The History of Freak Alley in Boise Idaho | Totally Boise
X


Local Stories

In the Totally Boise blogs, you will find interesting stories about local people, business and events. Have an idea for a topic? Send us an email!

GET FEATURED

Stories About Boise Area Life. #totallyboise

19Apr

The History of Freak Alley

The Freak Alley Gallery is touted as the oldest Outdoor Mural Gallery in the Northwest and began with the stroke of the paintbrush by its founder, Colby Akers on December 15, 2002. As legend has it, Colby was painting some art on the access doorway of Moon's Kitchen. When he was asked to sign his work by an employee, Colby instead asked permission to continue his artwork. Other businesses then asked Colby to extend his work beyond the first doorway and a Boise institution was born.

Colby estimates that 300-400 artists or more have participated in the Freak Alley Gallery in fifteen years by displaying their art at the gallery. The age of the artists ranges from 7 to 35 years old. Since 2011 the Freak Alley Gallery has held an Annual Mural Event the 1st Saturday of August through the 2nd Saturday of August. This year's event will be held August 4th through the 11th. Art is also updated in the Spring and Fall and submissions to the gallery are accepted year round.

According to Colby, the city of Boise has no control of Freak Alley Gallery,”We are not a part of the Cities Public Art Department nor governed by them. We are a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. The F.A.G. is committed to being inclusive not exclusive. We primarily work with the property management and owner of Bannock Block 44 and of course the Great Artists of Boise and from all over the country that help to create this Outdoor Mural Gallery.” Colby continues that he would not want to leave out the wonderful businesses on the block which include Portsche's Jewelry, City Peanut Shop, Matador and Juniper restaurants just to name a few.

As a non-profit, the Freak Alley Gallery accepts donations including paint supplies and building supplies. Every last bit helps. To learn more about the Freak Alley Gallery, please take the time to check out their website at Freak Alley Gallery

About the Author

Related

Totally Boise First Annual Pizza Weekend

Totally Boise First Annual Pizza Weekend

Here’s to the best weekend of the year! June 21-24 will be the first annual Totally Boise Pizza Wee...

Read More >
Albertsons on Broadway: Your BSU Tailgating Headquarters

Albertsons on Broadway: Your BSU Tailgating Headquarters

More than just a grocery store, the Albertsons on Broadway has just about anything you you can think...

Read More >
Don't Be A Tater Hater

Don't Be A Tater Hater

Are you a tater hater? Research shows, 1 out of every 4 Idahoans are tater haters. So what does this...

Read More >
Sleigh Rides in Donnelly

Sleigh Rides in Donnelly

Have you been looking for a unique winter activity or even a little escape from the city? Well, you’...

Read More >
First Thursday

First Thursday

First Thursday of each month is the time to experience art, shopping, dining and entertainment in a ...

Read More >
7 Local Gems in Boise

7 Local Gems in Boise

From local bar-fronts to family friendly sandwich joints, Totally Boise's got your cravings cove...

Read More >

Get in the Know

Name

Article Search

Article Categories