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Sun Valley Gallery Guide

A great small art town


With one of the most comprehensive fine art scenes in Idaho, Sun Valley has become a vortex for a variety of art mediums and talent, drawing local, national and international artists to exhibit in its numerous thriving galleries. The 100 Best Small Art Towns in America listed Sun Valley at 18th in the nation in 1999, noting it as "a great small art town with a nice balance between the visual arts, theater and music." Galleries feature everything from original paintings to sculpture, fine glass to photography, American Indian antiquities to fine jewelry, all ranging in contemporary to traditional styles.

While Sun Valley boasts such a seasoned selection of art, navigating the scene can be daunting for an art enthusiast lacking the assistance of a comprehensive gallery guide. Likewise, submitting work for exhibition consideration can be a challenge for local and regional artists as well.

The following guide highlights a number of Sun Valley's finest galleries (including the nine members of the Sun Valley Gallery Association), their aesthetics and mission, as well as submission details for galleries accepting new artists. This summer is the optimal time to venture through Sun Valley's art scene, and with the aid of this guide, visitors and artists can leave the vortex fully satisfied and artistically inspired.

Anne Reed Gallery

Contemporary sculpture, painting and photography by established and mid-career artists form the foundation of the Anne Reed Gallery in Ketchum. Over the past 20 years, the gallery has developed a devoted client base by focusing on strong, yet accessible work. The dedicated staff, including owner B. Anne Reed and director L'Anne Gilman, are available to aid the serious collector and those with site-specific needs, though beginning collectors are also welcome. The gallery attributes their success and national recognition to an insistence on high standards in search of artists' distinct "voices," in order to lead compelling solo exhibitions as well as curated group installations. Representing artists from the United States as well as from Asia, Europe and Latin America, the Anne Reed Gallery adds to Sun Valley's cultural richness with works of a caliber generally reserved for urban galleries. Currently located in one of Ketchum's historic houses, the gallery boasts two separate exhibition areas and an outdoor sculpture garden. The gallery is moving to a new location with 3,000 square feet of gallery space to accomodate a wide range of work and significant installation pieces. Plans include a great hall entry gallery, two exhibition spaces, a viewing/installation room, a photography/print space and a sculpture courtyard. The gallery is also building an artists' cottage for visiting artists. Artists interested in exhibiting at the gallery must make an appointment in advance.

391 First Avenue North, Ketchum, ID, 83340, 726-3036,

Broschofsky Galleries

Established in 1987, Broschosky Galleries features 19th to 21st century fine American art. The historic and contemporary paintings of western and Native American imagery, landscapes, wildlife and abstract works compliment the museum quality art. Featured in their permanent collection are select photographs from the Edward Curtis project The North American Indian, documenting 125 tribes west of the Mississippi from 1898 to 1928, and screenprints from Andy Warhol's 1986 Cowboys & Indians. In addition, exhibits are periodically alternated between the gallery's historic works by early American artists. The Broschosky Galleries are moving to the Courtyard at 360 East Avenue in the heart of downtown Ketchum, into the energizing environment of surrounding shops and neighboring galleries. They offer appraisal assistance to determine the value of artwork and will also help clients find artwork of particular artists or genres. For resale assistance, contact the gallery for a free and confidential consultation.

The Courtyard, 360 East Avenue, Ketchum, ID, 83340, 726-4950,

Frederic Boloix Fine Art

Specializing in artists of 20th century classical modernism with an emphasis on original works of Picasso, Matisse and Miró, Frederic Boloix Fine Art currently exhibits Picasso's "Portrait of a Young Woman." The gallery is also dedicated to presenting cutting edge graphics by emerging talent working with Vita Brevis Experimental Print Studio, and paintings, prints and sculpture by established contemporary artists.

Friesen Building, 320 1st Avenue North, Suite 203, Second Floor, Ketchum, Idaho, 83340, 726-8810,

Friesen Gallery

In its 18th year, the Friesen Gallery has built a legacy of fine glass, paintings and sculpture in both of its locations in Sun Valley and Seattle. The gallery is nestled in the shadow of Bald Mountain and follows a mission to represent contemporary artists who continually push themselves with intelligent and intriguing results. Friesen is committed to supporting its artists in their professional growth, and their private and corporate clients appreciate this deep commitment to artistic vision. Interested artists are encouraged to submit a portfolio to Andrea Friesen inclusing a sample body of work, resume and an explanation of why their work suits the gallery.

Friesen Gallery, 320 First Avenue North (at Sun Valley Road), Sun Valley, Idaho 83353, 726-4174,

Gail Severn Gallery

Galleries in Sun Valley certainly have the moving bug. Gail Severn Gallery is enjoying a new building as well, housing four distinct exhibition spaces in more than 8,000 square feet in addition to a 2-acre sculpture garden. The environment provides for intimate viewing and large-scale sculpture, bringing together knowledgeable and beginning collectors in an inviting setting showcasing art from around the country and the world. The gallery represents both young and established artists working in all media and has participated in international art fairs, facilitated museum exhibitions and published books and catalogs of their artists for over 28 years.

