Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Art lovers unite

Express Staff Writer

    After a month break for slack, the art community is waking up for another Gallery Walk, this one to be held Saturday, May 24, around Ketchum.
    Join artists and lovers of art in galleries and pop-up displays around town from 5-8 p.m. The event is free and most galleries offer wine along the way.
    Sage School students will showcase photography during the walk at Silvercreek Realty, at 331 Leadville Ave.
    Sage School seventh- and eighth-grade students including Stella Barsotti, Laine Whittier, Georgia Weekes, Devon Brown, Kayla Chaffy and Bryn Downey will present their work from their Friday Independent Study with local professional photographer Kirsten Shultz.
    The show is a culmination of their work throughout the year and will include several pieces by their mentor. Proceeds will support the school and their community efforts.
    Gateway Funding, at 360 Sun Valley Road, will host California artist Bruce Maurey, with his series “Tijuana and Beyond.”
    The Sun Valley Center for the Arts, “Creativity at Work” considers work—from farming to construction to the financial realities of life as an artist—through a range of mediums and materials. This exhibition closes after this  Gallery Walk and can be toured for free from 5-7 p.m.
    Before the next art walk, return to the Center for the opening of its new summer exhibition, “Western Light, Ecstatic Landscapes,” on Friday, June 6. The exhibition, which runs through Aug. 16, explores the long tradition of painting in the American West—in particular, the influence of the region’s sharp, crystalline light.  
    “Several artistic movements have been inspired by the light of the American West,” said Courtney Gilbert, curator of visual arts. “There are painters for whom the light of the Western mountains, coasts and deserts has held a transformative, spiritual meaning.”
    “Western Light, Ecstatic Landscapes” presents artworks made between the 1930s and 1980s that capture this spiritual quality. Few of the paintings look like traditional landscapes; instead, the American West is the basis for works that transcend the material in search of the metaphysical.
    The exhibition consists of three bodies of work: paintings by artists associated with the Transcendental Painting Group, based in New Mexico in the late 1930s and early 1940s; work by the artists of the Dynaton, a movement that emerged out of surrealism in Northern California in the late 1940s and early 1950s; and paintings by Frederick S. Wight, whose career as a painter flourished in the 1970s and 1980s.
    Entry to the gallery is free and open to the public. The Center hours in Ketchum are Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturdays in July and August, from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
     For more information about the exhibition or to register for classes, visit or call 726-9491.
    In other art news:
    Artist and Sun Valley resident Jill Lear will be traveling through Texas to explore the variety of seminal trees that grow throughout the state to include in her upcoming projects. This continues her recent body of work, which focuses on painting ancient trees from around the world and deconstructing them into the structures and colors that evoke the experience of being under those trees.
    “These old trees in Texas have witnessed so much history,” Lear said. “Over the ages, they’ve grown as big and complex as the history they’ve witnessed. The trees are a place unto themselves. I want these paintings to evoke that place and history.”
    Lear’s stepfather is Adam West, aka Batman, and her grandfather not only invented the Lear jet, but he also invented eight-track cassettes.

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