POCATELLO — Outdoor art is coming to Old Town Pocatello.
Thanks to a $1,000 grant from the Pocatello Arts Council, as well as community support from local individuals and businesses, Monday at 10 a.m. at the “Break out the Paints” event, local artists will get to work creating "Old Town Alley: A Pocatello Urban Art Exhibit" in the alley behind Cottonwood Junction, 141 N. Main St. Akin to Boise’s Freak Alley Outdoor Gallery, the exhibit will be home to murals, graffiti and public art with this year’s theme being "Pocatello, a Reason to Smile."
“'Old Town Alley' gives new meaning to the idea of street art in a highly visible downtown location. All across America, urban alleyways are becoming a new canvas for public artists, breaking out of the confines of brick-and-mortar galleries and studios,” says Mark Cooper, chair of the Pocatello Arts Council. “The Pocatello Arts Council is happy to help get this project off the ground and the goal is to create a destination in Pocatello’s Historic Old Town where local artists can contribute their talents.”
Following the kickoff event, artists will continue to paint their individual mural panels until Aug. 18. Colby Akers, founder of Boise’s Freak Alley Outdoor Gallery, will be in residence for the week to encourage the mural artists and also paint a panel. While they’re working, the public is invited to stop by and see the artists’ progress.
“We have a lot of interesting local artists participating in this first year,” says Heidi Yerbich, lead artist and project coordinator. “It will be fascinating to see how they interpret the theme. It is also beautiful to see the Pocatello art scene expand, making art more accessible in the community.”
The finished works will make their official debut on Aug. 19 from 3 to 7 p.m. At the event, attendees can meet the artists and light refreshments will be served.
For more information on local arts grants from the Pocatello Arts Council, go to pocatelloarts.org/grants.htm.