Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Gallery Walk

“Meyer Lemons” oil 30x30 copyright Jennifer Bellinger 2012

    Gallery Walk, sponsored by the Sun Valley Gallery Association, will take place Friday, Dec. 28, from 5-8 p.m. The first 10 galleries listed are SVGA members. Entries that are marked with an asterisk have special events prior to and/or following the walk, so do read this beforehand so you don’t miss anything. Only galleries that provided information are included here, but others may be open. Best to check with the gallery directly if in doubt.  For those who prefer a leader to touring solo, longtime state Rep. Wendy Jacquet meets guests at the Sun Valley recreation center, by the ice rink, at 5 p.m. They will take the 5:10 p.m. bus to Gilman Contemporary and begin there. There is no charge for her added flair.

The Courtyard, 360 East Ave.—”Best of the West” features an array of artist’s styles, subjects and interpretations of the American West. From realistic imagery of Michael Coleman, to pop-art prints by Andy Warhol, all the way to Gordon McConnell’s black and white images derived from classic spaghetti western films. Other featured artists include:
Russell Chatham, Edward Curtis, Ewoud DeGroot, David Dixon, Glen Edwards and William Matthews and Theodore Villa.

The Galleria, 351 Leadville—Featuring  mountain and urban landscapes by Cuban artist Gustavo Acosta and by French/American artist Emil Ganso.

320 First Avenue N., Sun Valley Road and First Avenue-A two person-exhibition titled “Infinite Sequence 2” featuring Lawrence Fodor and Chris Richter. Both artists use nature as a point of departure for their paintings, drawing extensively on the dynamic, ever-changing environment that strongly influences their work—albeit distilled, translated and refined into the abstract language and vocabulary of paint. Fodor is best known for his opulent and densely layered paintings—regardless of scale, they have a substantial presence, deeply grounded in the colors and textures of the natural world. Richter—through his deconstructive process of painting, allows the subject matter itself to reveal our own personal relationship with the environment. The exhibition will be on display Dec. 21- Jan. 31. Both artists will be in attendance for Gallery Walk.

400 First Ave.—Opening of “Notes to Self,” a solo exhibition by mixed-media artist Judith Kindler. Kindler has reinterpreted the salon-style exhibitions of the 17th and 18th centuries, a popular installation style in Europe, with her own contemporary aesthetic.  Her mixed-media work offers rich luminous portraits of horses, people and objects on multiple paneled constructs. Kindler’s combinations of her own photographs, paintings and her manipulations offer a unique art form. Also, “Ed Musante—Cigar Boxes.” Exquisitely painted individual birds and animals are painted like icons on antique cigar boxes. And finally, “Preview 2013, “a group exhibition of gallery artists who have solo exhibitions in 2013. The artists include painters Victoria Adams, Linda Christensen, James Cook, David deVillier, Michael Gregory, Gary Komarin, Hung Liu, Lynda Lowe, Marcia Myers, Allison Stewart and Theodore Waddell, sculptors Margaret Keelan, Lisa Kokin, Rod Kagan, Jane Rosen, Julie Speidel and Boaz Vaadia, photographers Laura McPhee, Robert Polidori and Jack Spencer, and encaustic works by Raphaëlle Goethals. Artist talk with Kindler Saturday, Dec. 29 at 10 a.m.
320 First Ave.—Enso, featuring works by Anne Crumpacker and Arpie Najarian. Enso, which is Japanese for circle, features beautifully patterned works. Using the inspiration of nature, pattern and circular reference, both artists create works that evoke a calm Zen-like feeling, yet are intricately crafted works. Also, Monica Macha’s Modern Vintage Jewelry, a sustainable, one-of-a-kind collection of vintage estate costume jewelry designed in conjunction with runway fashion. Artists will be on site to discuss their work.
661 Sun Valley Road—Featuring John Westmark with “Into the Fold.” Using paper-sewing patterns and paint, Westmark creates figures, often women, who exemplify strength and courage. The identity of these figures is often obscured by wraps, bonnets or enshrouded faces. The denial of a specific identity suggests an anonymous “everywoman” that is at once independent and scandalous. Also on exhibit are new photographs by Rodney Smith and Hacer’s origami sculptures.

391 First Ave. N.—A spectacular Sun Valley Christmas 2012 exhibit of paintings and sculptures by five senior women artists from the Northern Territory of Australia. The Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Center is located on the north coast of Australia in a place called Arnhem Land. This is the home of the Yolgnu, the indigenous custodians of the land and its stories. The rich cultural and artistic traditions of the Yolgnu began as long as 40,000 years ago, and their beautiful artworks carry forward important kinship relationships and sacred stories of creation. Champagne opening reception during Gallery Walk,

271 First Ave. N.— Presenting “Texture and Tone” featuring Steven Lee Adams, Robert Moore and Douglas Aagard. Adams’ work strives to portray the elusive feeling of timelessness beneath objects that might otherwise seem commonplace. Preferring to paint a broken fence or a ditch to a majestic mountain, he endeavors to communicate the beauty in his subject matter and to haunt the viewer. Moore is a plein air painter in its purest form. He works on canvases of all sizes on location and uses both hands to apply paint with his palette knives. His technique and the fact that he is partially color blind make his work all the more extraordinary and he has become a sought-after mentor and instructor to many of his peers. Douglas Aagard draws on the Utah landscape as his source of inspiration. His subjects vary from the mountain pines and cedars to the farmland in between, and all are linked by his intriguing use of texture and light. All artists will be in attendance at the opening reception and the exhibition will be on display through Jan. 27.

