Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Art Briefs

Center to open 'Social Structures' exhibition

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts will present a new exhibition, "Social Structures," on Friday, March 18, through May 20. The show will include five artists who examine the place where architecture and furniture converge with people's values, successes and failures as a society. "Social Structures" will present a range of work including photography, painting, drawing and sculpture. The Center will offer free exhibition tours at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 31, and Thursday, April 14, and at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26. To schedule a tour at another time or in Spanish, call 726-9491.

A related exhibition opening at The Center in Hailey, on Friday, April 1, will feature found-material sculptures by Pocatello-based artist Amy Jo Popa and cardboard box furniture by Bob Dix of Hailey. The exhibition will also include work made by participants in Dix's Box Furniture class, which will take place March 29--31. For details, call 726-9491.

Actor and director Bill Raymond to visit nexStage

The nexStage Theatre in Ketchum will have New York actor and director Bill Raymond direct its spring play project, "A Little Night Laughter," for performances June 1-5. The project, a part of nexStage's 2011 season of plays, will feature four one-act comedies written by America's premier playwrights. The plays will feature local actors Scott Creighton and Steve d'Smith. This will be Raymond's fourth trip to the valley to collaborate with the nexStage. He will arrive in early May to begin working with the cast and crew on the project, which will be produced by Jonathan Kane for the nexStage.

Raymond has been awarded three Obie Awards, two for performance and one for a lifetime achievement award as co-artistic director of the New York-based theater group Mabou Mines. In addition, Raymond toured the world to critical acclaim with "Cold Harbor," in which he portrayed Ulysses S. Grant and also directed. For details, call 726-9124.

Sun Valley Wellness Festival will hold 14th annual event

The Sun Valley Wellness Festival will take place May 27-30 at the Sun Valley Resort. The non-profit Sun Valley Wellness Institute, which produces the annual festival, has launched a new website,, to showcase the upcoming 14th annual event.

This year's festival, themed "Bridging Science and Spirituality," will include more than 30 presentations and workshops addressing various modalities of body, mind, spirit and environmental wellness, and a new Next Generation Wellness educational tract for parents and children.

Keynote speaker Gregg Braden, bestselling author and scientist, will present "Deep Truth: Igniting the Memory of Our Origin, History, Destiny and Fate." Other speakers will include visionary artist Alex Grey, author and humanitarian Father Gregory Boyle, actor and activist Christopher Kennedy Lawford, Public Radio host and author Dr. Zorba Paster, Tenzin Priyadarshi, director of the Dalai Lama Center of Ethics and Transformative Values at M.I.T., Phil Radford, executive director of Greenpeace, herbalist expert David Crow and yoga master Saul David Raye.

Tickets for the festival can be bought online at

Save the date for the Sun Valley Writers' Conference

The Sun Valley Writers' Conference will take place Aug. 19-22 at the Sun Valley Resort. A few of the speakers scheduled to appear at the conference include Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, Sports Illustrated reporter and columnist Rick Reilly, Israeli novelist David Grossman and New York Times op-ed columnist David Brooks. For details, call 726-5454 or visit

Save the date for Advocates

The Advocates Black & White Soiree benefit will take place on Friday, July 1, on the lawn at Trail Creek at the Sun Valley Resort. The evening will include cocktails, dinner and dancing to The Sensations. In addition, the event will include live and silent auction lots as well as a raffle for a $10,000 Visa gift card. Raffle tickets are $20 or 6 for $100. Tickets for the event are $150 per person. Tables for 8 and 10 are available. Creative black and white attire is suggested. For details, call 788-4191 or visit

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