JAN – MAY 2011
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Photo: Dev Khalsa
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Director’s letter Dear Friends,
Cover images from top: On Ensemble, photo: Ayumi Kameda Matthew Groves, Wooly Man (Bennington
Type), 2008, courtesy the artist images this page from top: Bill Ryberg Pimps of Joytime
The Sun Valley Center for the Arts has two big celebrations to cheer about in 2011. This year marks an anniversary milestone in our history—The Center is 40 years old! What an amazing story we have, starting in 1971. The original campus of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities (as we were known then) was established on land deeded by the owner of Sun Valley Company, Bill Janss. The property consisted of six acres along Trail Creek that had formerly housed dog kennels for Sun Valley Resort. The Center flourished as a facility for an exceedingly high level of fine arts residencies for several years, and many of the participating artists and faculty have gone on to achieve celebrated careers. During the early years, the highly regarded faculty taught photography, printmaking and ceramics, and established the first art gallery in the Wood River Valley. Dance and theater workshops offered a broader arts experience than was previously available. Because of Glenn and Bill Janss’ commitment to developing a year round resort and attracting second homeowners, an expanded community began to demand and support what the Sun Valley Center for the Arts offered. In the early ‘80s a decrease in federal funding for the arts found The Center examining its programmatic and financial responsibilities. After careful consideration, the Board of Directors chose to restructure The Center’s activities to more appropriately fit its financial capabilities and the needs of its community. At that time, The Center’s philosophy was redefined and it was then that programming for the local community became The Center’s first priority. The Center is now recognized nationally for its unique multidisciplinary programming. The Center’s visual arts, performing arts and education and humanities directors work in tandem with the artistic director to develop three or four multidisciplinary projects a year that explore timely themes and topics from multiple perspectives. Our second celebration in 2011 is the 30-year anniversary of the Wine Auction! In what has been recognized as one of the nation’s finest and fun-filled charity auctions, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts Wine Auction has raised millions of dollars to support The Center’s programs and scholarships. The 30th Anniversary Wine Auction, taking place from July 20–23, 2011 promises to be a one of a kind, memorable anniversary celebration full of surprises, great food, wonderful entertainment and of course —great wine. Back again will also be the very popular Wine Tasting under the tent on Saturday, July 23, followed by the Wine Auction Picnic—a great party and the chance to unwind with food and friends. Celebrations are only possible with friends—and we look forward to sharing our wonderful events with you in 2011.
Bill Ryberg, Executive Director
Nordic Festival What’s up with the Nordic Festival? The 2nd Annual Sun Valley Nordic Festival is a week filled with Nordic skiing, demonstrations, races, seminars and activities culminating with the Boulder Mountain Tour. Last year, The Center hosted Downtown Nordic Night on The Center’s lot (and the Simplot property) across from the post office in Ketchum. You can expect another evening of bonfires, ski races, a concert and a snowshoe dance competition—all outdoors and free—and there will be chili, hot chocolate, beer and wine available to keep you warm!
Downtown Ketchum Night of Music Free Concert with Pimps of Joytime Thu, Feb 3, 5:30–7:30pm Outside, on the site of The Center’s new home across from the Ketchum P.O. If you have yet to encounter the Brooklyn-based band, the Pimps of Joytime, prepare to take a funky ride! The PJT’s have captivated fans all across the country. Bandleader Brian J is a charismatic and soulful visionary, whose songs invite the listener to enter a world of infectious dance grooves and indelible melodies. The band’s diverse sound and spirited attitude are strongly influenced by the Brooklyn DJ culture and live music scene from which they emerge. Recent collaborations with legendary artists Cyril and Art Neville of the Neville Brothers and Roy Ayers have helped vitalize the band’s connection to its roots—an artful blend of musical styles, including elements of afrobeat, salsa, rock & roll and electronica. Brian J’s classic songwriting and the band’s undeniable swagger on stage consistently energize dancing wherever they appear.
This is a show for the whole family! The evening is part of an annual weeklong celebration of Nordic skiing and is presented by the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, the Sun Valley Ski Education Foundation, Backwoods, Blaine County Recreation District, The Elephant’s Perch and Galena Lodge.
