longtime Boise Weekly cover art contributor, passed away a little more than a month ago due to complications associated with his diabetes. He was just 36 years old.

Though the pieces were often in blacks, whites and grays, Jarski's covers were always full of life, patterns that kept a viewer's eye moving and subjects that ranged from eerie--a skull and a dripping candle on an end table--to quirky and whimsical, such as "Raul the Ring-twirler," a bow-tie bedecked raccoon twirling rings while balancing on a stack of balls.

Jarski had been working on an exhibition before he passed, and his mother, Patty, said she and the family will fulfill his wishes and put together a retrospective of his work. They'll gather everything from his earliest pieces to his most recent artwork, which Patty said "changed as he matured." They hope to exhibit it at Wood River Cellars July 3-4. Check future issues of BW and boiseweekly.com for more information.

Bye, Bye Meth

After a whole lot of planning and a whole lot of fundraising, TRICA is ready to start the first phase of work on its home at the historic Emmanuel Methodist Episcopal Church.

That work comes in large part because of a $377,000 loan/grant the children's art education organization just received through the Idaho Brownfields Coalition, a program funded by the Department of Environmental Quality.

Of the total, $150,000 is in the form of a grant, while $227,000 is through a no-interest loan, according to TRICA spokesperson Nellie Baker. Just $77,000 of the loan will have to be repaid, while the organization will be reimbursed $150,000 through the Brownfields program.

The funds, administered locally through Sage Community Resources, will be used to make the building more kid-friendly: namely, eliminating meth lab residue and lead-based paint.

The City of Boise Department of Planning and Zoning recently approved a work permit for the first phase of the project, which will include the chemical cleanup, as well as stabilization of the structure, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

This phase will not include any construction of classroom or studio space, nor any updates to the exterior of the site, Baker said.

But lack of a permanent home of its own hasn't stopped TRICA from offering a full schedule of classes and summer workshops, with offerings ranging from visual to performing arts. For a full list of programs, check out tricarts.org.

TMP in NYC

It's not common for Boiseans to get a chance to experience a cultural event before the arts devotees in New York do, but thanks to the presence of the Trey McIntyre Project in Boise, we're a little ahead of the curve these days.

TMP debuted its Program 3 in a series of sold-out shows starting on Friday, May 29, at the Boise State Special Events Center. The performance garnered rave reviews from Treasure Valley fans, but what do critical New Yorkers have to say now that the modern dance company has taken the show on tour?

The venerable New York Times had a bit of a mixed reaction after the company performed at the Joyce Theater. Writer Gia Kourlas seemed a little overwhelmed, writing, "In many ways, the program is jarring, perhaps because Mr. McIntyre has too much to say, or to prove."

Still, Kourlas praised the dancers and the final dance, "Ma Maison," writing, "Mr. McIntyre taps into the music with vigor, and finally the dancers are more than just spirited performers; they are spirits in the flesh."

McIntyre and company will be back in Boise for most of the summer with trips planned to Virginia and Sun Valley in August.

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