Opening December 12th, “Tiny Fruits” is a solo exhibition of oil paintings by artist Sarah Bird at Hemmings Gallery in Ketchum. Bird is an Idaho- and Oregon-based realist oil painter. She draws on nineteenth-century techniques and seventeenth-century imaginative Flemish perspectives to weave still life and landscape into intimate tabletop worlds that sometimes tip into the surreal. In her arrangements, both individually and taken together, one can also see the passing of the seasons and a loose calendar of a year, of a life, emerges. These pieces are the “tiny fruits” of seasonal pleasures and of painting. Bird paints only with a very small, size zero round brush which makes the process similar to egg tempura painting or needlework: the whole surface is carefully, heavily touched. Come meet the artist at the Opening Reception on December 29th from 5:00-7:30 pm, same night as the local gallery walk.
MESH Gallery’s 2023 Holiday Party Please join us Friday, December 22nd for snacks, beverages, and new images as we celebrate the holiday season and welcome in the upcoming New Year. 420 4th Street East. Ketchum, Idaho. We would love to have you stop by!
Join us for the second gallery walk of the winter! Come view the colorful, abstract paintings of Joanne Freeman and the figurative paintings, crafted with sewing patterns, by John Westmark. Drinks are on us!
Join us for the first gallery walk of the winter! On view is our annual holiday group show, Deck the Walls, showcasing new work by our artists and featuring teasers for our winter/spring exhibitions.
Using delicate paper sewing patterns applied directly to canvas Westmark creates strong female protagonists, often stoic martyrs, fantastical beings or the hapless everywoman. Westmark embellishes the garment patterns with custom text inspired by feminist writing, creating a conceptual narrative alongside the existing assembly instructions to complete the familiar dialogue presented to women throughout history. The viewer is asked to read both the text embedded surface and the pictorial narrative as a whole to disrupt the stereotypical notion of women’s work in order to create a feminist dialogue in the visual conversation.
Abstract painter Joanne Freeman does not rely on direct observation but rather process and precedence. The title These Days, borrowed from the song written by Jackson Browne in the late 1960’s, conjured up comparisons to her own state of mind during her daily studio practice where the realities and upheavals of the external world collide with the inner workings and solitude of her studio. The reductive abstract paintings are about the beauty of singular color, the impact of pure abstract forms and the quiet order that cuts through the noise.
Each December/January Gilman Contemporary celebrates the diversity of the artists they bring to Sun Valley with their group exhibition, Deck the Walls. This dynamic group show teases upcoming feature exhibitions with works by Joanne Freeman, John Westmark, Matt Duffin and Paul Béliveau, as well as introducing new artists to the gallery Tony Hernandez and Jason Wheatley. We will also feature one of Jill Lear’s newest large scale works alongside Michael Massaia, Kelly Ording, Ellie Davies, Rodney Smith, Thai Mainhard and Frances McCormack.
“I am almost never satisfied with a painting until it has surprised me in some way, and probably after working on it for long while, weeks or months sometimes…This happens when the image I am chasing on the canvas suddenly suggests another direction—color, orientation even—and it is so compelling I am willing to undo weeks of work to try to integrate this upstart outlier, this strange event.” – Frances McCormack Frances McCormack is a Professor Emerita of Painting at the San Francisco Art Institute who’s work as an abstract painter draws on the history of gardens and landscape design. Her paintings are invented spaces or interior theaters that are essentially images of the process of growth and transformation within a contained space. She has sought out these spaces or walled gardens in Rome at the Villa d’Este and Villa Lante, at the Alhambra in Spain, the Topkai Palace in Istanbul, in Mexico at the houses of the architect Luis Barragan, or Santa Barbara at Ganna Walska’s LotusLand. These places provide a container where the urgency and noise of everyday obligations fall away and the visitor has access to other dimensions of thought and feeling. Combining architectural elements and loosely interpreted …
Opening Night Reception at Hemmings Gallery with artist Sally King Benedict to celebrate her Ketchum debut show. Come raise a glass on Friday, July 7th from 5:00-7:30 PM! JULY-AUGUST EXHIBITION “RE/CREATION” with Sally King Benedict For the past fifteen years, Benedict has built an impressive following with major solo shows and features in Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Domino and Southern Living. Now a Ketchum resident, she’s thrilled to present her first body of work inspired by life in the Wood River Valley. For Benedict, “I have come to realize that the ways I now recreate have also, in fact, re-created me.”
JULY-AUGUST EXHIBITION: “RE/CREATION” with SALLY KING BENEDICT For the past fifteen years, Benedict has built an impressive following with major solo shows and features in Elle Decor, House Beautiful, Domino and Southern Living. Now a Ketchum resident, she’s thrilled to present her first body of work inspired by life in the Wood River Valley. For Benedict, “I have come to realize that the ways I now recreate have also, in fact, re-created me.” Opening Night reception with artist on July 7th from 5:00-7:30PM
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