Good Golly, Miss Bra-ly!

One of the 42 Pink Project bras on display in Downtown Boise.

One of the 42 Pink Project bras on display in Downtown Boise.

It’s Bras on Parade!

Ladies, don’t burn your bras — turn them into works of art.

That’s what 42 bra artists did. The artists are also breast cancer survivors and supporters of Susan G. Komen for the Cure.

It’s called “The Pink Project” and you can see it in all its brazen bra-utiful glory on First Thursday, Oct. 1 at 42 different makeshift bra-lleries (bra galleries). Downtown merchants are hosting the artful bras all month as a nod to Breast Cancer Awareness month.

The bras will be taken down Wednesday Oct. 28th for the Susan G. Komen Pink Social on Thursday Oct. 29th at the Rose Room. “This is a community event where we will distribute $425,000 in grants to our 19 county service area,” said Hilarie M. Engle, executive director for Susan G. Komen for the Cure in Boise. “We will also be silent auctioning the bras at this event.” Bonus!

The bra-tacular fun begins at 5 p.m. at City Hall Plaza with guest speakers and — Rah! Rah! a performance by the Boise State University cheerleaders and Maneline dancers. The St. Luke’s and Saint Alphonsus Mobile Mammography vehicles also will be curbside for tours and information. In addition, four educational booths will be set up throughout Downtown.

Here’s where to go art bra hunting:
A Novel Adventure
American Clothing Gallery
Artisan Optics Downtown
Atomic Treasures
Bad Irish
Bandanna Running & Walking
Banner Bank
Barbara Barbara & Company
Belle Boutique
Brown’s Gallery
BSU Bronco Shop
Buns in the Oven
Business Interiors of Idaho
Cherished Images
Chic Bridal Boutique
DL Evans Bank
Ella’s Room
Eyes of the World Imports
Floating Feather Day Spa
Flying M
Gallery 601
Global Travel
Hal Davis Jewelers
Initial Response
Le Belle Epoque
Mr Peabody’s Optical Shoppe
R Grey Gallery
See Jane Run
Shoe Fetish
Snake River Winery
SoleMates Comfort Footwear
Title Nine
Travel Centre
Washington Trust

