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Head out for the first-of-the-year First Thursday, Jan. 7

Betsie Richardson’s “Full Bodied with a Hint of Fig” (oil on canvas) is part of “Photo/realism” at Gallery Five18. Meet the artist at a First Thursday reception on Thursday, Jan. 7.
Betsie Richardson’s “Full Bodied with a Hint of Fig” (oil on canvas) is part of “Photo/realism” at Gallery Five18. Meet the artist at a First Thursday reception on Thursday, Jan. 7.

If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get more art in your life, then make First Thursday, Downtown Boise’s monthly gallery stroll, a new tradition in 2016. You’ll find art and community throughout the city, along with gallery shows, plays, music and wine tastings.

▪  Feel the change of the new year with “Metamorphosis” at Art Source Gallery, 1015 W. Main St., Boise. Artists from around the Treasure Valley created work inspired by transformation for this juried art show that benefits the Women’s and Children’s Alliance. The opening reception will feature cellist Rachel Nettles and tasting from Indian Creek Winery.

Take note: There is also a WCA fundraising event Thursday, Jan. 14, at the gallery that will feature music by Rocci Johnson and Friends, acoustic and a cappella performances by the Divas of Boise and others. Details: artsourcegallery.com.)

▪  Get a two-fer at Ming Studios, 420 W. 6th St. See “New Light,” an exhibition by Boise photographer John Shinn. (See the exhibition from 3 to 7 p.m. on First Thursday for free.) Then watch a performance of “Tru,” a one-person play inspired by the work of Truman Capote, directed by Frankly Burlesque’s Anne McDonald and featuring actor Adam Toothaker, at 8 p.m. ($10 in advance at Brown Paper Tickets, $15 at the door. You also can see it Friday, Jan. 8).

▪  Meet Boise painters Geoff Krueger and Tarmo Watia at the new LaBry Gallery, 404 S. 8th St., suite 166, inside the 8th Street Marketplace Mercantile Building. You’ll see their work, along with sculpture and paintings by New Mexico-based artist Guilloume Perez-Zapata and works on paper by Louisiana-based artist Tom Secrest. Wine tasting will be by Boise’s Mouvance Winery.

▪  Check out Boise artist Ryan Hadden’s new all-ages coloring book, “(40) Thousand” at Bricolage, 418 S. 6th St. The coloring book contains 40 hand-drawn abstract images composed of 1000 smaller shapes for a meditative coloring exploration. Also see the postcards and cards featuring original artwork from Katherine Grimmett.

▪  See the latest creative mashup from Gallery Five18, 518 S. Americana Blvd. This month’s artistic pairing — “Photo/realism” — features the work of mixed-media artist Sue Latta and painter Betsie Richardson.

Take note: Also check out new work by sculptor and jewelery artist Melissa Osgood.

5-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7, at various venues in Downtown Boise. Find more First Thursday events at DowntownBoise.org.

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