Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Ketchum Arts Fair is a weekend must-see

Enjoy Sun Valley and shop for one-of-a-kind items

Express Staff Writer

Ketchum ceramic artist Elisabeth Pohle’s creations are hand-painted designs. Photo by Willy Cook

The Ketchum Arts Fair is a highly coveted show, not just for the artists and crafts people who participate, but also for the attendees who enjoy supporting the artists. The show includes original wares by more than 115 artists and craft makers as well as local chefs and brewmeisters and local musicians playing throughout the day. The 11th annual Ketchum Arts Festival will take place Friday, July 9, and Saturday, July 10, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, July 11, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The event will be at Festival Meadow on Sun Valley Road. A free bus will stop at the Sun Valley barn across the street when requested.

Participants at the festival include professional and amateur artists and craftspeople of all ages and backgrounds exhibiting high-end sophisticated art and affordable arts and crafts by emerging artists. Painters range from established plein air painter Jini Griffith to first-time exhibitor 11-year-old Lane Letourneau.

Furniture includes sophisticated willow chairs by Don King and wine-barrel furniture from Wes Walsworth. Christina Healey's high-end gold jewelry is a local favorite, as are fun and funky KJ Jewels by Karen Johnston. The show will also feature pottery, hammocks, teepees, windsocks, photographs, fiber art and fused-glass works. Dave LaMure returns with his sculpture and lamps, as does bronze moose man Russ Lamb.

The fair is a showcase of art produced in Blaine County, but also includes a selection of work by artisans from other parts of Idaho. Most of the local artists are current Wood River Valley residents and a few are former participants who have moved from the valley but love to return.

Free live local music every day will include The Mighty Shims, Spare Change, Hat Trick, Rick Hoel, Bruce Innes and the Kim Stocking Band. The premier attraction this year is the Paul Tillotson Trio, at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 10.

In addition to the artisans will be Varda and Dr. Heart's puppets, Melissa Boley's handmade hula hoops and food prepared by local chefs, including salmon burgers, barbeque and brats as well as fresh-squeezed organic lemonade and Sun Valley Brewery microbrews.

For details call 725-4090 or visit

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