Photo: Dev Khalsa
YOU are at the center … of bringing art to children in the Wood River Valley
Thanks to you, over 2,500 students increased their knowledge and insight into art, music, and water this fall! We rely on you, our members and donors, to make our programs accessible to all. Many of our programs are totally free of charge (after school art classes, family art days, artist and musician visits to schools, visits to the gallery by schools, the Arts and Crafts Festival and more!). For all our ticketed events and classes, memberships and donations help keep prices low. Rarely does the price of tickets cover the event costs.
School Visits to the Gallery This fall, we had 1,100 kids through the gallery to see our Water exhibition! Students toured the exhibition with our staff to gain understanding of the artwork and spent time creating their own clay fish.
Artist residencies Without the support of our members and donors we couldn’t afford to bring an artist like Basia Irland to the valley to create a piece specifically about the Big Wood River, to visit with students at Wood River High School and then perform a public ceremony releasing her ice books into the river. It was a beautiful project and everyone there participated in releasing clay fish embedded with local seeds into the river.
Photo Tod Hamachek
Musicians Performing in Schools In October, as a part of the Water project, Sam Lardner and Barcelona visited three local elementary schools to perform songs from their Oceans are Talking CD to over 1,200 students. Every student at the schools Sam visited received a CD prior to the visit, which meant that kids knew the music and could sing along to songs like “Shrimp!” and “Contaminated Clam.”
Above & left photos: Dev Khalsa
artist Basia Irland
Classes Full scholarships are available for every adult and kid class. Help us spread the word! Through the generosity of our donors, The Center is committed to making classes available to all members of our community regardless of their ability to pay. Please contact Sarah Kolash at 208.726.9491 ex 21 for more details. Open House for Class Participants! Wed, Jan 19, 6–7pm The Center, Ketchum Free If you have ever taken a Center class, we want to hear your ideas and opinions. Help us to plan for the future and to serve our community better. Refreshments will be served.
ONE NIGHT WORKSHOPS From Junk Mail to Greeting Cards with Marjolaine Renfro Thu, Apr 21, 5:30–7:30pm $20 / $25 nonmembers (per class) The Center, Hailey Do you ever feel overwhelmed by the endless amounts of brochures, advertisements and catalogues you receive in the mail? Join local artist Marjolaine Renfro as she teaches students to look at these mundane items with a creative twist. In this workshop students will learn to transform everyday natural and recycled items into personalized greeting cards.
Intro to Encaustic with Zoey Pierce Thu, Apr 28, 5:30–7:30pm $20 / $25 nonmembers (per class) The Center, Hailey This one night workshop is a great introduction into the art of encaustic wax painting. You can carve, paint and collage with this exciting medium. No experience is necessary. Students are guaranteed to have fun and learn something new.
ADULT CLASSES Combining Art and Science: An Introduction to Scientific Illustration with Karen Jacobsen Tue, Wed, Thu, Jan 25–27 5:30–8:30pm $200 / $250 nonmembers $ 25 supply fee The Center, Hailey Registration deadline: Tue, Jan 11 Karen Jacobsen will present an introduction to the techniques and style of scientific illustration. In this kind of illustration, learning to draw is learning to see. Participants will work on observational skills and interpreting subjects with a discriminating eye. Students will experiment with a variety of media, working in black and white as well as color and improving personal drawing skills while working with biological subject matter.
Photoshop 101 with Stacie Brew Sat, Feb 5, 10am–4pm $75 / $125 nonmembers The Center, Hailey Registration deadline: Fri, Jan 21 Learn the basics to improve your photos using Adobe Photoshop. The class will cover the essential Photoshop tools, which allow you to resize your images, add text, clone, and manipulate the color and lighting. Students are encouraged to bring in a few of their own digital photos to work on.
Storytelling through Collage with Vicki Fish Thu & Fri, Feb 10 & 11, 10am–4pm $150 / $200 nonmembers The Center, Hailey Registration deadline: Thu, Jan 27 Create your own fantastical creature in this mixed media workshop where we will explore the ideas of transformational myths and personal storytelling. Students will combine collage, drawing materials, gesso, paint, transfers and found objects to transform an old photograph into a work of art where the subject is part human/part animal. Topics to be discussed include selection of materials, transfers, integration of materials, adhesives, and creative ways to attach found objects. Instruction will include demos and lots of hands-on time with personal attention.
