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jan – May 2008 Newsletter

sun valley center for the arts po box 656, sun valley, id 83353

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Serving the Valley in Both Ketchum & hailey • 208.726.9491 m–f, 9–5, Sats in Feb & Mar 11–5 • 191 fifth street east, Ketchum W–F, NOON-5 • 314 S. Second Ave, Hailey sign up online For our e-newsletter • don’t miss another hot date!

Director’s letter Caroline Woodham

Over the years, The Center has developed several programs on subjects

related to environmental issues. Water use, biodiversity, the different ways we handle waste and other topics have been the source of rich conversations that have been particularly relevant in this stunningly beautiful setting. With these programs, we hope that we have challenged assumptions and raised awareness. We are grateful to have had the opportunity to join with many others in facilitating a deeper understanding of environmental issues and the opportunities before us. It is because of this that I am extremely proud and happy that we have come to the decision to seek LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification from the U.S. Green Building Council in the development of the new Center for the Arts (see article below). It is a wonderful thing to be able to go from advocate to participant. As the first building to seek LEED certification in Ketchum, we hope to be able to share our commitment and experience with others in a way that will lead to this being the norm and not the exception. In fact, part of our commitment in the certification process will involve using our experience and completed facility to play a role in educating the public about the value of building green. I am deeply grateful to Greg Smith and Monica Smith for their encouragement, leadership and generosity in supporting this important step. Without them, we simply could not have come to this decision. Having committed to this direction, there is still much work to be done on successfully achieving certification, not to mention the ongoing work to raise funds for the new building. Please call me directly if you have any questions or would like to get involved with our (now green!) building program. It’s going to take the good will, resources and commitment of our whole community to get this done.

Sam Gappmayer, Executive Director

The Center’s going green! About us Membership Did you know that at our intimate venues, revenues from ticket sales alone cannot cover the expense of presenting live music, author readings or museum quality exhibitions? Membership makes a difference. To join, simply contact us online at or call 208.726.9491 and we’ll sign you up!

VOLUNTEER Spend quality time with a fun group of people! Let us help you find a good fit for your skills. Over 500 people strong, Center volunteers provide the backbone of our operations. Your help is valuable to us, to volunteer call Sarah Kolash at 208.726.9491 ex 10.

Mission The mission of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts is to stimulate and provoke the imagination while opening hearts and minds through diverse arts programs. Sun Valley Center programs are supported by the Engl Trust, the Idaho Commission on the Arts, the National Endowments for the Arts and Humanities, private foundations, proceeds from the Sun Valley Center for the Arts Wine Auction, grants, donations, and your membership dues.

In December, The Center announced it would register its new building project for LEED certification—a nationally recognized process that provides independent verification that a building has been constructed according to the highest “green” building and performance measures. The idea of registering for LEED certification came up early in the design process, but The Center’s building committee wasn’t sure it could cover the increased costs associated with the process. Because The Center is still raising funds for its new home at Second ­Avenue and Fourth Street in Ketchum, the Executive Director and the Board were hesitant to take on anything that could increase the budget. This fall, part-time Wood River Valley residents Greg Smith, of Urban Visions in Seattle, and Monica Smith, whose business BlueGreen Development provides consulting services to businesses doing green construction and design, offered to help The Center financially and by donating their considerable experience in green building practices. “Monica and Greg’s commitment was the push we needed to revisit the issue of LEED certification,” Gappmayer says. The building committee spent over a month working on a complete cost/benefit analysis of going for LEED certification. The benefits to users of the building, the reduced impact on our valley and planet, the opportunity to have The Center be a leader and example of green building, and the revised estimates of net cost to the project led to the decision pursuing LEED certification was appropriate. “It’s the right thing to do, and it reaffirms our openness to incorporate innovation and cutting edge ideas as well as our sense of responsibility to the community in which we live,” says Gappmayer. LEED-certified buildings typically have lower operating costs because they conserve energy and water, send less waste to landfills, reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions, are healthier and safer for occupants and demonstrate an owner’s commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility. A number of factors influence a building’s LEED-certification rating, including choice of a sustainable site, reducing pollution during construction, water and energy efficiency, use of renewable/reusable/recyclable/regional materials, innovative design and the use of low-emitting interior materials, natural light and fresh air circulation for good indoor environmental quality. Plans for The Center’s 22,5000-square-foot home received unanimous and enthusiastic approval from the Ketchum Planning and Zoning Commission on October 22. The building was designed by award-winning architect Tom Kundig of the Seattle-based firm Olson Sundberg Kundig Allen Architects, and includes flexible spaces for exhibitions, classes, lectures and performances. Groundbreaking is contingent upon achieving 50% more of its fundraising goals. For more information about The Center’s plans or to find out how to support the building project, please call Sally Boettger, Director of Development, at 208.726.9491 ex 20.

