Gilman Contemporary
Mar 18 – Apr 26 all-day
Why Photography? A group exhibition @ Gilman Contemporary | Sun Valley | Idaho | United States
12:00 am
“Why Photography?” is an ode to our passion for photography and the wide range of techniques and styles this medium allows. One of the greatest powers of photography is the ability for an image to give the viewer a new perspective on how we see, and experience life. Fine art photography has continued to evolve technically and visually since its inception in the 1830s, and our artists in this exhibition demonstrate the vast scope of this art form. From the iconic fashion imagery of Melvin Sokolsky, and the intimate still-lifes of Jefferson Hayman to Laurie Victor Kay’s large-scale digitally altered landscapes and Charles Kay Jr’s lenticular photographs that let you travel to multiple cities at once, this exhibition explores how photography can transport you to new places. Fine art photography is something we have enjoyed sharing with our patrons since first opening the gallery and our passion for collecting the medium has not diminished. The visual escape this medium provides has only amplified our love and our desire to share it.
Hailey Public Library via Zoom
Apr 29 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
Author Reading - Hemingway’s Retreat @ Hailey Public Library via Zoom | Hailey | Idaho | United States
5:30 pm
The Hailey Public Library will host a reading by local author J. Michael Moriarty from his recent book “Hemingway’s Retreat” via Zoom on Thursday, April 29 at 5:30 PM. Moriarty will share an imaginative account of what would have happened had the famous writer had faked his own death. RSVP to [email protected]
The Community Library Livestream
May 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
“Stranger Care: A Memoir of Loving What Isn’t Ours” with Sarah Sentilles @ The Community Library Livestream | Sun Valley | Idaho | United States
6:00 pm
Join The Community Library for a virtual conversation with Hailey-based author, Sarah Sentilles, about her new book, “Stranger Care: A Memoir of Loving What Isn’t Ours,” the moving story of what one woman learned from fostering a newborn—about injustice, about making mistakes, about how to better love and protect people beyond our immediate kin. The book releases May 4, 2021, from Random House. Sentilles will share readings from the new book during this conversation with the Library’s executive director, Jenny Emery Davidson. Watch at www.livestream.com/comlib Sarah Sentilles is a writer, teacher, critical theorist, scholar of religion, and author of many books, including Draw Your Weapons, which won the 2018 PEN Award for Creative Nonfiction. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The New Yorker, Oprah Magazine, Ms., Religion Dispatches, Oregon ArtsWatch, and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among other publications. She’s had residencies at Hedgebrook and Yaddo. She earned a bachelor’s degree at Yale and master’s and doctoral degrees at Harvard. She is the co-founder of the Alliance of Idaho, which works to protect the basic human rights of immigrants by engaging in education, outreach, and advocacy at local, state, and national levels.
The Community Library
May 13 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
“Brood” with Jackie Polzin @ The Community Library
6:00 pm
Join us for a conversation with Jackie Polzin, author of the new novel, “Brood.” Polzin is being hailed as an exquisite new literary voice–wryly funny, nakedly honest, beautifully observational, in the vein of Jenny Offill and Elizabeth Strout. Over the course of a single year, our nameless narrator heroically tries to keep her small brood of four chickens alive despite the seemingly endless challenges that caring for another creature entails. From the forty-below nights of a brutal Minnesota winter to a sweltering summer which brings a surprise tornado, she battles predators, bad luck, and the uncertainty of a future that may not look anything like the one she always imagined. Intimate and startlingly original, this slender novel is filled with wisdom, sorrow and joy. A stunning and brilliantly insightful meditation on life and longing. Polzin will be in conversation with Martha Williams, the Library’s programs and education manager. Jackie Polzin lives in St. Paul, Minnesota with her husband and children. She is a graduate of the Boise State MFA program. Brood is her first novel.
