Spiritual Art • Clean Art • Returning Art 

Spiritual Art

The Sun Valley Spiritual Film Festival is expanding the type of art it includes in this year's festival with an exhibition and silent art auction at The Open Room.

The show will feature work by artists from across the state, and proceeds will go to support the film festival as well as its mission of celebrating diversity. The show will hang Aug. 31-Sept. 21 with an opening reception on Sept. 4 during the monthly gallery walk.

All Idaho fine artists are invited to submit work, although only one piece per artist will be selected. Two-dimensional work can be no larger than 4 feet square, while sculpture can weigh no more than 50 pounds.

Submissions must be sent electronically in a JPEG format with a maximum size of 600-by-800 pixels, and only one image of two-dimensional work is required. For those submitting sculpture, two to three images are requested. Each submission must include the artist's name, title of the work, dimensions and a starting auction price.

All submissions are due by Monday, July 20, and final selection will be completed within one week.

The selection panel will include one board member from the film festival, a staff member from the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, a member of the Sun Valley Gallery Association and a representative from The Open Room.

Selected work must be dropped off between Aug. 14 and Aug. 21, and the silent auction will begin on Aug. 31 and run through Sept. 19. Half of the final sale price will be donated to the film festival, while the remaining half will go to the artist.

E-mail submissions to jennifer@openroomfurniture.com. For more information, call Jennifer Jacoby at 208-622-0222.

Clean Art

Artists are always looking for someplace to display their work, so why not up in lights on the side of a downtown building?

Metro Carwash's downtown location is looking for artists interested in having their work displayed on the building's massive read-erboard facing Front Street. In past months, the electronic sign has shown everything from photography and painting to stained glass as part of its program to promote local art.

But now, they're running a little short on submissions.

All kinds of artwork will be considered for display, and organizers are particularly keen to get some kind of flash animation up on the board.

Interested artists can e-mail six submissions to martin@alexanderandassociates.com. All submissions must be in BMP format and include two images: one at 500kb and the other measuring 92-by-72 pixels.

There is no deadline for submission and selected works will remain up for about a week.

Returning Art

Retirement doesn't mean endless days of inactivity. Especially not if you're an artist. Basement Gallery will be celebrating the depth of talent of some of Boise State's now-retired art professors with its new mixed media show, "BSU ... Blast From the Past."

Former instructors John Killmaster, James Blakenship, Brink Chipman and Tarmo Watia will all be displaying an assortment of mixed-media works. They will be joined by fellow former teachers Kellie Cosho--who will be showing a new series of abstract ink paintings--and John Taye, who will share sculptures, paintings and drawings.

The show hangs during July and August at the gallery, 928 W. Main St.

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