Ernest Collins

Performing Arts The Capitol Steps


Sun, Jan 27, 7pm Community Campus Auditorium, Hailey $25 members / $30 non-members / $5 children 12 and under “The Capitol Steps make it easier to leave public life.” —Former President George H. W. Bush

Thu, Apr 10, 7:30pm Liberty Theatre, Hailey $15 members / $20 non-members / $5 children 12 and under Born in Portugal to parents from the Cape Verde Islands off the coast of West Africa, Lura draws on the islands’ rich blend of trade route cultures. Her music embraces French Afro-pop, Brazilian rhythms and earthy, traditional African music. This past summer Lura appeared at some of the season’s biggest festivals in Europe and North America, including the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Garden Nights Festival in Merano, Italy, and the Festival de Marseille. Critics and audiences are catching on to Lura’s electrifying live performances as she brings an entirely new generation of fans into the evocative world of Cape Verdean music.

Fri, Feb 1, 6:30pm Liberty Theatre, Hailey $5 members / $10 non-members / free for children 6 and under Round up the kids and come join The Center for a family performance by JoséLuis Orozco, an educator and performer who writes and plays music used as a part of bilingual education throughout the country. His interactive performance will be an educational and fun journey through Latin American history, culture and language. Audience members are invited to join in singing, dancing and acting out songs on stage.

All tickets available now for ­purchase online!

Imani Winds Quintet


Sun, Feb 24, 7:30pm Presbyterian Church of the Big Wood, Ketchum $25 members / $30 non-members / $5 children 12 and under Since its inception in 1997, the Grammynominated Imani Winds, made up of five unabashedly adventurous musicians, has been enriching the wind repertoire with European, African, Latin American and American music traditions. Imani Winds’ past performance highlights include their New York debut at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall as winners of the annual Artists International Prize. Other concert appearances include the Kennedy Center, Chicago Symphony Musicians Residency Program, Ravinia Festival and Princeton University.

Sat, Mar 8, 7:30pm Community Campus Auditorium, Hailey $25 members / $30 non-members / $5 children 12 and under BodyVox combines diverse forms of dance, media and stage design to create theater experiences that are moving in multiple ways. Hallmarks of their performances are breathtaking physicality, striking imagery and belly-laugh-inducing wit and whimsy. Savvy audience members may note the influences of Momix, ISO Dance Theater, and Pilobolus—not surprising since BodyVox Artistic Directors Jamey Hampton and Ashley Roland spent years as creators and performers with these innovative dance companies. Their “body” of work includes choreography for the Academy Awards as well as music videos for Sting, U2, Pat Metheny, John Fogerty and others.

Leland Faulkner A Family Performance Sat, May 3, 4pm Liberty Theatre, Hailey $10 adults / $5 children 12 and under Leland Faulkner’s World of Wonder is a like a dream in action. Magic tricks, fantastic tales, light-hearted humor, pantomime and stunning shadowplay are the ingredients in Faulkner’s theatrical feast. His performances are constantly evolving, embracing improvisation and encouraging wonder. The process starts when seemingly simple objects are given the gift of animation and an extra dimension through the clever use of light. Creative use of visual effects immerses the audience in a contemporary version of ancient art forms including Japanese art, shadow theater, illusion techniques and folk tales from around the world, as well as original works and modern special effects. The resulting performance is like no other.

