Wednesday, July 10, 2013


Gallery reception at Redfish Lake
    The Sawtooth Interpretive & Historical Association will host a gallery reception with refreshments at the Redfish Center & Gallery, at Redfish Lake south of Stanley, on Saturday, July 13, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. It will feature Idaho artists whose works were inspired by the Sawtooth-Salmon River country.
    This summer’s exhibition of artists include: Lois Allison, wildlife lithographs; John Beehler, handcrafted bowls; Steve Botti, nature photography; Ed Cannady, wilderness photography; Thad Gerheim, landscape photography; Rob Hart, landscape photography; Julie Hughes, landscape painting; Linda Lawler, watercolor and oil painting; Susan Perrin, watercolor, pastel and acrylic; Evelyn Phillips, landscape, wildflower and map painting; and Sue Van Der Wal, landscape photography.
    “The artists who show their work at the Redfish Gallery all share a deep love for the Sawtooth country, and their individual pieces represent their unique take on the area’s natural and ever-changing beauty,” said Sawtooth Association Executive Director Terry Clark.
    A few artists will sell unframed reproductions and note cards, and 30 percent of all sales at the Redfish Center & Gallery will be retained to fund the association’s education and interpretive programs. The Redfish Center bookstore will also sell guidebooks, maps, field guides, gifts, natural history books and titles, which also support programming.
    The Redfish Center & Gallery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Sept. 15. In addition to the gallery, the Redfish Center hosts interpretive programming, which includes “guided walks” every day at 9 a.m., “Junior Ranger” programs for the kids every day at 10:30 a.m., “Sawtooth Synopsis” talks on the visitor center patio every day at 11:30 a.m., “Discovery Stations” at Redfish Lake Lodge and other Redfish Lake locations every day at 1 p.m.  Boat tours with a naturalist on Redfish Lake will be offered on Saturdays at 1 p.m. and Sundays at 3:30 p.m. Campfire programs at the Redfish Lake Amphitheater will be offered on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:45 p.m.  All activities, except the boat tours, are free of charge.
    The Sawtooth Interpretive & Historical Association is a nonprofit, member-based organization. All Sawtooth Association programs are free of charge, but donations are accepted.
    For more information on the association’s programs and membership, visit the newly designed website at or call 774-3376.

Grant helps with Center for the Arts programs
    The Sun Valley Center for the Arts has been awarded a grant totaling $5,000 from the U.S. Bancorp Foundation, to be used for general operational support in 2013.
    “The Center is thrilled to receive this increased award from U.S. Bancorp Foundation. With expanded programming due to our merger with Company of Fools, this award will have a broad impact on our community. We are grateful to the leadership of local US Bank operations for encouraging us to apply.”
    As the charitable giving arm of U.S. Bancorp, the U.S. Bancorp Foundation contributes to nonprofit organizations in areas of education, affordable housing and economic opportunity, and artistic and cultural enrichment. Over the past 16 years, the foundation has supported The Center with a total of $54,000 for general operational support.
    “U.S. Bank is really pleased to help support the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, as they continue to bring a variety of the arts to our valley,” said Bob Buersmeyer, Private Bank Group Manager at the bank’s Ketchum branch.
    This year’s grant will support The Center’s 2013 goal of demonstrating to more than 20,000 people of all ages and walks of life the power of art to foster civic dialog, inform global perspectives, to fuel curiosity and imagination and to leave an indelible impression on people’s hearts and minds. The Center will also use the funding to further its efforts to enhance learning for Blaine County school children in grades K-12 by collaborating with teachers and school administrators to offer programs that expose students to artists, cultures and authors they might not otherwise encounter.
    The Center brings nationally renowned musicians, artists, authors and speakers into the Blaine County schools and community. In addition, it hosts local students at its museum exhibitions in Ketchum and Hailey, provides an artist-in-residency program, and awards scholarships each year to students and teachers who want to develop their artistic talents through specialized study.

