Longtime supporter of the arts in Idaho dies

BOISE, Idaho (AP) – Jane Oppenheimer, a longtime fixture in Boise’s art world and benefactor of the art programs all across Idaho, has died. She was 92.

Relatives tell the Idaho Statesman that Oppenheimer died Saturday at her Boise home.

Oppenheimer served on the Idaho Commission of the Arts and during her tenure advocated for statewide support of arts programs. In 2005, she received the Governor’s Award in the Arts for Excellence in Support of the Arts.

She was instrumental in founding the Idaho Botanical Garden and was an active supporter of the Boise Philharmonic and the Idaho Shakespeare Festival.

Oppenheimer comes from a family that has also been influential in the Idaho art scene. Her mother, Helen Friendly Falk, was a founder of the Boise Art Gallery, now known as the Boise Art Museum.

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