Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Gallery Walk

Express Staff Writer

"Kinship Earth and Sky" Darren Vigil Gray acrylic on canvas 42" X 48". Friesen Gallery.

Gallery Walk, sponsored by the Sun Valley Gallery Association, will take place Friday, Dec. 30, 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 nine galleries listed are members of the Sun Valley Gallery Association. Some have special events prior to the walk; those items will be in bold.

Never been to a Gallery Walk? Don't want to go it alone? Join Wendy Jaquet—co-founder of the Sun Valley Gallery Association—for a free guided Gallery Walk that starts from the Sun Valley Lodge Recreation Center at 5 p.m. (hot chocolate included). Catch the 5:10 p.m. bus to Gilman Contemporary to start. State Rep. Jaquet, D-Ketchum, personalizes the tour based on the interest of the participants. Spice up the conversation and ask Jaquet 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 will be featuring a show titled "History of the American West Through Art." This will demonstrate various artists' views on the American West, from early explorer artists dating back to 1844 all the way to contemporary artists. The exhibit will include historic works by Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran, Olaf Wieghorst, George Catlin, Karl Bodmer and Edward Curtis. Contemporary views of the West will include works by Gordon McConnell, William Matthews, Michael Coleman and Andy Warhol.


The Galleria, 351 Leadville, east of Main Street between Third and Fourth streets—Frederic Boloix Fine Arts in its new location will be featuring new paintings by Miami-based Cuban artist Gustavo Acosta. The show is titled "A Journal of References," and the imagery depicts cityscapes from the U.S. and Cuba rendered in Acosta's characteristic painterly and technically brilliant fashion. Acosta has had numerous successful museum and one-man gallery shows over the years and is well established among Latin American artists. He is featured painting a large canvas in an exciting video on YouTube. Acosta will be in attendance for a special event tonight, Dec. 28, from 4:30-7 p.m. Grand opening with mojitos and crepes and appetizers from Penelope's Café.


320 First Ave. N., Sun Valley Road and First Avenue—Friesen Gallery celebrates 25 years this December with a sterling event, "The Silver Summit." The invisible curatorial thread in the exhibition is that each of the 25 invited artists have in a subtle, esoteric or evident manner involved the number 25 in their work of art created exclusively for The Silver Summit. The concept and method of the incorporation of 25 is entirely unique to each work of art and artist. Many of the featured artists will be in attendance for the gala event.


400 First Ave.—"Past as Prologue - Preview of Upcoming Exhibitions in 2012" This group exhibition will showcase a wide variety of the gallery's internationally recognized and emerging artists who will all have one-person exhibitions at the gallery in 2012. Artists include: Jenny Honnert Abell, Nicolas Africano, Tony Berlant, Squeak Carnwath, Linda Christensen, David Clemesha, Chuck Close, Jose Cobo, Kris Cox, Bean Finneran, Morris Graves, Michael Gregory, Jonathon Hexner, Jun Kaneko, Margaret Keelan, Judith Kindler, Lynda Lowe, Hung Liu, Robert McCauley, Laura McPhee, Marcia Myers, Deborah Oropallo, Robert Polidori, Jane Rosen, Therman Statom, Inez Storer, Theodore Waddell. Including artwork by Robert Kushner, Dan and Era Farnsworth. Also, David deVillier "Brigands and the Age of Trees" colorful narrative paintings filled with deep personal thoughts mixed with whimsical images. The drama of each piece unfolds as the viewer delves into each painting. Artist talk Saturday, Dec. 31 at 10 a.m. at the gallery.


320 First Ave.— Andrew Lui's exhibition titled "Continua" will feature a variety of large and small paintings on rice paper. Lui has mastered brilliant and unusual color palettes and fluid movement throughout his abstracted horse-and-rider series that proves to be both breathtaking and tranquil. Born in 1951 in Canton, China, Lui has lived and studied in many major cities all over the world. Lui continues to exhibit in international galleries and prominent art fairs, as well as many museum collections such as L'Ecole Royale des Beaux Arts (Belgium), Musée de Quebec (Canada), and Pallazzo Strozzi (Italy). Lui currently makes his home in Montreal, Canada. The main gallery will also feature cast-glass sculpture by Marlene Rose and a beautiful charred-wood sculpture from Jaehyo Lee. Additional works in the upstairs front gallery will include landscapes from Yehouda Chaki, Ivan Reyes, Robin Denavan and Zhang He. The upstairs back gallery will include a lovely print show including works from Alexander Calder, James Rosenquist, Jose Louis Quevas, Christopher Brown and others.


400 First Ave.—Gilman Contemporary: "Bosque IV: Constructing Parallels." Anke Schofield and Luis Garcia-Nerey explore their fascination with forest life and its inhabitants, this time extending their focus to the parallels that exist within human society and the animal kingdom. Working on panel in mixed mediums, the exhibition cohesively tells a story that invites viewers to draw their own parallels and introduce their own narratives.


