Plein Air Painters of Idaho, We Art Women 

Listen up ladies: Applications are currently being accepted for the "We Art Women" exhibition, an annual benefit for the Women's and Children's Alliance shelter. Now in its 19th year, WAW has steadily outgrown both Humpin' Hannah's, where it went by the name "A Celebration of Women in the Arts" for 15 years, and the Esther Simplot Performing Arts Academy, where it has been for the last three years. This time around, the juried exhibition will take over the Visual Arts Collective in Garden City. The night of "We Art Women," Thursday, April 8, 20 percent of art sales will go to WCA, and a number of pieces will also remain on display at VAC for a two-month run.

If you want to participate, but are unsure of what exactly the judges expect from entrants, pop into the Art Source Gallery on Sunday, Feb. 17, from 6-9 p.m. for a free workshop on the rules and procedures of entering a juried show. Barbara Robinson from the Idaho Commission on the Arts will join WAW juror and Boise State art faculty member Sue Latta to shed light on what can often be a confusing process. All submissions are due with a $20 entry fee by Friday, March 5. For more information or to download an entry form, visit

Now for news on another local arts group with a fun-to-say acronym--the Plein-Air Painters of Idaho, or PAPI. This group of artsy outdoorsmen and women have been invited to participate in the opening exhibit at the newly restored Idaho State Capitol. Titled "Landscapes of Idaho," the exhibition features work by Meridian watercolorist Naomi Elton, Boise oil artist Wendy Blickenstaff, Meridian watercolor/oil artist Ann Winslow and Twin Falls oil painter Jane Hulsey, among many others. If you haven't made it out to the revamped Capitol yet, we recommend taking a quick lunch-time jaunt to wander the airy corridors and glimpse some soothing plein-air landscapes. Ah, what stately majesty.

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