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Art Source Gallery18th Annual Juried Exhibition

ASG 18th Annual


Art Source Gallery’s 18th Annual Juried Show has returned, curated with 28 works for this major show by 25 Idaho, Washington, and Oregon artists.

Opening Reception and Awards, July 1, and continues throughout the month of July.
Catering and wine by Indian Creek Winery.
Music by JB Duo.

Gallery hours 10-6 daily

1015 Main St, downtown Boise, ID


John McMahon — Artist Services Director for the Idaho Commission on the Arts, where he works with individual artists on grant writing, small business skills, and other aspects of professional practice. 

He holds a BA in Studio Art from Oberlin College and an MFA from Boise State University. John worked as a studio assistant to Philip Pearlstein and an artisan at Classic Design Studio. 

His work is in the Boise Visual Chronicle and has been included in the last three iterations of the Boise Art Museum Triennial.


Honorable Mention Ribbon

Sure bet you’ll have me on pins and needles just waiting (Dook) 2020
Acrylic, gouache, ink, and pigment on gallery stretched canvas.
24 x 24 x 1.5 inches




Sure bet
Sure bet you'll have me on pins and needles just waiting (dook) Photo: Justin W John

NOTE: The main image of the painting might appear darker/pinker on screen than the actual painting. 

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Groundhog Day 2021: Six more weeks


Six more weeks of winter. Typical. But with the snow storms hitting the east coast it’s no wonder he didn’t say, “Just forget about summer for a while, get used to it.”

Winter, to me, always feels like it takes more time than it needs to. But first can we talk about the Groundhog Club? I mean, why are we taking predictions from a fat squirrel (or whatever Bill Murray refers to him as) that is awoke by tapping a log and reveals to us in groundhogese—the other scary thing is that autocorrect did not try to correct that word—how much more winter we have? These old white men in top hats and their audience of cardboard cut outs was just too much for me today. Perhaps in one hundred years our ancestors will look back at this crazy tradition and call us Pilgrims. Or whatever new slang term they coin this generation. 

I dunno. Things these days feel like Groundhog Day at times. Stuck on repeat, but what’s the lesson? What is it that I am to find about myself, below the fragile veneer that flakes, is it peace and understanding? Is it to be kinder, listen more, love more? I do not know. 

This is not a movie, this is not a sitcom, this is not some late night cable specamercial show. Or at least if it is, I did not receive a script, cues, or any stage direction. Which camera is mine? Get my good side. Oh wait, I don’t have a good side. 

Well, hopefully I wake up on the third and not the second. 9:11AM is calling. If you didn’t catch Punxsutawney Phil or his cohort of Prognosticators, then watch below. 

OK, campers, rise and shine, and don’t forget your booties cause it’s cold out there. It’s cold out there every day.

— Phil in “Groundhog Day” 1993

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Pantone Color of the Year 2021

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Announcing the Pantone Color(s) of the Year 2021

Ultimate Gray


This year Pantone has opted for a dual color combination rather than the traditional single color. 

The last time they did this was in 2016 with Rose Quartz and Serenity, a pink and blue combination you might see at a gender reveal party, but better put as representing gender blur, “coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity.” Also seen represented by the transgender pride flag, though Serenity is much more toward the periwinkle spectrum than the deep sky blue color used for the trans flag created by Monica Helms in 1999.

But let’s get back to 2020 and looking ahead to 2021. It makes sense to me to have another dual-color year. With everything that’s going on globally, it seems only one color for the year just isn’t enough. It’s too limiting and after the curveballs that seem to just never stop, having this duo serve as the optimistic color icon to set forth into a new year and take a stronger hold in this decade feels right.

I’ve always been a fan of gray and yellow together. Gray gives you a solid ground, something concrete and stable, while yellow ignites the spark, brightens the neutral, and adds interest by inferring energy (the sun, light, etc.).

It’s also a combination, for various reasons, I associate with education and school. Perhaps from a heathered tee with golden school emblems, or school buses on the pavement by the playground, Graphite no.2 pencils and highlighters (the yellow ones, not the neon ones), chalk-dusted blackboards…

Or bananas and duct tape, wait, that’s from something else. Perhaps the mid-century Americana connotation that comes to mind though a bit dusty. Pantone has illuminated this yellow like a zest of lemon; okay, I had to grab the low-hanging fruit, pun intended. And again, meandering off the path.

A marriage of color conveying a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting.

Ultimate Gray

PANTONE 17-5104

The Numbers

Hex #939597

sRGB 147, 149, 151

L*a*b* 62, 0, -1


PANTONE 13-0647

The Numbers

Hex #F5DF4D

sRGB 245, 223, 77

L*a*b* 89, -3, 70​

“Practical and rock solid but at

the same time warming and optimistic, this is a color combination that gives us resilience and hope.

We need to feel encouraged and uplifted, this is essential to the human spirit.”

When I saw this announcement, my first thought immediately went to the image of Black Lives Matter painted on 16th street in Washington, DC, a few blocks from the White House this past June.

I can see this as a representation of differences between two things, in this instance, color. In this example, we have gray and yellow, two very different but essential colors of the spectrum. Immediately we see them distinct different; the line is clearly drawn. But we have to treat them as equals, for they each hold different roles in how color operates, neither better nor worse than the other. Then apply that to thinking ahead with the new year. Together, they represent hope in humanity and the perseverance toward a bright future.

Or am I overthinking this?


“The selection of two independent colors highlight how different elements come together to express a message of strength and hopefulness that is both enduring and uplifting, conveying the idea that it’s not about one color or one person, it’s about more than one. The union of an enduring Ultimate Gray with the vibrant yellow Illuminating expresses a message of positivity supported by fortitude,” said Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute. “Practical and rock solid but at the same time warming and optimistic, this is a color combination that gives us resilience and hope. We need to feel encouraged and uplifted, this is essential to the human spirit.”

As people look for ways to fortify themselves with energy, clarity, and hope to overcome the continuing uncertainty, spirited and emboldening shades satisfy our quest for vitality. PANTONE 13-0647 Illuminating is a bright and cheerful yellow sparkling with vivacity, a warming yellow shade imbued with solar power. PANTONE 17-5104 Ultimate Gray is emblematic of solid and dependable elements which are everlasting and provide a firm foundation. The colors of pebbles on the beach and natural elements whose weathered appearance highlights an ability to stand the test of time, Ultimate Gray quietly assures, encouraging feelings of composure, steadiness and resilience.

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