Artwork by Vicki Fish
Box Furniture with Bob Dix
Drawing Theme Study with Mitsuru Brandon
Tue, Wed, Thu, Mar 29–31, 5–7pm $80 / $130 nonmembers $15 supply fee The Center, Hailey Registration deadline: Fri, Mar 25 Join local artist Bob Dix as he shows students how to turn an ordinary cardboard box into a piece of functioning high-style furniture. Go green by using every day materials while in the meantime creating something that is one of a kind and also easy on the pocket book. This class is appropriate for high school students and beyond.
Weds, May 4–25, 5:30–8:30pm $150 / $200 nonmembers The Center, Hailey Registration deadline: Wed, Apr 20 This class will focus on value, pictorial composition, style and color drawing techniques using charcoal, pastel, color pencil and watercolor/gouache on and selected paper. Beginning students will be introduced to basic drawing terms and techniques followed by value and color. Advanced drawing students will experiment with the proper application of linear perspective, the depiction of complicated shapes and figures and the ability to convey emotion through drawing elements such as composition, color application and line distortion.
Oil Painting with Connie Borup Mon–Fri, Apr 11–15, 9am–1pm $250 / $300 nonmembers The Center, Hailey Registration deadline: Mon, Mar 28 This week-long studio workshop offers students a chance to explore the varied qualities of the oil painting medium with respected painter Connie Borup. Working from photographs, students will learn indirect painting techniques such as underpainting, glazing, stenciling, washing and scumbling. Each student is encouraged to develop his or her personal style and be open to new discoveries. Borup offers a wealth of experience from over thirty years of teaching that includes 11 years at the University of Utah. Borup exhibits her work locally at the Gail Severn Gallery.
Art History Seminar Making Sense of Minimalism with Dr. Courtney Gilbert and Kristin Poole Thu, May 5, 12 & 19, 5:30-6:30pm $25 for the series or $10 per lecture The Center, Ketchum For more information see Lectures, page 11. Sponsored by the Robert Lehman Foundation and the Waxenberg Wolfson Foundations
TEEN WORKSHOPS The Basics of the Scholarship Application with Britt Udesen Tue, Jan 11, 6:30–7:30pm Wood River High School, FREE As a part of the informational talks with Carla Donaldson at Wood River High School, Britt Udesen, the Director of Education and Humanities from the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, will discuss the basic dos and don’ts of the scholarship application process. Bring questions and concerns to discuss.
College Art Portfolios with Britt Udesen Tue, Jan 18, 6:30–7pm Wood River High School, FREE Making the choice to major in the visual arts for some students and parents can be a tough decision. Not only do you have to go through the admissions requirements, but you also have the added pressure of submitting a portfolio with one’s creative work. The Center will help students and parents as they prepare for this college application process. Britt will show examples of successful portfolios and answer questions.
An Introduction to Scientific Illustration with Karen Jacobsen Sat, Feb 12, 12–4pm $10 pre-registration required The Center, Hailey Registration deadline: Fri, Jan 28 This one-day student workshop will introduce observational techniques and scientific illustration, where learning to draw is learning to see. Students will experiment with a variety of media and improve their drawing skills while working with biological subject matter. Students will explore perspective, light and shadow, value, rhythm and pattern, and how best to present the subject matter.
FAMILY DAYS Origami Creatures with Mitsuru Brandon Sat, Jan 22, 3–5pm The Center, Ketchum FREE Origami is the traditional Japanese folk art of paper folding. Join Mitsuru Brandon as she teaches families how to transform these delicate pieces of paper into real and mythical creatures inspired by Creatures: From Bigfoot to the Yeti Crab. Families will bring home their paper creations while also taking with them basic paper folding techniques for future creations.
Spring Break Art Camp with The Center
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.
Mon–Fri, Mar 21–25, 9am–12pm (Grades 1st–3rd) & 2–5pm, (Grades 4th & 5th) $50 / $65 nonmember The Center, Hailey Registration deadline: Mon, Mar 7 Don’t have the cash for a vacation this year? No problem. Make the kids’ staycation just as memorable—and solve your child-care quandary—by enrolling them in our Spring Break Art Camp. Young artists will be introduced to a variety of art media including drawing, painting, sculpture and collage. Each child will come home with new skills, personalized artwork and great memories.
