Gallery Walk, sponsored by the Sun Valley Gallery Association, will take place Friday, July 6, from 5-8 p.m. The first nine galleries listed are SVGA members. Some have special events prior to the walk, so do read this beforehand so you don't miss anything.
Wendy Jaquet—co-founder of the SVGA—offers a free guided Gallery Walk that starts from the Sun Valley Lodge Recreation Center at 5 p.m. Jaquet personalizes the tour based on the interests 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 for 13 years. She just wrapped up her 18th and final session as District 25 representative in the Legislature.
The Courtyard, 360 East Ave.—Historic through contemporary fine art with a focus on the West, Broschofsky Galleries is featuring Russell Chatham paintings. Chatham is regarded as the finest western landscape painter and the show includes works from 1987 to present. www.brogallery.com
FREDERIC BOLOIX FINE ARTS
The Galleria, 351 Leadville—This summer marks the 10th anniversary of Frederic Boloix Gallery's presence in the Sun Valley area. To celebrate the occasion, renowned German-American artist Rainer Gross will appear for the first time at the gallery. Earlier this year works spanning 40 years of the artist's career were shown at the prestigious Ludwig Museum in Koblenz, Germany. A catalog/monograph was published commemorating this important landmark. His whimsical logo paintings, which feature his characterizations of popular logos like the U.S. Postal Service eagle and the colonel from Kentucky Fried Chicken, will be the focus of this show. In August, his work will be joined by the work of fellow German artist Julian Voss Andreae. For more Gross, visit www.raniergross.com or www.boloix.com.
320 First Avenue N., Sun Valley Road and First Avenue-Friesen Gallery announces "In the Realm of Yin and Yang", a first-of-its-kind exhibition created exclusively for this Sun Valley venue. This triad consists of a body of work by Ross Richmond, a body of work by KeKe Cribbs, and a fantastic collection of sculpture collaboratively created by these two artists, recognized as ROSSKIKI.
GAIL SEVERN GALLERY
400 First Ave.—Gail Severn Gallery is featuring the varied works of seven internationally renowned artists. Among them are Jane Rosen's incredible glass and stone sculptures of birds of prey, Linda Christensen's reflections on color, abstraction and figuration and Lisa Kokin's sculptures of aspen leaves made from books of cowboy literature. There is also a group show featuring photographers Deborah Oropallo, David Leventhal, Robert Polidori and Jack Spencer.
320 First Ave.—Featuring works by French master James Coignard opening in the main floor gallery. In the upstairs front gallery, a continuation of "Abstractions of Spring," including works by Michel Beaucage, oil paintings by Zhang He and botanical photography by Davis Freeman. "Coffee Culture" including Norman Laliberte's brightly colored paintings on South American coffee bags will be displayed in the upstairs back gallery.
661 Sun Valley Road—Celebrating its fifth anniversary, "Take Five" showcases five highly inspired artists. Gilman Contemporary is the first gallery to debut Gerardo Hacer's newest, vibrant origami steel sculptures. Other artists include Isabel Bigelow's recent paintings of reduced and idealized and simplistically stylized landscapes. Alex Couwenberg presents new oil on canvas paintings with hard-edge abstractions created with varying layers of paint and texture. Ashley Collins' new Shadow Series explores her iconic horse imagery with hidden stories and vintage letters discovered in her travels around the world. Kevin Sloan is loved for his allegorical realism paintings, which remind viewers of the world's wonders through his symbolism and allegorical storytelling. Enjoy onsite Calle 75 tacos.
HARVEY ART PROJECTS USA
391 First Ave. N.— "Iridescence : The Color of Bidyadanga": The extraordinary colorists from the Bidyadanga community of Western Australia will be featured this July with a stunning selection of new shimmering works. Bidyadanga artists combine their intimate knowledge of the desert landscape with the rich colors of the saltwater country, resulting in a unique style of painting. "Iridescence" will feature paintings by Alma Webou, Weaver Jack, Jan Billycan, Lydia Balbal and Donold Moko. This exhibition promises to wow visitors and locals alike. For more, visit www.harveyartprojects.com.
