Is art a luxury? Carter Hedberg and company say no. Hedberg, former executive director of the Sawtooth Botanical Garden, has teamed up with longtime gallery owner Barbi Reed and collector and owner of The Open Room, Claudia Aulum and architecture-savvy Laura Williams to create a ARTprojectA, a socially conscious ecommerce website offering a "high quality, curated selection of affordable contemporary art." Idaho artists like photographer Kirk Anderson, painter Lisa Holley, decorative arts designer Kathryn McNeal and jewelry desigher Kary Kjesbo will be featured alongside the work from around the globe. Works include paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, photography, ceramics, jewelry and the decorative arts. The work will be limited edition, hand selected by the team. A portion of the proceeds from every sale will go to a non-profit of the purchaser's choice to agencies serving the arts, environment, global health, literacy, social justice and human rights at no additional cost to the customer and not from the artist share, but instead from ARTprojectA's profit. The site can be found at www.ArtprojectA.com.
After living in the valley for nearly 14 years and building a collection of landscapes around the West, photographer Todd Kaplan has outgrown his home space and opened a new gallery in Ketchum located in Trail Creek Village at 200 South Main St. The fly-fishing guide has been working as a professional photographer for 15 years and his work has been seen in national publications from Ski magazine to Orvis, Big Sky Journal and the Express' Sun Valley Guide. To celebrate, Kaplan is holding an open house Thursday Feb. 16, from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The Ethan Tucker Band will perform a blend of blues, reggae, rock and soul.
Local artist Devon K. Lind's "Tango Ilusion" series of layered giclee acrylic transfers and prints on film will be on display at Globus Restaurant in Ketchum, with an artist reception, Friday, Feb. 17 during Gallery Walk.
The city of Sun Valley has approved the installation of a piece of artwork by Erin Rachel Hudak, which will be installed Friday, Feb. 17, in the Festival Meadows across from the Sun Valley red barn. The piece will be similar to the one that she created under the Brooklyn Bridge. Gallery owner Pauli Ochi, whose gallery features Hudak's work, encouraged the curious to stop by the site and meet the artist Friday or to visit the gallery at 350 Walnut Ave. in Ketchum during Friday's Gallery Walk event, where she will be on hand to answer questions about her work.
Ketchum's Gallery DeNovo has partnered with Expedition Inspiration Fund for Breast Cancer Research with 10 percent of sales of their current exhibit by Agusti Puig, "Woman", going to the cause until Feb. 19. The gallery on Sun Valley Road at First Avenue in Ketchum will host a special reception Thursday, Feb. 16, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to provide more information on EI and Puig. "Teaming up with Expedition Inspiration was a natural as Agusti's unique and powerful painting style seemed to call out and speak to the beauty and dynamic spirit of women," said director Robin Reiners. "My mother-in-law just went through breast cancer. So it came to me, and it just made sense to work together with this dynamic organization to help their cause." Proceeds donated will go towards the 16th annual Laura Evans Memorial Breast Cancer Symposium, where the latest in research and ideas are shared. For more information, visit http://expeditioninspiration.org.