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.
Sea Spider Illustration by Karen Jacobsen
Creatures Visual Arts Ketchum
From Bigfoot to the Yeti Crab
Jan 14 – Mar 12
Images counterclockwise from top: Scott Fife,
Wer Wulf, 2007, courtesy the artist and Platform Gallery, Seattle, photo ©Mark Davison, 2009 Richard A. Young,
Disturbance in Echoville 1, 2008, courtesy the artist Megan Whitmarsh,
Let’s Go Neon Mountain, 2009, courtesy the artist and Michael Rosenthal Gallery, San Francisco
Scott Fife makes sculptures and paintings on paper of both real creatures that have become legend and mythic ones. He pairs, for example, paintings and life-sized sculptures of Tyrannosaurus Rex skulls with the imagined head of a werewolf. Fife’s artwork explores the role creatures play in popular culture and how we use them to define ourselves. Matthew Groves’ sculptures of figures like the Sasquatch and the Wooly Man (a creature of his own invention) are finely crafted ceramic artworks. Groves’ attention to detail seems incongruous given his subject matter; he gives his works a high polish appropriate to fine china. He sees the creatures he portrays, however, not as the stuff of popular culture but as symbolic of larger ideas about our separation from nature, our attitudes toward immigrants, and our general fear of the other. Karen Jacobsen is a scientific illustrator who works alongside marine biologists to document the sea life they encounter on deep sea expeditions. She works on board ships and in submersibles creating images from live specimens, some newly discovered. From sea cucumbers to the yeti crab, she depicts creatures with biological structures that seem the stuff of science fiction despite the fact that they are very real inhabitants of our world. Stephanie Metz makes needle-felted wool sculptures she calls Amorphozoa, animals without mouths or internal organs, like sponges. Her irregularly shaped sculptures look soft and cuddly but may possibly be prickly or dangerous. Metz’s sculptures get at the ambivalence we feel toward animals that may or may not exist: our fear of beasts and our desire to believe that they are in fact real. Megan Whitmarsh uses fabric and embroidery to create images drawn from late-1970s video games and early computer graphics. Blending handicraft, technology and nostalgia for the era that produced Leonard Nimoy’s In Search Of, a show that often featured legendary monsters, Whitmarsh makes art in which disco dancers and lasers meet Bigfoot and Yetis. Her work explores the integration of fantastical creatures into our popular culture and how we have taken something imaginary and given it a kind of reality. Richard A. Young has created an entire body of work devoted to Godzilla. Made with a dry sense of humor, these paintings pair classic interpretations of the American landscape with a creature created by the Japanese and quickly adopted into American popular culture.
Fri, Jan 14, 5:30–7pm The Center, Ketchum, Free Join us for the opening of Creatures: From Bigfoot to the Yeti Crab. Artists Karen Jacobsen and Richard A. Young will speak about their work at 6pm.
Evening Exhibition Tours Thu, Jan 20 and Thu, Feb 17, 5:30pm The Center, Ketchum, Free Enjoy a glass of wine as you tour Creatures with The Center’s curators and gallery guides.
Gallery Walk Fri, Feb 18 and Fri, Mar 11, 5–8pm The Center, Ketchum, Free Enjoy a glass of wine as you view the exhibition.
Free Exhibition Tours Tue, Feb 22, 2pm and by arrangement The Center, Ketchum, Free Trained gallery guides offer insights into the artwork on display in free tours of our exhibitions. Favor de llamar al Centro de las Artes para arreglar visitas guiadas en español.
Lectures Roland Smith Thu, Jan 13, 6:30pm The Center, Ketchum, Free For more information see Lectures, page 11.
Dr. Jeffrey Meldrum Thu, Feb 10, 6:30pm The Center, Ketchum, Free For more information see Lectures, page 11.
Visual Arts Hailey
Richard A. Young: The Godzilla Series Jan 21 – Mar 25 The Center, Hailey, hosts a solo exhibition of Richard A. Young’s Godzilla paintings, a selection of which will also be in the Ketchum exhibition. Young places Godzilla in settings that evoke landscape paintings by Hudson River School painters like Frederic Edwin Church or Thomas Cole. Marrying classical painting technique with 20th-century popular culture, Young’s Godzilla paintings offer amusing insights into our preoccupation with monsters and legends.