271 First Ave. N.— "Under a Western Sky." When asked about her fascination with the horse as subject matter, Jean Richardson often describes how on many levels the image is ideal for her true subjects, namely motion and energy. Her large-scale acrylic-on-canvas paintings take the image of a horse and use it as metaphor for the human spirit as she sees it—unbridled, striving, restless and sometimes heroic. Her use of paint reflects this spiritual connection with her subject through movement, form and color. Noted Western artist Thom Ross strives to challenge viewers of his distinctive paintings to re-examine what they know about the history of the West. An avid historian, Ross' themes frequently include whimsical moments from the past that are factually based but not widely documented, such as Indians playing croquet or ping pong. His contemporary style, which involves the use of a completely red under-painting on his canvases, imparts a vibrancy and excitement seldom found in the more traditional style of artwork used to depict historical figures and events. Occupying the gallery's middle room will be the photo-realistic pastels of Silver Creek and the surrounding area by Idaho artist James Palmersheim.
SUN VALLEY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
191 Fifth St.—The Sun Valley Center for the Arts explores the time-honored ritual of camping during its upcoming exhibition and outdoor wall-tent installation. Stop by The Center lot on Second Avenue and Fourth Street in Ketchum during Gallery Walk for drinks and gorp (trail mix) and check out three tents that regional artists have turned into art. Nathan Barnes and Mallory Kappmeyer from Idaho Falls, Diana L. Baumbach from Laramie and Earle Swope of Boise have been busy cutting, painting, printing on and placing objects in tents to offer their reflections on the camping experience and the different forms it takes. Indoors at The Center, Ketchum, a visual arts exhibition explores camping in all its forms with paintings, drawings, photographs, quilted sculptures and video work whose subject matter ranges from cabins and campfires to refugee camps in Haiti and the Middle East to nomadism in Saudi Arabia's Empty Quarter.
Starbucks, Sun Valley Road and East Avenue-A locally based e-commerce website that specializes in curated, affordable fine art that launched earlier this year. ARTprojectA turns the coffee house into a gallery, with works in a variety of mediums like print, painting, and jewelry with local artists Kirk Anderson, Kathryn McNeal, Kary Kjesbo, Lisa Holley, and Kim Howard, many of whom will be attending to answer questions. Wine tasting as well as food samplings
ARTISTS DOWN UNDER GALLERY
Located downstairs in Giacobbi Square at the corner of 4th 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.
GOLDEN DOOR GALLERY
131 West 4th St.-Local artists John Caccia and Elise Stelling have combined talents to offer a wide variety of fine jewelry and services. Elise is a precious-metal clay artist and beader offering custom jewelry, pearl restringing, and jewelry repair. John is a traditional silversmith, leather braider and bolo maker.
350 Walnut Ave.—Ochi Gallery is pleased to present Letters From Home, featuring works by Colleen Asper, Tina Barney, Sebastian Bear-McClard, Patrick Brennan, Lucas Blalock, Beth Campbell, Natalie Czech, Jan Groover, James Hyde, Peter Kreider, Barney Kulok, Molly Larkey, Sol Lewitt, Abelardo Morell, Nico Ponde de Leon Dios and Gordon Stevenson. All the works included are either made with or of text, addressing the material qualities of language, or works that focus on the notion of the domestic, things that literally and metaphorically make up the home.
MOUNTAIN IMAGES GALLERY
400 E. Sun Valley Road— Mountain Images Gallery is showing new work by James Bourret from the series "Motion 2." These large format abstract landscapes draw from literal landscape scenes, reduced to their simplest elements of color, light and form. The gallery continues to show work from other fine-art series and landscape images by James Bourret.
FIRST AVENUE CONTEMPORARY GALLERY
360 First Ave.—On view, the abstract canvases of Filomena Booth. Idaho's landscapes captured by Jorunn Kristiansen Coe and Jany Rae Seda. Horses in motion work of sculptor Timi Del Conte. Continuing figurative work by Chris Hero, David Karp and Shirley Barer. For the collector, works of Kenneth Callahan, Nicklaus Demascus and Anthony Quinn.
219 N. Main Street- Featuring work by Venture Coy. The mountains, rivers and deserts of the West fill him with inspiration and offer endless subjects to paint. Ten percent of sales from this show will be donated to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation.
STEVE BEHAL/JEANNIE CATCHPOLE
Sun Valley Real Estate, 300 N. Main St. -- The Toronto/Sun Valley artists are showing new collaborative work.