Other happenings Thursday Oct. 1 for First Thursday in Boise:
BOSCO (Boise Open Studios Collective Organization) artist preview, Boise Art Museum, 5 to 9 p.m., Boise Art Museum, 670 Julia Davis Drive. Free. This is to kick-off the BOSCO Open Studios Weekend, when you can get up close and personal with local artists — and buy their stuff after they tell you what it means! 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3 and Sunday, Oct. 4, at artist studios across the Valley. For a map, go to
Fettuccine Forum, The Rose Room, 718 W. Idaho St., Boise: Songwriter and storyteller Gary Eller presents “The Idaho Songbag,” historically based songs of the Gem State. 5:30 p.m., doors open at 5 p.m.
Eclectic Arts Store, 280 N. 8th St. (lower level), 342-2919: Check out Boise’s newest co-operative gallery and see the space and work from some of the artists. The gallery is looking for artists working in a variety of media. If you’re interested, contact gallery owner Buddy VanBuren or manager Luna Michelle.
The Box in the Basement, 280 N. 8th St., suite 132 (lower level) 703-5149: This is the grand opening for Boise’s newest recycled art and fashion shop. Opening reception is from 6 to 9 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres, beverages and give-aways for the first 25 people.
Gallery 601, 211 N. 10th St., 336-5899: With the Pink Project theme, the gallery will feature the female form with artwork by Patrick Nagle, Alberto Vargas, Dennis Mukai and Steve Hanks. Plus, it will run a raffle for prints of James Christensen’s “The Pink Ribbon.” Wine tasting by Wood River Cellars.
Flying M Coffeehouse, 500 W. Idaho St., 345-4320: Artist Kelly Knopp will introduce a new series of illustrations and paintings, and you can buy his funny and politically incorrect adult activity book, “The Faulty Embrace.”
8th Street Artist in Residence Program, satellite location, The Alaska Building, 1020 Main St.: Rachel Irene Reichert is exploring the connection between natural history and contemporary fashion; Sandy Marostica will be working on oil paintings and polyester plate lithography.
Pioneer Building, 6th and Idaho streets: Idaho Indie Works, an Etsy Street Team, will take over the building with an array of work from artists and crafters who will show everything from edibles and jewelry to cards and tutus.
Thomas Hammer Coffee Co., 298 N. 8th St., 433-8004: See photography by Patrick Sweeney.
Basque Museum, 611 Grove St., 343-2671: Check out the whaling exhibit in the gallery and the Basque music jam at 6:30 p.m. Tour the Basque boardinghouse. Free.
A Novel Adventure, 906 W. Main St., 344-8088: Hear the eclectic-folk group Willison, Roos and Young and see photography by Charles Hoffman. Wine sales and 10 percent of purchases by customers wearing pink will be donated to Komen Boise.
Art Source Gallery, 1015 W. Main St., 331-3374: “Redefining Precious: Art Jewelry by Louise’s Leap” by jewelry artist Barbara Louise Bowling. 5-9pm. Music by JB Duo, wine tasting by Indian Creek Winery, beer from Brewtopia and nibbles.
Basement Gallery, 928 W. Main St., 333-0309: The Annual Halloween Exhibition features work by illustrator Bill Carman, mixed media work by Alma Gomez, mixed media painter and illustrator Mike Flinn, illustrator Keith Farnsworth, ceramic sculptor Jim Budde and mixed media artist Pat Kilby.
Brown’s Gallery, 1022 W. Main St., 342-6661: See plein air painter John Horejs’ impressionistic oils. The evening will feature music by pianist Teri Eberline and wine tasting by Sawtooth Winery.
Lisk Gallery Plus Carl Rowe, 850 Main St., 342-3773: See Jerri Lisk’s colorful landscapes on aluminum, Mark Lisk’s color and black and white photography, Carl Rowe’s iconic paintings of the Boise Foothills, and samples from Dream Chocolate.
8th Street Artists in Residence Program, The Mercantile Building, 404 S. 8th St., in the Marketplace: Find artist Benjamin Love – printmaker, painter, sculptor and performer – hard at work with large-scale wood blocks and recycled materials; choreographer Kelli Brown and the Off Center Dance Project will be presenting portions of two new works throughout the evening; and Goran Fazil struggles with our understanding of the past as it relates to identity through painting and sculpture.
Atomic Treasures, 409 S. 8th St., 344-0811: See artist Shaun Tilden’s debut of his wall sculptures and shadow boxes. Refreshments and eclectic vintage and retro.
Cole/Marr Gallery, 404 S. 8th St., 336.7630: See new images from Kristen Cole. Comfort foods and music by David Marr.
R. Grey Gallery, 415 S. 8th St., 385-9337: See glass artist Lisa Tate’s latest work inspired by native Idaho plants. A portion of sales will benefit the Idaho Botanical Garden.
RE-Boutique, 405 S. 8th St., 392.7940: See funky re-made chandeliers by Marie Mortensen and sterling silver artisan jewelry by Ashley Tigert. Music and refreshments.
Salon 162, 404 S. 8th St., 386-9908: Mosaic and cut-glass works by Tina Lucas. The Salon is looking for local artists to display their work. Interested artists can call Nancy Derham at 440-1514.
Boise Art Glass Studios, 530 W. Myrtle St., 345-1825: Check out a collaboration between former Disney sculptor Bill Rasmussen and studio owner Filip Vogelpohl. They will be making sculptural goblets from 6 to 9 p.m. Snacks and beverages provided.
Boise Art Museum, 670 S. Julia Davis Drive, 345-8330: Free admission from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., though donations accepted. In addition to BOSCO preview: Studio Art Exploration from 5 to 8 p.m., create woven works of art with paper after exploring “Corrugated: Sculpture by Ann Weber.”
Idaho State Historical Museum, 610 Julia Davis Drive, 334-2120: See its ongoing exhibits for free.



One response to “Good Golly, Miss Bra-ly!

  1. Hi Jeanne,
    Thought I’d mention that tonight is also the Light the Night event at Ann Morrison Park. My husband and another band are playing early in the evening. Pat McDonald and the Tropical Cowboys will also be playing the 10-10-10 event at Lake Harbor Waterfront, to raise money for people who can’t afford skin cancer screenings. Our dear friend Julie Peach Gouge, recently lost her 21 yr. old daughter to very aggressive Melanoma. This is the family’s way of honoring her struggle with that Cancer.
    Blessings! Sue

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s