The Community Library
May 20 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
“The Inferno Lessons” Poetry Reading with Andy Kerstetter @ The Community Library
6:00 pm
Join The Community Library for a virtual reading and conversation with local poet Andy Kerstetter about his new collection, “The Inferno Lessons,” published in 2020 by Kattywompus Press. The collection explores aging, illness, and our relationship with nature and our own bodies, among other themes. Watch the program and join the conversation at: https://livestream.com/comlib/inferno-lessons Born and raised in rural Pennsylvania, Andy Kerstetter moved to the Mountain West shortly after earning a degree in writing from Geneva College in 2010. He spent nearly a decade working as a journalist for newspapers and magazines, while always pursuing his love of poetry. His poems have appeared in several journals, and The Inferno Lessons is his first published collection. He has lived in Ketchum since 2015.
Gilman Contemporary
Jun 9 – Jul 15 all-day
Steve Wrubel~ Rodeo Exhibit @ Gilman Contemporary | Sun Valley | Idaho | United States
12:00 am
Photographer Steve Wrubel’s “Rodeo” series captures the spirit of the bronc and bull riders of the American Rodeo. Each photograph removes the pageantry and chaotic backdrop of the rodeo ring, allowing Wrubel to focus on rider and animal showcasing a synchronized dance. Exhibit located at Gilman Contemporary. Monday through Friday 10-5, Saturday 11-5.
Field Daze, REINHEIMER RANCH East
Aug 7 @ 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Children's Faire @ Field Daze, REINHEIMER RANCH East | Ketchum | Idaho | United States
12:00 pm
A fun-filled afternoon, for children and adults of all ages, with live entertainment, food trucks, mini farmer’s market, fiddlers, face painting, hula hooping, lassoing & so much more!!
It Was All a Dream~ Dreamy and romantic photographs at Gilman Contemporary @ Gilman Contemporary | Sun Valley | Idaho | United States
12:00 am
Gilman Contemporary presents “It was all a Dream” a group exhibition exploring dreamy, romantic photographs from a selection of gallery artists. This exhibition will showcase photographers whose work elicits a sense of amorous adventure or fanciful idealism. Jason Langer’s cinematic black and white photographs of urban life hint at the secrets that exist in the city at night. Devoted to shooting on film, Langer embraces the noir quality of film, creating work that looks as if it was taken in the past. He takes us down moonlit streets, under lamplights, through canyons of the city, into a backlit window where we may see a glimpse of a late-night rendezvous. Langer’s work reveals the atmosphere of a city at night, revealing the secrets one may find there. Before becoming a photographer, Rodney Smith studied Theology at Yale to better understand “what it is like to be human.” Smith’s unique understanding of the human condition allowed him to compose photographs that speak to our internal longing for beauty, tenderness, and levity. Exhibiting a new selection of his color photographs, Smith’s work continues to excite and bring forth compassion and hope. Jefferson Hayman’s photographs seem imported from another time, inviting the viewer to ...
Opening Reception for David Cale’s “The Smiling Squirrels of Tompkins Square Park” Photography Exhibit @ The Community Library
4:30 pm
The Sun Valley Playwright’s Residency welcomes for its first resident: Obie Award-winning playwright David Cale. To kick off his residency, the Library is hosting an outdoor reception to welcome David to Ketchum and to invite the community to view his photography exhibition, “The Smiling Squirrels of Tompkins Square Park.” The exhibit features more than a dozen images taken by Cale near his home in Manhattan. There will also be a Q&A with David about his work, exhibit, and residency project beginning around 5:15 p.m. Artist Statement: “Shortly after the pandemic began, and we were in a largely stay at home situation, I started to take the short walk from my apartment to Tompkins Square Park, just to get some air. The first time I did this a very bold squirrel approached me. As I eat a lot of almonds, I thought, I wonder if I can take some almonds and feed the squirrels? This became an almost daily ritual, and soon the squirrels became trusting of me, and quite tame. I began to name them and write little stories about them that I posted on Facebook. As they were so at ease with me, I could get very close to ...
The Community Library
Dec 10 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
“A Christmas Carol in the Library” – A Staged Reading @ The Community Library
6:00 pm
It’s after hours in the library on Christmas Eve, with only the cheerful Miss Trilling and the grumpy Mr. Heaps left to shelve the final books and turn out the lights. The two librarians find themselves immersed in retelling Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Aided only by the usual trappings of a library, Miss Trilling and Mr. Heaps take on more than thirty characters and bring the classic tale of miserliness and redemptive generosity to life inside our very own Community Library. Join The Community Library for this staged reading, which celebrates the power and wonder of imaginative reading together. Directed by David Janeski and read by Aly Wepplo and Matthew Gorby. Appropriate for ages 5 and up. The staged reading runs for approximately 60 minutes. Two performances: Friday, December 10 at 6:00 p.m., and Saturday, December 11 at 3:00 p.m. Space is limited, so register at www.comlib.org to join us. Proof of vaccination is required to attend in person at the Library, and both performances will also be live streamed on the Library’s Vimeo.