191 Fifth St.— The artwork in the current exhibition, “Crossing Cultures,” uses cultural signs, symbols and traditions to explore what race and ethnicity mean in America today. The exhibition features two commissioned installations: Joe Feddersen’s enormous curtain of glass charms and Hailey artist Bob Dix’s charcoal-and-ink drawings covering the walls and ceiling of the Project Room. Sculptural works by Ana Serrano and paintings and scrolls by Julie Chang are also on view. Open until 7 p.m. on Gallery Walk.
The Courtyard, 360 East Ave.—Wood River Fine Arts, An Expressions Gallery, presents the work of Dave McGary, a master of realism who depicts Native American Indians in historic detail. Tom Bassett and Sandy Gregorak, the husband and wife team who recently partnered with Dave and Molly McGary in Ketchum’s Expressions Gallery, welcome all to celebrate the grand “reopening” of Wood River Fine Arts, An Expressions Gallery during Gallery Walk.

Below Atkinsons’ Market in Ketchum’s Giacobbi Square—Invites the public to view a collective of local art by Steve Snyder, black and white photography; Marie Stewart, acrylic painting on canvas and clothing; Kim Howard, water colors; Eric Ward, wood furniture; Jim Paisley, mirrors; Kenn Uhrig, barbed wire emblems and leather/beads bracelets; and more (gourds, glass, quilts, chests, color photos, paper and wood sculpture). Open daily from noon to 5 p.m.

300 N. Main Steet—Toronto / Sun Valley artists showing individual and combined works in acrylic and oil, old and new.

511 E. Fourth Street—Featuring oil paintings by Jennifer Bellinger, bronze sculpture by Lou Whittaker, Dave LaMure Jr., Russ Lamb, Ken Newman and fine crafted furniture by Wes Walsworth.

360 First Ave.— First Avenue Contemporary Gallery artists Filomena Booth and Dawn Emerson present impressionistic contemporary work of horses in motion.  Both artists capture the gesture of their subject along with a wonderful palette of color that completes the composition of horses in flight. Filomena Booth works with an acrylic canvas and Dawn Emerson as a pastel artist. Ketchum artist Jorunn Coe works in oil and presents the golden brilliance of fall aspens. Landscape artists Sandra Cooney and Ken Carlson present a new collection of nature’s landscape. Figurative work continues to be exhibited by David Karp, Chris Hero and Kenneth Callahan. Bronze work of Timi Del Conte, Dale Ferguson and Joe Castle are represented throughout the gallery.
Located across the alley from the Ketchum Post Office—Features locally made jewelry and top-quality braided leather bracelets and bolo ties. Stop by and see the newest pearl and gem beaded pieces created by Elise Stelling, as well as the unique silver jewelry made especially for skiers by John Caccia.  

400 E. Sun Valley Road— Mountain Images Gallery is showing new landscape photographs by James Bourret as well as images 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 also continues to show work from other fine-art series by James Bourret.

350 Walnut Ave.—Presenting “Scripts,” with paintings by Steve Miner and Bill Lewis.  A TV and film director, Miner applies his exceptional ability to construct narrative to his paintings. Presenting a series of isolated landscapes, groups of people and single portraits, Miner demonstrates a keen attention to both the technical aspects of painting and the psychological intricacies that build story and drama. William Lewis reveals a similar interest in painterly details, the human psyche and telling a story. Paintings of cabins belonging to famous and infamous historical figures such as Ted Kaczynski, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Edgar Allen Poe convey the element of isolation and loneliness sought out by such eccentric individuals. And his taxidermy animal heads are as uncannily humorous as they are haunting, evoking a peculiar melancholia. Join Ochi Gallery on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the opening of Brian Wills’ “Flutter & Wow,” and Carol Glenn’s “From the Wheel to the Wall: An Installation” at 119 Lewis St., from 7-9 p.m.

*Sun Valley Sotheby’s International Realty
291 N. Main St.—As a self-admitted insatiable, curious and restless spirit, Alex duMauriée has created work that reflects her need to experiment with style, palette and subject matter. For all her years of sporadic art classes, she is basically a self-taught artist. Alex is intrigued by the act of intention turned sideways by the creative process, which in the end produces its own result. Please join the artist for art, beverages and conversation.

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