391 First Ave. N.—"Barrku: Treasures from a Distant Land." A first-time event of its kind held in the United States. Join Harvey Art Projects USA for a very special exhibit of mesmerizing bark paintings, spirit figures and ceremonial poles from the highly acclaimed artists from the Buku Larrngay Mulka Art Center of Yirrkala, Northern Territory, Australia. The exhibit will also be held in conjunction with a unique cultural events program, "A Yolngu World," in which visiting guest artist Wukun Wanambi and Art Center Manager Kade McDonald will present a series of short films and a talk at the Community Library at 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 29. There will be a Yolngu ceremonial opening by Wanambi, singing and playing the yadiki at 6:30 p.m. during the Gallery Walk. And on Saturday, Dec. 31, at 10:30 a.m. an artist chat with Wanambi at the gallery.


271 First Ave.— Presenting "Resolutions," an exhibition of new work by Steven Lee Adams, Robert Moore, Lori McNee and Lona Hymas-Smith. Adams' subtle, tonal color palette gives his paintings of rural Utah a timeless quality. They are displayed alongside McNee's ethereal oil landscapes, enhanced in several pieces by the application of encaustic to her surfaces. Moore's impressionistic plein-air paintings are studies in depth and composition and feature his signature aspen motifs and Idaho scenery. Punctuating the works of these three renowned artists are the decorative hand-painted woodcarvings of Lona Hymas-Smith. These minutely detailed works of art capture fleeting moments in nature such as a hummingbird in flight feeding from a honeysuckle blossom. All four artists will be in attendance.


191 Fifth St.— Stop by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts for the most festive Gallery Walk of the year for a glass of wine or a spiked eggnog while you view the exhibition. The Center's current exhibition, "Thin Ice: Journeys in Polar Regions," is especially appropriate during the cold and dark days of December. The exhibition features photos by early explorers of the Arctic and Antarctica alongside work by contemporary artists who have visited these remote regions, including photographs, paintings, drawings, handmade books and an installation. Part of a larger multidisciplinary project on humankind's fascination with the polar regions, "Thin Ice" also includes lectures, films and a free Family Day activity. For details, visit or call 726-9491, ext. 10.


511 Sun Valley Rd.—Known for his paintings of real-life cowboys and their horses, Jim Norton also paints Indians in their original Plains costumes. His skill at depicting these subjects earned him membership in 1989 to Cowboy Artists of America, and he continues to win awards at the annual Cowboy Artists of America shows.


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 shadow-man landscapes are a reflection of one's spirit. Ricco's large-scale acrylic-on-canvas paintings are on exhibit through December. Local Artist Judy Whitmyre's acrylic canvases realistically portray the beauty of Idaho's vast landscape.


400 Sun Valley Road—Lynn Toneri presents a dynamic collection of landscape, floral and wildlife watercolors. They are available as original, limited-edition, offset lithographs and giclee prints. A flamboyant interpretation of the West carved in wood by R.C. Hink includes hats, boots, barstools, beds, armoires, lamps, desks and wildlife sculptures. In addition, Hink has ceiling creations from the bottom of the pond.


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 is pleased to present new work by Los Angeles artist Molly Larkey and San Francisco artist Nellie King Solomon. Artist reception.

Artists Down Under Gallery

Located downstairs in Giacobbi Square (Below Atkinson's Market Ketchum) Corner 4th and Leadville- Featuring all local artists including: Marie Stewart, Mark Stone, Trudi McGonical, Eric Ward, Eric Eberhard, Steve Snyder, Rachael Broderson, Steven and Janet Houts, Narda Pitkethly, Mike Baldwin, E J Harpham, Brentano Haleen, Gordon Williams, Kenn Uhrig, painting, photography, glass work, wood working and jewelry,


300 N. Main Street—In the Sun Valley Real Estate offices next to the Pioneer Saloon. Break out for a new series integrating previous realistic watercolors with fresh new abstractions of energy and hot layers of color.


200 S. Main St. in Trail Creek Village—Featuring dramatic Idaho and Western landscapes, fly fishing photography and more. Come by Kaplan's new gallery and studio—he also shoots assignments and has thousands of images available online. Kaplan's work has been published on 14 covers and in dozens of national publications. Grand opening party during Gallery Walk. Live acoustic music by Rico and Chewy.


10th Street Industrial Center, across from Knob Hill Inn—Boulder Mountain Clay and Art Gallery will be open from 5-7 p.m. serving hand-crafted beer and featuring art by local clay artists Susan Ward, Mary Ann Chubb, Rhonda Lei and Pam de Tunq, Raku work by Jim Romberg and high-fired work by Josh DeWeese. Watercolor paintings by Trudi Fletcher, an artist from Tubac, Ariz., are also on display.

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