Like an oasis to a sand-weary hiker, so is the Ketchum Arts Festival to art lovers.
The event takes over the Festival Meadow in Sun Valley for three days, from Friday, July 12, to Sunday, July 14, bringing top-notch attractions in art and music made in Idaho.
Wander the aisles packed with the wares of more than 120 artists and craft makers, local chefs and brewers, while local musicians are playing in the background.
Now in its 14th year, this is primarily a showcase of art produced in Blaine County, with variety and depth stirred in, thanks to a selection of artisans from other parts of the state. The site is easily accessible, with free parking nearby. Kids and leashed dogs are welcome.
The Kids’ Activity Tent will return this year, with expanded hours and a larger tent, to entertain the little ones. The free service is available to anyone with a cell phone on site. The Kids’ Activity Tent (or KAT), is open continuously from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day for stringing bracelets, blowing bubbles, painting pictures, hula hooping and face painting. Children 4 and up can be left, and younger ones can stay and play if someone (at least 15 years old) stays with them.
Still, the very best reason to go is the quality and range of the artists’ work for sale. The eclectic selection offers both high-end sophisticated art works by professionals and affordable art and crafts by emerging artists.
Ceramics work ranges widely, from Kat Delamater’s mosaic tile tables to Erin Pietsch’s whimsical teapots—from Taylormade Pottery’s functional pieces that go from oven to freezer to Marjolaine Renfro’s wind chimes at the Boulder Mountain Clay co-op booth. There will be a museum’s bounty of painting and photography from well-known artists, a pirate’s hoard of jewelry, furniture of all varieties, handmade accessories, edible treasures and locally made skin-care products.
Among this year’s first-time local participants are Janet Starr, fiber; Elise Stelling, jewelry; Bob Wiederrick, metal; Lee Drake, jewelry; Anthony Anderson, drawing; Jennifer Biondi, furniture and glass; Merete Abbot, jewelry; Mary Heckler Theora, clothing; James Huyck, painting; and Morgan Jones, jewelry and mixed media.
Lookie-lous are welcome to laze in the shade under the big tent, grooving to the local musicians, and sampling food from Calle 75 Tacos or Sun Valley Brewery. Sip a fresh-roasted coffee, savor a microbrew or cool off with Toni’s premium ice cream.
Live music will be played all three days. The festival will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily.
For more information, a look at the Festival Guide with all the artists, and a map, visit www.ketchumartsfestival.com
Friday: 12:30-1:30 Dewey Pickette and Howe 2-3 Mike White 3:30-4:30 Jimmy Mitchell and Russ Caldwell 5-6 Rick Hoel
Saturday: 12-12:30 TBA 12:45-1:15 Erica and Dad 1:15-1:45 Spirit ’n’ Motion Gymnastics 2-3 Barking Owls 3:30-4:30 Paddywagon 5-6 TBA
Sunday: 12-1 Boulder Brothers 1:15-2 Jimmy Mitchell 2:30-3:30 Kim Stocking Trio 4-5 spare Change