Oct – DEC 2008 Newsletter
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Director’s letter Caroline Woodham
As many of you know, I’ve taken a position with the Colorado Springs
Fine Arts Center and will, by the time you read this, have started my new job there. I’m grateful to have the opportunity to thank you all one more time for your friendship and kindness. Just as much, I appreciate your support of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts. I am honored to have been a steward for this great organization for nearly seven years, and I am certain that The Center will go on to accomplish even greater things in the months and years to come. Chief among these will be the completion of our capital campaign and the construction of a new landmark Center building in the heart of Ketchum. A recent and generous gift from Gail and Jack Thornton, the appointment of Tod Hamachek as campaign chair, a new level of energy on The Center’s board, the leadership of our board president, Trina Peters, and an exceptionally generous community give me a deep level of confidence that The Center will soon accomplish its dream of creating a gathering place where our entire community can experience and be enriched by the arts. I look forward to the day in the not-too-distant future when I will be able to celebrate with you the grand opening of the new Sun Valley Center for the Arts. My family and I will always cherish our memories of the Wood River Valley. Very best wishes to all as you continue life’s journey.
Sam Gappmayer, Executive Director
PICTURE THIS… Meet Tod Hamachek Tod Hamachek recently joined the Board at The Center, and stepped into the role of General Chair of the campaign for the Sun Valley Center for the Arts.
What are your ties to the Wood River Valley? Twenty-five years ago we came to Sun Valley to ski then discovered the other season— summer. We love mountains whether we are skiing or hiking and find them inspirational and rejuvenating. The other big lure has been the long term Sun Valley friends that we and our children have had over the years—there is an incredibly diverse and accomplished group of people in this Valley who call this home. Our daughter, Elizabeth lived and worked here for years.
What does The Center mean to you? This community would be very one dimensional without The Sun Valley Center for the Arts. It brings stimulating and at times a provocative performers, artists and lecturers who not only entertain but stretch our imaginations and challenge our creative energies into Tod Hamachek
unexplored ideas and concepts.
Why is The Center’s new building important? What excites me about The Center’s new building are the endless possibilities to excite and educate an ever growing Valley population that wants to pursue the visual and performing arts. In particular, The Center will be able to offer the youth of this Valley and beyond expanded arts educational opportunities at a time when the public schools have been seriously cutting back and/or eliminating their arts offerings.
A leading part of the picture… “The Center’s new facility will have a huge positive impact on the community. We believe so strongly in its power to preserve and enhance our quality of life that we made a gift beyond what we ever imagined doing for any charitable organization. This is not a niche project only for arts patrons. All of us will benefit from the expanded programs, the economic boost that will come from having a world class facility, and from the new opportunities to help children realize their human and creative potential. We’re investing in the health and vitality of the community, not just a new building.” —Jack and Gail Thornton, who committed a gift of $1,000,000 to the project this July Torres Family
campaign highlight SVCA was honored by the generosity of Jack and Gail Thornton’s decision in July to gift $1million dollars to the capital campaign.
Status The board and leadership of The Center continue their efforts to raise funds for the project. Gifts and pledges to date are a little more than half of what’s needed to break ground next spring. The pace of activity is quickening in order to try to make that timetable. If you have would like to help or to learn more, please contact Tod Hamachek, General Chair of the campaign or Sally Boettger, Director of Development, at 208-726-9491
The Center’s Lecture Series Continues! Journalism Panel
The Center’s inaugural Lecture Series, which brings leading authors and thinkers of our time to our community, continues. Thanks to Lecture Series sponsors Teresa Heinz, and Richard and Judith Smooke.
February TBD Moderated by former CBS and Fox News president Van Gordon Sauter, this panel will feature a discussion among journalists from varying media outlets about the role journalists played in the 2008 elections.
