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Nick Brandt: SINK/RISE

Sink/Rise continues photographer Nick Brandt’s series “The Day May Break” which eloquently captures communities who are affected by environmental destruction. The local people in these photos, photographed underwater off the coast of the Fijian islands, are representatives of the many people whose homes, land and livelihoods will be lost in the coming decades as the water rises. “Although they are several meters below the surface, the subjects of Brandt’s mesmerizing photographs do not float or swim. Incredibly, they sit on sofas, stand on chairs, use seesaws, and pose in ways they might on land. The effect is otherworldly, as though the familiar laws of physics have stalled in this strange, liminal zone between land and sea.” (Zoe Lescaze) The artist himself will further illuminate his creative process and the ethos behind “Sink / Rise” during a speaking engagement at The Community Library in Ketchum, ID, on July 11.

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Thai Mainhard: Off the Ground

In Thai Mainhard’s exhibition “Off the Ground” vibrant, frenetic colors are collaged, painted, and drawn onto canvases that show a sense of composition and experience. Born and raised in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and based in Los Angeles, California, Mainhard’s personal exploration of place seeps into each of her paintings. In her newest body of work Mainhard embraces tangible objects through an exploration of the composed still life. Expressively rendered maximalist spaces are filled with swatches of bright color, checkered table clothes, and patterned vases of loosely rendered botanicals offer a lingering invitation. These composed paintings are the physical embodiment of the artists internal world and life experience, harnessing the tension between chaos and order, figurative composition, and expressive abstraction.

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STRATA: JEFF JUHLIN

Juhlin has spent decades studying western landscapes, specifically the Great Basin and the high arid desert of the Kaiparowits Plateau in Southern Utah. His mixed media works consist of layers of paper, ink, paint and wax. “Although I don’t consider myself a landscape painter, I seek to reflect a sense of stillness, vast space and the visual history of time evident in the western landscape. My paintings allude to the raw typography and the amazing colors and light from where I live. In this environment, time often reveals itself in the form of rock strata that is both built up and worn away by the elements in a continuous process. Similarly in my work, I reveal layers of translucent strata composed of pigmented & cold wax, oil paint, paper and other media that are built up and worn away in the storied layers of the creative process.” Please join us for Gallery Walk night on Friday, 2/16, from 5:00-7:30PM to celebrate the show.

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February Exhibitions at Gail Severn Gallery

Judith Kindler: Leaving Traces on Venice’s Storied Walls Judith Kindler transports viewers by reconfiguring visions of textured surfaces and graffitied walls of Venice, Italy, on to her own canvas. Through a mixed media process of layering original photography and painting, Kindler makes her mark on the city of which she draws so much inspiration. “When I go to Venice, I feel like it is home, familiar like, perhaps I lived there. Walking the streets and traveling in the canals in such a beautiful environment with the old architecture juxtaposed with the new art fills me with immense joy.” As a meditation on memory, Kindler initiates a dialog between her own iconography and the preexisting traces of history and time. Berkeley Hoerr: Ketchum in Color Ketchum, Idaho has long been a subject and source of inspiration for artists, authors, and poets. Painter, Berkeley Hoerr approaches the landscape from her own unique perspective with an emphasis on bright and bold color. Hoerr illustrates icons of a beloved ski town through charming depictions of favorited local spots, snap shots of winter activities, and creative views of Bald Mountain. Whether you are a long-time resident of the Wood River Valley or just visiting, you …

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Paul Béliveau

Paul Béliveau’s Morandi is inspired by the often pastel-toned works of Italian painter Giorgio Morandi. While Béliveau has treated book spines as subject matter before, in the Morandi series the books themselves, rather than the text that decorates their covers, are treated as the aesthetic quality. Outside reference to author, subject, and image is missing and instead, Béliveau revels in the shape and volume of the books responding and building upon each other as a methodical convergence of color and form.

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Matt Duffin: Retrospection

Matt Duffin’s encaustic paintings use primarily black and white tones with selected pops of color to bring attention to his irreverent subjects. Employing simplicity within the imagery allows the painstaking qualities of his methodology to shine. Encaustic works are made using wax to which pigment has been added. The wax is heated, applied to a prepared wood surface, and shaped using special brushes and tools. To achieve this level of detail requires exactitude and skill. Considering the rigorous amount of time it takes to complete each piece, it is no surprise that Duffin’s themes tend to explore nostalgia, solitude and irony.

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Cooper Cox: Out Here

OCHI is pleased to present Out Here, a solo exhibition of new paintings by Brooklyn-based artist Cooper Cox. This is the artist’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. Out Here will be on view at OCHI Sun Valley, located at 119 Lewis Street in Ketchum, Idaho from December 15, 2023 to February 24, 2024. An Artist’s Reception will be held on Thursday, December 28th from 4:00 to 7:00 PM MST. From a young age, Cooper Cox harbored a fascination with trees, often sketching them in the margins of his schoolbooks. Allured by their elegant forms and endurance, as well as by their symbiotic relationships with neighboring organisms, Cox’s newest paintings feature snags—large, coniferous, upright trees that appear lifeless but serve as essential habitats for wildlife long after losing their leaves and flowers. Like the first line in a charcoal drawing, snags appear exposed, revealing the history of their growth as slow, incremental adjustments rather than sudden change. Snags symbolize strength and adaptability—having survived shifting climates and human interventions, Cox’s snags can occasionally bloom soulful blossoms that reflect the emotional and physical changes of senescence. Physically immersed in each stage of the painting process, Cox begins by pushing paint across the …

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TINY FRUITS by SARAH BIRD

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.

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MESH Gallery Holiday Party

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!