Visual Arts Collective 3638 Osage Street, Garden City, ID 83714 A 21+ establishment • Valid ID required Contemporary fine art gallery, performance venue, and cultural center Boise & Treasure Valley, located in Garden City, ID

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Menagerie: New work by Elizabeth Hilton

Menagerie new work by Elizabeth Hilton
Artist Reception August 5th 2022
Doors at 5:30 – Late
Show Runs August – September
I was born in West Boise back when it wasn’t quite suburban sprawl. There were
the irregularly interspersed neighborhoods among the more frequent farmland and
dusty dirt roads. Old or abandoned houses and barns dotted the open space with
no sense of organization or neighborly friendliness. Plum and locust trees
converged on the many ditches and canals, which bisected the ground in their
particularly man made way, all straight lines and right angles.
Colors and images from my childhood play a strong role in my inspiration. Old pink,
turquoise, and even the yellowed paper from old novels, take me back to that half
pleasant half tortuous memory of growing up in a small town in the 70’s and 80’s.
Nostalgia permeates my senses as I flip through a vintage magazine looking for
just the right shade of grey to adorn a naughty raccoon.
I received my BFA from Boise State University with an emphasis in painting. I
specialize in oils, and mixed media such as vintage wallpaper, magazines and old
books. My style is process oriented, I love to start with some surface texture, an
image, and then go from there. I’ve said it before, I start the piece and then it
finishes itself! Some scrap of faded wallpaper, the advertisement from an old
magazine that sneakily shows through, or the now retro color of a fabulous new
turquoise washer ( ! ), all lend themselves to the creation of some nostalgic
creature or other. Bits and pieces of the past hiding in the layers.