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Student art takes over First Thursday

Cody Finney / The Arbiter

Downtown was aglow and a buzz for First Thursday. People trekked shoulder-to-shoulder while stopping off at food and art related places of interest.

Three such places for students included Flying M Coffee House, where students of the Drawing and Painting Guild provided holiday art, the art gallery below Fork restaurant, where student-created banners and sculptures decorated the basement-like room and The Press  where client-inspired business art occupied the upstairs attic-like space.

At Flying M Coffee House, students of the Drawing and Painting Guild had their first fundraising event for their new campus organization. Club members said they enjoyed preparing for this kick off.

“When you’re making art for critique and stuff like that you get really pressured, whereas these were fun quick things,” said Angela Henson, junior Bachelor’s of Fine Arts (BFA) interdisciplinary studio arts major.

Students of the Drawing and Painting Guild said they want to give a big thanks to Flying M Coffee House for letting them display their drawings and ornaments last minute as part of First Thursday.

Across town below the dinner rush of Fork restaurant, art seekers found banners and three-dimensional art inspired by those buildings as well as important buildings in Hildesheim, Germany.

Students said they found the exhibition “TypePlace” to be interesting and pretty cool.

“I think it’s cool you’re getting a foreign country’s perspective on what these buildings mean to them with a completely different architecture and history and with their influence interpreting our style of buildings and then putting that into the typography construction,” said Chris Becker, junior graphic design major. “I think this is a really cool collaborative project. I like that they’re all not the same thing.”

Up above the wine and beer sitting area, students and viewers packed together to check out the “Cross Creative” exhibition. Graphic design and sculpture students came together to create professional art for potential client usage.

“It’s really awesome,” said Daniel Warden, senior graphic design major. “I’m really happy with the way it turned out. Unfortunately I didn’t get to be a part of the sculptural thing so this is the first time I’m seeing it. I’m really impressed with what the sculpture class put together. It’s really professional looking.”

Each installation included graphic business elements like business cards and letterheads, while sculptural aspects added something unique and extra to each project. This project was part of an art course offered at Boise State.

“Art 397 is very beneficial,” said Cody Hanawalt, senior BFA graphic design major. “I would recommend it. I don’t think it’s required but it really helps you build your portfolio and it’s a good way to understand how you work with clients and basically know where you are going after you graduate.”

Overall, this First Thursday was represented with a variety of student art and students got a taste of taking their art into the Boise community.

Before you know it these students may be local artists.