The deal with The Deal • Pretty gallery wants you • ICA wants you • And the winners are ... 

The Deal with The deal

On top of the fridge in the BW kitchen, sits a newly acquired golden donkey head. It's all that remains of a pinata stuffed full of The Deal collector cards; the body was smashed to bits last Friday at BW headquarters when fire dancers, stilt walkers, Trey McIntyre Project dancers and The Deal groupies gathered to trade cards and have a gay old time.

The deck of 108 trading cards represent artists, musicians, writers, organizations and businesses dedicated to the arts in Boise, with an image on one side and stats on the other. The Jokers, Amy Westover and Jennifer Wood, conceived of the project as a local manifestation of a worldwide phenomenon in which artists make like baseball players in order to increase their notoriety and foster a sense of cohesion among often competing artists.

Two trading parties remain for The Deal. The next is on May 28, at J Crist Gallery with a Q and A with The Jokers at 6 p.m., and a reading by Anthony Doerr at 7 p.m. The final is at Flying M Coffeehouse on May 31. Arts and Entertainment Editor Amy Atkins broke a few arms to score her Dan Scott card, but she's still coveting cards from writer Anthony Doerr and Boise Mayor Dave Bieter so watch out.

For more information on The Deal, visit

Pretty gallery wants you

Galerie Belle Ame, which will open in Eagle this summer, is accepting submissions from professional artists for monthly featured-artist events. The gallery plans to host First Friday Art Night each month with an artist's reception to open the rotating shows. Artists of all media are eligible to apply to be one of the gallery's featured artists. Work will be chosen by jury every third Friday, and all applications received by the 10th day of every month will be considered for that month's showing.

Galerie Belle Ame, 179 S. Eagle Rd., Eagle. For more information, call the gallery at 208-938-1342.

ICA wants you

What do a gaggle of second-graders, social studies and a professional dancer have in common? Art, of course. Every two years, Idaho Commission on the Arts sends a call out to artists to find a few who love to work with kids, and artist-in-residence Jo Miller answered the call in 2006. A professional dancer, Miller worked with students from Valley View Elementary to produce watercolor paintings and a dance performance about the concept of community.

This summer, the commission begins a new two-year cycle with a group of local artists willing to take their specialty and their skill into the classroom. The Directory of Teaching Artists is an exclusive compilation of individuals who are not only experts in their chosen medium, but are excited about the possibility of passing on the creative process to the next generation of artists.

This year's deadline is Friday, June 27. For more information on application guidelines, visit

And the winners are ...

Art Source Gallery hosts its seventh annual National Juried Art Exhibition next month. From a pool of 200 entries submitted by 80 artists nationwide, juror Roland Giampaoli chose this year's winners. Giampaoli is a professional artists and graphic designer himself and he'll announce this year's winners during First Thursday on June 5 at 6:30 p.m.

For more information, check BW's First Thursday coverage next week or visit

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