Merri Cyr

A Family Concert with José-Luis Orozco

Lois Greenfield

Twenty-five years ago, the Capitol Steps began as a group of Senate staffers who satirized the very people and places that employed them. In the years that followed, many of the Steps ignored the conventional wisdom (“Don’t quit your day job!”), and although not all of the Steps are former Capitol Hill staffers, taken together they have worked in eighteen Congressional offices and represent 62 years of House and Senate staff experience. Since they began, the Capitol Steps have recorded 27 albums, including their latest, Springtime for Liberals. They’ve been featured on NBC, CBS, ABC and PBS, and can be heard four times a year on NPR stations nationwide during their Politics Takes a Holiday radio specials.

images top to bottom, left to right: Capitol Steps, Lura, BodyVox, José-Luis Orozco, Imani Winds, Leland Faulkner

Dev Khalsa

Adult and Family CLASS Details



Adult Classes

Teaching Assistants and Scholarships Scholarships are available for all Center classes and are based on financial need. Applications are available on our website. Students may also inquire about becoming teaching assistants in exchange for a discount on tuition.

Family days are designed to allow parents and kids to do art projects together. Projects are inspired by The Center’s current exhibitions. All ages are welcome and many activities require parents to be hands-on assistants to their child. Family days are on select Sunday afternoons from 3 to 5 pm and are a drop-in activity, with no registration necessary. Free of charge.

Teen art classes are designed to be fun, creative, artistic activities just for teens. All teen workshops are done in partnership with Yak! Please call 726.9491 ex 10 to register.

The Basics of Watercolor with Susan Perin

Registration, Refund and Credit Policy For all classes a 90% refund is given upon withdrawal prior to the registration deadline. No credits or refunds will be given after the registration deadline. If a class is canceled, students are issued a full refund. Materials Please note that is the responsibility of the students to know their own sensitivities to the materials that may be used in any of the classes. All adult classes require students to bring their own supplies. Students can obtain a supply list at the time of registration or through our website. Some supply fees may apply. College Credit College credit is available for most classes through the College of Southern Idaho. Inquire about college credit when registering. An additional fee is charged for college credit and is payable directly to the College of Southern Idaho.

Made in Mexico Sun, Jan 13, 3–5pm The Center, Hailey Bring your family for an afternoon of Mexican folk dance demonstrations and activities led by Elizabeth Ornelas. Enjoy Mexican hot chocolate and churros, looking at art and creating your own retablos!

Just Weave It Sun, Apr 6, 3–5pm The Center, Ketchum Weaving is for all ages. Make a loom, load up your shuttle and you are ready to over-under-over-under! We will make a woven coaster or tiny art piece using all kinds of fun and flashy fibers. In just a few minutes, you can make something spectacular and say "I wove this!"

Introduction to Digital Photography with Dev Khalsa Sat & Sun, Jan 5 & 6, 10am–6:30pm $15, pre-registration required The Center, Hailey This weekend workshop will offer teens a chance to experiment with and improve their digital photography skills. Students will learn about different qualities of light and how to create more interesting images using rules of composition. Workshop assignments will teach students how to shoot both portraits and landscapes and encourage them to develop their own unique, expressive approach. This workshop is for teens who are new to photography, as well as for those with more experience looking to strengthen their skills.

Japanamania with Becka Rahn Fri, Apr 4, 5–8pm $5, pre-registration required The Center, Hailey Try your hand at two Japanese crafts in one evening—shibori and kumihimo. Use shibori, a traditional form of tie dye, to design and dye your own bandanna. We will learn four or five traditional patterns that you can combine as you wish to create your own one-of-a-kind wearable art. While the dyes set, you’ll learn kumihimo, the art of making an eight-stranded braid used to accessorize a kimono or decorate a samurai sword. Warning: Kumihimo is highly addictive—make a bracelet or two and you’ll be totally hooked! Because we’ll be working with dye, please wear clothes that can get messy.

Mon–Fri, Jan 14–18, 2–6pm $225 members / $275 non-members Supply fee: $30 Registration deadline: Fri, Dec 28 The Center, Hailey In this watercolor workshop students will learn how to create glorious watercolors, both realistic and abstract. Explore and understand the color wheel—hue, value and intensity—with your brush. Learn to lay a wash and use wet on wet and glaze techniques. You’ll work in the studio on a still life with color, shadows and reflected light and use favorite photos and your imagination for further inspiration. The class concludes with a critique.

