Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Gallery Walk

“Whatever II” by Robert McCauley. Oil on canvas at Gail Severn Gallery.

Gallery Walk will take place Friday, March 9, from 5-8 p.m. Be sure to skim the listings below before then as some galleries have special events and guests in the days surrounding the walk. The event is sponsored by the Sun Valley Gallery Association, which is composed of the first nine galleries listed.

Never been to a Gallery Walk? Don't want to go it alone? Join a local 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 to begin the tour.


The Courtyard, 360 East Ave.— "Landscape Perspectives," 19th century through contemporary, features historic Western works by Albert Bierstadt, Karl Bodmer and Thomas Moran and contemporary paintings by Brandon Cook, Russell Chatham, David Dixon and Tom Howard. Each artist paints with a unique viewpoint, from romantic to realistic, tonalist to expressionist.


The Galleria, 351 Leadville Ave., at Fourth and Leadville—Frederic Boloix Fine Arts continues its Gustavo Acosta exhibit featuring paintings by the Cuban-American artist. Regular hours are noon to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For appointments, call 726-8810.


320 First Ave. N.—Friesen Gallery will celebrate a stunning showcase of works by Ron Ehrlich, Ginny Ruffner and Pamela Wilson. A brilliant colorist, painter Ron Ehrlich creates panels that are are rich and varied. Each is animated through a variety of textures and materials: paint, oil stick, wax, shellac and varnish, among them. Ginny Ruffner is a Seattle-based artist whose glass sculptures helped create the fine art field of lampworked glass worldwide. This Ruffner exhibition is in tandem with the Idaho premiere at the Sun Valley Film Festival of the Ruffner documentary "A Not So Still Life." Pamela Wilson's paintings transcend the commonplace to enter the realm of the sublime and otherworldly. She develops haunting images that evoke moods and memories inspired by real life, and which create a remarkably compelling narrative.


400 First Ave. N.—Jenny Honnert Abell's first solo exhibition at Gail Severn Gallery, "EX LIBRIS: Enigma of Birds and Trees," is filled with fantasy and imagination.  Abell's painting and collages of birds/people and other magical creations on old book covers remind one of the fanciful illustrations seen in early childhood fairy-tale books. Robert McCauley, influenced by the Northwest Coast culture, presents "Stop Making Sense," paintings rooted in the tradition of 19th-century American Romanticism. His narratives are contemporary, timely and relevant. Through the metaphorical juxtaposition of found objects, inscribed texts and ambiguous titles, McCauley addresses contemporary themes and issues, including cultures in collision, environmental ethics, humankind's impact on nature and the appropriation of nature in art. Also, "The Eloquence of Trees",  tapestry exhibition with Squeak Carnwath, Donald and Era Farnsworth,  April Gornik, Robert Kushner, Hung Liu, Bob Nugent, Darren Waterston,  Andy Diaz Hope and Laurel Roth, Deborah Oropallo, and William Wiley. Jacquard tapestries by 12 Contemporary artists working with one of natures most iconic images. "Surface and Beyond" Kris Cox and Rana Rochat explore materials and surface through rich creative techniques using wood, wood putty, pigment and encaustics.  


320 First Ave. N.—Main floor: Continuation of Spanish painter Agusti Puig's textural works. Upstairs front: The faces of Rein de Lege, new small- to medium-size work with vibrant gestural strokes and short films created by the artist. Upstairs back: Yehouda Chaki's lively landscapes and floral bouquets.


661 Sun Valley Rd.—Jane Maxwell's paintings explore the perception of the "ideal woman" that we are confronted with on a daily basis. Maxwell deconstructs this notion by taking female silhouettes found in media and altering them—removing the details of their faces and filling in the silhouettes using Hollywood ephemera, old advertisements and vintage fruit labels. In doing so, she presents the viewer with a totally different and more empowered perspective. The end result is both playful and poignant. Artist reception, Thursday, March 8, from 5-6:30 p.m. Artist will also attend Gallery Walk night.


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 "Elegant Expressions," a three-person exhibition featuring new work from Andrzej Skorut, Bart Walker and Douglas Aagard. Skorut's richly colored and contemplative landscapes contain elements of formalism interpreted in a contemporary fashion through the use of nontraditional materials to create texture in the surface of his canvases. Bart Walker's radiant plein air paintings are inspired by trips to the backcountry and brought to life in his studio. His use of deft brushwork and nuances of light are reminiscent of early California impressionist landscapes. Douglas Aagard incorporates a dimensional feeling to his paintings of Utah scenery through the use of a palette knife, commenting that "often times the texture is more fun than the composition." All artists will be in attendance at the opening reception.


191 Fifth St.—The Center's current exhibition, Urban Lifecycles, explores cities and their cycles of growth, decay and regeneration. It features 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.


350 Walnut Ave.—Ochi Gallery presents a two-person show with Megan Murphy and Storm Tharp.  Longtime friends who have followed one another's successful careers (Tharp was included in the 2010 Whitney Biennial and Murphy was winner of the Pacific Northwest Art Awards in 2011), the two artists make up a wonderful show.  Both of them, through individually complex processes, explore questions of human nature, beauty and the capacity of art to capture a moment.


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.


360 East Ave.—A group show going on right now with featured artists Fran Kievet, Dick Heichberger, Dave McGary, Bill Mittag, Ken Peloke, Jim Rey, Donna Howell-Sickles, Mary Roberson and Will Caldwell. Artist and owner Dave McGary anchors the exhibit with his incredible Native American bronze sculptures.


Located downstairs in Giacobbi Square at the corner of Fourth and Leadville—Featuring all-local artists including Marie Stewart, Mark Stone, 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 arts.


171 E. Second St. (across from the Magic Lantern Cinemas)—The Sun Valley Film Festival will feature "Love Wild Photography" by Eloise Christensen. Wine and hors 'd oeuvres will be served along with information about the upcoming films in the inaugural festival March 15-18.

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