Fantastical creatures have occupied the human imagination for thousands of years. Gorgons, the Minotaur and Cyclops all played central roles in Greek myths. In the Middle Ages and early Renaissance, as Europeans began to explore the world beyond their continent, stories and images of monstrous beasts filled maps and books. Our interest in legendary beasts didn’t end with the advent of the modern era. In fact the nineteenth and twentieth centuries saw a boom in reports of “cryptids,” creatures whose existence has been reported but unconfirmed by the scientific community, like the Loch Ness Monster, Bigfoot or Sasquatch, Yeti and Chupacabra. While true believers insist on the existence of creatures that most dismiss as fantasy, scientists continue to identify new species of plants, animals and insects, discovering specimens we never knew existed. Some of these are so unusual that it can be hard to believe they are real. This multidisciplinary project explores the role of creatures both legendary and real that defy our common understanding of the natural world. We hope to get at both the universal questions about legendary creatures and how we project our fears, anxieties and fantasies onto them, as well as more local issues: habitat, biodiversity, the interdependence of species.
Not Your Typical Bigfoot Movie Thu, Jan 20, 6:30pm The Center, Ketchum Free Jay Delaney’s 2006 documentary about two Bigfoot researchers provides a look at the trials and triumphs of life in the Appalachian foothills. Through the experiences of Dallas and Wayne, two amateur Bigfoot researchers in southern Ohio, we see how the power of a dream can bring two men together in friendship and provide hope and meaning that transcend the harsh realities of life in a dying steel town.
Creature from the Black Lagoon a part of the Ketchum Cinema Club Sun, Jan 23, 2:30pm Magic Lantern Cinema, Ketchum
Bigfoot: A Beast on the Run Tue, Feb 8, 6:30pm The Community School Theater, Sun Valley Free Late at night, deep in the woods of Washington State, Tod Limberg recorded an eerie howl on his camcorder. He thinks it might be the legendary Bigfoot. Is it? Filmmaker David Thayer records his journey across the American West to find out from several experts if the recording and the elusive ape man are real. Along the way he meets a Bigfoot entrepreneur who claims he will capture Bigfoot “within the next 48 hours,” the Indiana Jones of Idaho who leads viewers into The Cave of Bigfoot, a man who has created a 20-acre trap for the beast and another man who has photographs of the “Invisible Bigfoot.” It is a fascinating and occasionally hysterical look at an enduring American legend.
King Kong a part of the Ketchum Cinema Club
Classes Family Day: Origami Creatures with Mitsuru Brandon Sat, Jan 22, 3–5pm The Center, Ketchum FREE For more informations see Classes, page 5.
Storytelling through Collage with Vicki Fish Thu & Fri, Feb 10 & 11, 10am–4pm The Center, Hailey For more information see Classes, page 4.
Guest Artist Karen Jacobsen Biologist and illustrator Karen Jacobsen captures creatures most people can only imagine. She was the first person to record the yeti crab and is among a select few who have viewed deep ocean vents from a tiny submersible. While her illustrations are included in the Ketchum exhibition, Karen will lead a teacher workshop addressing new ways to integrate science into classrooms, an observational drawing class with adult artists and a drawing workshop for middle and high school students.
Teen Workshop: An Introduction to Scientific Illustration with Karen Jacobsen
Combining Art and Science: An Introduction to Scientific Illustration with Karen Jacobsen
Sat, Feb 12, 12–4pm The Center, Hailey For more information see Classes, page 5.
Tue, Wed, Thu, Jan 25–27, 5:30–8:30pm The Center, Hailey For more information see Classes, page 4.
Sun, Feb 13, 2:30pm Magic Lantern Cinema, Ketchum
The Center Galleries are always free and open to the public! Center Gallery Hours: M–F 9am–5pm, Sats 11–5pm in Feb & Mar Hailey Gallery Hours: W–F 2–6pm, NEW HOURS! (perfect for after school and work visits!)
