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THIS IS YOUR DOWNTOWN

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Local businesses need your support now more than ever

Small businesses help fuel local economies. But for a lot of us, times are tough right now. In light of recent events, many local businesses are modifying their hours and the ways they serve their communities. Some are even closing our doors altogether. Here’s how you can help make a difference.

Shop online or call. 
Whether you’re buying a one-of-a-kind find from your favorite vintage store or toilet paper from your local pharmacy, visit their online shop – it’s always open. (cough, cough.) JUSTINWJOHN.COM/shop (nudge, nudge.) Don’t forget to visit the Downtown Boise Association’s list of businesses you can support here in your Boise community. Feel free to post others that need a shout out too!

Order delivery or pickup.
Your favorite meal spot may not be open for table service – but they might deliver curbside or right to your door. Who said social distancing couldn’t be delicious? Plus, if you order through a third party like Uber Eats or Grubhub, you’ll be supporting another local independent contractor. Two for one!

Buy a gift card to use later.
Show support now and treat yourself later – your timely purchase could make a difference.

Join the party.
We hope you’ll join us in supporting local businesses through this challenging time. Together, we can keep our communities vibrant. Visit Downtown Boise’s Facebook Event Page for a list of the local events that you won’t want to miss!

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Shop Small® is so much more than Small Business Saturday®. It’s a year-round movement that’s all about helping communities thrive, one purchase at a time.

We invite you to Shop Small with your favorite businesses — like (hint, hint) the one posting this — because it not only boosts local economies, but makes a big difference in communities around the world.

Thanks always for your continued support — we can’t wait to see you!

#shopsmall #thisisyourdowntown #downtownboise #localartist

JUSTIN W JOHN

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Art Keeps Going

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Art Keeps Going…. This piece has a working title of GONZO (Hunter, not Muppet). This is just another small corner. I’m in the place where the painting I anticipated creating has become its own being (much the way I assume parents look at their children who have grown up, I imagine.) I had an entire base painted out, had sketches of what I had intended and practiced the technique I was going to implement. I put more effort into the prepping and planning stages than my usual routine because I’m trying to be more deliberate and harness some of the swirling around my brain that goes on and focus. Now those are basically out the window and I’m trying to keep up with myself. Much like the curve ball Mother Nature has thrown us, life is often times about adaptability and being able to roll with the punches, right? We have to think fast on our feet and be willing to let go of what we thought we knew and were expecting and be able to be resilient and persevere through the rough parts. It can’t all be ice cream sundaes and bubblegum drops. So with that, every new day brings new challenges and the only thing I know for 100% certain won’t change is that change is inevitable.

GONZOArt Keeps Going

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POP UP SHOP @ West Elm Boise

MY FIRST POP-UP

JUSTIN W JOHN’s FIRST POP-UP SHOP! Hosted by WEST ELM IN DOWNTOWN BOISE. SATURDAY MORNING AUGUST 24TH.

MERCH ON HAND SHOULD INCLUDE: LIMITED EDITION GICLÉE PRINTS, ORIGINAL SMALL PAINTINGS, CARDS, POSTCARDS, PHOTOGRAPHY, AND MORE.

THERE WILL BE GIVEAWAY CONTEST (THE PRIZE WINNER WILL BE ANNOUNCED VIA EMAIL THE SEPTEMBER NEWSLETTER) AND THERE WILL BE SOME SURPRISES!

Photo: Justin W John pre-opening West Elm Downtown Boise
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Since 2013, West Elm LOCAL has introduced 900+ artisans and their one-a-of-kind products to customers across the country. And next week I will join them! I’m so excited for this opportunity and still have so much to do. While it may look simple on the outside, there’s a lot of odds and ends to take care of. So I’m going to keep on keepin’ on!

POP UP SHOP
Location

824 W Idaho Street

Boise, ID 83702

Contact

PHONE: 208 794 1194

EMAIL: ART@JUSTINWJOHN.COM

HOURS

SATURDAY AUGUST 24th, 2019

10AM – 2PM

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Art Source Gallery

Absent Minded

17th Annual Juried Exhibition

July 1 — 27th

ART SOURCE GALLERY
1015 W Main Street
Boise, ID 83702

Opening reception on Thursday, July 11th, from 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm

This annual summer event is open to artists nationally who are not regular members of the Gallery. This gives the Treasure Valley a wonderful opportunity to see new and different fine art.

Jurors this year are Debbie Hughbanks, an accomplished artist from northeastern Washington who is a Master Signature member of Women Artists of the West, and Allen Malaise, a talented sculptor of wild life in bronze, juror for the 3-D artworks.

From the 46 nationwide applicants, the jurors selected pieces for both 2-Dimensional and 3-Dimensional works representing a diverse range of media, style and expression sure to impress any art aficionado.

Awards total $1150 and will be announced in the Gallery at 6:30 pm.

Music by JB Duo.

 

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Boise Arts Scene?

Absent Minded

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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