Henry Louis Gates Jr. —as part of the multidisciplinary project Does DNA Define You? Thu, Oct 16, 7pm Church of the Big Wood, Ketchum $15 members / $20 non-members Henry Louis Gates Jr. is the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor at Harvard University, as well as director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research. He is an influential cultural critic and author who recently hosted the PBS documentary series African American Lives, which uses genealogy and DNA to trace the roots of influential African Americans through American history and back to Africa. Lecture sponsors: Gail and Rhys Wilkie
Michael Pollan Thu, Nov 13, 7pm Church of the Big Wood, Ketchum $20 members / $25 non-members Michael Pollan is the author, most recently, of In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto. His previous book, The Omnivore's Dilemma, was named one of the ten best books of 2006 by the New York Times and the Washington Post. He is the recipient of several journalistic awards, was the executive editor of Harper's Magazine for many years, and now serves as the Knight Professor of Science and Environmental Journalism at UC Berkeley. Lecture sponsor: Lava Lake Lamb
Michael Chabon —as part of the multidisciplinary project Superheroes and Secret Identities Tue, Dec 9, 7pm NexStage Theatre, Ketchum $15 members / $20 non-members Michael Chabon won the Pulitzer Prize in 2001 for his novel The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay, an epic story of two Jewish cousins who create comics in America as Europe is torn apart by World War II. His recent New Yorker article, “Secret Skin: An Essay in Unitard Theory,“ explores the power of superheroes in our collective imagination.
Gloria Steinem —as part of the multidisciplinary project Domestic Life Wed, Jan 14, 7pm Church of the Big Wood, Ketchum $20 members / $25 non-members A devoted activist and writer, Gloria Steinem is undeniably one of the most important voices of the modern feminist movement. She is the founder and original publisher of Ms. magazine and the influential co-convener of the National Women’s Political Caucus. Lecture sponsor: Jeri Waxenberg
Preferred seating available at all lectures to members at the Benefactor and above levels.
2008 scholarship winners. More than $50K in scholarships went to students and teachers in Blaine County.
EXPANDING EDUCATION The Center in the Schools As always, The Center will be working closely with local schools to include students and teachers in our programs and events. Last year more than 2,000 students toured our galleries, 200 students took free after school classes and teachers from every area school sat on an advisory committee to help direct our programs. Thanks to their input, here are some of the events we have planned for fall 2008: • Free after school art classes taught in both English and Spanish for elementary and middle school students. • A two-day professional development workshop, Facing History and Ourselves, guided by a nationally renowned facilitator. Offered free to teachers. • Field trips with gallery tours and hands-on projects for students K–12 at The Center. • Free tickets to events for teachers. • Visits to local schools by authors, musicians and humanitarians. • This fall the African Children’s Choir and Perla Batalla (see page 8) will perform in local schools. • A reception for teachers to preview upcoming opportunities for engaging their students in the gallery.
Please visit our website www.sunvalleycenter.org 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. On the website, see photos of recent classes, workshops and school visits!
Family days are designed to allow parents and kids to do art projects together. Projects are inspired by The Center’s current exhibition. All ages are welcome, and many activities require parents to be hands-on assistants to their children. Family days are free drop-in activities on selected Sunday afternoons from 3 to 5 pm—no registration necessary.
Teen workshops are co-sponsored by YAK! and are designed to be fun, creative, educational activities just for teens. Please call 726.9491 in advance to guarantee your spot.
Does DNA Define You? Family Day with Bob Dix Sun, Oct 5, 3–5pm The Center, Hailey Come with your kids to explore infinite animal combinations. Genetically engineer your own crazy hybrid by repurposing old toys.
The Graphic Novel with Leslie Patricelli Sat, Nov 15, 10am–4pm The Center, Hailey $10 fee Join author and illustrator Leslie Patricelli for a day of comic-making fun. You’ll learn about drawing superheroes, pen and ink technique and the format of the graphic novel. Design your own unique superhero and arch enemy, then create a mini graphic novel using your characters.