Social Structures Visual Arts Ketchum
Social Structures Mar 18 – May 20
Images counterclockwise from top: Clay Ketter,
Oden Jr.& Oden Sr., 2007, courtesy the artist and Sonnabend Gallery, New York, and Bartha Contemporary, London Amy Jo Popa,
Saffron Structure, 2010, courtesy the artist Eamon O’Kane,
Interior I, 2010, courtesy the artist and Gregory Lind Gallery, San Francisco Francis Cape,
Four Folding Chairs, 2006, courtesy the artist and Murray Guy, New York
Francis Cape has created a body of work around the Utility Furniture Scheme, a British government-run program of furniture design and production from 1942 to 1951 that promoted functional, modernist furniture rationed both in terms of distribution and use of materials. The Utility Furniture Scheme was a response to post-World War II austerity but also an attempt to modernize society and reform taste through furniture production. Using original designs, Cape has built pieces of Utility Furniture (which he sees as government doing what it is supposed to do) that he displays alongside photographs of the devastation of New Orleans’ architecture following Hurricane Katrina (an obvious governmental failure). He has also produced a series of photographs of trailers, both the FEMA trailers that filled neighborhoods in New Orleans after Katrina and trailers elsewhere, often nearly swallowed up by vegetation and forest. Theaster Gates is an artist and urban planner whose projects often result in constructed environments that become sites for social performance and/or interaction. He has created a series of shoe shine stands—each uniquely constructed with carefully chosen materials: different kinds of found wood and upholstery give each stand an individual personality. Shoe shine stands are of course sites of socially charged interaction, but also places where something old, damaged or worn is made new again. The construction of the stands mirrors the idea of renewal inherent in shining shoes. Clay Ketter has long been interested in architecture, construction and the use of materials. Gulf Coast Slabs, a series of photo-based objects, documents the destruction of neighborhoods in New Orleans following Katrina. Minimalist in appearance, these works show both devastation and a slate wiped clean. Other work has explored the physical construction of walls and the failure of towns after factories close. Eamon O’Kane makes paintings and drawings that explore the work of iconic mid-20th century architects and designers: Le Corbusier, Mies van der Rohe, Philip Johnson. Often depicting houses engulfed in lush landscapes, his work considers the relationship between architecture and nature; the rigid geometry of the International Style houses he depicts seems oddly incongruous with, and susceptible to, the natural world around them. Stephanie Syjuco has produced a body of work based on mid-century designer Charlotte Perriand’s modernist furniture. Using cardboard, paper, glue and tape, Syjuco reproduced shelving units Perriand created in the 1950s. She gives Perriand’s clean lines, geometric forms, and sleek surfaces an intentionally handmade appearance in juxtaposition to modernism’s utopian idealism.
Visual Arts Hailey Social Structures: Amy Jo Popa and Bob Dix Apr 1 – Jun 3 An exhibition at The Center, Hailey, explores the idea of taking old materials and making something new of them through sculptures by Pocatello-based artist Amy Jo Popa and cardboard box furniture made by Bob Dix. Popa works with found materials—paper, wood, tissue—to make delicate abstract structures with organic forms. Dix is recycling used cardboard boxes and turning them into functional furniture. The exhibition will also feature work made by participants in Dix’s Box Furniture class (see page 4).
Opening celebration Fri, Apr 1, 5:30–7pm Join us for drinks and appetizers as we celebrate the opening of Social Structures: Amy Jo Popa and Bob Dix. The artists will be present.
Evening Exhibition Tours Thu, Mar 31 and Thu, Apr 14, 5:30pm Free at The Center, Ketchum Enjoy a glass of wine as you tour Social Structures with The Center’s curators and gallery guides.
Free Exhibition Tour Tue, Apr 26, 2pm and by arrangement Free at The Center, Ketchum Trained gallery guides offer insights into the artwork on display in free tours of our exhibitions. Favor de llamar al Centro de las Artes para arreglar visitas guiadas en español.
Class Box Furniture with Bob Dix Sat, Apr 9, 10am–4pm The Center, Hailey For more information see Classes, page 4.
We all know that architecture reflects the values of the society that creates it. But can architecture and design effect social change? How do the materials we use to make buildings and furniture reflect larger goals and ideals? What does it mean when we let architecture that we have long celebrated decay or when we allow structures that are supposed to be temporary become permanent? How can we take materials that are old or used and make something new of them, and what kind of meanings do these re-purposed materials bring to their new structures? This exhibition explores architecture and furniture as reflections of our values, successes and failures as a society. Three-dimensional installations will give viewers a physical experience of the ideas participating artists investigate in their work.