Community Campus Theater
Dec 20 @ 7:00 pm – Dec 23 @ 9:00 pm
GREETINGS! - a Live Holiday Reading @ Community Campus Theater | Hailey | Idaho | United States
7:00 pm
In The Liberty Theatre Company’s first fully produced live reading, Andy Gorski brings his Jewish atheist fiancé to meet the folks on Christmas Eve, and his worst fears about family blow-ups are realized. But when his intellectually disabled younger brother Mickey, who’s entire vocabulary has been limited to “oh boy” and “wow”, suddenly spouts the word “Greetings!” the entire family’s belief system is turned upside down. Written by Tom Dudzick and Directed by Tess Makena, this in-person performance mixes large-scale production elements with the intimate style of a professional reading – resulting in a spectacular, thought-provoking, and hilarious holiday experience made to enchant anyone from anywhere.
Paulette Tavormina "Seizing Beauty" photography exhibition at Gilman Contemporary @ Gilman Contemporary | Sun Valley | Idaho | United States
12:00 am
This December Gilman Contemporary will exhibit “Seizing Beauty” featuring photographer Paulette Tavormina’s carefully crafted tableaus informed and inspired by 17th century painting. Often using a rich, dark backdrop and subtle lighting, Tavormina captures the depth and nuance of these paintings in her photographs. Drawing on her personal experience as well as an understanding of art history, the artist’s hand is present throughout the compositions. Sourcing from farmer’s markets around New York City, Tavormina must shoot within the constraints of the seasons. Her images hold an understanding of time – the flowers, food, and creatures have a finite expiration. Originally taking inspiration from the work of 17th century masters of still life, such as Giovanna Garzoni Francisco de Zurbarán, Adriaen Coorte and Maria Sibylla Merian, Tavormina has created work that continues upon the tradition of the still-life as an artform. Each of her photographs is carefully crafted and is the result of careful consideration of light and placement. The directness of Paulette’s work exposes the connection between humans, nature, and time. Tavormina was awarded the Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant in 2016. Her monograph book, Paulette Tavormina: Seizing Beauty was published by The Monacelli Press, 2016 and reviewed by The New York Times ...
Argyros Performing Arts Center
Feb 3 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Liberty Theatre Company presents - The New Year Play Reading Series @ Argyros Performing Arts Center | Hailey | Idaho | United States
7:00 pm
New Year, new works! Kick off 2022 with three original plays by Sun Valley playwright Deb Laufer. Starting with the romantic comedy Fortune on 2/3, followed by the heartwarming tale of Be Here Now on 2/7, and ending with the madcap farce Out of Sterno on 2/8. Join us for this reading series and celebrate the talents of the valley’s very own incredible artists! This is a free event taking place at The Argyros Performing Arts Center on 2/3, 2/7, and 2/8 at 7pm. Visit LibertyTheatreCompany.org to discover more events coming in 2022!
Argyros Performing Arts Center
Feb 7 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Liberty Theatre Company presents - The New Year Play Reading Series @ Argyros Performing Arts Center | Hailey | Idaho | United States
7:00 pm
New Year, new works! Kick off 2022 with three original plays by Sun Valley playwright Deb Laufer. Starting with the romantic comedy Fortune on 2/3, followed by the heartwarming tale of Be Here Now on 2/7, and ending with the madcap farce Out of Sterno on 2/8. Join us for this reading series and celebrate the talents of the valley’s very own incredible artists! This is a free event taking place at The Argyros Performing Arts Center on 2/3, 2/7, and 2/8 at 7pm. Visit LibertyTheatreCompany.org to discover more events coming in 2022!
