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Boise Artist Encourages Community Through Screenprinted Works

Frankie Barnhill
Boise State Public Radio


When the coronavirus began to spread in Idaho in March, folks who could retreated to their homes. But even with the governor’s stay-at-home order, getting outside for walks is something elected officials and health experts encourage folks to do. That inspired Boise artist Wendy Blickenstaff.

She lives in the city’s historic Northend, where walking and biking around the neighborhood have become part of the daily routine of residents during this crisis. In the last several weeks, the screenprinter has created several pieces of public art on telephone polls around the Northend as symbols of hope and encouragement during an isolating and frightening time. 

Blickenstaff shares her inspiration with Idaho Matters. 

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Frankie Barnhill is the Senior Producer of Idaho Matters, Boise State Public Radio's daily show and podcast. She's always interested in hearing surprising and enlightening stories about life in the West. Have an idea for Idaho Matters? Drop her a line!