by JENNIFER LIEBRUM
Gallery Walk, sponsored by the Sun Valley Gallery Association, will take place Friday, Aug. 31, from 5-8 p.m. The first nine galleries listed are SVGA members. Entries that include an asterisk have special events prior and following the walk. Only galleries that provided information are included here, but others may be open. Check with the gallery directly if in doubt. State Rep. Wendy Jaquet, D-Ketchum, one of the founders of the gallery association, is guiding a free tour of the galleries starting at 5 p.m. from the Sun Valley Recreation Center with the 5:10 p.m. bus dropping off at Gilman Contemporary and returning to the Sun Valley Resort at 7:40 p.m.
The Courtyard, 360 East Ave.—Broschofsky Galleries features fine art with a focus on the West, showing historic through contemporary works. Artists include Bill Barrett, Russell Chatham, Michael Coleman, David Dixon, Glen Edwards, Jan Grotenbreg, William Matthews, Gordon McConnell, Theodore Villa and Andy Warhol as well as vintage photography by Edward S. Curtis.
FREDERIC BOLOIX FINE ARTS
The Galleria, 351 Leadville—Frederic Boloix Fine arts showing paintings by Rainer Gross and sculptures by Julian Voss Andreae.
* FRIESEN GALLERY
320 First Avenue N., Sun Valley Road and First Avenue-Owner Andria Friesen is using her gallery walk as a platform to raise awareness before a November election when voters will be asked to decide on a proposed amendment to the Idaho Constitution called HJR 2, which, among other things, establishes in perpetuity rights to hunt, fish and trap. Featured artist for the Labor Day Gallery Walk is Steve Jensen. Though a resident of Washington, like Friesen, Jensen is passionate about defeating HJR 2 and has donated a fresh and exciting painting from the exhibition to benefit the cause. Silent bids will be taken at the gallery amid the Gallery Walk on Friday and throughout Saturday until 5 p.m. A station will be set up on the plaza of the Friesen Building during the walk at which volunteers will provide information on HJR2 and be available to answer questions. Those donating $20 or more will receive a spike (trap-like) lighted bracelet, ideally calling further attention to the issue. Friesen wants to see the bracelets sported as part of the “Wagon Days Uniform.”
GAIL SEVERN GALLERY
400 First Ave.—Gail Severn Galley introduces Part II—Hung Liu “ Mothers and Daughters,” Jun Kaneko and Bean Finneran “Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture” and Boaz Vaadia “ Stone & Bronze” exhibitions. Liu’s exhibition, “Mother & Daughters,” includes recent new arrivals of mixed-media paintings and photographs and large oil paintings. Kaneko and Finneran’s contemporary ceramic sculpture exhibition also showcases new work by each artist. Vaadia’s internationally acclaimed sculptures of animal and human forms delight even the youngest viewers. The gallery is offering a preview of Rod Kagan’s “Retrospective,” which will open at the gallery next summer. The late artist’s estate recently released select sculptures for this intimate viewing. New oil paintings by renowned landscape artist Victoria Adams are also a preview to the artist’s solo exhibition next year.
320 First Ave.—Gallery DeNovo will feature the photography of internationally acclaimed Philip Tsiaras in an exciting new show titled “The Parade,” which was shot from a sidewalk view of Sun Valley’s own Wagon Days Parade, 2008. Tsiaras captured a unique perspective of the movement, the rhythm, the prancing and the order of the parade, focusing on the feet of both man and horse. Several photos will be paired together to accentuate the contrast and the similarity of human and animal strides. “The Parade” will be in Gallery DeNovo’s upstairs gallery, while Catherine Chalmers’ striking, multimedia exhibition of leafcutter ants titled “We Rule” will continue in the downstairs gallery. The third exhibition space, also on the second floor, will feature a group show of Gallery DeNovo’s internationally recognized artists.
661 Sun Valley Road—”She Comes and Goes as She Pleases” features three of Gilman Contemporary’s leading ladies. This exhibition features a selection of works that address the public’s perception of identity. Laura Schiff-Bean’s oil paintings of dresses explore the role of clothing in one’s life, simultaneously transforming and disguising, exposing and hiding, in a magical and sensual manner. Donna Rosenthal’s sculptures of dresses and suits, using materials such as wire, romance novels and brooches, also flirt with identity as a concept to explore, question and embrace. Her materials and technique combine to tell a story and highlight stereotypes. Lastly, high-gloss collage paintings by Jane Maxwell address the idea of the ideal female form through a deconstruction process using vintage Hollywood ephemera and fruit crate labels. Her works are at once empowering and appealing.
