Artist Statement: 5 Emerging Boise Artists Making A Splash

Boise is home to a burgeoning artistic scene. Artists from different genres are collaborating in interesting, and sometimes challenging ways, pushing Boiseans to new understandings of art.

With the shadow of the Great Recession still hanging over them, a group of emerging artists have decided to make Boise their springboard – potentially changing the city’s cultural landscape forever.

We'll introduce you to these five Boise artists who are making a name for themselves. Plus, find behind-the-scences photos and video, and learn more about the artists at our blog.

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Name: Anne McDonald aka Frankly Frankie
Art form: Burlesque dance

Anne McDonald fell in love with burlesque almost ten years ago. A few years later, she formed The Red Light Variety Show and has been pushing the envelope with her dance and performance art ever since. Anne – whose stage name is Frankly Frankie – leads the Frankly Burlesque show every Sunday in downtown Boise.

Anne’s headed to NYC for some special cabaret training this summer, where she hopes to book a couple of shows before returning to Boise.

Hear her story.

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Name: Jake Fullilove
Art form: Film

Filmmaker Jake Fullilove is full of ambition. At 21-years-old he’s already started his own film equipment rental company, and is in post-production for his first short film. "Spring Garden" is a psychological thriller filmed in Boise last summer. Jake says it was his most challenging (and exciting) creative project yet. 

Jake wants to help put Idaho – and Boise specifically – on the filmmaking map.
 

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Name: Danny Kerr
Art form: Music

Musician Danny Kerr is an in-demand guy. He composes music and does sound design for film projects, plays bass in a young rock n’ roll band, regularly packs the dance floor when he DJ’s at the Neurolux, and runs the sound for touring and local bands playing at The Crux. He’s also been sitting on his second solo album for months, making sure it’s perfect before releasing it to hungry Brother Dan fans.
 

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Name: Cody Rutty
Art form: Painting

Cody Rutty made painting his fulltime job a couple of years ago. Since then, he’s sold work to people from all 50 states and more than 20 different countries.

Cody studied architecture at the University of Idaho before deciding to follow his childhood dream of being an artist, but the drafting board still influences his work.  He’s been an Artist In Residence through the city’s Arts and History Department, and has an upcoming solo show at State and Lemp this June.  

Hear his story.

 

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Name: Heidi Kraay
Art form: Theater

Heidi Kraay is one busy playwright. The 30-year-old’s latest play is called “DIRT,” and it runs through May 31 in Boise.

Heidi is also a Theater Lab teacher, helping teens learn how to write, produce and perform their own plays at Boise Contemporary Theater. This summer she’s participating in the renowned Seven Devils Playwrights Conference in McCall, and she was recently accepted to a MFA program at the California Institute of Integral Studies.

Hear her story.

This series was made possible by a grant from the Boise City Department of Arts and History.
 
 

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The ACLU of Idaho filed suit against the state police on behalf of a group of artists and a venue owner, challenging a statute the organization says censors artistic expression.

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Brooklyn-based Impose Magazine has an eye on Daniel Kerr.

The Boise musician's new 13-track album is playing exclusively on the website. "Don't Die" includes a couple of previously released singles, as well as a handful of fresh songs. Kerr told Impose the album was an exploration of "feelings of depravity and sensuality without having to talk to people about it."

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At 21-years-old, Boise artist Jake Fullilove has already started his own business. Imperium Cinema opened its doors in Boise earlier this year. It’s a film equipment rental company boasting some of the most advanced stuff in the industry.

Fullilove seems to have an encyclopedic knowledge of all the lenses, lights, microphones, cameras and cables in his office. The young entrepreneur says he started Imperium to be a resource for Idaho filmmakers.

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Boise musician Danny Kerr is pretty much always on the hunt.

Recently, Kerr was hunting for the right cable to hook up to a bass guitar. After scavenging for about 10 minutes, he found what he was looking for. Then, he started searching for the perfect sound to come out of that bass.

The 25-year-old musician rents studio space in a warehouse in Garden City, wedged behind a junkyard filled with old road signs for chain restaurants and cheap motels. He shares the space with a bunch of other musicians, and the place is filled with drums, guitars -- even a disfigured piano.

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Like a lot of people, Anne McDonald’s basement is a bit cluttered. But it’s safe to say the things strewn about are a little more interesting than your average basement clutter.

“This is Prudence, the rhinestoned and feathered rubber chicken who has a removable head," says McDonald. "And it’s kind of bloody because she’s been used a couple of times on stage.”

Join Boise State Public Radio on Thursday, June 19 for a meet-and-greet with emerging local artists we’ve been featuring in a series of radio and web stories.

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Boise playwright Heidi Kraay has a lot to celebrate these days.

This weekend marks the end of the two-week run of “DIRT,” her most recent production. Without giving too much away, it’s the story of a flashy new medical company that makes a product promising health and longevity for its Boise clients.

The avant-garde show is smart, funny and dark -- and is the culmination of an idea Kraay’s been working on for years.

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Cody Rutty knows all about peace and quiet.

A couple of years ago, the Boise-based painter retreated to the tiny town of New Meadows. He rented a studio out of an old brick bank building, and started cranking out painting after painting. At age 26, Rutty made art his fulltime job.

“Really all I had to do was paint. I had a studio and just a lot of materials and there weren’t a lot of people," Rutty says. "I had all the windows curtained off. Yeah, it was quite the adventure.”

Kate Grosswiler

On Friday, KBSX will begin a series of stories on five emerging Boise artists. We’re calling the series “Artist Statement.” I won a grant from the Boise City Arts and History Department to produce these stories.

To learn more about the series, I sat down with Scott Graf to explain why we're telling these stories, and what you can expect over the next five weeks.

Q: Where did you get the idea for this series?

Anne McDonald, Frankly Frankie
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Boise is home to a burgeoning artistic scene. Artists from different genres are collaborating in interesting and sometimes challenging ways, pushing Boiseans to new understandings of art. With the shadow of the Great Recession still hanging over them, a group of emerging artists have decided to make Boise their springboard – potentially changing the city’s cultural landscape forever.