Embracing the Source of Artistic Inspiration: A Mixed-media Idea Generating Process with Lauren Mantecon Mon–Fri, Jan 28–Feb 1, 10am–4pm $360 members / $410 non-members $40 supply fee Registration deadline: Fri, Jan 11 The Center, Hailey Each of us possesses strong creative ability. Symbol, color and metaphor provide a subtle language that we can access at any time. Lauren facilitates your individual engagement with the creative process through idea-generating exercises, visualizations, and an artistic practice rooted in drawing, painting and collage techniques. You will learn traditional gesso, drawing and painting techniques, then further develop your work in acrylic, oil and encaustic mediums. The objective for this five-day workshop is to increase courage and deepen aesthetic perception. Leave with multiple finished pieces and a head full of ideas.

Fiber series with special guest teacher Becka Rahn from the Textile Center of Minnesota Wild & Wooly: Wet and Dry Felting Thu, Apr 3, 10am–4pm $70 members / $120 non-members $20 supply fee Registration deadline: Fri, Mar 14 The Center, Hailey Transform fluffy wool fiber into thick soft fabric. This class is an introduction to both wet and dry felting. Start by learning wet felting, using soap and water to transform your fibers into fabric. We will create a collection of beads and felted "sushi"—great for fiber jewelry and embellishing other projects. In the afternoon, we will move on to needle felting, or dry felting, and learn how to create three dimensional flowers or animals entirely from wool. We will finish up by adding needle-felted embellishments to other wool fabrics.

Intro to Shibori

Stitches with Personality

Japanamania for Teens

Fri, Apr 4, 10am–4pm $70 members / $120 non-members $25 supply fee Registration deadline: Fri, Mar 14 The Center, Hailey Shibori is the ancient Japanese art of resist dyeing. It's a more sophisticated form of "tie dye" that uses folding, wrapping, tying, clamping or stitching to create patterns on fabric. In this workshop, we will work with both cotton and silk fabric and learn more than a half a dozen traditional patterns—from itajime (polka dots) to arashi (tiger stripes)—that you can combine to make new patterns. Leave class with two silk scarves and many samples of cotton yardage that you can use for other projects.

Sat, Apr 5, 10am–4pm $70 members / $120 non-members $20 supply fee Registration deadline: Fri, Mar 14 The Center, Hailey From tea towels to crazy quilts and embellished jeans to jewelry—you can use embroidery anywhere! We begin with basic and fancy embroidery stitches: back stitch, lazy daisies, feather stitch, the infamous French knot and more. Then add beads to your stitches—the instructor has great tips for working with seed beads, stones, pearls, shells and sequins. Choose from a variety of small class projects—perhaps a beaded silk cuff or wool felt pin—that you can dress up with your favorite techniques from class.

Fri, Apr 4

Just Weave It Family Day class Sun, Apr 6 See above for descriptions of these two classes.

Full scholarships are available for every adult and kids class. Help us spread the word! Contact Britt Udesen at 208.726.9491 ex 19.

Classes One night WORKSHOPS Beginning Monotype with Jen Galpin-Mikesh Weds, Feb 6–27, 2–5pm $145 members / $195 non-members Registration deadline: Wed, Jan 23 The Center, Hailey In this class, students will explore a variety of monotype printing techniques using oil-based etching inks. Students will learn how to create and use key drawings and will experiment with varying ink viscosities. We will focus on two main approaches to creating a monotype: working additively and subtractively. Students will be encouraged to explore abstract and representational imagery over the course of the class. We will also discuss basic design principles, value range, color mixing and color theory.

Weaving Workshop with Stefanie Marvel Thur & Fri, Feb 21 & 22, 2–4pm $45 members / $95 non-members $20 supply fee Registration deadline: Wed, Feb 6 The Center, Ketchum This workshop provides a basic introduction to the woven form. Participants will be supplied with a simple frame loom to keep and will learn how to put on a warp and make a small tapestry. Different tapestry techniques will be discussed and practiced, and the instructor will demonstrate how to use different fibers to produce variations in color and texture. The result will be a small weaving sample showcasing the techniques learned. All materials will be supplied.

We encourage people to come to these one-evening classes to stretch their creative wings—a great way to integrate more art into your life! Designed as introductions, these classes will teach you a new skill that you’ll be able to do at home. All skill levels are welcome. Space is limited. To reserve a place, please call 726.9491 ex 10.

Drawing Sampler with Lisa Whitworth Tue, Jan 22, 5:30–7:30pm $20 members / $25 non-members The Center, Hailey Have you ever started drawing and something just didn’t look right? In this quick introduction, we’ll practice drawing objects from photographs and from life to learn techniques that will make your drawings more accurate. Watch your drawings change from looking “weird” to looking “wonderful”!

