Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Take a walk for art in Hailey

Doors are open for art, artists and art lovers

Express Staff Writer

Nick Stelma will feature photographs from forest fires from the area at Zaney?s River Street Coffee House in Hailey.

Hailey's art community has been gaining enthusiasm and acceptance. Two art walks have been held since November, and this Saturday, Feb. 8, will make three and the most expansive one yet.

"It's a group of us. We are business owners and artists coming together to make this event happen, and its very grassroots," said Alissa McGonigal, an artist and owner of The Loft. Located at at 202 N. Main St., The Loft will exhibit paintings by Kathryn McNeal, graphite-on-paper drawings by Christopher Brown, acrylic paintings by Melissa Graves Brown, acrylic paintings by Suzanne Chetwood, wood sculpture by Michael Oosting and acrylic paintings by Patty Lewis.

Other exhibitions include Studio 311 at 311 Main St., featuring works by Melissa and Christopher Brown, The Blue Heron Workshop on Airport Way, which will show vintage fly fisherman art, and Note's Music on 221 S. River St., which will exhibit works by Will Caldwell.

At The Toy Store at 312 S. Main St. there will be artwork by Wood River High School artists and a story hour for children from 6 to 7 p.m. The Hailey Coffee Company on 219 S. Main St. will also feature Melissa Graves Brown's paintings as well as those of other artists.

Zaney's River Street Coffee House on 208 N. River St. will exhibit photographs from the Castle Rock Fire by Nick Stelma. The Bead Shop on 7 E. Bullion St. will feature jewelry by Barbara Yasenak, and Inspire at 219 S. River St. in Suite 205 will exhibit Colette Evan's paintings.

At KB's in Hailey there will be a special musical event, KB's "Idol" show, from 6 to 8 p.m. and an exhibition of Chinese New Year art by students at the Pioneer Montessori. At 8 p.m., the Ketchum World Beat Street Band will play for a party following the art walk.

"I think it really nice to see art venues in Hailey," McGonigal said. "It's nice to get the community out and taking a serious look at what Hailey has to offer. In the future we would love to see an art walk every couple of months and see more performing arts in the summer outside, as well as sculpture, in Hailey."

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