Surel's Place Announces First Artists in Residence 

And local artist Alexa Rose Howell passes away

Jenny Wu takes up residence at Surel's Place.

Jenny Wu

Jenny Wu takes up residence at Surel's Place.

Surel's Place, located at 212 E. 33rd St. in Garden City, was created to provide living and working space for artists in memory of late Boise visual artist Surel Mitchell. Participants take part in one- to two-month residencies in Mitchell's former Garden City home, offering events for the public and a final show before leaving.

The program's first artist, painter Jenny Wu, begins her two-month residency in April.

Following Wu, Oakland, Calif., poet Kate Menzies will move in for a one-month residency beginning in June, followed by Melissa Wilkinson, painter and assistant professor of art at Arkansas State University, in July. Other applicants are still being considered for the rest of the year.

In more somber arts news, Alexa Rose Howell, a prominent member of the Boise arts community who created Gallery Alexa Rose in the basement of the Idaho Building, passed away Jan. 15.

While Howell spent years battling cancer, her daughter Amy Milanez said her death happened suddenly.

"Even with the fact that she's been battling cancer for 12 years, we didn't expect that she would go into the hospital and not come out this time," Milanez said.

Milanez said the family is planning a life celebration at the Rose Room--which she said is named after her mother--scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 2. She said the event will be open to everybody.

Howell's watercolor of a French bulldog puppy, "Maurice," graces the cover of this edition of Boise Weekly.

And speaking of the former Gallery Alexa Rose space, Idaho Poster and Letterpress announced that the shop will be packing up its basement location at 280 N. Eighth St. in Boise, for a move by the end of March.

"While we do not have a new space yet, we have lots of opportunities still left for you to take a class or workshop," the shop posted on its Facebook page.

It is also hosting a sale in March to thin out its supply of printmaking equipment, including cabinets, shop tables and press equipment.

In other printmaking news, two classes teaching the linocut technique are scheduled at Bricolage, 418 S. Sixth St. in Boise, just in time for Valentine's Day. While the class Saturday, Feb. 2 is already sold out, a second class will be offered Sunday, Feb. 10, from noon-3 p.m. The classes will provide an introduction, along with all the supplies necessary to create linocut prints that can be impressed onto paper or fabric for that special someone.

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