Joe Golden is an actor, comedian, and longtime fool of the Fool Squad. Storytelling, inspiring laughter, and exploring artistic freedom have provided Joe an unexpectedly prosperous career. Although now retired from the Fool Squad, Joe is still active in the community teaching at the College of Idaho and working on a grant-funded project that will land him in the shoes of many of the First Ladies of the United States.
Lynn Fraley is a full-time artist, entrepreneur and a sculptor whose passion centers on a subject that has inspired and fascinated her since childhood: horses. Her related work reaches a niche audience of collectors locally and internationally who share her appreciation of horses. She derives a vibrant and emotional connection to her work that she creates while managing all components of her business that allow for a successful creative career.
Discover Fraley’s inspirations, motivations, and her place in Boise and its artistic community.
Angie Smith speaks passionately about the importance of connecting with refugees and helping them integrate into the community. Over the past five years, she has spent extensive time meeting, interviewing, and photographing individuals in Boise to document and share their experiences of hardship and opportunity while they transition into a new home. The ultimate goal of her project, in part supported by an Arts & History Department grant, is to create connections in and strengthen the entire community as Boise becomes a model for how to accept, welcome, and engage refugees.
Christian Winn is a writer, educator, and the founder of Storyfort. Always on the search for a great story, it is humanity and the study of the human condition that drives his creative fiction and poetry. He found the thriving literary community here in Boise as he was traveling through and has now decided to stay a while. You can find him teaching creative writing at Boise State where he imparts this wisdom to his students; “Write the good stories, the stories you believe in, the ones you love, and write the truth, even if it’s made-up.”
Marianne Konvalinka finds sacred time in the studio that was lovingly built for her to accommodate the materials she collects and uses in her mixed media works. She utilizes the time there to play, experiment, and explore the relationships between the different materials and the layers they create.
Benjamin Victor, a nationally renowned figure sculptor, has made his home at Boise State University where he serves as a professor of practice. Aside from his role of professor, he maintains a full time studio creating works that go on to live at locations like the Smithsonian Institute. Although his work is focused on the national scale, his focus now lies in building the local arts community up to its fullest potential. He leaves us with this: “If you have that creative impulse in you where it just feels like you just got a vision and you want to complete it, do it. Follow through with that vision. And that is never a mistake. That work, that hard work, will turn out for you in one way or another.”
The Department of Arts & History selected MING Studios as a grant recipient for its project to host the Museum of Broken Relationships international traveling exhibit in February 2016. This exhibit included contributions of “ruins and mementos of failed relationships” from those along each stop of its itinerary. Museum curators from Croatia selected and integrated objects donated in Boise and to be added to the permanent collection.
Jason Morales founded MING Studios in 2014 with a mission to “exhibit, explore, and experience contemporary arts and cultures.” The space has already made a big impression in Boise and invigorated the cultural landscape. It earned a Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Arts & History in 2015 for an Emerging Organization.
Creators, Makers, and Doers highlights the lives and work of Boise artists and creative individuals. Selected profiles focus on individuals whose work has been supported by the Boise City Dept. of Arts & History.
Donald Winiecki is a professor at the College of Engineering at Boise State University, a sociologist, and a former illustrator. He has created ANA, a software program that creates digital artwork from code that replicates his own creative style, color choices, and subject matter. This experimentation in the digital art realm has become the brain-child of his fascination with phenomenology and a great resource in his endeavors as an instructor. He leaves us with, “You have to believe in what you do even when it is hard and even when it doesn’t seem too rewarding.”
James Lloyd, illustrator, commercial artist, and creative force behind the beloved Treefort brand and marketing vibe, is a self-proclaimed fan of the low-brow style. He integrates storytelling throughout his body of work and has developed an iconic style that resonates with Boiseans. As a resident of the creative community, his disciplined and prolific production is based upon creation for its own sake. At the end of the day, James leaves us with one thing: “Just make things, even if you don’t think anyone will see them.”
Barbara Perry-Bauer has pursued her passion for history for more than twenty years. Through research, surveys, interviews, publications, and storytelling she has brought the varied past of our community into the present to educate, inspire, and enrich. Although it is a tough path to take, she has persisted and found success in the city that has recently embraced its own story as it hurtles towards modernity.