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Mosaic Project Exhibition & Online Auction

2013 Mosaic - Photo courtesy of Lynn Pattnosh

2013 Mosaic – Photo courtesy of Lynn Pattnosh

Artists throughout the valley each donate an 8×8”original work of art to be installed in the Mosaic Project that will be exhibited at Jennifer Bellinger Gallery in Ketchum, July 4 – 13th.

The artworks will be auctioned online to the highest bidders with proceeds benefiting the non-profit, Wood River Valley Studio Tour, Inc. Artists’ contributions for the Mosaic Project provide a significant source of funding for the Studio Tour’s marketing budget to promote our community of artists. The July exhibition of the Mosaic Project will provide visitors a preview of the valley’s artistic community while providing information about the Tour.

SAVE THE DATE and attend the July 11th reception and celebration from 5 – 8PM at Jennifer Bellinger Studio & Gallery (511 East 4th Street, Ketchum) the Mosaic Project during the Sun Valley Gallery Association Gallery Walk.

City of Ketchum Grant to Tour



We are sincerely grateful to the City of Ketchum for the $4,000 grant awarded to Wood River Valley Studio Tour.

More than 220 professional artists who work and live in the Wood River Valley are proud to contribute to the growing recognition the valley receives as an art-centric community.

“We applaud the Wood River Valley Studio Tour, now in its second year, for bringing a new event to our community. Our City policy is to support events that celebrate the spirit, character, history and heroes of the City of Ketchum. As Ketchum receives recognition as a center for the arts, events such as this showcase the incredible amount of local talent here.”  –  Ketchum Mayor Nina Jonas

Virtual Studio Tour: Mark Kashino


Apparently, being a self-proclaimed “knothead” worked out well for Mark Kashino.  According to the Hailey artist, he spent much of his childhood time in school sitting in the back of class, drawing cartoons.  Inspired by MAD Magazine when he was young, and the work of Jack Davis (who drew over 80 covers for Time Magazine), Kashino eventually leveraged this passion into a career in graphic design and painting.

Fort Campbell to LA Sheriff’s Department

However, as with many creatives, his path to art was not direct.  He spent 3 years in Kentucky at Fort Campbell in the early sixties with the “Screaming Eagles” of the 101st Airborne Division.  During the Cuban Missile Crisis, he spent 3 days with his unit, living on the runway waiting for the “go” from Kennedy.  Luckily his service finished right before Johnson scaled Vietnam into a full-blown war. While he wasn’t able to think much about art during that time, once he left the army, Mark took a famous artists course through the V.A.

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Virtual Studio Tour: Jennifer Bellinger

Bellinger & Easel

Jennifer Bellinger aims to stop people in their tracks when they see her work—engaging them with color and texture and making them forget themselves for a minute.  She says this is one of the benefits of art:  taking you outside yourself and bringing attention to the beauty in the everyday.  A professional artist for over 40 years, Bellinger has had plenty of practice perfecting her art.

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Virtual Studio Tour: EJ Harpham

Stuff breaks, you get over it, and you start over.
~EJ Harpham, ceramic artist

View southeast from EJ Harpham's studio southeast of Bellevue, Idaho.

Up on a hillside, overlooking what seems to be the entire Bellevue Triangle, EJ Harpham works in a studio that many artists would envy (I know I do!).  However, this long-time potter and painter has worked in just about every space imaginable—proof that you don’t need a perfect studio in order to create works of art.

Drawn to the Wood River Valley in 1978, after the recommendation of fellow art students familiar with the local art center in Ketchum, EJ is a classic example of the many visitors who dived into the local lifestyle and stayed.  An obvious athlete, her wiry frame seems like it would be equally comfortable wrestling pounds of wet clay as running up a steep hill.

