Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Hailey arts commissioners named

Two seats on new panel remain to be filled

Express Staff Writer

Hailey Mayor Susan McBryant recently named city residents to fill three of the five seats on the newly created Hailey Arts Commission.

The new commissioners are Mark Johnstone, Denise Simone and Lisbeth Ruiz. McBryant announced the commission members' names at a Hailey City Council meeting June 12.

The Hailey Arts Commission was established to ensure the arts are an integral part of the Hailey community. The commission will promote the cultural, educational and economic growth of Hailey through the enhancement of its arts and cultural heritage.

The remaining fourth and fifth seats on the Hailey Arts Commission will be named by McBryant during Hailey City Council meetings on July 11 and July 25, respectively. McBryant will base her fifth nomination on the recommendation of the four members already appointed to the arts commission.

Johnstone is an author, curator and educator who relocated to the Wood River Valley in 2004 after living in the Los Angeles area for 27 years. Johnstone has worked in the arts for over 30 years, recently as exhibitions consultant to the Sun Valley Center for the Arts and public art field researcher for the Idaho Commission on the Arts.

Simone is a founding member and core company artist of the Company of Fools drama troupe as well as an accomplished director, teacher, playwright and actress. Simone has written four plays that have been produced in the United States.

Ruiz produces a Spanish language radio show on KECH radio in Hailey, which airs on Sundays from noon until 7 p.m. The show discusses a broad range of community issues in addition to playing music.

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