PERFORMING ARTS SERIES On Ensemble Fri, Jan 21, 6:30pm Church of the Big Wood, Ketchum $20 / $30 nonmembers
Residency While in the Wood River Valley, On Ensemble will present three interactive demonstrations that lead students through the history of Japanese drums, from the instruments’ ancient origins to modern musical uses. Each presentation explores percussion, Japanese culture and musical concepts, and culminates in students joining the artists to try the large drums. A fourth presentation will be to the entire Wood River High School in conjunction with Footlight Dance, whose director, Hilarie Neely, has choreographed three pieces to perform with On Ensemble. The live performance/collaboration between the dancers and musicians will be an incredible experience. This program is made possible with support from the Western States Arts Federation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Photo: Ayumi Kameda
On Ensemble (pronounced “Ohn”) takes the ancient instruments of taiko into new realms. Infusing the powerful rhythms of ensemble Japanese drumming with elements of hip-hop, rock and electronica, On Ensemble’s unique sound has been praised as “completely original and brilliantly conceived.” On Ensemble’s four members—Masato Baba, Kristofer Bergstrom, Shoji Kameda and Kelvin Underwood—are individually recognized as leading artists in their field and sought after as teachers, workshop leaders, composers and performers. As On Ensemble they combine their study and deep appreciation of tradition with equally formative experiences as DJs, electronic music producers, jazz drummers and rock bassists to create a repertoire of groundbreaking music.
Performing Arts Sweet Plantain Fri, Mar 4, 6:30pm Sun Valley Opera House, Sun Valley $20 / $30 nonmembers
Performing Arts Series sponsored by Barbara and Tod Hamachek and Gail and Jack Thornton
Back for an encore performance in the Wood River Valley, last season’s audience favorite, Sweet Plantain, is a string quartet that specializes in genre-blurring, original compositions and arrangements as well as contemporary works by Latin American composers. Its unique style fuses Latin, classical, jazz and improvisational forms. The group’s mission is to give voice to a contemporary, urban, Latino sound, and much of the group’s repertoire is rooted in improvisation. Sweet Plantain works to weave the possibilities of improvisation into classical music by arranging existing pieces and writing original compositions that contain improvised sections. The group also makes use of extended percussive techniques, to best showcase the rhythmic vitality characteristic of Latin music.
Residency Sweet Plantain was not just a hit last year in concert—the group made a profound impact on local students. We’ve never seen so many kids so fired up to discuss music with our visiting performers. This year, Sweet Plantain is sending music to the schools for students to practice before the band members come to work in the classroom. The results will be part of the evening’s live performance, giving our local students the very rare opportunity to perform with professional musicians in a concert setting.
De Temps Antan Sun, Mar 13, 6:30pm Sun Valley Opera House $20 / $30 nonmembers Since 2003, Éric Beaudry, André Brunet and Pierre-Luc Dupuis have been exploring and performing time-honored melodies from the stomping grounds of Quebec’s musical past. Using fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki and a number of other instruments, our three virtuosos blend boundless energy with the unmistakable joie de vivre found only in traditional Quebec music. In fact, the only thing missing from this magnificent musical blend is you! So brush up on your French and prepare for an evening fantastique!
Images this page from top: On Ensemble Sweet Plantain De Temps Antan
All lectures and performances start at 6:30!
Left to right: Roland Smith Dr. Jeffrey Meldrum Eric Schlosser Ari Fleischer
Lectures Roland Smith
Dr. Jeffrey Meldrum
Thu, Jan 13, 6:30pm The Center, Ketchum Free Smith is the award winning author of the Cryptid Hunters series of young adult books. His work is widely read and taught within the Wood River Valley. In the series, two teenagers are sent to live with their uncle, an anthropologist who has dedicated his life to finding cryptids, mysterious creatures believed to be long extinct. These exciting stories, in the spirit of Tarzan of the Apes, follow the kids on adventures around the world as they search for mysterious creatures.
