Tin-stillations Take Over Art Source 

And Unfinished opens at the Linen Building Gallery

Altoid tins--along with 35-mm film canisters--have experienced their fair share of nefarious appropriations. But this First Thursday, an array of Boise artists are refashioning these containers into much more legal mini art pieces.

Thursday, Jan. 3, from 5-9 p.m., Art Source Gallery hosts the second annual Tin-stillation at 1015 W. Main St.

"Artists were asked to create anything their imaginations could cook up, the only stipulation being that somehow an Altoid tin be included," Art Source wrote in a press release. "And all kinds of creative wonder and excitement was unleashed by artists who normally work in other mediums; painters, potters and glass artists stepped out of their comfort zones and the results were enchanting."

This year, Boise Open Studios Collective Organization and Treasure Valley Artists' Alliance members were also invited to participate in the show. The First Thursday opening celebration includes music by the jazz students from Fresco Arts Academy, along with wine from Indian Creek Winery.

In other group art show news, the Gallery at the Linen Building hosts the opening of Unfinished on First Thursday, Jan. 3, from 6-9 p.m. Nineteen Idaho artists will showcase their unfinished works on the gallery's walls. According to the event's Facebook page:

"Unfinished draws upon the value and beauty of the often-unknown rigor and struggle inherent in the creative practice. The exhibition features work that has been set aside, abandoned, unfinished, destroyed, left in limbo, reconstructed or reconfigured."

Participating artists include Ted Apel, Jason Appelman, Brooke Burton, Maria Chavez, Eli Craven, Kirsten Furlong, Charles Gill, Amanda Hamilton, David Herbold, Elijah Jensen-Lindsey, Adrien Kien, Andy Lawless, William Lewis, Amy O'Brien, Kelly Packer, Troy Passey, Jon Sadler, Cheryl Shurtleff and Richard Young.

Unfinished will run through Thursday, Feb. 28, at 1402 W. Grove St.

Moving from unfinished art to unfinished sentences, Silly Birch, located at 507 Main St., has put together a Drunken Spelling Bee to entertain the First Thursday throngs. Hosted by Crooked Fence Brewing, spelling bee sign-ups start at 7 p.m. and the slurred word mutilation will kick off at 9 p.m. Crooked Fence will also debut a new brew at the event.

And if you'd like your First Thursday imbibing to be a little more low-key, swing by Bleubird at 224 N. 10th St. from 5-8 p.m. to check out art by recent Boise Weekly profilee Olive Wicherski and music by Boise Rock School. Five percent of all sales from the evening benefits Think Boise First.

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