Surel’s Other Place


William Lewis

Saturday, January 16, 2016

Through February 29 | Daily 11-5
Cinder Winery, Mezzanine
107 E 44th St | Garden City

The City Limits is a series of small paintings of nearby landscapes by Boise artist William Lewis. According to Lewis, the series came about after he took a wrong turn during a drive. In his words: “This turn lead to me being caught up in the sights of Boise’s southern edge, where city gives way to high desert. It was an intensely hot, summer day. The brightness of the sky and the dry, raw earth seemed to overwhelm the impermanent, human interventions in the landscape. I found it strangely poignant and beautiful.” Through unexpected compositions and skilled brushwork, Lewis’s paintings bring mundane imagery into sublime light.

Having lived in the Midwest, the South, New York City and Paris, France, William Lewis made Boise his home in 1997. Lewis received his BFA from Hunter College, and his Masters degree from New York University. Lewis’s paintings have been included in three Idaho Triennial exhibitions, the Boise Visual Chronicle and a suite of paintings called Artifacts is permanently installed in the Boise Public Library’s Hillcrest branch. Lewis’s work has been featured in two exhibitions at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts concerned with nature and our relation to it: Making Camp (2012) and Forests, Foraging and Fire (2014). Currently his painting and sculpture can be seen in Modern and Contemporary Ceramics Kay Hardy and Gregory Kaslo Collection at the Boise Art Museum, The Beuys Project at CTY Studio. Lewis was a recipient of the 2011 Fellowship award of the Idaho Commission on the Arts and Merit Awards from the 2010 and 2013 Idaho Triennials and is represented by Ochi Gallery in Ketchum, ID.

Surel’s Place partners with Garden City’s award-winning Cinder Wines to showcase some of the best art being made in the Valley.  We curate four shows per year in Cinder’s mezzanine gallery space, called Surel’s Other Place. This beautiful space allows us to support local artists with professional installation and marketing in tandem with an organization that offers an appreciative audience in their 500 member (and growing) wine club.  In addition, we hope to offer curatorial experiences to knowledgeable arts professionals and patrons who may be interested in serving as guest curators with the help of Surel’s Place Director of Curating, Heather Bauer.

If you are interested in being considered for a show at Surel’s Other Place at Cinder, please use the Art Event Application, and enter “Surel’s Other Place” as the event type.