Elisabeth Bayer

An oil on canvas with knives work by Elisabeth Bayer, whose studio will be open to the public this weekend along with 18 other artist studios.

The Bellevue Artist Alliance unites more than three dozen south valley artists under its banner. Painters, photographers, sculptors, fabric artists—creative minds of all media, modes and backgrounds form its community.

Throughout the year, their works exhibit in venues and at festivals all across the Wood River area—at The Trader, the Bellevue Library, Mountain West and elsewhere. But this weekend, arts enthusiasts will have the opportunity to witness the process as well as the product.

On both Saturday, July 27, and Sunday, July 28, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, 19 members of the Bellevue Artist Alliance—including the three newest members, Jock Brown and Gina and Karl Pearson—will open their doors to the public for a free Open Studios event.

Now in its fourth consecutive year, the Open Studios weekend grants the public access to the private studios of local artists, providing insight into the ways in which they work, and what items are in progress.

Many artists’ works are on display at the Silver Creek Hotel, on Main Street in Bellevue. That exhibition will remain up until July 28. The public is invited to attend an artists reception at the hotel prior to the weekend studio tour, on Friday, July 26, from 6-8 p.m.

During the reception, the Artist Alliance will be selling raffle tickets.

“Due to its great success, we are again having our raffle,” said alliance spokeswoman Marie Stewart. “Prizes include art and gift certificates from local merchants.”

Bellevue Artist Alliance board member Anne Jeffery said, “The Silver Creek Hotel is an excellent place to display our work, and we’re grateful for the ongoing support from both 7Fuego and The Trader. We’re very pleased to showcase our art in partnership with local businesses.”

The reception will act as a preview of sorts for the Open Studio weekend. Members of the public will have the opportunity to meet artists, view items on exhibit and consider the best route to plot for the tour.

During the tour, attendees can view painters painting, sculptors sculpting and jewelers and silversmiths plying their craft, and catch a glimpse behind the scenes in the studios of some of the most accomplished artists in the greater Bellevue area.

“We’re looking forward to hosting our neighbors and visitors during the reception and tour,” Stewart said.

For a full list of participating artists and a map of studio locations, see the back page of this section.

Tour maps will also be available for free at the Silver Creek Hotel, Sun Valley Garden Center, 7Fuego and Mahoney’s Bar and Grill and online at bellevueartistalliance.com.

For those artists interesting in joining the alliance, visit the website listed above. The alliance accepts new members year round.

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