Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Gallery Walk

Express Staff Writer

“Love You Forever” by Erin Rachel Hudak at Ochi Gallery. A similar installation will appear Friday, Feb. 17, in the Sun Valley festival meadows. Courtesy photo

Gallery Walk, sponsored by the Sun Valley Gallery Association, will take place Friday, Feb. 17, 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. Skim the listings early as some galleries have special events and guests in the days surrounding the walk.

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 recreation office at 5 p.m. Tour participants will then catch the 5:10 p.m. bus to town center and the tour will start at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, 191 Fifth St. E. 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 serving her 18th session in the Legislature. 


The Courtyard, 360 East Ave.— Historical through contemporary Western art featuring iconic portraits of the West, including 19th and early 20th-century works by Karl Bodmer and Edward Curtis. Also, contemporary portraits by Andy Warhol showing his pop art images of Gen. Custer and Annie Oakley.


The Galleria, 351 Leadville Ave., at Fourth and Leadville—Frederic Boloix Fine Arts will be extending and adding to the show of paintings by Cuban/American artist Gustavo Acosta. Featured will be a large-scale work titled "The Great System," which shows the city of Paris as seen from the highest point of the Sacre Coeur. Appetizers offered at Rolling in the Dough in the Courtyard.


320 First Ave. N.—Friesen Gallery will showcase an exciting solo exhibition by Catherine Eaton Skinner, "Tashi Delek." This Tibetan greeting translates, "May all auspicious signs come to this environment." The artist uses encaustic and mixed media to create works that are of "the earth, the sky and the spaces we go between them," stating, "We dwell in an amazing place, a ground that tries continually to give us what we need to survive. We abuse, we overuse, we take and we don't always listen to the messages from our lands and water. My paintings hold no message of disaster; rather one will see incredible layers of complexity and interconnections of life." Skinner divides her time between Santa Fe, N.M., and Seattle, Wash., and finds that the drive to and from the diverse environments inspires her work. Skinner will be in attendance during Gallery Walk. Her work is on view through March 4.


400 First Ave. N.—Theodore Waddell with " Vision and Geography." The Idaho rancher is an internationally recognized artist who has spent more than 50 years painting and sculpting his beloved Western landscape of horses, cattle and sheep—the icons of his life. The marriage of abstraction, impressionism and realism blend in a magical combination in Waddell's hands, challenging the common perception that all Western American art is created in a realistic style. Waddell's work is featured in more than 50 museum collections worldwide. Also featured is Kris Cox with "In Significance." His meticulously layered and finely sculpted painting surfaces on panel provide a juxtaposition of calculated references mixed with metaphor and color. These conceptually based sculptural paintings are explorations of the symbolic notion of time. Subtle play exists between polished, lush, top layers and the exposure of deep, underlying patterns of the artist's decisions, which are recorded in the underlying fields of his finished paintings. Museums and collectors value his works as some of their most admired possessions.  Waddell also will have an "Artist Chat" and exhibition walk-through at the gallery on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 10 a.m.


320 First Ave. N.—The female form in all its manifestations is the focus of Gallery DeNovo's multi-artist Expedition Inspiration Fund for Breast Cancer Research. The main floor gallery contains works by Agusti Puig, making his American debut with work revealing a great range of human emotion. The viewer is encouraged to contemplate the human adventure in terms of art and life, aesthetics and philosophy. Using an earthy palette, he choreographs a kind of calligraphic dance while pouring buckets of thick paint in fluid lines that then softly create abstracted images of the human form. Ten percent of sales of his work between Feb. 12-19 will go to breast cancer research. There will be a special reception on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. to raise awareness of EI's work. In the same theme are works by Cynthia Fusillo, Sjer Jacobs, Melissa Herrington, Elena Kallistova and a beautiful piece of fine wood furniture by Mountain Modern's Kevin Werbinski.


661 Sun Valley Rd.—Stephanie Weber: Elemental Riff. Working on aluminum panels, Weber creates the possibilities of light and shimmer not found on canvas. For her, there is an ongoing dialogue between the sensuousness and warmth of paint and the cool industrial feel of the metal. Having studied with Diebenkorn, Weber paints in a way that reflects her years of purposeful construction, while making her paintings singular in the lexicon of contemporary art. This is the third solo exhibition with Weber.


391 First Ave. N.—A special 40th anniversary exhibition by Papunya Tula Artists, Australia's most historical and renowned Aboriginal art center. Papunya Tula Artists has played a vital role in improving the lives and well-being of contributing artists and the development of the communities to which they belong. This exclusive U.S. exhibit of 21 stunning new paintings celebrates the Western Desert art movement with a mixed selection of recent works by men and women from Kintore and Kiwirrkura. The show features established and emerging artists, and proceeds from this exhibition will support the Papunya Tula Artists Aged Care Program. The exhibit will be up until April 15. For a preview, visit


271 First Ave.—Presenting "Lands of Lore," featuring Shanna Kunz, Linda Tippetts and Seth Winegar. Hailing from Utah, both Kunz and Winegar offer different interpretations of the landscape of their area, Kunz through the use of a tonal palette and the play of light and shadow, and Winegar through vibrant color contrasts and a rich surface created by using multiple layers of paint and glaze. Tippetts is a plein air painting purist and the recipient of numerous awards for her landscape works of the Rocky Mountains, including the National Arts for the Parks Grand Prize. All artists will be in attendance at the opening reception.


191 Fifth St.—The Center will be celebrating the opening of Urban Lifecycles, an exhibition exploring cities and their cycles of growth, decay and regeneration. Featuring paintings by Gustavo Acosta, video by Design 99, sculpture and video by Detroit Tree of Heaven Woodshop, drawings by Jane Dixon, photographs by Scott Hocking and Andrew Moore, and an installation about the history of Ketchum and Sun Valley by Boise-based artist Amanda Hamilton. Enjoy a glass of wine while viewing the exhibition.


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.


350 Walnut Ave.—Ochi Gallery presents the work of New York artist Erin Rachel Hudak.  Hudak's "Promiseland" opens at Ochi Gallery in conjunction with an installation, "Love You Forever" in the Festival Meadows.  For more information on the show and the installation, visit


291 N. Main St.—An artist reception for Francette Labatut. Labatut shares her life between Sun Valley and France. She works out of a studio in both countries, and has had exhibitions in Paris, Provence and Sun Valley. Nature is a constant in her works, represented by strong colors and surprises.


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.

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