Every September, Art in the Park fills Julia Davis Park with a wealth of creative expression and inventive design as more than 260 artists and artisan crafters show their wares.
The Boise Art Museum’s largest fundraiser, Art in the Park is a Treasure Valley tradition that’s now 62 years strong and draws thousands to wander the grassy paths around “Rembrandt Road” to peruse paintings and toys, pottery and leather goods, musical instruments and jewelry, furniture and kitchenwares. You’ll also find food trucks and booths, a beer and wine garden, and a Children’s Art Tent as well as entertainment at the Gene Harris Bandshell.
Here are four of this year’s artists to look for.
Portland Pepper Mill Company
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Wood artist Jonathan Glowacki started turning salvaged maple, manzanita burl and exotic woods into art four years ago at his Portland-based Turning Time studio.
“I have a real passion for working with the trees,” Glowacki says. “It gives me a reason to wake up in the morning.”
When he started making pepper mills, things clicked.
“I like making something that is utilitarian and artful. When those two things combine, that’s a really special place.”
He also makes coffee grinders, bowls and grinder trays. This is his first year at Art in the Park.
Egg & I Pottery
Price range: $6 to $200
Diana Cronin earned a degree in oceanography but ended up following her heart on an artistic path when she discovered a medium that also uses science.
“I dabbled in different things for a while, but I really like getting my hands dirty, and pottery is a great way to do that,” she says.
Cronin uses engineering skills to create shapes and chemistry to manipulate the glazes and firing temperatures to give her bright, playful colors that harken back to her childhood in Miami Beach.
Now based in Chimacum, Wash., she hand throws her colorful porcelain wares in a range of shapes and styles from wine glasses to platters, cups and bowls to cheese domes and dog-treat jars.
This is her first Art in the Park.
Lapinel Arts Leatherwork
Price range: $7 to $325
Boise artist Cathy Lapinel started working with leather five years ago when her husband, Dean, bought a vintage leather tooling kit from a saddle maker to make her a belt for Christmas.
“There was a second belt, and I started playing with it, and I just loved working with the leather,” she says.
Lapinel began with dog collars and leashes, but soon moved into belts, cuffs, purses, wallets, fanny packs and more.
She uses a variety of hides — bison, cow, moose and more — that she tans, dyes and tools into wearable works of art. You’ll find a large span of her products at Art in the Park from key chains and wallets to fanny packs and fly fishing packs.
This is Lapinel’s fourth Art in the Park.
Price Range: $6 to $2,800
Portland-based painter Lisa Foster plays with perspective in her paintings to explore the unique ways we see and perceive the world. It’s an approach she developed in art school as she pursued her second career as an artist after 15 years as an organic chemist.
While at school, she discovered her nearsightedness gave her an interesting visual perspective that she turns into her fun and fanciful paintings of fruits and vegetables she finds at farmers markets.
“I realized how interesting and beautiful vegetables are — asparagus and artichokes — there are more nuances than you could ever imagine,” Foster says.
This is Foster’s fourth Art in the Park.
Art in the Park
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 9, and Saturday, Sept. 10, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, Julia Davis Park, 700 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. 345-8330, boiseartmuseum.org/art-in-the-park. Free. ($10 BAM special gets you a shopping bag, raffle ticket and free museum admission all weekend.) Become a member and receive the BAM Special, plus $10 Dawson Taylor Coffee gift card. A percentage of sales will benefit the museum. BoiseArtMuseum.org.