Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Gallery Walk

Express Staff Writer

"The Odds" Kevin Sloan's "Modern Parables" at Gilman Contemporary. Courtesy photo

Gallery Walk, sponsored by the Sun Valley Gallery Association, will take place Friday, Nov. 25, from 5-8 p.m. Here is a description of the galleries that will be open and some of the works on display. The first eight galleries listed are members of the Sun Valley Gallery Association.

Never been to a Gallery Walk? Don't want to go it alone? Join state Rep. Wendy Jaquet—co-founder of the Sun Valley Gallery Association—for a free guided Gallery Walk that starts from the Sun Valley Lodge lobby at 5 p.m. Jaquet personalizes the tour based on the interest of the participants. Spice up the conversation and ask her anything about valley politics for the past 30 years. She moved to the valley in 1977 and served as executive director of the Sun Valley-Ketchum Chamber and Visitors Bureau for 13 years. She's starting her 18th session in the Legislature.


The Courtyard, 360 East Ave.— Broschofsky Galleries is featuring a selection of historic Western works. Included is "Great Falls of the Snake River", 1876,  a chromolithographic reproduction by Thomas Moran, artist to the Hayden Expedition of 1871, exploring the mountain regions of Idaho, Nevada, Colorado and Utah.


The Galleria, 351 Leadville, east of Main Street between Third and Fourth streets—This will be the Boloix Gallery's first Gallery Walk at the new location featuring a selection of the finest works by gallery artists Françoise Gilot, Salustiano, Julian Voss Andreae and Gustavo Acosta. Stop by for a holiday drink (and a crepe at Penelope's Café, in the courtyard of the Galleria) and art by contemporary masters.


320 First Ave. N., Sun Valley Road and First Avenue—Friesen Gallery presents Jill Lear's "Place and Space." The artist focuses on the root and trunk systems of trees, exploring proportion and space and balancing the powerful trunks with the light, graceful lines of the landscape. She incorporates both painterly brushwork and architectural linearity, finding equilibrium between the two. Lear creates a sense of awe as she celebrates the longevity, groundedness and permanence that trees instill. The resulting images are an attempt to indicate the varied range of human experience within the natural world, fitting together particular experiences of place to create a slowly evolving archetypal landscape. She titles her charcoal and acrylic paintings with precise latitude and longitude coordinates that document the locations of each tree. Lear will be in attendance.


400 First Ave.—The Gail Severn Galley presents "Marks and Conversations III" with contemporary paintings and sculpture. Sculpture artists Margaret Keelan, Julie Speidel and Jun Kaneko. Paintings by Gary Komarin, Squeak Carnwath, Kris Cox, Raphaëlle Goethals and Cole Morgan will also be exhibited. "Sense of Place XVI," a group exhibition of landscape artists including Victoria Adams, James Cook, Michael Gregory, Ted Waddell and Laura McPhee. Nature will show the works of Brad Rude, Chris Reilly, Allison Stewart, Ed Musante and Jane Rosen. All three shows will be on exhibit until late December.


320 First Ave.—Cynthia Fusillo, American born but now living and working in Barcelona, speaks five languages, has a master's degree in art and psychology, and has created many meaningful works for "Language of Layers." Gallery DeNovo will be showcasing her mixed-media works on wood panel in addition to a few of her layered monoprints.


400 First Ave.— Gilman Contemporary exhibits Kevin Sloan's latest series of paintings titled "Modern Parables." Sloan's interest lies in early natural-history art from the era now referred to as the Age of Discovery. Many artists of that time period painstakingly and accurately illustrated the discovered natural world, giving their audience a look at new and exotic discoveries. "My recent work is a continuation of the ideas of natural-history art with the contemporary addition of a narrative and poetic element. Freed from the need to describe for science, I can describe the natural world through an allegorical, poetic and sometimes social lens," says Sloan.


271 First Ave.— A group exhibition featuring landscapes of this area rendered in pastel by Idaho native James Palmersheim, figurative ice skating scenes from Scott Switzer, Lona Hymas-Smith's most recent woodcarving of a Western tanager and introducing the animal imagery of popular local artist Debbie Edgers-Sturges. Sturges' new body of work features grizzly bear and wolf studies painted from first-hand observations during a recent study trip to Alaska.


191 Fifth St.—The Center celebrates the opening of "Awkward Stage: Adolescence and Identity," an exploration of what it means to be a teenager in the 21st century. The exhibit features photography, paintings and a sculptural installation by artists Pamela DeTuncq, Miguel Farias and Allison Reilly, Jona Frank, Lauren Greenfield, Matthew Hayes, Leela Cyd Ross and Richard Ross and Lauren Marie Taylor, plus contributions by local teens.


360 East Ave.—To enhance the magical Sun Valley winter, Expressions invited artists Fran Kievet, Dick Heichberger, Dave McGary, Bill Mittag, Ken Peloke, Jim Rey, Donna Howell-Sickles and Mary Roberson to create an exhibit of smaller works especially for a winter show. The result is 35 pieces of exceptional Western artwork. Artist and owner Dave McGary anchors the exhibit with his incredible Native American bronze sculptures.


360 First Ave.— Ricco DiStefano captures the ambient  sounds that color a moment in "The Way Home."  His shadowman landscapes are a reflection of one's spirit. Ricco's large-scale acrylic-on-canvas painting is on exhibit through December.  Local Artist Judy Whitmyre's acrylic canvases realistically portray the beauty of Idaho's vast landscape. 


400 E. Sun Valley Road—Mountain Images Gallery is showing a new limited edition of specially framed, small prints from several of James Bourret's series. Framed images from the "Motion" series of vividly colored semi-abstract photographs are presented in unique deep shadow boxes, 14 inches square, and are affordably priced. Each print is from an edition of 25 total. Larger prints are also available. Prints from several other series will also be presented in the shadow box format, which is ideal for gift giving. An extensive selection of new landscape prints will also be on exhibit.


350 Walnut Ave.—Ochi Gallery presents the fourth Young Collector Show, featuring affordable works by emerging and established artists such as Erin Rachel Hudak, Alison Van Pelt, Gordon Stevenson and William Hutnick.  Check for upcoming holiday events.

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