Friday, December 23, 2011


St. Luke's unveils new art exhibit

St. Luke's Wood River has opened a new art exhibit in its local artist and lobby galleries. The theme of the exhibit is "Nature's Bounty."

The hospital's art program provides affordable space for both established and up-and-coming local artists to show their work.

The program's stated 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," said Katie Pratt, art program manager.

Works on display in the lobby gallery are paintings by James Cook and Michael Gregory. In the local artists gallery, works are on display in painting, photography, printmaking and mixed media from local and national artists. Most of the artwork is for sale.

Some of the featured local artists are Christopher Brown, Melissa Graves Brown, Heather Hansen, Lisa Holley, Steven R. Houts, Thia Konig, Annie May, Susan Perin, Paulette Phlipot, Tom Prater, Poo Wright Pulliam, Richard Rush and Marie Stewart.

Exhibits change every six months.

Teahouse opens in Ketchum

A new teahouse and café has opened with an eye toward promoting wellness and relaxation.

Tranquility Teahouse, owned and operated by Ketchum resident Pam Colesworthy, offers 30 varieties of teas, a tasting bar, food, and health and wellness products.

"Our goal is to serve as a community gathering place that provides a sanctuary for general wellness and learning through the healing properties of tea and related products," Colesworthy said in a news release. "I have seen teahouses grow and prosper in all different cities throughout the U.S., and feel this is a perfect opportunity to bring this idea to our valley."

Sylvie Doré will serve as tea master, while Tobin Jutte will be food curator, the release states.

The business plans to offer beer and wine soon. Special events and promotional programs are also in the works.

Tranquility is located at 580 Washington St. N. in Ketchum.

For more information, call 726-0095.

Idaho Power wraps up 'smart' meter installation

Idaho Power has finished the installation of about 500,000 "smart" electric meters for customers, wrapping up a three-year project.

The company stated in a press release that the new meters are part its Smart Grid project, which sends use data automatically via power lines for billing, so manual meter reading is no longer required.

"This has really improved our service to customers," said Project Manager Mark Heintzelman. "We're not going into customers' yards or disturbing their dogs, and it's extremely accurate."

Idaho Power touted the cost savings and energy savings that have resulted from the initiative, including eliminating 80 vehicles from its fleet, saving on fuel and maintenance costs because employees are no longer driving 1.6 million miles per year to read meters, and eliminating access issues like locked gates and protective dogs.

Yoga for hunger

Yoga master Richard Odom is offering his DVD for sale over the holidays, with a portion of the sales going to the Hunger Coalition of Blaine County.

Odom is a longtime valley resident who leads yoga classes at the Wood River Y in Ketchum.  The DVDs are discounted to $24.99 and can be found at Iconoclast Books in Ketchum and Atkinsons' Markets in Ketchum and Hailey.



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