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Spring 2006 Report

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Sun Valley Center for the Arts Loses a Valued Member

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts's former director of visual arts is moving on. Jennifer Gately has been named Portland Museum of Art's new curator of Northwest art. As director of visual arts, Gatley will be the museum's first full-time curator devoted to this branch of art. As her first project, she will undertake the organization of the 2006 Oregon Biennial which takes place July 29 through October 8.

SVCA may be losing its director of visual arts, but it is gaining a new part-time public relations assistant in Laura Caruso. She was recently the director of publications for the Denver Art Museum and her responsibilities included editing, producing and writing many of the museum's brochures, catalogues and books. Caruso's experience will be a major factor in getting information about the center out into the public.

Ketchum is a Very Hip Place

Mountain Living magazine recently ran their Seventh Annual Best of the High Country Awards where they asked what their writers and readers considered the top 20 galleries in the American and Canadian Intermountain West. From the Ketchum arts community, Gallery DeNovo took second place, Anne Reed Gallery was sixth and Kneeland Gallery ranked tenth among the top 20. Gallery DeNovo director Robin Reiners said, "I was truly honored when I saw the caliber of galleries we were among." Sun Valley Resort was also ranked the fifth best ski resort in the West, Chandler's Restaurant was listed as one of the top 10 restaurants, Apples Bar and Grill was among the top three choices for after-skiing and Knob Hill was number seven of the top 10 hotels.

Sun Valley Gallery Association Brings Culture to the Valley

This year, to help celebrate 25 years of making visual arts a large part of Sun Valley's culture, the Sun Valley Gallery Association presents the first Sun Valley Visual Arts Forum. Artist and author Francoise Gilot (friend of both Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse), art consultant and author Barbara Guggenheim and art collector Steve Wynn will participate. The forum will take place over three days and as well as reknowned speakers, will include amazing gallery exhibitions. Tickets are limited so visit www.svgalleries.org or call Robin at 208-726-8180 soon to make your reservation.

Musician Joe Maccarillo Dies at the age of 66

Musician Joe Maccarillo was a Sun Valley icon. For more than half of a century, he entertained diners at the Sun Valley Lodge Dining Room as leader of the house band. He died of a heart attack earlier this year. He was 66 years old. Maccarillo will be remembered for his music but he will also be remembered as a "good man to work for" and a consumate performer. He always dressed in a tuxedo for work and people who knew him well said he knew every musician in town and never forgot a face. "And how many musicians have a steady job for 52 years?" one friend asked. How many indeed.

Sawtooths Inspire KinKade

Well-known artist Thomas Kinkade (actually trademarked as "The Painter of Light") released his latest painting, a plein-air work entitled Stanley Creek. The work was painted on the banks of said creek in the Sawtooth Mountains. The painting will be offered in limited edition prints. To find out how to obtain one, visit www.thomaskinkade.com.