Argyros Performing Arts Center
Feb 8 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
The Liberty Theatre Company presents - The New Year Play Reading Series @ Argyros Performing Arts Center | Hailey | Idaho | United States
7:00 pm
New Year, new works! Kick off 2022 with three original plays by Sun Valley playwright Deb Laufer. Starting with the romantic comedy Fortune on 2/3, followed by the heartwarming tale of Be Here Now on 2/7, and ending with the madcap farce Out of Sterno on 2/8. Join us for this reading series and celebrate the talents of the valley’s very own incredible artists! This is a free event taking place at The Argyros Performing Arts Center on 2/3, 2/7, and 2/8 at 7pm. Visit LibertyTheatreCompany.org to discover more events coming in 2022!
Gilman Contemporay
Mar 1 – Mar 10 all-day
Try and Remember~ Michael Massaia Photography exhibition @ Gilman Contemporay | Sun Valley | Idaho | United States
12:00 am
Michael Massaia’s black and white photographs combine a clear artistic vision and mastery of photographic process. Creating a feeling of intimacy between photographer and subject, Massaia asks us to remember a past that has been irrevocably changed by the passage of time. Whether a portrait of a phone booth or pinball machine, a vacant hotel, or a deserted path in Central Park, Massaia breaths life and light into the dark and inanimate. The luminous nature of silver gelatin prints is paired perfectly with each of his subjects. With meticulous attention to every detail, Massaia directs the viewer into a cinematic story that is familiar and yet new. A master of the science and craft of photography Massaia’s silver gelatin and split toned contact prints are unmistakable and pulse with life.
Gilman Contemporary
Mar 11 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Artist Reception for Laurie Victor Kay @ Gilman Contemporary | Sun Valley | Idaho | United States
5:00 pm
Join Gilman Contemporary for an artist reception for photographer Laurie Victor Kay. Through lyrical photographic constructs and seamless arrangements Laurie Victor Kay’s photographs play with our sense of perspective and give new life to familiar landscapes.
Gilman Contemporary
Apr 4 – Apr 5 all-day
Compositions~ Photographs by Laurie Victor Kay @ Gilman Contemporary | Sun Valley | Idaho | United States
12:00 am
Laurie Victor Kay’s vibrant photographic compositions of trees and urban scenes will be featured in Kay’s fifth solo exhibition at Gilman Contemporary. Through her lyrical photographic constructs, seamless arrangements play with our sense of perspective and give new life to familiar landscapes. Her arboreal images show branches, trunks, and leaves splitting and rejoining to create a new narrative that is no longer natural, but more phycological. She injects hyper hues and rewrites these images with her unique visual language. Metro scenes and ornate interiors are further manipulated with an almost mathematical perfectionism allowing her to construct energized and idealized spaces. It is no surprise that Laurie was once a painter, each photographic work is reimagined until they provoke a sense of exploration and abandonment. Laurie Victor Kay’s works are in numerous private collections throughout the United States. Laurie owns Laurie and Charles Photographs in Omaha, Nebraska. Her commercial clients include the Tiger Woods Foundation, Nike, Proctor and Gamble, AT&T, the New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, and Travel and Leisure, among many others.
"Don't Say We Didn't Warn You" with Writer-In-Residence Ariel Delgado Dixon @ The Community Library
6:00 pm
Hemingway Writer-In-Residence Ariel Delgado Dixon joins us to discuss her debut novel, “Don’t Say We Didn’t Warn You.” Dixon will be joined by Mary Pauline Lowry, a 2020 resident with The Community Library and the Boise-based author of “The Roxy Letters.” Two sisters unite to survive a traumatic upbringing—from absentee parents to a wilderness camp for troubled teens—in this “relentless and spooky” (Joy Williams) debut from an essential new voice. ONE OF THE MOST ANTICIPATED BOOKS OF 2022—Good Housekeeping, Autostraddle, The Millions “When the Juvenile Transportation Services come for you in the night in a preordained kidnapping, complete with an unmarked van and husky guardsmen you can’t outmatch, you have been sold for a promise.” A young woman thinks she has escaped her past only to discover that she’s been hovering on its edges all along: She and her younger sister bide their time in a dilapidated warehouse in a desolate town north of New York City; their parents settled there with dreams of starting an art commune. But after the girls’ father vanishes, all traces of stability disappear for the family, and the girls retreat into strange worlds of their own mythmaking and isolation. As the sisters both try ...
