Creators, Makers and Doers: Barbara Perry Bauer

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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.

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Creators, Makers, and Doers: Ken McCall

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Ken McCall spends his days blending metal, art, and function to create permanent pieces from ideas and natural forms. He credits his courage and success in part to support and influence from his family as well as the community of other local artists. Ken possesses an inherently collaborative and diligent nature that enables him to envision and execute ideas with one foot grounded in feasibility, the other in artistic effect. He has built an expansive career based on his passion, dedication, talent, and thoughtful reflection.

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Creators, Makers, and Doers: Jeff Tucker

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Jeff Tucker is a man of production and creation, which are handy traits to possess as the Director of Content Services for Idaho Public Television. Throughout his education and career, he has thrived upon creating art and exploring artistic subjects. He honed his storytelling and production skills to create accessible educational pieces for public audiences. Technology is a big part of this equation, not only in terms of production. Tucker recognizes the need to secure and preserve IPTV’s content digitally, and to manage content so the public has ready access points to discover or recover the dense catalogue of subjects covered by IPTV.

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Creators, Makers, and Doers: Beau Greener

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Idaho native and creative, Beau Greener, dedicates himself to the pursuit of craft, design, illustration, and all things aesthetic. He integrates the range of his interests into every work day, which can be producing beautiful illustrations and designs during the day, to settling into his home studio in the evening to satisfy his craving for handcraft work, which he markets under his Credenda Studios moniker. Well suited in the Boise artistic niche, this toy-maker, illustrator, artist, and designer guru will soon throw himself into the vast unknown with a move to his second home in Seattle.

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Creators, Makers, and Doers: Veiko Valencia

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Veiko Valencia is a skilled artist who paints, illustrates, and constructs. He hails from Arequipa, Peru and journeyed to Boise to pursue an education at Boise State University. Valencia discovers a fascination with everyday subjects and how they can evoke a sense of irony once they are disassembled, translated, and digested. With discipline and commitment, Valencia is moved and motivated by curiosity, and with the uncertainty and excitement that discovery brings.

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Creators, Makers, and Doers: Amber Conger

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Amber Conger, a full-time artist residing in the outskirts of Boise, wades in all sorts of creative work. With a focus in metals, her creations range from jewelry to public art and other requested pieces. However, she did not begin encapsulated with this admirable skillset. She had the basics and the ambition; from there it was all trial, frustration, success, discovery and growth. Conger’s industrial style is perfectly juxtaposed with feminine curves paired with history, imagination and intricacy.

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Creators, Makers, and Doers: Noble Hardesty

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Noble Hardesty is known for his bold and graphic illustration style. While trying to keep up with commissions and a non-stop exhibition schedule this summer, Hardesty has also been instrumental in pioneering the new artist collective space, Swell. He now works full time at his craft, and credits a strong work ethic and a robust social media presence as critical components for  finding success as an artist in Boise.

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Creators, Makers & Doers: Larry McNeil

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A deep urge to tell stories and understand the American experience is what drives Larry McNeil’s artistic practice. Through the lens of a camera and from the perspective of his cultural background as a Tlingit native living in contemporary America, McNeil weaves narratives that take a critical look at issues of contemporary life. McNeil is an internationally renowned and celebrated artist, having most recently shown his work at the Smithsonian. But, even with his lofty artistic status, he chooses to live and teach in Boise where he nurtures new artists into the world.

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Creators, Makers, and Doers: Belinda Isley

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A recycler of small treasures, Belinda Isley creates art out of things others have let go and reintroduces them into the world as magical story-telling talismans. Antique photographs, small shoes, and discarded buttons call out to her. She makes her own sense of ephemera by collaging together disparate items, drawing narrative relationships between them and inviting whimsy to the table. Her resulting work ranges from framed collages, traffic box wraps, to public art installations. While balancing the linear tasks of an artist—meeting deadlines, preparing applications, and responding to the requirements of a commissioning agency—with the necessary emotional investment in making her art, ultimately what drives Belinda  is a passion to create.

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Creators, Makers, and Doers: Bill Carman

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Internationally acclaimed illustrator and Boise local, Bill Carman, is constantly at work honing his craft. Spending up to 80 hours a week in his studio, Bill is industrious to say the least. It is hard to believe he has that much time available while balancing teaching as a professor at Boise State University, publishing a book, and spending time with his family. Ultimately for Bill, it comes down to committing to what you love to do.

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