Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Discover valley artists at Art House 2009

Hailey home is transformed into swank gallery

Express Staff Writer

Jenn and Richard Rush are dedicated to the artistic and cultural well-being of the Wood River Valley. Their commitment to honoring area artists has led them to once again clean out their home and fill it with art for "Art House 2009"—a unique Hailey art event.

As ex-New Yorkers, the couple creates a swanky and upscale Manhattan gallery vibe in their home, which has attracted more than 500 visitors and over 50 works of art for sale by local and part-time valley residents.

"When we designed our home eight years ago, with local architect Michael Barker, we did so with a definitive modern style to include high ceilings, large spaces, white walls and even had art lighting installed," Jenn said. "We did not consider it could also become a wonderful gallery space."

Jenn said the first event was a huge success and she knew she and her husband wanted to make it an annual event. It is an affordable event for artists to exhibit and make money.

Art is priced from $75 to $5,000, and this year 12 artists will show a range of work including sculpture, drawings, paintings, photography, ceramics and mixed media. Participating artists will be Joseph Castle, Julie Singer, Richard Rush, Sara Rogers, Shelley Swanson, Jennifer Jaros Jacoby, Julie Harvey, Paul Exline, Steve Baldwin, Marc Davey, Anna Lintner Majernikova and Annie May.

"We wanted to provide something different for artists and art lovers," Jenn said. "We felt Art House could be an alternative to the traditional gallery show."

The two-day event is Friday, Aug. 28, from 5-10 p.m. and Saturday, Aug. 29, from 2-6 p.m. It will include music and refreshments along with plenty of original and unique art. The two-day event is a family-friendly environment, especially on Saturday.

Art House 2009 is located at 203 West Croy St. in Hailey. For details, call 788-8795.

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