Litter the sidewalks at annual chalk art event
    Join in the fourth annual “A Day of Chalk” on Saturday, July 13, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The fun and creative event mingles artists with families, groups and individuals—of all ages and levels of experience—in “chalking the walk” with art on Hailey’s Main Street.  
A 3-square-foot square costs $5 and includes a box of chalk. Artist’s chalks are available. Register anytime during the event at a booth in The Mint alley (next to Jane’s).
Idaho Puppet Theatre will present free puppet shows at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m. next to Jane’s.
In keeping with the street theme, acoustical musicians are invited to sign up. Each musician pays $5 and is welcome to put out a jar and keep tips.
Event registration closes at 1 p.m. although the chalk art will remain on the sidewalks for public viewing until they fade, or wash away.
Contact event director Sheila Kelley at 720-9361 or for further information.
    The event is hosted by the Hailey Arts Commission. All proceeds go towards providing public art in the city of Hailey.      
Families gather to fight cancer
    The Lynne Cohen Foundation will celebrate 15 years of preventive care, collaboration and education for ovarian and breast cancers with the Kickin’ Cancer! Hike and Family Fun Day on Sunday, July 14, at Proctor Mountain in Sun Valley.
    Registration can be found online at or at lululemon in the Ketchum Galleria from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, July 13. People can also register Sunday at 9:30 a.m. at Proctor Mountain, 519 Fairway Road, in Sun Valley.
    Kids under 5 get in free; 5-15 registration is $25 and includes a visor, and the fee for adult hikers is $40.
    Hike and Kids Nature Walk start at 10 a.m. Family activities start at 11:30 a.m. and the day concludes at 1 p.m.
    Food trucks will offer food. There will also be nature walks, art classes, balloon animals and a bouncy house for the kids. All of this, plus food, are included in the registration fee.

Get your Basque history on this week
    The College of Southern Idaho Blaine County Center and the Idaho Humanities Council will present a free community lecture on “Basque Origins and Euskara” on Thursday, July 11, at 6 p.m., in Room 302 of the Community Campus in Hailey.
    The writer Victor Hugo once responded to the question “Who are the Basques?” by saying, “The people who sing and dance at the foot of the Pyrenees.” The Basques have a long, unique history that resonates in the Wood River Valley because many Basques immigrated here in the early 20th century.
    Expert David Lachiondo will go deep into the history of the Basque people and their unique language, Euskara. He will discuss Basque nationalism and the Spanish Civil War, and he will explore the question of Basque identity today.
    Lachiondo, a Boise Basque native, is the director of the Basque Studies Center at Boise State University.
    The free lecture on July 11 is the second component of a “Basque Studies Summer Series” at the CSI Blaine County Center. The series will culminate with an excursion day on Thursday, July 18. The excursion will include visits to Basque sites in the Hailey area and samples of Basque cuisine. The July 18 excursion requires advanced registration and a $60 tuition fee.
    For more information, contact the CSI Blaine County Center at 788-2033 or

What happened when the logger met the tree lover?
    Author Scott Elliott will discuss his novel “Temple Grove” at the Community Library in Ketchum on Thursday, July 11, at 6 p.m.
    The story takes place deep in the heart of Washington state’s Olympic Peninsula, at Temple Grove, one of the last stands of ancient Douglas firs not under federal protection from logging. Bill Newton, a logger desperate for work and a place to hide, goes to Temple Grove for the money to be had in the timber. There to stop him is Paul, a young Makah environmentalist who will break the law to save the trees.
    Elliott was born in Lexington, Ky., in 1970 and grew up in Kentucky and in Washington state. He holds a doctorate degree from the University of Houston. He has taught writing and literature for Hofstra University, The Teachers and Writers Collaborative (New York), Writers in the Schools (Houston), and the Inprint Organization (Houston), and was a Teaching Fellow at the University of Houston. Since 2004, he has taught at Whitman College, a small liberal arts school in Walla Walla, Wash.
    His stories, essays, and reviews have appeared in many publications. His first novel, “Coiled in the Heart,” was published by Bluehen/​Penguin Putnam in 2003 and was a Booksense 76 and One-Book-One-Community selection. His collection of stories, “Return Arrangements,” was a finalist for the 2009 Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction. His second novel, “Temple Grove,” was published by the University of Washington Press on May 1, 2013.

What was the nature of the friendship that saved the world?
    Lee Pollock, executive director of the Churchill Center, will give a free lecture at the Community Library in Ketchum on “Franklin and Winston: The Friendship That Saved the World,” Tuesday, July 16, at 6 p.m.
    Franklin Roosevelt and Winston Churchill were among the greatest leaders of the 20th century.  Together, they directed a grand alliance that saved democracy and freedom in the world’s darkest hour, carried their nations to victory in the most terrible war in history and laid the geo-political foundation that defines much of the world we know today.
    But what was the real nature of their relationship?  How were they similar—and different—in background, temperament and ideas?  Was theirs a true friendship or just a partnership of allies?
    Pollock will examine the lives of these fascinating men and discuss how their interaction impacted their times and altered the course of history.

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