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17th Annual Juried Exhibition

July 1 - 27, 2019 | Art Source Gallery

This exhibition was open to all fine artists anywhere in the US who are not members of the Gallery, with two distinguished Jurors: Debbie Hughbanks for two dimensional and Allan Malaise for three-dimensional work.

Opening reception this year will be on Thursday, July 11th. Make it a part of your summer plans to join us. Awards total $1150 and will be announced in the Gallery on Thursday, at 6:30 pm. Music by JB Duo, Tasting Indian Creeks Winery, snacks ASG.

I’m both honored and excited to be one of the exhibiting artists in this show. Not sure what to expect, but I’m very grateful for the opportunity and can’t wait to see all the other artists exhibiting. If you’re in Boise on the 11th of July, come out to opening night reception! 

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BOISE, Idaho — “Boise is badass,” declared Jake Logue Salutregui who, when he’s onstage at the downtown Balcony Club, goes by the drag name Denimm Cain. “We have an underground culture that is underappreciated. We have great food, healthy and athletic people, educated people, people who are dreamers. It’s a shame the nation doesn’t know what Boise has to share with the rest of the world.”

That sounds about right — especially the “underappreciated” part. Boise, Idaho, is in the midst of a boom, which also means its cultural scene is having a kind of renaissance, even if some of us don’t know it yet. When I told people I wanted to spend a few days in Boise, their reactions were succinctly encapsulated by a worldly, well-traveled friend who currently lives in Dakar, Senegal: “Boise? What the hell is in Boise?”

“This is what we’ve wanted all along, and now it’s starting to happen,” dancer and choreographer Lauren Edson, who co-founded the hybrid dance/music/film company LED with her husband, drummer Andrew Stensaas, in 2015. 

“It feels like we’re on the cusp, developing momentum with so many artists and different projects — it’s becoming a cultural hub.”

LED, for example, just opened its own downtown performance space, where they also hope to host artists from around the country working in performance, film, art, or whatever makes sense at the time.

Photo credit: Justin W John (not in the original article)

CITATIONS

Kiley, Brendan. “Go to Boise for its arts scene?” Seattle Times, May 31, 2019.

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26th Annual Valentine for AIDS | Flying M Coffeehouse | Art, Citizen, Festivals & Events | Boise Weekly

26th Annual Valentine for AIDS For more than a quarter century now, Flying M has hosted the Valentine for AIDS silent auction featuring the work of local artists. Proceeds benefit the Safety Net for AIDS Program, which helps pay for housing, utilities, medical insurance and groceries for Idahoans with AIDS. Check out and bid on more than 250 pieces of donated art adorning the walls of Flying M from Feb. 7-17, when bidding ends at 4 p.m.
— Read on m.boiseweekly.com/boise/26th-annual-valentine-for-aids/Event

DESERT X

DX19
FEB 9 – APR 21, 2019
Desert X, an international, contemporary art exhibition, will focus attention on and create conversation about environmental, social, and cultural conditions of the 21st century as reflected in the greater Palm Springs area. The Coachella Valley stretches east and south from Palm Springs to the Salton Sea. It is a desert environment, surrounded by some of the highest…

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DESERT X

DX19
FEB 9 – APR 21, 2019
Desert X, an international, contemporary art exhibition, will focus attention on and create conversation about environmental, social, and cultural conditions of the 21st century as reflected in the greater Palm Springs area. The Coachella Valley stretches east and south from Palm Springs to the Salton Sea. It is a desert environment, surrounded by some of the highest peaks in the United States. Long a sacred site and home to the Native American tribe of Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, it has become known for tourism, camping, hiking and golf, its rich modern architectural history, as well as for entertainers and politicians who have enjoyed this vibrant area.


DX17
ARTBOUND S9 E2: Desert X
The vast, strange, sometimes contradictory world of the urban desert and its people are explored in 11 public art exhibits and their respective locations scattered throughout Coachella Valley. Art includes Will Boone’s “Monument,” an underground bunker off Ramon Road in Rancho Mirage and Phillip K. Smith III’s “Circle of Land and Sky” in Palm Desert. Desert X is a site-specific biennial exhibition that first took place in the spring of 2017 where artists from different parts of the world were invited to create work in response to the unique conditions of the Coachella Valley.

Visible Difference by Jennifer Bolande | Lance Gerber. Source: KCET


The Chickens in Armando Lerma’s ‘La Fiesta en el Desierto’
For Desert X, Armando Lerma created his own mural on half of the El Tepeyac store. Hear the story of his mural’s chickens, how they came to be in his artwork and the artist’s role as a bridge between those who appreciate art and those who are more geared toward business and commerce.


For more details, visit: DESERTX.ORG

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