Superheroes Family Day with Leslie Patricelli Sun, Nov 16, 3–5pm The Center, Ketchum Who is your favorite superhero? If you could have a super power what would it be? Come sketch, draw, cut and paste your dreams and wishes. Books, dolls, action figures and costumes for inspiration are encouraged.
Adult & Family Classes CLASS Details
ONE NIGHT WORKSHOPS
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.
Experiencing Collage with Gary Nisbet
Come to these one evening classes to stretch your creative wings and integrate more art into your life! These classes are designed as introductions and all are welcome. Call in advance to guarantee a space.
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.
Mon–Fri, Oct 13–17, 10am–4pm $360 members / $410 non-members Supply fee: $25 The Center, Hailey Registration deadline: Fri, Sept 26 Collage is a unique and immediate means of artistic expression. Artist Gary Nisbet will guide students through the process of gathering, assembling and creating their own special visual language by using a variety of personal collage materials. Learn the techniques of metallic leaf application, crackle finishes, and gel reverse transfer. Be inspired by new materials, applications and assembly. Students will leave the workshop with a greater understanding of the history of collage, contemporary collage artists and technical applications.
Moving beyond the Beginning in Watercolor with Susan Perin Mon, Wed, Fri, Jan 12, 14 & 16, 2–6pm $145 members / $195 non-members Supply fee: $30 The Center, Hailey Registration deadline: Fri, Jan 2 For those with some watercolor experience, Moving beyond the Beginning will focus on taking the steps to move from the beginning to the intermediate level in watercolor painting. Instructor Susan Perin will emphasize composition and the basic principles of focal point and design and introduce different techniques for adding texture. Students will work from photos and still lifes.
Drawing Sampler —in three parts with Lisa Whitworth $20 members / $25 non-members (each session) The Center, Hailey Have you ever started drawing and something just didn’t look right? Join us for one or all three of these quick introductions; 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”!
Proportion, Line & Angles Mon, Oct 20, 5:30–7:30pm Registration deadline: Fri, Oct 10
Shading, Value & Dimension Mon, Oct 27, 5:30–7:30pm Registration deadline: Fri, Oct 17
Still Life Mon, Nov 3, 5:30–7:30pm Registration deadline: Fri, Oct 24
SPECIAL FREE SUPERHERO EVENING Knitting Bee with Mark Newport Thu, Nov 6, 5:30–7:30pm The Center, Ketchum Free Get a sneak peek at The Center’s new exhibition and knit with featured artist Mark Newport. Bring a friend and your own project. There will be great inspiration in the gallery, light snacks and drinks and good company. No instruction provided.
Artist Series —in three parts Digital Tools for Sharing Your Work $20 members / $25 non-members (each session) The Center, Hailey
Photographing Your Artwork with Stacie Brew Tue, Oct 28, 5:30–7:30pm Make your artwork look its best. The class will cover staging, lighting and general digital photography technique for documenting most types of artwork.
What to Do with Your Digital Images: Photo Editing with Stacie Brew Tue, Nov 11, 5:30–7:30pm Edit digital photos of your artwork in Photoshop. Learn how to crop, adjust the color balance (brightness and contrast) and burn and dodge your images. Participants can bring their own digital images to experiment with or use the samples provided.
Blogging with Cassi Griffin Tue, Nov 18, 5:30–7:30pm This class is an introduction to the basics of blogging and what it can do for you. Whether you are looking to share family photos and information with far-flung relatives, connect with like-minded individuals and communities, bring your work or expertise to a larger audience or possibly produce an income, blogging offers something for everyone!
Does DNA Define You? The last half-century has seen an explosion in our knowledge of DNA, from its discovery in the 1950s to the completion of the Human Genome Project in 2003. Terms that once seemed the stuff of science fiction, like “designer babies” and “genetic engineering,” have become part of our everyday language and have triggered a series of new ethical dilemmas regarding the degree to which we should be reconfiguring the fundamental building blocks of life. This multidisciplinary project explores the topic through lectures, films, art exhibitions and classes.