Thu, Feb 10, 6:30pm The Center, Ketchum Free Meldrum is an Associate Professor of Anatomy and Anthropology and Adjunct Associate Professor of the Dept of Anthropology at Idaho State University. He is also Adjunct Professor of Occupational and Physical Therapy and Affiliate Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Idaho Museum of Natural History. He has discovered several extinct species and published widely on the evolutionary history of South American primates. However, his recent studies have shifted to the study of footprints left by an unrecognized North American ape. His expertise on foot morphology and locomotion in monkeys, apes and hominids brings a level of scientific inquiry to the search of Bigfoot that is new. He is the author of Sasquatch: Legend Meets Science, a companion volume to the Discovery Channel documentary of the same name. Meldrum is considered by many to be the nation’s leading expert on Sasquatch.
Eric Schlosser a part of the 2010–2011 Lecture Series
Ari Fleischer a part of the 2010–2011 Lecture Series
Thu, Feb 24, 6:30pm Church of the Big Wood, Ketchum $25 / $35 nonmembers The bestselling author of Fast Food Nation and executive producer of the Oscar nominated Food, Inc. is an investigative journalist committed to exploring subjects ignored by the mainstream media. He has followed the harvest with migrant farm workers in California, spent time with meatpacking workers in Texas, told the stories of marijuana growers and pornographers. Schlosser has now turned his gaze to the risks faced by every nation that chooses to possess nuclear weapons. His soon to be released book, Command and Control, offers a minute by minute account of an H-bomb accident that nearly caused a nuclear disaster while examining what he believes to be America’s growing susceptibility to a catastrophic event.
Thu, Mar 10, 6:30pm Church of the Big Wood, Ketchum $25 / $35 nonmember As the White House press secretary, Ari Fleischer was the primary spokesperson for President George W. Bush and delivered the White House briefings from 2001 to 2003. His four years of working with the Bush administration have given him unique insight into the historic events of the time, including the presidential recount, September 11, two wars and an anthrax attack. His book, Taking Heat, details his years in the White House and was a New York Times bestseller.
2010–2011 Lecture Series sponsored by the Castellano-Wood Family
Art History Seminar Making Sense of Minimalism with Dr. Courtney Gilbert and Kristin Poole Thu, May 5, 12 & 19, 5:30–6:30pm $25 for the series or $10 per lecture The Center, Ketchum In anticipation of the Center’s summer exhibition The Literal Line: Minimalism Then and Now Center curatorial staff Courtney Gilbert and Kristin Poole offer a series of lectures that will illuminate one of the most important and perplexing movements of Modernism. Minimalism began in the 1960s and ‘70s as a response to the energy and personal expression of Abstract Expressionism. Minimalist work is art that is literally about surface and line, about materials and their properties rather than about expression or representation. Minimalist artists continued modernism’s inclination to reduce artwork down to its most basic elements; they placed wooden boxes, sheets of steel, fluorescent tubes and canvases covered with grids of lines into the spaces of museums. The work at first seems anything but “artistic” but understood in the context of art history, it is recognized as revolutionary as well as beautiful.
Sponsored by the Robert Lehman Foundation and the Waxenberg Wolfson Foundations
Sponsored in part by Jennifer and Peter Roberts
Upcoming … anniversaries, applications & artist calls! 43rd annual Sun Valley Center Arts & Crafts Festival—August 12–14 Applications due for this annual free event—artists must apply before February 28, 2011
40th Anniversary of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts It’s true! We are entering our 40th year of bringing arts to the Wood River Valley community. Keep your eyes open for events celebrating the anniversary.
30th Anniversary of the Sun Valley Center Wine Auction—July 21–23, 2011 Can you believe it? What started as friends in a Sun Valley backyard buying wines from other friends, who then turned the wine back in so next summer it could be sold again, has become a nationally ranked Wine Auction that provides The Center with over 50% of its annual budget.
3rd Annual Open Exhibition at the Sun Valley Center for the Arts in Hailey—this summer BIKES! Our summer exhibition is Geared: The Culture of Bicycles and we’ll have a call for artwork made on, about and of bikes! Start making work now!
Changes Ahead! This Is it In the interest of the environment and resources, this is the last newsletter you’ll receive in this format. We are going to an online and emailed version of our newsletter / calendar. It will still come out three times a year and will be chock full of information about all our upcoming programs, but we won’t print and mail over 1,500 every time!
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images frome the top: Arts & Crafts Festival, photo: Dev Khalsa; Wine Auction, photo: Dev Khalsa; Britt Udeson, Cruiser 2 of 7 (detail), 2008 wood block print.
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