Gallery 601, Gypsy Gallery and Boise Art Museum offer up fun First Thursday options 

When Going to the Dogs is Good

One of the best sights of summer is seeing a happy dog, his ears back, his tongue flopping, the wind rushing past his furry face as he hangs out the window of his owner's car taking in all the smells of the city. Many of these rewarding people/pooch partnerships start at the Idaho Humane Society, an important and integral nonprofit organization located here in Boise.

On First Thursday, Gallery 601 is holding the eighth annual "Art for the Animals" fundraiser in which more than 25 pieces of framed artwork are available for auction. For the first time this year, the gallery will also offer a chance to win an original work of art from the "Paws for a Cause" collection, which was created by three rescue dogs and their owners. A $5 donation nets you an entry, and proceeds, as well as those from the auction, benefit the Humane Society. Dog food donations are always welcome, too.

As part of the evening's festivities, the gallery, The Fixx coffee shop, Trip Taylor Bookseller and Bellisima Cafe will open their arms and their doors to the Humane Society, which will have adoptable dogs on hand.

Visit to preview the "Art for the Animals" pieces. You may place bids online as well.

Just think: by Friday morning, you could be the owner of a cool new piece of art such as James Christensen's whimsical Resistance Training as well as a bouncy boxer or terrific terrier mix who will be thanking you for taking him home for the rest of his tail-wagging life.

6-9 p.m., Gallery 601, 211 N. 10th St., 208-336-5899,

Living Up to The Name

The Gypsy Gallery is a collective of artists who, rather than be bound to one brick-and-mortar building, exhibit on a regular basis but not in regular spaces.

On First Thursday, Gypsy Gallery artists and guests will exhibit their work around the fountain in the Centre on the Grove. Kristy Albrecht, Zella Bardsley, Michael Falvey, Jennifer Gilliland, Marianne Konvalinka, Pam McKnight, Jany Seda, Lisa Tate, Cherry Woodbury, Miriam Woito and guests LaDonna Roberts and Todd Warner work in a variety of media, including glass, metal, found object, watercolor, acrylic, oil, mixed media and photography, all of which will take on a different perspective when seen by the natural light of the setting sun.

6-9 p.m., Boise Centre on the Grove, on the square between Ninth, Capitol, Main and Front streets.

Drop In, Listen Up

Entrance fees to Boise Art Museum are waived this First Thursday. Stop by BAM this week and view sculptor Ann Weber's "Corrugated: Sculpture by Ann Weber" exhibit. Weber uses the mundane medium of cardboard, which she cuts into strips and weaves and coats with every artist's shiny friend: shellac. Though she uses cardboard, her huge sculptures--some as tall as 16 feet--seldom contain a right angle, and the ovoids, circles and elliptical shapes resemble ancient baskets woven of bamboo. At 5:30 p.m., Weber will give a talk and discuss her exhibit. BAM is open until 9 p.m. on First Thursday.

5-8:30 p.m., Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Dr., 208-345-8330,

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