Exhibition at The Center, Ketchum
Does DNA Define You? Through Fri, Oct 31 This visual arts exhibition showcases the work of four contemporary artists—Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle, Dennis Ashbaugh, Becky Howland and Jaq Chartier—who grapple with the relationship between DNA and identity and its social, biological and aesthetic implications. Reproductions of historical artwork, including 18th-century Mexican casta [caste] paintings and photographs and diagrams from the American Eugenics Movement, provide a glimpse into the relationship between biology and identity in earlier centuries.
It’s the First Place to Be! Fri, Oct 10, 5:30–6:30pm Join us for wine and hors d'oeuvres Open for Gallery Walk until 8pm
Exhibition Tours Every Tue at 2 pm or by arrangement
DNA installation, The Center gallery, Dev Khalsa photo Larry Miller, DNAid Deli Cup, 2000-2002, Courtesy of Creative Time, NY
Exhibition at The Center, Hailey
Mining Identity: Works by Eve-Marie Bergren Through Fri, Nov 7 Boise-based artist Eve-Marie Bergren has produced a series of portraits of individuals based on their fingerprints. The paintings' swirling lines create lyrical abstract patterns at the same time that they signify our uniqueness as individual human beings.
W. E. B. DuBois and the Encyclopedia Africana Lecture by Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Related Lectures, Films & Classes
Casta Painting: Race, Class and Sex in 18th-century Mexico Lecture by Courtney Gilbert Thu, Oct 2, 7pm Free at The Center, Ketchum In the 18th century, Mexican artists created an entirely new genre of painting that depicted the results of racial mixing in the Americas. Called casta [caste] paintings, these paintings presented a man and a woman of different racial groups with their offspring, of a third racial category. This slide lecture by The Center’s Curator of Visual Arts will explore the intersection of race, class and sexual mores within these canvases.
Does DNA Define You? Family Day with Bob Dix Sun, Oct 5, 3–5pm Free at The Center, Hailey
African American Lives Documentary Series Tues, Oct 7 & 14, 6pm The Center, Ketchum Free This groundbreaking PBS documentary series created by Dr. Henry Louis Gates Jr. profiles some of the most accomplished African Americans of our time using genealogy and DNA to trace their roots back to Africa. Through a combination of science and storytelling the quintessential questions of heritage and the importance of knowing our past are explored.
Thu, Oct 16, 7pm Church of the Big Wood, Ketchum $15 members / $20 non-members A professor at Harvard University and director of the W. E. B. Du Bois Institute for African and African American Research, Henry Louis Gates Jr. is an influential cultural critic and author who recently hosted the PBS documentary series African American Lives (screened at The Center Oct 7 & 14). This lecture is also part of The Center’s Lecture Series. See page 3.
Professional Development for Blaine County Teachers Facing American History through the Lens of Race and Membership with Mary Johnson
Mon & Tue, Oct 20 & 21, 8:30am–4:30pm Free, The Center, Hailey In this two-day workshop, teachers will explore how beliefs about race have shaped—and challenged—America's identity as a land of "freedom and opportunity." Participants will receive a resource book and membership in the Facing History and Ourselves Teacher Network. Mary Johnson is Senior Historian at the Facing History and Ourselves Teacher Network. Please register for the workshop online at www.facinghistory.org/sunvalleyworkshop.
