Sounds From Underground 

First Thursday at Basement Gallery

On First Thursday, visitors to The Basement Gallery devoured the first morsels of the gallery's annual "Noise in the Basement" exhibit.

The work of local artists Ben Wilson, John Warfel, Erin Ruiz and April VanDeGrift brightened the subterranean space with whimsical, fresh and utterly delicious pieces.

It is the first exhibit under the helm of the Brumfields--Jane and her husband Michael--who also own The Weekend Gallery in East Sussex, England. Jane Brumfield, clearly proud of the caliber of work in her new gallery, mentioned that while she loves hanging an exhibit--"That's the best part of being a gallery owner," she said--she happily turned that task over to Wilson, whose work is displayed in the front of the gallery.

"He had some definite ideas about what he wanted it to look like," Brumfield said. And seeing Wilson's sweet blue butterflies and happy little flowers dotted among his framed work, sketches and wood sculptures--highlighting his proclivity for creating an artistic fusion of real and surreal, sweet and slightly sinister--the guy has a knack for it.

The works of Ruiz, VanDeGrift and Warfel also displayed an inherent ability to match the expected with the unexpected. While every individual piece in the exhibit offered a scrumptious serving of eye candy, as a whole, it was a feast.

The exhibit runs through the end of February. For more information, visit basementgalleryboise.com.

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