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Trout and 'Toons 

Big art

As the saying goes, everything is bigger in Texas, so local artist Ed Anderson's large paintings are well-suited for a current group exhibit in the Lone Star State at the Longview Museum of Art. His wildlife- and outdoor-adventure-themed works are also popular in other parts of the country as well, showing in Florida and Massachusetts.

Anderson uses ink and acrylic in bold, organic lines and bright jewel and earth tones to create imagery familiar to any outdoors enthusiast--elk, moose, duck, fish, the Sawtooth Mountains--often in large-scale triptychs, a format he prefers for a simple reason.

"They're so big, this makes them easier to move," Anderson said with a laugh.

His work recently appeared in the current edition of Gray's Sporting Journal, with a 7-foot-by-4-foot fish triptych ("Colored Brown") illustrating a story about New Zealand's South Island.

Along with painting wildlife, Anderson also portrays a wilder side of life, painting skiers, pilots and kayakers--he is a sponsored fisherman for Jackson Kayaks.

When he isn't painting, isn't chasing after his twin girls and isn't designing chalkboard signs for a number of restaurants and buildings, Anderson is curating art for Solid Bar and Grill, working on re-opening the Fulton Street Showroom (inside the same building as Renewal Consignment Homewares).

"We had the twins and then I broke my back," Anderson said, explaining why shows at Fulton Street had been on hiatus. He added that the Showroom is up and running and will be open for First Thursday in June. For more info or questions about exhibiting at Fulton Street, visit facebook.com/fultonshreetshowroom. edandersonart.com.

Summer brings sun, fun and cons. No, not some kind of grift or ponzi scheme. Cons as in conventions, bringing together like-minded individuals to celebrate a shared love. In this case, it's the second annual Library Comic Con, slated for Saturday, Aug. 30. To gear up for what promises to be a kick-ass event, everyone is invited to participate in the 2014 Library Comic Con Drawing Contest. The rules are basic: draw or paint a comic book, television or movie character, or design an original; designs can be in color or black-and-white but must be no larger than 24 inches by 36 inches; contest is open to all ages; only one entry per person and entries must be accompanied by an entry form, which can be downloaded or picked up at any library branch. Contest is open Sunday, June 1-Thursday, July 31. For more info or to download a submission form, visit boisepubliclibrary.org.

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