Photoshop 101 for ­photographers with Stacie Brew Tue, Mar 4, 6–8pm $20 members / $25 non-members The Center, Hailey Learn the basics of improving your photos using Adobe Photoshop. The class will cover the use of essential Photoshop tools that will allow you to resize your images, add text, clone and manipulate color and lighting. Students are encouraged to bring in a few of their own digital photos to work on.

Decoupage Magnets with Cassi Griffin Tue, Apr 8, 5:30-7:30pm $20 members / $25 non-members Enjoy a little bit of painting, cutting, ­gluing, and decoupage to make magnets. Fun for all ages —no art skills necessary.

SAVE THESE DATES For Summer Writing Workshop with Anthony Doerr Mon–Fri, Jun 23–27, 9am-12pm The Center, Hailey $300 members / $350 non-members

Summer Art Camp for ages 7–10 July 14 – Aug 1, 9–12pm

Summer Art Camp for ages 5 and 6 July 14–25, 2–5pm $190 members / $215 non-members (each week) Camps are taught by Lisa ­Whitworth at The Center, Hailey. Choose 1, 2, or all 3 weeks! See the website for descriptions.

Mosaics with Bob Dix Tue, Feb 12, 6–8pm $20 members / $25 non-members The Center, Hailey Learn an art form that is thousands of years old. Mosaics are brightly colored pictures and designs created by arranging and piecing together glass tiles. Join us for a step into the ancient past and go home with a terrific, colorful piece.

Introduction to Digital Photography with Dev Khalsa

Dev Khalsa

Fri–Sun, Feb 29–Mar 2, 9am–5pm $275 members / $325 non-members Registration deadline: Fri, Feb 15 The Center, Hailey This workshop will take you from the basics of exposure and focus to the ultimate goal of creating compelling photographs with your digital camera. The class will cover all the necessary ingredients for making great photographs—light, depth of field, shutter speed, metering, ISO, lens choice and composition—–while guiding participants in strengthening their individual skills. By the end of the weekend, you will be able to control how motion and depth of field affect your photographs and know how to use your camera in manual mode. Khalsa aims to inform, inspire and challenge you to make beautiful and interesting images of your everyday surroundings. This workshop is for beginning photographers as well as for those with more experience who are looking to strengthen their existing skills. Each participant must have a digital SLR that can be used in manual mode.

Please visit our website for ­extended class descriptions, information on ­instructors, and class supply lists. To register for a class, stop by or call The Center in Ketchum, 208.726.9491 ex 10. \mùltee díssipli nèrree\ adj. TRABAJO MEXICANO/MEXICAN WORK Dec 14, 2007 – Feb 9, 2008 In the past few years, immigration has once again become a hot-button issue in the United States. This project attempts to broaden the dialogue surrounding Mexican immigration and labor and get past words like “alien” and “amnesty.” As lawmakers battle over the issue of immigration on a national level, this project offers us all the opportunity to consider these issues as they relate to the Wood River Valley and its growing population of Mexican descent.

1: an in depth exploration of an idea or theme through a variety of artistic disciplines 2: a hallmark of the Sun Valley Center’s programs that allows our audience to consider an idea or theme from multiple perspectives including film, dance, —music, painting, sculpture, video, literature, lectures, and hands-on classes and activities 3: a way to enhance learning, to stimulate the imagination, to encourage ­dialogue.


Visual Arts

Retablos: Reinterpreting a Tradition

Cheech Marin on Chicano Art

The Center, Ketchum Fri, Dec 14 – Sat, Feb 9

The Center, Hailey Wed, Dec 19–Fri, Feb 15      

Thu, Jan 10, 7pm nexStage Theatre, Ketchum See description under Lectures.

This ongoing visual arts exhibition examines labor and immigration through the lens of artwork made by seven Mexican and Mexican-American artists. Although most of these artists were born in Mexico, they are all working now in Texas and California, both places with immigrant populations. Through direct personal experience and as members of communities that constantly deal with issues of immigration and labor, they consider such questions as what it’s like to work on the U.S./Mexico border or to grow up in the United States in a Spanish-speaking family.

