Planting The Seeds 

"Litharacnium" has sprouted in Bodo

Boise art is in full bloom this week.

Carrie Jones received some seed money for her project as co-winner of the March 12 Charm School Feast arts grant dinner. Jones will pay artists $150 for original pieces that will be reproduced on seed packets. The packets will unfold into collectible works that Jones would like to start marketing to local nurseries in 2015. Each packet would sell for $3-$4, all to raise funds for the Common Wealth Seed Library, which preserves seeds from native plants.

"Saving our food is saving/creating our own culture, so it makes a lot of sense to bring seeds and art together," she said.

Jones plans to purchase art from five artists who will kick off the project, and she already has one who has offered to participate: Uli Westphal, whose current body of work, Mutatoes, is a collection of non-standard fruits, roots and vegetables he found at farmers markets in Berlin, Germany.

In May, Westphal will be the inaugural international artist in residence at the newly minted Boise Art Center in Ming Studios, located at 420 S. Sixth St., currently the home of Boise Art Glass. BAC will hold a soft opening Thursday, May 1, at which attendees will learn about its mission to expand local art through international artist residencies.

"Our goal is to offer an institution to exhibit work that is contemporary--not for the purpose of hanging-on-the-wall-type of art alone, but also to introduce conceptual art and works that are being shown around the world," said BAC founder Jason Morales.

Boise Art Glass, which has been a member of Ming Studios for eight years, will move into the old Bogie's building--all 9,000 square feet of it--with local copper and enamel artist Delia DeLapp. The new space, will include a VIP lounge as well as a more open floor plan that will allow larger events.

Weekend warriors who ventured into BoDo the weekend of March 23 may have noticed a new, public art installation on the corner of Eighth and Broad streets. "Litharacnium," by Bruce Poe and Margo and Dennis Proksa, cost $42,000 and is one of three commissioned by the Capital City Development Corporation--the others being "Heliotrope," which greets visitors to the Grove on Main Street, and the still-to-be-installed "Virgo."

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