Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Macedonian artist moves north

Blagojce wants to teach art and art history

Express Staff Writer

Macedonian artist Blagojce Stajanovski will open a new gallery in Ketchum. Photo by

Blagojce Stajanovski, known as Blago, is a Macedonian native who has transplanted himself from California to the Wood River Valley. His gallery, Blagojce Fine Art Gallery, will have a ribbon cutting in Ketchum on Friday, Dec. 18, at 4:30 p.m. The gallery will be open every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will feature paintings, original drawings, etchings, posters, murals and sculptures.

Blagojce will showcase a series of works including "Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons,'" "Horses in Art," "Once We Were Children Too" and "The Market Sites From East Europe."

Blagojce moved his gallery from Bellevue, where he first opened this past summer, to Ketchum in the Walnut Street Mall shops.

"I hope to have workshops, a studio and gallery," Blagojce said. "In addition, I want to have workshops and seminars for children, to include drawing and painting."

He said he would like to introduce interested children to the visual arts and art history. In addition, he hopes to offer a special workshop for gifted children. Adult workshops will include oil, acrylics, water colors and plein air painting.

"I would like to have an art academy," Blagojce said. "I could also offer classes in frescoes, which I can teach."

Blagojce has a very successful career in creating posters for non-profits, which include Meals-on-Wheels, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Monterey Peninsula. He has donated paintings for auction to the Sawtooth Society and the Sawtooth Botanical Garden.

He has spent a great deal of time in Monterey and Carmel, Calif., but said he loves the Wood River Valley because he thinks it's beautiful and because he's a big fan of Ernest Hemingway.

"I am inspired by the mountains and beauty here," Blagojce said. "I want to do a mural on Hemingway similar to one I did on Steinbeck in California."

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