Hailey Public Library/Town Center West
Jun 9 @ 5:30 pm
Julie Weston Reads from New Book @ Hailey Public Library/Town Center West | Hailey | Idaho | United States
5:30 pm
The Hailey Public Library will host popular local writer Julie Weston reading from Miners’ Moon, the fourth book in her Nellie Burns and Moonshine mystery series, on Thursday, June 9, 2022 at 5:30 PM. Weston’s stories are straight out of 1920s Idaho and feature Burns, a crime photographer, and Moonshine, her black Lab. In person at Hailey Town Center West.
The Community Library
Aug 19 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Poetry Reading with Diane Raptosh @ The Community Library
5:00 pm
Diane Raptosh’s “Hand Signs from Eternity’s Yurt” explores civic unease in a series of 22 American sonnets—unrhymed 14-lined poems. Characterized by a sense of informed resistance and revolutionary compassion, the poems seek a “conscious recoupling of feeling / with thought” in the hopes that empathy might birth a new strain of democracy. Join us as Raptosh discusses the joys of reading and writing poetry and the role of the imagination in an imperiled democracy. She will discuss poetry as one of our most underused resources for reimagining self and society. She’ll share some of her most recent work with us and will invite your questions. A book signing will follow. This event will be held outdoors on the Library’s Donaldson Robb Family Lawn on 4th Street. No registration is required. Bring your chair or blanket! (In case of inclement weather, the event will move indoors to the Lecture Hall.) Diane Raptosh’s :American Amnesiac” (Etruscan Press), was longlisted for the 2013 National Book Award in poetry. A native Idahoan and the recipient of three fellowships in literature from the Idaho Commission on the Arts, she served as the Boise Poet Laureate (2013) as well as the Idaho Writer-in-Residence (2013-2016). In 2018 ...
The Community Library
Oct 25 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
A Conversation with Martyna Majok, 2022 Sun Valley Playwrights' Resident @ The Community Library
6:00 pm
Martyna Majok, the 2022 Sun Valley Playwrights’ Resident, will read the opening monologue from her Pulitzer Prize-winning play, “Cost of Living,” and discuss her work and writing process. The play, on Broadway this fall, deftly challenges the typical perceptions of those living with disabilities and delves deep into the ways class, race, nationality, and wealth can create gulfs between people, even as they long for the ability to connect. A light reception will follow. Registration recommended. Sun Valley Playwright’s Residency (SVPR) is a non-profit artist retreat, commissioning program, and new play development lab based in Idaho. The mission of SVPR is to galvanize positive change within Wood River Valley’s community and beyond by giving visionary theatre artists of all backgrounds substantive time and space to focus on creating new work for the stage that produces conversations and learning opportunities locally, regionally, and nationally. Annually, SVPR provides one playwright a $10,000 commission, 13 months of individually-tailored development resources, and two months of retreat time in Ketchum, in partnership with The Community Library and The Argyros.
Gilman Contemporary
Feb 1 – Feb 21 all-day
Burn - New Photographs by Tuck Fauntleroy @ Gilman Contemporary | Sun Valley | Idaho | United States
12:00 am
“I like to think of the winter season as a time for the land itself to rest. Zero human activity, the silence of falling snow in one of the most remote places on earth is enchanting and reflective.” -Tuck Fauntleroy Fauntleroy’s focus for his Burn series are wildfire affected regions in Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. They represent a mixed perspective with some images shot aerially and others shot from the ground. Like much if his other work, the aerial images were captured flying over the territory via small single engine airplanes from an open window for an unobstructed lens. Burn is timely and relevant in the current environment of climate change and the proliferation of recent fires across the western US and globally. The massive 1988 Yellowstone fires were a wake-up-call and significant warning of destruction and foreshadowing of the cost of climate events. Warming, drought, and the resulting fires have never been more dangerous. The photographs are careful compositions of positive and negative space while capturing the elegant lines and shapes created by a natural landscape scared by flame. Critical to the series is the the idea of taking something more commonly perceived as unsightly, ...

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