FIRST THURSDAYS ART WALK is one of Boise’s most beloved recurring events. On the first Thursday of each month, from 5pm to 9pm, galleries and storefronts, throughout downtown throw open their doors and invite visitors inside to mingle and admire great artwork.
By all accounts, the system is a good one. For artists, it creates an opportunity to interact with their audience face-to-face; for gallerists, it’s a chance to grow their following and launch new work; for the rest of us, Art Walk opens us up to what is being created in the city (and further afield) while indulging on small appetizers, treats, and drinks. It’s a win-win-win! If you’re headed to Art Walk this month, you’ll quickly find that with just a few hours slotted to roam, there’s a lot to take in all at once—especially if you wander without a plan. Instead, chart your course a little and follow a few pieces of advice for an even more rewarding experience.
1. KNOW YOUR TASTES
If you want to have a positive Art Walk experience, it helps to look at work that interests you or in general, to see stuff you actually like. If you like an array of artistic talent, then you should first check out retired BSU Art Professor, John Taye. He is known locally and nationally for award winning paintings and sculptures. This show features new work in still-lifes, landscape and figurative paintings, wood sculpture and handmade furniture. Located at Art Source Gallery, 1015 W. Main Street.
2. BUT ALSO STRETCH YOURSELF
While it’s nice to see work you know you’ll enjoy, it’s also fun to try something you aren’t familiar with. Maybe it’s time to evoke your inner artist, come join us for LIVE GLASSBLOWING demonstrations, classes, and light snacks! Make Your Own Hummingbird Feeder in 30 minutes for only $40. Take a 2 Hour Group TORCH CLASS for only $59 per person. Call (208)345-1825 to book! Boise Art Glass is located at 1124 W Front Street.
3. DON’T FEEL LIKE YOU HAVE TO BUY ANYTHING, BUT DON’T RULE IT OUT, EITHER
It would be shame to feel pressured to spend money just to enjoy First Thursdays. Gallerists and artists alike understand that the audience at Art Walk isn’t necessarily the same as their core clientele. The evening is a great chance for them to build relationships, gain exposure, and meet future art buyers. Still, if you feel like buying art, whether as an investment or for your home, there’s no need to stop yourself. If you see something you connect to, it might just be time to take a leap!
4. DON’T COUNT ON FREE CHEESE AND CRACKERS FOR DINNER
The fact that many of the art galleries in town offer free food and wine on First Thursdays is a huge perk. HUGE. If you were trying, you could probably feed yourself completely free of charge…though your diet would be heavy on cheese and light on everything else. Instead, pick one, or a couple of the downtown Boise restaurants to supplement your Art Walk. Meraki Greek Street Food is featuring local artists with great Greek food, and Greek inspired art. Meraki Greek Street Food is located at 345 S 8th Street.
5. KEEP TIME AVAILABLE FOR SHOPPING & MUSIC
While you are strolling around the downtown area, checking out galleries and restaurants, don’t forget to pop into Boise’s selection of eclectic retail stores and local live music venues.
For a location guide of all First Thursday events, visit:
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