October 8, 2010

For Additional Information:

Shelly Houston, Meridian Mayor’s Office

(208) 489-0531


Initial Point Gallery Exhibit and Reception

to Showcase Painter and Photographer


Meridian, ID – (October 8, 2010) –  Treasure Valley artist William “Bill” Gardoski and photographer Jerry Kencke are currently showcasing their artwork in a joint exhibit running October 8 through November 4 in Meridian City Hall’s Initial Point Gallery.


An Artist Reception is scheduled for Wednesday, October 13, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in the Initial Point Gallery, where both Gardoski and Kencke will be on hand to greet gallery visitors and discuss their work.


Kencke is a lifelong Idahoan and self-taught photographer. He works in 35 mm and medium format, and only shoots in natural light. He says he considers himself a “mid-road conservationist,” seeking to preserve and conserve life scenes and nature’s beauty with his camera. He has won critical acclaim in a number of juried photo exhibitions.


Gardoski, an Idaho native and Meridian resident who creates contemporary oils on canvas, calls himself a “Realist” artist. His says his goal is to document historical events, nostalgia, and wonderful things man has made through his artwork. His subjects include buildings, landmarks, ships, trains, automobiles, and planes.


Initial Point Gallery, administered by the Meridian Arts Commission, is located on the third floor of Meridian City Hall, located at 33 E. Broadway Avenue in downtown Meridian. The gallery is free and open to the public during City Hall’s regular business hours -- Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding major holidays.


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The City of Meridian is located at the center of the Treasure Valley in southwest Idaho, minutes from the State Capitol. Founded in 1893 and incorporated as a city in 1903, Meridian is now one of Idaho’s largest and fastest growing communities. As the home to many young families, Meridian is a vibrant community whose mission is to be a premier city to live, work and raise a family and was selected in 2010 by Family Circle Magazine as one of their Top 10 Best Cities for Families, by Money Magazine as one of its 100 Best Places to Live, and by America’s Promise Alliance and ING as one of the nation’s 100 Best Communities for Young People For more information about Meridian, visit