Straight to the Source • ISF Road Block • A Novel Concept 

Straight to the Source

Judge Sue Latta recently selected winners for Art Source Gallery's Eighth annual "National Juried Exhibition," and BW's own Annabel Armstrong was one of four artists to snag the top prize for her work Platanen. Using crazy mediums like gold leaf, asphaltum and shellac, Armstrong's piece, which means plane trees in German, depicts knobby branches jutting up into a hazy, wintery sky.

Other winning artists who will split the $1,000 prize are Boise's Mark Campbell for his piece Untitled #1 and Boise's Belinda Isley for The Last Official Sighting of The Raven King. The only non-Idaho artist to walk away with a piece of the pie was Bloomington, Illinois, Mays Mayhew for his oil painting, What the F.

These pieces, along with others from across the country, will be on display at Art Source Gallery, 1015 Main St., through the month of July.

ISF Road Block

As of July 6, Warm Springs Avenue between Starview Drive and Wise Way has been barricaded off for construction. And though road closures don't typically make news here in A&E, those planning to head out to see A Comedy of Errors, The Mystery of Edwin Drood or Twelfth Night at Idaho Shakespeare Festival any time during the next seven weeks are going to need another game plan.

The Ada County Highway District posted an alternate route on its Web site, which advises Festival-goers to use Broadway Avenue, Boise Avenue and Eckert Road to navigate around the closed chunk of Warm Springs. Though this road closure couldn't come at a more unfortunate time for ISF, it is a necessary inconvenience to make sure the East Parkcenter Bridge's slated November opening isn't delayed. This project has been envisioned since the 1970s and will connect Warm Springs Avenue and Parkcenter Boulevard. All of this closure mess could've been avoided, though, if Harris Ranch developers had met their deadline to build a new alternate road east of Table Rock.

While this will be a substantial pain in the ass for North- and East-Enders making the trek out to ISF, there is an up side: bike motivation. The Boise Greenbelt's bike pathway will remain open during the road closure, though ACHD advises bikers to be cautious in the construction zone. A few words for those who oppose head trauma: If you currently bike sans helmet, now might be a good time to invest in one.

For more information on the Warm Springs Avenue closure, visit

A Novel Concept

Attention single bookworms: The library at Hillcrest is concerned about your love life. Do you spend too much time leafing through musty copies of War and Peace or cracking the spines of the newest Carl Hiaasen thriller to find that special someone? Well, the library won't stand for it any longer. Its newest promotion is a speed-dating-with books event they've adorably dubbed Book A Date at the Library.

This 21-and-up shindig invites area singles to bring a novel they "love, hate, have recently read or just want to talk about" to the Hillcrest Shopping Center at Orchard Street and Overland Road on Friday, July 31, at 7 p.m. for a free hour and a half shot at love. Interested parties should register by calling call 208-562-4996 by Friday, July 24. Hey, if things work out, maybe you'll find someone to play footsie with during your next book bender.

For more information or to register, call 208-562-4996 or visit

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