Wood River Valley Studio Tour Supporters
It is with sadness we must announce the decision to cancel the
2020 Wood River Valley Studio Tour.
Below is the press release we have issued.
As more information comes to light about the impact of COVID-19, we will explore ideas about how we might remain connected as artists and supporters of the creative spirit. During this time of prescribed social distancing, we hope you will visit online the websites and social media platforms of artists you admire.
In difficult times, the world finds solace and optimism in art.
We look forward to a safer time when we can connect again soon.
Co-Founder & President
March 16, 2020 – Ketchum, Idaho
WOOD RIVER VALLEY STUDIO TOUR, INC. announces the cancellation of the annual Tour of professional artists’ studios previously scheduled for August 22 – 23, 2020. The nonprofit’s leadership and the hundreds of professional artists who work and live in the greater Sun Valley, Idaho community will look ahead to welcoming visitors to their creative spaces in August of 2021.
The annual weekend-long event typically draws thousands of people to participate in a community reception followed by self-guided tours Saturday through Sunday. For the past seven years, the event has become a celebration of the Valley’s creatives as they welcome visitors and neighbors who cross the thresholds of their art studios located in Bellevue, Hailey, Ketchum, and Sun Valley. Each year visitors mark their calendars to return to the Wood River Valley to participate in this unique cultural, learning experience. Next year, the Wood River Valley Studio Tour will resume its annual event, which is scheduled for August 21 – 22, 2021.
As the situation with coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to develop, artists, visitors, and supporters are making decisions about their travel and community engagement plans that extend into the months ahead. While some may wonder if canceling an event scheduled five months out is an overreaction, they may not be aware of how much preparation and investment must be made early in the year to bring about the Tour in late summer. We are currently aware that some of our Tour visitors who travel from out of state have decided not to come to the Sun Valley area this year. Before concerns about COVID-19 grew to the current level, the Tour anticipated the largest participating group of artists for this year’s event. Many artists are now reluctant to register and commit. Artists’ registration is necessary for us to design the maps, Tour guides, and ads to meet publication deadlines in May and June. Sponsors are also wavering on their financial support as they adjust to the changing economic environment.
We feel it prudent that we announce this difficult decision now so that we might redirect energy and time toward creating a safe, healthy, and joyful event in 2021.
WOOD RIVER VALLEY STUDIO TOUR, INC.