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mul.ti.dis.ci.pli.nar.y \mùltee díssipli nèrree\ adj. 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 d ialogue.
a multidisciplinary project
Exhibition at The Center, Ketchum
Superheroes & Secret Identities Fri, Nov 7, 2008–Wed, Jan 7, 2009 America’s obsession with the superhero dates to the late 1930s and early 1940s, when the comic book industry saw an explosion in readership and in new titles. In an era of uncertainty, comic books and superheroes offered readers an escape from the realities of the Great Depression and World War II, as well as the possibility of victory over evils of all kinds. The exhibition features a number of vintage comic books from this “Golden Age” of superheroes, dating from the 1940s to the 1960s. As recent Hollywood films illustrate, superheroes continue to fascinate in the 21st century and have inspired a number of contemporary artists. The exhibition features the work of three artists who approach the idea of the superhero from very different points of view. Mark Newport knits superhero costumes to his own size. Hanging empty on the wall, these large disembodied costumes comment on traditional notions of masculine identity and our idealization of unattainable powers. He also photographs himself dressed in costume, prepared for disaster in mundane settings, and creates his own embroidered and illustrated comic book pages. Dulce Pinzón photographs Mexican immigrants in popular U.S. and Mexican superhero costumes as they work at generally low-wage jobs. She captions each photo with a note about how much each worker sends home to his or her family each week, forcing us to reconsider our ideas of what a superhero really is. While super powers may be beyond our grasp in reality, the Internet has given all of us the chance to adopt alternate identities and extraordinary abilities in cyberspace. Robbie Cooper has traveled the globe photographing computer gamers who spend hours each day in online worlds like Second Life and World of Warcraft. He pairs his photographs with images of these gamers’ online avatars, offering provocative insight into the online world of fantasy role-play.
Exhibition at The Center, Hailey
Contemporary Graphic Novels Fri, Nov 14, 2008–Fri, Jan 16, 2009 For centuries, sequential imagery has served as a direct and efficient form of communication. From cave paintings to hieroglyphics to superhero comics, when pictures are linked they create a narrative. The 20th century saw the rise of comics as a popular art form that often took the form of caped crusaders. The 21st century has seen the graphic novel grow into an influential and pervasive form of expression that explores topics as wideranging as love, the perils of war, questions of identity and historical narratives. Sara Varon, Cyril Pedrosa and Danica Novgorodoff represent this diversity of talent and content with their stories about robots strolling Brooklyn, the desolate landscape of the Mexican-American border and the rolling hills of a child’s imagination.
Superheroes & Secret Identities This multidisciplinary project explores our ongoing fascination with superheroes and secret identities. How do superheroes and secret identities help us express our fantasies? How do they help us combat our fears? If you could pick one super power, what would it be? Flight? Invisibility? Super speed or super strength? If you could design your online alter ego (known as an avatar), what qualities would it have?
Opening Celebration The Center, Ketchum Fri, Nov 7, 6–9pm Members FREE / $5 non-members We’ll be dancing in the streets on November 7! Party like a superhero and join us for a tented (and heated) street party next to The Center to celebrate the opening of Superheroes & Secret Identities. Come dressed as your favorite superhero and enjoy food, drink and dancing to tunes from DJ Lenny Joseph of KECH radio.
It’s the First Place to Be! Fri, Nov 28 and Fri, Dec 26, 5:30–6:30pm Join us for wine and hors d’oeuvres Open for Gallery Walk until 8pm
Exhibition Tours Every Tue at 2pm or by arrangement
Special Evening Gallery Tour Thu, Nov 20, 5:30pm
Related Lectures & Films Double Feature Superman and Superman II Sat, Nov 8, 1pm & 3:30pm Magic Lantern Theater, Ketchum $5 adults / $3 kids 12 and under See the original director’s cut of the classic movies, starring Christopher Reeve, in one afternoon!
Lecture by author Michael Chabon Tue, Dec 9, 7pm NexStage Theatre, Ketchum $15 members / $20 non-members See description on page 3.
