Arts & Culture

Take a gallery stroll at Downtown Boise’s First Thursday in August

•  Photographer

Allan R. Ansell

will take complimentary portraits in his studio at the Alaska Center, 1020 W. Main St. He will explain his process, take your picture and send you a digital image.

•  Check out the exhibits at the

Boise Art Museum

, 670 Julia Davis Drive. You can see

Paul Vexler

’s large installation “Ribbons,” pictured, in the sculpture court then learn more about it by doing a Studio Art Exploration project. Admission is by donation on First Thursday all day from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

•  See work by painter

Lauren T. Kistner


Art Source Gallery

, 1015 W. Main St. Kistner layers paints to create highly textural abstract canvases. You can meet the artist at a First Thursday reception.

•  Get a preview of this year’s

Hermit Music Festival

(Sept. 4-6) at the

Record Exchange

, 1105 W. Idaho St., with band performance, and free

Payette Brewing

beer for 21 and older.

5-9 p.m. Aug. 6, unless otherwise noted. Find more First Thursday events at