400 First Avenue North, Ketchum, ID, 83340, 726-5079,

Gallery Denovo

Specializing in uniquely approachable paintings and sculpture rarely seen in America, Gallery Denovo represents artists with accomplished international careers whose work can be found in major museums and collections. The Gallery DeNovo Designer Art Program is intended to provide a return on a client's time and investment, thereby making the process of finding appropriate art for each individual easier. Gallery DeNovo will pay a minimum commission of 10 percent of the purchase price to licensed interior designers. Represented artists at Gallery Denovo include Graham Metson, Marta Moreu and Andrew Lui.

320 First Avenue North, #10, Ketchum, ID, 83340, 726-8180,

Kneeland Gallery

Approximately 40 nationally recognized artists are represented at the Kneeland Gallery, a majority of whom are from the western United States. The gallery distinguishing itself from other Sun Valley galleries with their emphasis on regional landscapes and contemporary western figurative works in paintings, sculpture and fine jewelry. Works range from impressionism to realism in the main gallery's monthly rotating exhibits, while a core of regular artists are displayed in the six smaller rooms. George and Diane Kneeland founded the gallery in 1982, which features artists including Ovanes Verberian, Robert Moore and Carl Rowe.

271 First Avenue North, Ketchum, 726-5512,

Lynn Toneri-R.C. Hink Gallery

The gallery recently celebrated its 25th anniversary of showcasing Toneri's powerful watercolors and Hink's whimsical wood sculptures. Most of the wall space is dedicated to the original watercolors and prints by the self-taught artist Toneri. Hink creates signature cowboy bootleg furniture including bar stools, armoires, benches, beds and off-beat sculptures. Ceiling trout and outrageous sculptures combined with his distinctive furniture are also known to reside at the Lynn Toneri-R.C. Hink Gallery.

400 Sun Valley Road, Ketchum, ID, 83340, 726-5639,

Roland Art Glass Gallery

Exhibiting a large selection of contemporary art glass, the Roland Art Glass Gallery features the nation's finest individual glass artists and studios with works in jewelry, glass sculptures and functional glass. A full service florist, Blue Iris, also works at the gallery creating custom designed bouqets for all occasions.

Sun Valley Road & East Avenue next to The Elephant's Perch, Ketchum. 726-2333,

Sagebrush Gallery

Sagebrush Gallery has an eclectic array of artwork and one-of-a-kind furniture crafted by artisans around the world. The gallery features handmade furniture by artists from the West and landscapes in oil and pastel by Italian artist Fabio Pellicano. Exhibits range from national artists like Timothy Martin from New York, who paints in oils using a combination of whimsical flowers, animals and furniture, to Sun Valley's Will Caldwell who paints landscapes indigenous to the community as well as pastels and oils of Peruvian women. Jack Burgess, Dave Lamure Jr., Russell Viers and Carla Palmese have ongoing shows of their work on display in the gallery.

661 Sun Valley Road, Ketchum, Idaho, 83340, 726-9662,

Steve Snyder Photographs Gallery

The photography of Steve Snyder Photographs Gallery are more reminiscent of paintings in black and white than photographic images. The photographs are eye-catching and stunning at first glance, drawing the viewer in for a closer inspection. "The world is the big picture. Through images, I continue to share beauty, history and heritage. I would like my photography to confront human consciousness with the need to sustain, restore and preserve core planet life," says Snyder on his Web site. Subjects featured are large-scale imagery of wildlife, animals and nature from around the nation.

131 West 4th St., Ketchum, ID, 83340, 726-8100,

Sun Valley Center for the Arts

A nonprofit multidisciplinary arts organization, the Sun Valley Center for the Arts collaborates between the visual arts, performing arts and education and humanities. Exhibitions by nationally recognized artists such as Do Ho Suh, Amy Myers, John Cage and Hung Lui are featured, classes for children and adults are offered, Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing Trio and the New York Chamber Soloists perform and readings by emerging and established authors of the West also frequent the center. In addition, the Center presents art classes, a winter music series with five internationally known groups and author events with Rick Bass and Geraldine Brooks.

191 Fifth Street East, Ketchum, Idaho, 83340, 726-9491,

Zantman Art Gallery

Since 1959, Zantman Art Gallery has been an international destination known for excellence in fine art. The present gallery in Sun Valley separated from the franchised business four years ago to establish itself as an independent gallery. Paintings, sculpture and artifacts by acclaimed regional and national artists are highlighted in their elegant showrooms. Over 70 artists are represented with several from Boise, and the gallery is accepting additional artists, though wall space is limited. Send a resume with a biography and list of previous gallery experience and a sample of your work to Wally Church, the gallery's director. Zantman displays oil paintings and bronzes that can cost up to $55,000, though affordable gifts are also for sale. Whether patrons are just delving into the art world or are an extensive collector, the gallery will assist all clients with their individual fine art needs.

The Courtyard, 360 East Avenue North, Ketchum, ID, 83340, 727-9099,