Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Experience ‘Harmony’

Wood River Valley artists exhibit in Ketchum

Express Staff Writer

"Vintage Starflower" by Sharon Maley. Encaustic for "Harmony" in Ketchum.

When valley artists gather together there is an opportunity to see the talent and creativity of people working and living in the community. In a special gallery exhibition, "Harmony," at the former Woods Gallery in Ketchum on First Street, Brooke Bonner, Sarah Long and Sharon Maley will have a three-day show, which will open Friday, Nov. 28, for Gallery Walk from 6-9 p.m. and continue Saturday, Nov 29, from noon to 9 p.m. with a locals party and Sunday, Nov. 30, from 1-5 p.m.

"For emerging artists, it is a little challenging to find places for your work," Maley said. "I have been dabbling in encaustics for a while, and have been an oil painter for years. When I was exposed to encaustic, I was enthralled because it's so highly experimental and you can get a variety of looks and amazing depth that you can't get with oils."

Bonner is the owner of the Green Antelope Gallery in Bellevue and she as well Long exhibit at the gallery.

"It's great for Ketchum people to get to know what is happening in Bellevue," Maley said. "The show is focusing on harmony, and my work is a balance of chaos and organization."

Bonner will feature black-and-white print photographs and Long will have several sculptures on exhibition as well.

"I have a couple of series," Maley said. "One more whimsical, one very earthy and one organic. The organic series relates to nature and how we appear random and free and that there is always an underlying design in nature."

"Harmony" will be up for a very short time, but there will be another opening for December's Gallery Walk on Friday, Dec. 26, which will continue through early January. More valley artists will be featured including sculptors Joe Castle and Jack Burgess.

"I love that this is an all women's show," Maley said. "We are going to fill the building up, and will have works ranging from $500 to $2,000."

For details, call 720-2408.

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