Boise-based painter Alma Gomez takes a tradition with deep roots in Latin America, the retablo, and makes it contemporary. Retablos are images of saints and Virgins made to thank them for miraculous events. Some of these paintings, known as ex-votos, include narratives of the miracles. Gomez’s intimate paintings depict saints who hold personal meaning for her. The exhibition also features historic retablo paintings dating from the 18th century to the 1930s.

Trabajo Mexicano/ Mexican Work

Participating Artists: Margarita Cabrera Enrique Chagoya Ana Teresa Fernández Raúl Guerrero Julio César Morales Celia Alvarez Muñoz Luz María Sánchez

Exhibition Celebration Fri, Jan 11, 5:30–7pm The Center, Hailey Artist Alma Gomez will discuss her work at the mid-exhibition celebration of Retablos: Reinterpreting a Tradition.

CLASS Family Day: Made in Mexico Sun, Jan 13, 3–5pm at The Center, Hailey See description under Classes.         

PERFORMING ARTS A Family Concert with José-Luis Orozco Fri, Feb 1, 6:30pm Liberty Theatre, Hailey See description under Performing Arts.

Docent Tours Every Tue at 2pm

Special Evening Docent Tours Thu, Jan 17, 5:30pm —Tour given in Spanish Thu, Jan 24, 5:30pm —Tour given in English

Enrique Chagoya, The Pastoral or Arcadian State, Illegal Alien’s Guide to Greater America, top image: Luz María Sánchez, Riverbank, 2006, courtesy of the artist

2006, courtesy of Shark’s Ink., Lyons, Colorado

Visual Arts The Seditious Stitch Feb 15 – Apr 9, 2008 An exhibition of sculpture and flat works by contemporary artists whose work in fiber challenges our traditional assumptions about the medium and its use. Sheila Hicks, ­Stephen Sollins and Hildur Bjarnadóttir use yarn or thread to create their art. Working from the notion that fiber has long been associated with the decorative, the domestic, and the feminine, these artists consciously use the medium to challenge those associations while also questioning the assumptions of late modernist painting and sculpture. The fiber pieces made by Sheila Hicks are more linked to architecture and sculpture than to weaving. Using a small, portable, framed loom, she experiments with materials, ideas, colors and form. Thirty-six of Hicks’s miniatures, created over a span of some fifty years, are presented in the exhibition. These works speak as much to the history of modernist painting and design as they do to any other tradition. Hildur Bjarnadóttir learned to knit, sew and crochet as a young girl in Iceland. Comfortable with a variety of stitchery techniques, Bjarnadóttir uses her tremendous skill to turn traditional needlework on its head—the doily and tablecloth become experiments in modernism when she colors the white doily black with graphite and carefully embroiders a stain onto a white field, mimicking Jackson Pollock’s splatters or Helen Frankenthaler’s poured paint.

In the Project Room, Ketchum Also on view at The Center is an installation by Hailey artist Stefanie Marvel, whose career in textiles has spanned thirty years. Her weavings, installations and drawings have been exhibited across the United States and are included in collections from Sun Valley to Paris.

Opening Celebration Fri, Feb 15, 5:30–8 pm Join us for wine and hors d’oeuvres Walk-through with artists Sheila Hicks and Stephen Sollins at 6pm. Open for Gallery Walk until 8pm

Docent Tours Every Tue at 2pm

Stephen Sollins dismantles and then reforms found pieces of embroidery, addressing ideas of nostalgia as well as distinctions between high and low art, representation and abstraction and women’s work and men’s. Sollins takes out each cross-stitch from discarded pieces of needlework, carefully counting the number of stitches in each thread color. He then matches the color and re-stitches squares of color into the middle area of the fabric. Images of flowers and curlicue patterns and nostalgic sayings about the home become ghosts in the fabric as Sollins moves the dialogue from decorative to mathematics, from traditional to contemporary, from domestic to fine art. images from the top: Sheila Hicks,

Vanishing Yellow, 1964 / 2004, cotton, courtesy of the artist Hildur Bjarnadóttir,

Drawing with a Solid Center, 2005, vintage crochet cotton doily covered with graphite, courtesy of the artist. Sheila Hicks, La Clef, 1988, rubber bands and metal key, courtesy of the artist

