Explore the many sides of love and art at First Thursday, Feb. 4.
▪ Enjoy the hearts-and-flowers part of romance at the 23rd annual Valentine for AIDS art show and silent auction at Flying M Coffeehouse, 500 W. Idaho St. You can bid on love-themed artwork from more than 250 artists who work in a variety of media. It all benefits Safety Net for AIDS Program (SNAP), which provides support for people living with HIV/AIDS. The auction runs during regular business hours from Thursday, Feb. 4, to Sunday, Feb. 14. Bidding ends at 4 p.m. Feb. 14.
▪ Things turn dark and ironic at the Museum of Broken Relationships at Ming Studios, 420 S. 6th St. The installation will offer a collection of mementos from an array of international and local people that explore failed relationships. Meet museum founders and curators Olinka Vištica and sculptor Dražen Grubišić, who traveled from Zagreb, Croatia, to Boise to install the exhibit, at the opening reception at 6 p.m. Feb. 4.
▪ Give some love to the next generation of Idaho artists at the opening of the annual Emerging Student Art Show at Art Source Gallery, 1015 W. Main St. The show features artwork from Treasure Valley high school students, including Idaho Fine Arts Academy student Andi Rados, whose work “Peyton,” colored pencil on paper, is pictured.
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5-9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, various venues in Downtown Boise. Find more First Thursday events at DowntownBoise.org.