Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Art Briefs

Express Staff Writer

Call to artists for Expressions in the Park

Women artists in the Wood River Valley have a deadline of April 20 to apply to participate in Expressions in the Park, formerly Artists in the Garden, the annual fundraiser for Positive Partners Assistance Dogs. This year's show will take place Aug. 7 from in Forest Service Park in Ketchum. Artists are requested to donate 30 percent of the proceeds from sales of their work to Positive Partners, as well as to contribute $30 to an advertising fund. Artists from outside the Wood River Valley are welcome as space permits.

Positive Partners Assistance Dogs custom-trains dogs to assist disabled people with specific chores. The program differs from most service dog training programs in several respects. In addition to helping people with special needs that are not met by most of the larger assistance dog training programs, it uses "clicker" training, which is best known for its use in training whales and dolphins.

Interested artists should e-mail or call 788-0837.

St. Luke's art program presents 'Birds in Art'

The hospital art program provides affordable space for established and up-and-coming valley artists to show their work. Two new art shows are on exhibition in the Local Artists and lobby galleries at the hospital. Katie Pratt, art program manager, said the art program's goal is to "provide an opportunity for local artists to show their work, to increase the community's awareness of this talent and to enhance the visual atmosphere of the hospital for patients, staff and visitors alike."

Every six months, there is a new "rotation" or exhibit in the separate galleries. In the lobby gallery are paintings by Valerie Stuart. In the Local Artists gallery upstairs, images of birds are on display, shown in photographs, paintings and printmaking. Some of the featured valley artists are Martha Andrea, Lori McNee, Lisa Holley, Poo Wright Pulliam, Diane Steffey Smith, Gay Odmark and Annie May. Most of the artwork is for sale.

In addition to the rotating exhibits, the art program maintains more than 160 pieces of original art, which are either permanent gifts or on long-term loan to the hospital. For details, call 622-6300 or e-mail

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