Seven Devils Playwrights Conference Returns to McCall 

And Kelly Packer debuts Look Up at Enso Artspace

Kelly Packer encourages folks to Look Up at Enso Artspace.

Kelly Packer

Kelly Packer encourages folks to Look Up at Enso Artspace.

The Seven Devils Playwrights Conference will return to McCall Monday, June 11, through Saturday, June 23. Seven Devils works in conjunction with local artists, students, playwrights, actors and directors from all over the nation to develop 10 new plays that will be presented to the public free of charge.

Over a two-week period, conference attendees write, re-write and rehearse plays before the conference's final production at Alpine Playhouse. The 2012 guest artist is award-winning playwright Kara Lee Corthron, whose new play, Listen for the Light, will be presented as a staged reading. Corthron will also teach a free playwriting workshop on Saturday, June 16.

More than 470 submissions were received from across the country, and from those, five individuals were picked to attend the conference: Samuel Brett Williams (Revelation), Tira Palmquist (Ten Mile Lake), Brian Quirk (Warren), Brian Watkins (General Store) and Thomas Newby (Kingdoms of Rot). In addition, four students from McCall-Donnelly High School have been chosen to take part in the conference.

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Moving from seven devils to 10 local artists, the Enso Artspace collective will debut a new exhibit from abstract painter Kelly Packer on Friday, June 8.

Look Up is comprised of large-scale drawings, paintings and small works on paper. The pieces will also be accompanied by poems from Adrian Kien.

Look Up is a collection of work that has been in the making for two years. The anatomy-based series centers on the concept of looking up, both in the literal and abstract senses. Packer's pieces are representative of rebirth and rejuvenation in a cyclical form.

"I would say this work is a bit darker than the pieces I have been doing in color but also the content is a little bit more somber and serious," Packer said.

The opening reception will take place on Friday, June 8, from 5-8 p.m. at 120 E. 38th St., Unit 105, in Garden City. The show will remain up through Friday, July 20.

And in other news, Idaho Dance Theatre recently announced it will receive a $20,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to tour Central and Eastern Idaho in the spring of 2013. This is the third NEA grant IDT has received.

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