Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Art on the mind

Gallery Walk turnout enjoyed by all


By SABINA DANA PLASSE
Express Staff Writer

Art patrons enjoy a lovely fall evening for October?s Gallery Walk Photo by Sabina Dana Plasse

It may be slack season in the Wood River Valley, but Ketchum sprung to life Friday evening for the October Gallery Walk, an event sponsored by the Sun Valley Gallery Association.

Indeed, Ketchum's First Street was abuzz with wine-in-hand art enthusiasts who strolled from gallery to gallery discussing art and enjoying the evening.

Even though the Girl Scouts drew considerable attention selling homemade chili in front of Price Asher, art was on the mind of many who stopped by to support them.

An interesting collection by British artist Tony Foster at the Gail Severn Gallery revealed the artist's passion for wilderness. Combining watercolor landscapes with observation data such as location coordinates, weather and notes, along with three-dimensional objects collected at sites, Foster presented an unusual perspective of time and space, including time spent in Idaho.

At Gallery DeNovo, a new upstairs space provided plenty of room to view sculptures, paintings and other works, as well as a fascinating group exhibition titled "Faces and Figures." A bustle of people were in and out of the gallery building making their way to the Friesen Gallery as well. Most made short visits to the headless bull sculpture on their way inside, wondering if it was dead or alive.

Down the street at the Anne Reed Gallery there were several pieces that captured "A Celebration of Fall" show that was well suited for the mood of the evening. Artist Mayme Kratz's resin hanging sticks looked like a set of chimes from a distance, but upon closer viewing were all very different, each one telling a story about the pieces and objects trapped inside.

At the Woods Gallery, wood artist Kim Kelzer presented her playful but practical furniture, grabbing attention through a fun use of color and detail.

It was a nice evening to share all art tastes with friends and family, even a few pieces by masters such as Calder and Picasso, whose works were found at Frederic Boloix Fine Arts.

Gallery Walk is a pleasant, non-intimidating event to learn and see art for all levels of interest. The pieces and artists are fine examples of what is happening in the art world today.

The next walk, Nov. 28, promises to be even more exciting as the winter season will bring a bevy of new art to the galleries. For more information about Gallery Walk, visit svgalleries.org.




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