Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Bellevue opens up for art

South valley rich with character, creativity

Express Staff Writer

Brandis Sarich will donate to the local animal shelter 10 percent of all sales and commissions she makes during the weekend walkabout. Image courtesy of Green Antelope Gallery

Fall is a time when antelope are really out to play, so it's only fitting that Bellevue's own Green Antelope Gallery should host its second Open Studios tour of art spaces around town.

This Friday, Oct. 14, and Saturday, Oct. 15, a variety of artists and art forms will be on display with the Green Antelope Gallery serving as the hub.

This is an opportunity to meet the artists and see where they live and work at a reception and walking tour.

"We're excited to build on the success of last year's event with several new artists participating, in addition to many returning favorites," said gallery owner Brooke Bonner. "We're looking forward to drawing crowds from across the valley, and even some visitors."

Friday's opening reception starts at 3 p.m. and will feature a selected piece from each participating artist. Visitors are invited to come by the gallery, see a preview of the work and pick up the brochure and map to plot out a tour. Pace yourself and even consider coming back Saturday to finish. The Green Antelope is right on the bike path and the leaves are colorful and still mostly on the trees down south, so bring your cameras and your bikes.

A moose has been spotted just up the road. Deer often walk through town and you are just across Main Street from the enchanting Howard Preserve for an extended walk.

Brandis Sarich will do on-site demonstrations of her colorful animal portraiture and take commissions for your pet. A portion of any sales or commissions of her work during the tour will go to the Animal Shelter of the Wood River Valley.

"Pets are often the favorite family member, exceptional confidants and most loyal companions that we can know," Sarich said. "Our relationship can go beyond the physical and bring us to our true nature and purpose: unconditional love."

Other participating artists will be crowd favorites Martha Andrea, Melissa Graves Brown, Nolina Burge, Clifford Frates, Janet Houts, Steven R. Houts, Russ Lamb, Betsy Pearson, Mark Sheehan, Kirsten Shultz, Marie Stewart and Pamela Street. Art forms among these talented people range from quilting and textile arts to sculpture, photography, painting, mixed media and more.

All events are free and a map and brochure can be found on site at the gallery at 116 S. Second St. in Bellevue or by visiting

"Green Antelope is proud to organize this fun community event, showcasing the amazing talent and artistic quality all around us in the valley."

Jennifer Liebrum:

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