Special Evening Docent Tour Thu, Feb 28, 5:30pm

Classes Weaving Workshop with Stefanie Marvel Feb 21–22

Fiber Series of 3 Classes with Becka Rahn Apr 3–5

Just Weave It Family Day Apr 6

Teen Workshop Japanamania Apr 4

See descriptions under Classes

The Center Galleries are always free and open to the public! Docent Tours of the exhibitions are held every Tuesday at 2pm in Ketchum. Center Gallery Hours: M–F 9am-5pm, Sat 11-5 in Feb & Mar Hailey Gallery Hours: W–F noon–5pm

Visual Arts Idaho Triennial April 18 – June 11, 2008 Organized by the Boise Art Museum, the Idaho Triennial has been an artistic tradition in Idaho since 1935. Every 3 years a different juror selects work by artists from around the state for this anticipated exhibition. This year’s juror, Amy Pence-Brown, is also the Boise Art Museum’s Associate Curator. After initially reviewing each submitting artist’s work through slides, Pence-Brown spent five weeks driving throughout the state, visiting 71 artists’ studios. She eventually narrowed this group down to 25 artists who are represented in the exhibition. The Sun Valley Center for the Arts is delighted to be able to present work by each of these 25 artists in a scaled down version of the Idaho Triennial. The exhibition represents some of the most innovative and thoughtful art being made in Idaho right now. Working in a wide variety of media, from painting and photography to bamboo and robotics, the artists in the exhibition address a range of subject matter with both local and universal relevance. Among the participants are two painters based in the Wood River Valley, David deVillier and Theodore Waddell.

It’s the First Place to Be!

Docent Tours

Sat, May 24, 5:30-6:30pm Join us for wine and hors d’oeuvres Open for Gallery Walk until 8pm

Every Tue at 2pm

Meet the Artists and the Curator! Thu, May 8, 5:30pm Join artists David deVillier and Theodore Waddell and Boise Art Museum Associate Curator Amy Pence-Brown, this year’s Idaho Triennial juror, for a special tour of the exhibition.

above: Jan Boles, Kimball Pentimento, 2007, digital photograph, courtesy of the artist

Rudy Kovacs, Oaxaca Memories #1, 2006, cotton, courtesy of the artist

Lectures Cheech Marin Thu, Jan 10, 7pm nexStage Theatre, Ketchum $10 members / $15 non-members While he is best known as one half of the hilarious duo Cheech and Chong, Marin is now gaining recognition as the owner of one of the world’s largest collections of Chicano art. He will discuss the unique contribution Chicano artists have made to American culture and fine art while showing slides from his collection.

Humanitarian Stephen Lewis Sat, Feb 9, 7pm nexStage Theatre, Ketchum $5 members / $10 non-members Stephen Lewis is one of North America's most respected commentators on social affairs, international development and human rights. In 2005 TIME magazine named him one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” (in the same category as the Dalai Lama and Nelson Mandela) for his life-long dedication to social causes and improving the human condition. He spent more than twenty years at the United Nations, serving as the Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa and Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF. Lewis is currently the director of the Stephen Lewis Foundation, an organization committed to easing the suffering of women and families in Africa affected by HIV and AIDS.

Beth Gates Warren on Edward Weston and His Bohemian Friends Thu, Mar 13, 7pm The Center, Ketchum Free of charge Photographer Edward Weston, one of the best known 20th century photographers, is most closely identified with Carmel, California, where he worked during the 1930s and 1940s. However, few people realize that he spent the first 17 years of his career in Los Angeles.  Soon after Weston left Los Angeles, he destroyed many of his photographs and personal papers, thereby effectively deleting most of his early history. Independent photography curator Beth Gates Warren has

spent the last decade piecing together the story of Weston’s “lost years.” She will reveal recently discovered information about his fascinating bohemian friends, in particular, photographer Margrethe Mather, who played an important and previously unrecognized role in his development as an artist. Warren will also explain why Weston attempted to rewrite his own history and why he resolutely refused to acknowledge those who influenced him during his years in the City of the Angels.

Cheech Marin

cover from the top: BodyVox, photo: Lois Greenfield Stephen Lewis Gerri Sayler  

Cellular Medley, detail, 2007, wood and fiber installation, courtesy of the artist Beth Gates Warren’s book

Margrethe Mather & Edward Weston: A Passionate Collaboration

Dec to May 2008 calendar  
Dec to May 2008 calendar  

A complete calendar and description of all Sun Valley Center events from December through May of 2008.