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Art Tour Provides New Experience for Adults

Eye on Sun Valley, August 17, 2016 Article
Story and Photo by Karen Bossick

Wood River Valley Studio Tour Suzanne Hazlett invited the group to Ketchum this week for a tour of an exhibition being held at nexStage Theatre.

It was a new experience for those involved with the nonprofit organization, which provides job training and other services for young adults with disabilities like Down syndrome, blindness, post traumatic stress disorder and Asperger’s syndrome.

“Most of them have never toured a gallery or museum before,” said Susan Nickell, marketing director for Magic Valley Rehabilitation Services.

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Peeking Behind The Screen

Idaho Mountain Express August 17, 2016 Issue

4th annual Wood River Valley Studio Tour offers glimpse into artistic process.

When Ketchum artist Suzanne Hazlett spearheaded the first Wood River Valley Studio Tour in 2012, she and co-organizer and fellow artist Mary Williams each made 20 calls a night trying to find local artists to participate.

They thought that would be the easy part—asking artists they knew about to tell them about other local artists they knew. “We were meeting artists throughout the valley who thought they were the only ones,” Hazlett said. Organizing that first tour and establishing a database of local artists in the process was a laborious task.“We had to do a lot of groundwork,” Hazlett said.

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Creative Connections

SVPN Magazine (Studio Tour Media Sponsor) Article
By Suzanne Hazlett August, 2016 Issue

Visiting an artist’s studio is a distinctly different experience from attending an outdoor art festival or seeing an exhibition.  That differences lies in the opportunity to witness the creative spirit and artistic process.  While the experience of making art is often a solitary endeavor, the Wood River Valley Studio Tour allows art admirers as well as those new to art the chance to meet professional artists inside their studios.

This article provides an snapshot of the creative process of Studio Tour Artists  Merete Abbott, Martha Andrea, Sarah Bird, Deborra, Dorothea Cheney, Sarah Davies, Arlene Herich, Judy Pittman, Brent Rasmussen, Jack Sept, and Susan Ward.

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Bellevue Common Council Forms Bellevue Arts Commission

The Bellevue Common Council unanimously endorsed the formation of a Bellevue Arts Commission at their meeting Monday May 23rd, 2016.

The unanimous decision in favor of the commission followed a presentation by Suzanne Hazlett, President and Co-founder of the Wood River Valley Studio Tour, and Anne Jeffery, Tour participant as a fine art photographer and Bellevue area resident. The newly appointed commissioners have aspirations to engage the citizens of Bellevue in bringing about transformative change in the city they assert serves as the threshold to the Wood River Valley arts community.

“It was great to see our community leaders embrace the newly founded Bellevue Arts Commission. I can’t wait to see what amazing things they will accomplish. The Bellevue Arts Commission is going to help lay the foundation to help Bellevue truly become the gateway to the Sawtooths.” Christopher Koch, Mayor City of Bellevue, Idaho, following the establishment of the city’s first Arts Commission.

“There was a lot of thought and research that went in to developing our proposal for an Arts Commission, but now we need to take that dream and turn it into something tangible. Having an arts commission endorsed by the city will facilitate and widen the spectrum of grants that will be available to promote the arts in the community of Bellevue. We want to thank all of those who encouraged us to give this a go and we are hoping for their support and ideas as we go forward.” – Anne Jeffery, Co-Chair – Bellevue Arts Commission

“We see great creative potential for the Bellevue community. Realization of the complete vision may likely take several years, so we’re eager to get started.” – Suzanne Hazlett Co-Chair – Bellevue Arts Commission

“New Arts Proposal Plunges Ahead”

Eye on Sun Valley May 25th Article

“Bellevue has two new arts commissioners, and they have their first deadline today.

The Bellevue council unanimously approved the creation of the city’s first municipally sanctioned Bellevue Arts Commission Monday evening following a presentation by Bellevue photographer Anne Jeffery and Suzanne Hazlett, co-founder of the Wood River Valley Studio Tour.

And they appointed the two women as the first commissioners.”

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“Bellevue – A Gateway to Art?”

Eye on Sun Valley May 22, 2016 Article

Two of the valley’s advocates for the arts want to establish a volunteer-led Bellevue Arts Commission that will establish Bellevue as the gateway to the rich treasure trove of arts in the Wood River Valley.

Suzanne Hazlett, co-founder of the Wood River Valley Studio Tour, and Bellevue fine arts photographer Anne Jeffery will make a presentation pitching such a commission to the Bellevue Common Council on Monday, May 23.

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Focal Point: The Element In A Photograph That Draws The Viewer In

SVPN Magazine (Studio Tour Media Sponsor) Article
By Suzanne Hazlett May, 2016 Issue

Wood River Valley Studio Tour artists featured in the pages that follow, all share a common love for photography and employ the camera as an essential tool in creating visual engagement in their art.

Gay Bawa Odmark, Diana Citret, Nina Fox, Jen Galpin, Anne Jeffery, Judith Kindler, Paul Potters, Christine Warjone, and the husband and wife team of Marybeth Flower and Joe Bauwens, all demonstrate exceptional skills in their use of their preferred devices and the application of their images. Their works of art are distinctly different from each other.

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Two Artists’ Natural Habitat

SVPN Magazine (Studio Tour Media Sponsor) Article
By Suzanne Hazlett March, 2016 Issue 

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Local “Tour” Artist Gets National Attention

Idaho Mountain Express (IME) February 17, 2016 Issue

Artwork by Poo Wright-Pulliam selected for exhibition in Washington, D.C.

In honor of the centennial of the National Park Service and the 50th anniversary of the National Endowment for the Arts, the two agencies are celebrating in tandem by giving grants for artists to create original art that represents engagement with the parks.

Local wildlife artist Poo Wright-Pulliam was selected to be an artist-in-residence at Craters of the Moon National Monument near Arco, and spent 21 days between April and July living and working in the monument. Wright-Pulliam produced 15 works of art inspired by the residency. They will be exhibited at the Craters visitor center in May.

She also submitted a black scratchboard piece titled “A Night on the Moon” for consideration in a national exhibition, “Flora of the National Parks.” The piece was selected among hundreds of entries and will be shown as part of the exhibition, which opens tomorrow, Feb. 18, in the conservatory at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C.

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Studio Tour Issues Call for Artists

Idaho Mountain Express (IME) February 10, 2016 Issue

4th Annual Wood River Valley Studio Tour

August event is the largest of its kind in the state

For one weekend in August, local artists from Bellevue, Hailey, Ketchum and Sun Valley open their studios and give visitors a rare glimpse into their creative spaces. This event, which is free and open to the public, lets the community see works in progress and learn about the creative processes of artists whose work they usually see only in a finished form in a gallery, art fair or public location.

“Just to be present in the space, to see the various media, the tools and implements, gives the visitor a greater understanding and appreciation of how a work of art is created,” said Suzanne Hazlett, co-founder of the Wood River Valley Studio Tour. “The artists are opening up the most sacred, intimate places.”

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