Superheroes clockwise from top left: Robbie Cooper, Lee Taek Soo - Crammer,
Knitting Bee with Mark Newport
2007, courtesy of the artist
Thu, Nov 6, 5:30–7:30pm The Center, Ketchum, Free
1941 Superman comic book, courtesy of Michigan State University Libraries, © DC Comics
Teen Workshop: The Graphic Novel with Leslie Patricelli
1943 Batman comic book, courtesy of Michigan State University
Sat, Nov 15, 10am–4pm The Center, Hailey $10
Libraries, © DC Comics 1945 Wonder Woman comic book, courtesy of Michigan State University
Family Day with Leslie Patricelli
Libraries, © DC Comics
Sun, Nov 16, 3–5pm The Center, Ketchum Free See page 4 for details.
Dulce Pinzón, BERNABE MENDEZ from the
State of Guerrero works as a professional window cleaner in New York. He sends 500 dollars a month, 2007, courtesy of the artist Book cover of Cyril Pedrosa’s Three
Shadows Mark Newport, Argyleman, 2007,
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 Hailey Gallery Hours: W–F noon–5pm
courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle
Performing Arts All tickets available now. Purchase online at sunvalleycenter.org Buy the entire series— get a 20% discount and ensure your seats! Season tickets are $136 each. Season ticket holders and members at the Patron level and above receive priority seating. (unclaimed preferred seats will be released 5 minutes prior to each performance.)
performers from top: African Children’s Choir Perla Batalla Brubeck Brothers Quartet
Winter/Spring Season 2008–2009 includes Current:
African Children’s Choir Nov 2, 2008
Perla Batalla Dec 5, 2008
Brubeck Brothers Quartet Jan 9, 2009
Upcoming: Shanghai Quartet Feb 7, 2009
Jake Shimabukuro Apr 3, 2009
Hot 8 Brass Band May 9, 2009
Details on all season concerts are available on our website, www. sunvalleycenter.org.
African Children’s Choir
Brubeck Brothers Quartet
Sun, Nov 2, 7:30pm* Church of the Big Wood, Ketchum $25 members / $30 non-members $10 kids 12 and under What do Queen Elizabeth and Nelson Mandela have in common? Both have enjoyed performances by the African Children’s Choir. The choir has performed with Paul McCartney and Bobby McFerrin, and appeared at Live 8 in London and on the Ellen DeGeneres Show. The African Children's Choir brings hope and joy to audiences throughout the world while shining a spotlight on the plight of Africa’s children. With a focus on education, the choir currently supports relief and development projects for several thousand underprivileged children throughout Africa.
Fri, Dec 5, 7:30pm* Church of the Big Wood, Ketchum $20 members / $25 non-members $5 kids 12 and under Don’t miss this encore performance by Perla after her stunning debut last year in the Wood River Valley! One concertgoer dubbed it “the best concert I have ever seen,” and once you experience her mesmerizing renditions of Christmas classics combined with her soulful interpretations of Leonard Cohen and her original compositions, you’ll agree that her voice is in a class with the best singers of our age. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Batalla first gained international attention as a backup singer for Leonard Cohen. Her “mestiza music” is a vibrant mixture of her South American, Mexican and American roots and conveys great passion, spirit and love.
Fri, Jan 9, 7:30pm Sun Valley Opera House $25 members / $30 non-members If there’s such a thing as “born musicians,” then the accomplished sons of famed jazz pianist Dave Brubeck definitely qualify. The Brubeck brothers have been playing together all their lives, and yet they produce innovative jazz that sounds brand new. The talented brothers—Dan on drums, Chris on trombone and bass—and their bandmates, Mike DeMicco on guitar and Chuck Lamb on piano, have brought audiences all over the world to their feet. Favorites at jazz festivals across the country including Monterey, Detroit, Sedona, Ravinia and Las Vegas, the Brubeck Brothers Quartet also conducts workshops and clinics at universities nationwide.
*These musicians will perform at local schools for free as a part of their visits. Check the website for tons of photos from summer concerts, classes, school visits and more. You might see yourself there…
Cover: Mark Newport, He Could Help, 2005 courtesy of the artist and Greg Kucera Gallery, Seattle African Children’s Choir