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Virtual Studio Tour: Lisa Wood

“Why do something the easy way if you can do it the hard way?”
~Lisa Wood, photographer

Lisa's recent show at Gilman Contemporary

Lisa’s recent show at Gilman Contemporary

Balancing the juxtaposition between simplicity and complexity, technology and nature, future and past, Lisa Wood’s art is a beautiful representation of the breathing room needed to thrive in the modern world. Her photographs contain an inherent and interesting irony—they are images of nature captured and processed through technology. And after 20 years of a career in the world of high-tech, the tools of digital photography are bringing Lisa back to an art that has attracted her for years. Read more

Ketchum Seeks Artists for Annual Outdoor Sculpture Exhibition


Sixth Annual “Art on Fourth” Exhibition Planned for July-October 2014

 January 5, 2014 – The City of Ketchum is seeking artists interested in showcasing their work for the sixth annual “Art on Fourth” outdoor exhibition. The selected three-dimensional artwork will be featured in the heart of downtown Ketchum, along the Fourth Street Heritage Corridor. Selected artists will receive a $500 stipend, and there is no fee to apply.

The deadline for submissions is March 7, 2014.

Artists may submit images of up to three works for consideration. The call for artists, which provides detailed information on the submission process, can be found at or by contacting the office of Sharon Arms, Arts & Events Coordinator at or 208-726-7820. The call is open to all artists, regardless of their state of residence.

BOULDER financial alliance Provides Signature Sponsorship for Tour

BOULDER financial alliance llc was the Signature Sponsor of the 2013 inaugural Wood River Valley Studio Tour.  Suzanne Hazlett, company president, provided a financial contribution enabling the Tour to launch a professional media campaign targeting local, regional, and out of state visitors.  A key part of the media campaign was a professionally produced video highlighting the tour for promotion over the internet, social media outlets, and in other locations.

“With the creation of the valley-wide studio tour showcasing the creative community within the Wood River Valley, I believe we will succeed in developing an audience and following for the artists as well as the extended community of businesses contributing to the visitors’ experience.  I am pleased to be able to contribute to the Wood River Valley Studio Tour, Inc. and support the campaign being launched to build recognition for our local artists and inspire visitors to travel to our valley to experience all it has to offer.”

–           Suzanne Hazlett, President, BOULDER financial alliance llc

BOULDER financial alliance llc is a Ketchum, Idaho based wealth management firm serving individual and corporate clients throughout the country.  Suzanne Hazlett, Certified Financial Planner and investment adviser is also a co-founder of the non-profit organization that is promoting the first annual valley-wide open studio event of its kind in the greater Sun Valley community.  Ms. Hazlett was a vice president with Merrill Lynch in Seattle, Washington, before she and her husband, Chuck Rumpf, became full time residents of Sun Valley in 2003.

Artist Education Series: Photographing Your Artwork

In partnership with the Sun Valley Center for the Arts, we are excited to present the final installment in this year’s Artist Education Series on Wednesday, September 18, from 5:30-7 pm, at the Center in Hailey.  Taught by Stacie Brew, this class will give you the tools you need to successfully photograph your artwork for use on websites, in emails, and in applications to festivals and galleries. We will cover the dos and don’ts of photographing a variety of types of artwork: jewelry, pottery, oil paintings, framed pieces, etc.

You don’t have to be a professional photographer to get shots that highlight and show off the beauty of your art. This free class is a great opportunity to develop the photography skills that can make a critical difference in the presentation of your artwork. To register, visit the Center website by clicking here. The Center in Hailey is located at 314 2nd Ave South, on the corner of 2nd and Pine.


Canceled – Marketing Your Art through Digital & Social Media

Sadly, due to the ongoing Beaver Creek Fire and smoky conditions in the Valley, we are canceling the August 21 workshop on Marketing Your Art: Digital & Social Media.  We’ll keep you posted if we find a date to reschedule it!

However, we look forward to seeing you for the September 18 workshop. Join us for Marketing Your Art: Photographing Your Work, Wednesday, September 18, Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Hailey.

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