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Freak Alley Gallery, Boise

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Freak Alley Gallery aka F.A.G is the Northwest's Largest Open-Air, Multi-artist Mural Gallery, located between 8th and 9th street and Bannock and Idaho in Downtown Boise.

Established in 2002 with the first drawing created by Colby Akers in the back alley door way of Moon's Cafe. From there the Alley has blossomed into a true work of art, with hundreds of participants that create works of art through out the year, from the Annual Mural Project to Sunday Fundays. Without fundraising and donations the Alley would not be what it is today.

With fundraising efforts through the " In the Can" program, Colby recycles cans with the proceeds going directly to fund the alley. Other fundraising efforts have been made through local businesses as well. Due to the amount of donations and fundraising efforts in the community, F.A.G is creating something so much bigger than just the Alley itself.

F.A.G is working to become recognized under the IRS rules and will become a 501(c)3 non-profit corporation. Through this corporation we will bring art back into the community and schools with special events, along with provide artists of all styles and mediums a free forum for their work. Hopefully by doing this we are able to help artists launch their careers.

We have an indoor gallery as well. Located at 210 N. 9th St.

For more info on how to get involved with Freak Alley Gallery or if you have any question, feel free to contact us on Facebook or email.

Colby Akers | Founder/Director

colby@freakalleygallery.org
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  • Freak Alley is very cool, and I'm told it changes the murals somewhat regularly, so it would be a neat place to go back to in a few years. It is not a very big gallery, so don't expect to stay too... 
    Freak Alley is very cool, and I'm told it changes the murals somewhat regularly, so it would be a neat place to go back to in a few years. It is not a very big gallery, so don't expect to stay too...  more »
  • A must see in Boise! its always changing with more and new art every year. Just a great walk right off 8th street. 
    A must see in Boise! its always changing with more and new art every year. Just a great walk right off 8th street.  more »
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  • This used to be a lot cooler: random people putting up graffiti art secretly. This has gotten a little more corporate support and it's now a really pretty at project. I wish there was still the edgier feel from yesterday. Still cool, just not as cool as before. Like it, but don't love it anymore.
  • When my journey to downtown Boise started early Sunday morning over Memorial Day weekend, I had no idea where my day would lead. Had I guessed, it certainly wouldn’t have been able to dream up Freak Alley Gallery. It was 7am, and I was the only vehicle on the freeway as I headed to get my Bowl of Soul at Java downtown. I chose that location because of its proximity to the Capitol and wanting to explore the grounds with Tank. If Google let iPhones upload video I would show you what a city looks like when everyone collectively decides to leave or stay in. It was as though I had the entire city to myself. After getting some great pictures of Tank at the Capitol, security reminded me I was indeed not alone in the city and that I needed a leash for Tank, for which I obliged. This was also my cue to head out, so when I looked over and saw a building covered in painted flowers, I knew I needed a closer look. Upon further inspection of the beautifully-done mural I turned to my left and spotted Freak Alley Gallery across the street. I originally thought the first murals by the restaurants were the extent of it, because wow, but to my surprise, and true to the name, it is an entire alleyway dedicated to the artwork of locally-commissioned artists. What an absolute treat to be able to spend a drizzly, chilly, morning walking through the minds of such talented individuals. I love places that allow you to go and feel, and Freak Alley Gallery does exactly that. Thank you to the artists and commission for making such a welcoming place. If you are a fan of the arts, or need a spot to get some great photos, do yourself a favor and stop by Freak Alley Gallery in downtown Boise.

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