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Student art displayed in Brady Garage stairwell

Dressing up the northeast Brady Parking garage stairway, 14 panels are labelled throughout the levels with the caption Garage Art, and include a plea for artist submissions.

Opening this Friday, April 25, the Garage Art Exhibit will showcase work by 13 different Boise State artists for photography, story stories and painting. The idea for the garage art stemmed from Nicole Nimmons, executive director of Transportation and Parking Services, and was enhanced by Peter Kutchins, Sign Shop, and Karissa Sutton, event parking.

“I’m really excited to get the art students out of those PAAW buildings and those dingy hallways because very rarely do students go through those hallways and actually see the potential of the Boise State students. It’s a very exciting thing to get them into the public eye,” Sutton said. “Their exposure is amplified by being put into those garages.”

The exhibit will be up from April 25 until October 2014. New students’ works will be cycled in every semester and the Garage Art team is planning on slowly expanding their area, although currently, plans have been made to add four more frames for next semester’s Garage Art contest.

“A lot of my work is about fleeting moments in time, so capturing things that eventually will be gone,” said Tiffany Bingham, a senior in photography and one of the photographers whose work will be exhibited in the garage.

Her piece “Morning Frost” is a beautiful picture of a delicate branch with hair-like frost reaching from it.

“The way the frost had formed on the object really captured my attention. It had been blowing during the night and it was something I knew would eventually be gone, that if you weren’t up early enough you wouldn’t get to see it,” said Bingham.

“Morning Frost” was taken by Bingham over Christmas break while visiting her family in Shelley, Idaho.

In another piece that will be part of the exhibit entitled “The Dream,” senior and fine arts/criminal justice major Homeyra Shams turned a classroom assignment into a dreamscape of vibrant colors.

“I made up this background to look like a dream,” Shams said.

According to Shams the man’s face in the background was from a magazine.

“I don’t have ideas before I start drawing. When I start drawing I get ideas and soon all the pieces come together,” Shams said.

Despite Shams’s beautiful work that showcases her talent as an artist, when she graduates she plans to go to law school, still occasionally doing portraits of people. Shams said that art is her past time and that although she prefers oil paint, she likes to create in all mediums.

“I love all mediums. I use acrylic; I use chalk. It doesn’t matter what style I do.”

To check out all 13 pieces, students can take the northeast stairs in the Brady Garage starting Friday.

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Patricia Bowen is a creative writing student extraordinaire at Boise State University. Her unpaid internship experience is immense and includes a summer internship with Semilla Nueva, The Cabin, Boise Weekly and a semester internship with The Ahsahta Press. Currently Patricia works as Managing Editor for the Arbiter. While she continues into her junior year of college she plans to write more poetry about the spider infestation in her room and drink too much coffee.