The Idaho Triennial is coming up; R. Grey Gallery receives national honor

Boise State art professor Caroline Earley took the top prize with her “Domestic Destruction” ceramic installation at the Boise Art Museum’s 2012 Idaho Triennial. The piece is now on display at BAM.
Boise State art professor Caroline Earley took the top prize with her “Domestic Destruction” ceramic installation at the Boise Art Museum’s 2012 Idaho Triennial. The piece is now on display at BAM.

Every three years, you get a chance to see what Idaho’s arts community is doing and where it’s going at the Boise Art Museum’s Idaho Triennial. The show takes a snapshot of contemporary art across the state, through the lens of an out-of-state juror. So, every Triennial offers a different flavor and a new perspective on what artists are doing in respect to their peers across the country, by way of the taste and experience of the juror.

This year’s juror is John D. Spiak, the director and chief curator of the Grand Central Art Center at Cal State Fullerton in Santa Ana, Calif. With a background in sociology and anthropology, Spiak puts an emphasis on how art relates to people’s lives — art-making that is “relationship-based” rather than “material-based,” as he told the Los Angeles Times in 2012. He created an artist-in-residence program at the center to facilitate art as a social practice and community collaboration.

The 2017 Idaho Triennial will open Feb. 18, 2017, and run to July 16, 2017. The deadline for submission is Aug. 1. All work must have been completed in the past three years. Download an application and get information on how to submit your work at the

R. Grey named Top 10 of national jewelry retailers

If you always thought Boise’s R. Grey Gallery, 415 S. 8th St. in Boise’s BoDo district, is cool, you’re not alone. The store made the Top 10 list for national jewelry retailers in the nation by Jewelry Circular Keystone for a third time, coming in at No. 3. JCK is a national independent publication that covers the jewelry industry.

The “best of” list is voted by suppliers and takes into account things like length of time in the business, dedication to quality and the store’s aesthetics.

“It’s an honor that always humbles you, especially being in this little island of Idaho,” says jewelry designer Robert Kaylor, who co-owns the story with is wife, Barbara. They opened in the 1980s on Idaho Street in the Downtown core, then made the jump across Front Street in 2005 as BoDo first got going.

The shop specializes in jewelry by Kaylor and other designers, art glass, furniture and one-of-a-kind decor items. In 2011, Kaylor received one of the jewelry industry’s highest honors, the Mort Ableson New Designer Award, for his RealSteel jewelry line made from a blend of precious metals and stones and antique square-head nails.

Event roundup

▪  Get a taste of blonde ambition with Music Theatre of Idaho’s production of “Legally Blonde The Musical.” Based on the blockbuster 2001 movie, the Laurence O’Keefe and Nell Benjamin musical tells the story of Elle Woods, a sorority girl who follows her boyfriend to Harvard Law School after he dumps her. She wants to win him back, but once she’s there, she learns she has more legal savvy than she ever imagined.

7:30 p.m. June 24-25; 1:30 p.m. June 25, Nampa Civic Center, 311 3rd St. S. $22 general, $20 seniors, $18 juniors. 468-2385, All tickets are $25 at the door.

▪  The Boise Men’s Chorus goes south with “Country Boys: A salute to all things Country!” for its summer concert.

8 p.m. June 24-25, First Presbyterian Church, 950 W. State St., Boise. $15 at the door.

▪  If you missed The Midtown Men when they were here in March, you can catch them in Sun Valley. The group brings together four members of the original cast of “Jersey Boys” — Tony Award winner Christian Hoff, Michael Longoria, Daniel Reichard and Tony Award nominee J. Robert Spencer — to perform some of the greatest hits of the 1950s and ’60s. They recently released an album and filmed an acclaimed PBS special.

8 p.m. Sunday, July 3, Sun Valley Pavilion, 300 Dollar Road. $35-$150.