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Winston Mitchell. Opening reception of Legacy, a show of artworks by Surel Mitchell in celebration of her contributions to the community as an artist, coinciding with the 10 year anniversary of the Surel’s Place non-profit organization. February 3, 2022 at Capitol Contemporary Gallery in Boise, Idaho.

Surel Lee Mitchell was born December 4, 1944 to Ulek and Nettie Tosher in New York City. Her childhood was spent in Pottstown, PA, watching her father paint in his home studio. After moving to Idaho with her family in the 1970s, she became a long-time docent at the Boise Gallery of Art (now the Boise Art Museum), a member of the Boise City Arts Commission and the Garden City Arts Commission. She helped create the Boise City Visual Chronicle and received the Idaho Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2000 and a Boise City Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Arts and History in 2011.​​​​​​​​
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After building her home and studio in an underdeveloped and underserved section of Garden City, she worked with city leaders to create a special zoning district to encourage the arts and creativity to thrive. Her work has been exhibited extensively, including in New York, Washington, DC, and Kuala Lumpur, and it is in private and corporate collections throughout the country. After she died on October 10, 2011, her daughter, Rebecca Mitchell Kelada, and close friend, Karen Bubb, founded Surel’s Place to support artists in order to continue her legacy. ​​​​​​​​
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After her death, the Garden City Council officially named her neighborhood after her: The Surel Mitchell Live-Work-Create District. Her home, now Surel’s Place, is the district’s anchor.
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Winston Mitchell. Opening reception of Legacy, a show of artworks by Surel Mitchell in celebration of her contributions to the community as an artist, coinciding with the 10 year anniversary of the Surel’s Place non-profit organization. February 3, 2022 at Capitol Contemporary Gallery in Boise, Idaho.<br />
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Surel Lee Mitchell was born December 4, 1944 to Ulek and Nettie Tosher in New York City. Her childhood was spent in Pottstown, PA, watching her father paint in his home studio. After moving to Idaho with her family in the 1970s, she became a long-time docent at the Boise Gallery of Art (now the Boise Art Museum), a member of the Boise City Arts Commission and the Garden City Arts Commission. She helped create the Boise City Visual Chronicle and received the Idaho Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2000 and a Boise City Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Arts and History in 2011.​​​​​​​​<br />
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After building her home and studio in an underdeveloped and underserved section of Garden City, she  worked with city leaders to create a special zoning district to encourage the arts and creativity to thrive. Her work has been exhibited extensively, including in New York, Washington, DC, and Kuala Lumpur, and it is in private and corporate collections throughout the country. After she died on October 10, 2011, her daughter, Rebecca Mitchell Kelada, and close friend, Karen Bubb, founded Surel’s Place to support artists in order to continue her legacy. ​​​​​​​​<br />
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After her death, the Garden City Council officially named her neighborhood after her: The Surel Mitchell Live-Work-Create District. Her home, now Surel’s Place, is the district’s anchor.