HARVEY ART PROJECTS USA
391 First Ave. N.— “Art of the Ömie: Barkcloth Paintings from Papua New Guinea.” Held in conjunction with the critically acclaimed exhibition at The Fowler Museum UCLA, “Second Skins” (until Aug. 24), the Omie women of Papua New Guinea are bringing their beautiful bark cloths to Sun Valley for their first U.S. commercial exhibit. The Omie live in the isolated villages of Oro province, on the steep slopes of Mount Lamington. Most villages have no electricity, television or radio. They have a strong story-telling tradition through song, dance and the bark cloth, or nioge, that they wear. The women speak of their relationship to these cloths as their “wisdom,” for the cloth imbues who they are, their locality, their history and their cosmology. This exhibit is a rare opportunity to view these stunning works on bark cloth.
271 First Ave. N.— September exhibition—30th anniversary show “From Wild to Mild,” featuring the work of Jennifer Lowe, Linda St. Clair, Debbie Edgers Sturges, will include an artists reception, Friday, Aug. 31, from 5-8 p.m. with the exhibition through Sept. 30. St. Clair’s vibrant canvases are fueled by her perception of animal attitudes and personalities. Her paintings of animals, from domestic to barnyard to wild, are completed in a single energetic session out of her studio in Santa Fe, N.M. A frequent painting companion of St. Clair, Edgers-Sturges’ passion is photographing and documenting on canvas her personal interactions with her animal subjects. Both artists ventured to Katmai National Park last Summer to observe and gather reference material, which has served as an inspiration for much of their subsequent works. Complementing the themes of Sturges and St. Clair, Lowe has combined the landscapes, animals and people of her native Montana with a unique approach to painting. Using the untraditional medium of Livestock Marker, which she applies with both her fingers and a brush, Lowe’s work embodies a sense of play or wonder attributable to her acute awareness and love of nature and her surroundings. All artists will be in attendance at the opening reception. In conjunction with this exhibition, the Gallery’s middle room will play host to landscapes by Carl Rowe featuring the rolling hill forms typical of his native Idaho, painted in alkyd on canvas.
* SUN VALLEY CENTER FOR THE ARTS
191 Fifth St.—Enjoy a glass of wine and learn more about the art on view during the Sun Valley Center for the Arts’ exhibition “Making Camp.” The exhibition explores camping in all its forms—recreational and by necessity. Seven participating artists present 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 nomads in Saudi Arabia’s Empty Quarter. On Thursday, Sept. 13, at 5:30 p.m. drop in for a free guided tour. To arrange a group tour at another time or in Spanish, call 726-9491, ext. 10.
360 East Ave.-Expressions Galleries will be exhibiting an all-gallery artists show for the month of September called “Wagon Days and Artists Nights,” with eight of their artists attending the opening and reception from 5-8 p.m. Donna Howell-Sickle from Saint Jo, Texas, will be working on a quick draw that will be for sale the night of the artists reception. Julie Bender will be demonstrating the art of “Pyrography.” Plus Cyndy Carstens (Arizona), Fran Kievet, (Oregon), Dave McGary, (Arizona), Denise Rich (California) and local artists Will Caldwell and Mary Roberson will be on hand to answer questions. Stop by to experience the artwork of the American West and the artists that create it.
350 Walnut Ave.—Ochi Gallery present Muses, an exhibition featuring the paintings of Wildfox Coutoures co-founder Kimberly Gordon and works by Los Angeles-based painter Elisa Johns. Gordon is best known for creating the designs behind her clothing brand, but her drawings and paintings are portraits in the truest sense. They infuse mood, character and personality into line, paper and paint. Johns takes landscape and women as her muses. She weaves the two together with paint, evoking a dreamlike and mythical portrait. Ochi Shop will feature the headdresses and bras of young creative Bella Boombox.
219 N. Main Street-SVSIR welcomes Mark Kashino, a long-time Sun Valley area graphic artist. He is now applying his years of graphic knowledge to fine art. His medium is oil on canvas and clear-primed linen, and he currently enjoys painting local scenes and Western portraits.
TEQUILA BAY and THE CRYSTAL GALLERY
230 N. Main St.-Museum-quality crystals and fossils of the world. Prehistoric art and architectural wall hangings, Oaxacan wood carving, folk art to fine art and whimsical limited editions by Carlos Albert, also now shown in the Wynn Hotels in Las Vegas.
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