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.

Best Small Towns for Art

ArtPlace, a collaboration of banks, foundations, businesses, and others, is focused on the role of the arts in the economic health of communities.  Through their annual initiative “America’s Top Twelve Small-Town ArtPlaces,” they named Ketchum as one of the top twelve towns with a population under 100,000 for the arts.  The study measured the number of arts related non-profit organizations, businesses, and individuals working in creative fields and recognizes “smaller communities in the country where the arts are central to creating the kinds of places where people want to live, work, and visit.”

Their description of Ketchum includes praise of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts and its quality exhibitions and nationally recognized annual Arts and Crafts Festival.  In an Idaho Mountain Express article following the award, Ketchum Mayor Randy Hall said,

“The City of Ketchum’s commitment to art and creativity is demonstrated in the receipt of this prestigious recognition by ArtPlaces, an award that is the result of hard work by many, including the Gallery Association and Ketchum Arts Commission.  We’re proud to be listed among the twelve communities and will continue to celebrate the rich culture that makes Ketchum unique.”

The Wood River Valley Studio Tour is excited to be adding an event that focuses specifically on the many accomplished local artists living in this community.  It is our goal to create an event that draws both residents and out of town visitors who will frequent local businesses throughout the tour, adding economic vitality during a normally quiet time of year.

Grant Received from Ketchum!

The KETCHUM EVENTS COMMISSION has awarded Wood River Valley Studio Tour, Inc. with an event funding grant of $2,000 for the first annual valley-wide studio tour in the greater Sun Valley community.  The Ketchum Events Commission was created by Resolution of the City Council in 2012 with the objective of supporting and conducting events which celebrate the spirit, character, history and heroes of the City of Ketchum.

Jen Smith, Chair of the Ketchum Events Commission, says, “The Ketchum Events Commission’s financial support of the Wood River Valley Studio Tour reflects the City’s enthusiastic support for the arts and for artists working right here in our community. Visiting an artist’s creative space is a unique and impactful experience, both for the visitor and the host. I personally look forward to taking advantage of this opportunity.”

We are grateful to Jen Smith, all of the KEC members, and the City of Ketchum! The City’s endorsement and welcome contribution demonstrates Ketchum’s commitment to supporting events that bring the City and the surrounding communities together.

2013 Call to Artists!

Call to Artists Early Registration Postmark Deadline: May 31, 2013

Extended Registration Postmark Window: June 1 – 21, 2013

Studio Tour: Saturday & Sunday, October 19-20, 2013, 10AM to 5PM


Wood River Valley Studio Tour, Inc. is an Idaho non-profit organization celebrating the artistic talent of the Sun Valley, Idaho community, by connecting artists, art lovers, and those new to art, through an annual exploration of local artist studios.  By showcasing the creative community within the Wood River Valley, the tour aims to inspire regional and out of state visitors to travel to the valley to experience first hand the quality of locally produced art, our vibrant community, and the beauty of the valley’s natural environment.

Visual artists residing in and around the four cities which comprise the Wood River Valley – Bellevue, Hailey, Ketchum, and Sun Valley – will collectively open the doors of their studios annually to welcome in community members and visitors to the valley.


Working artists are invited to complete and submit a WRV Studio Tour Artist Application.  Artist information and applications can be obtained online at  Participating artists commit to opening their studios during the dates and hours of the tour to welcome art patrons, admirers, and collectors while they venture out on self-guided tours to meet and interact with the valley’s artists, observe the creative process, and purchase art.

Qualifying applicants maintain a working art studio located within the Wood River Valley of Idaho.  Accepted artists are expected to have completed a body of work representing a cohesive, visual art form, with professional execution.  WRV Studio Tour, Inc. defines the visual arts as art forms that are primarily visual in nature, such as ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video, and filmmaking.  Artists are encouraged to contact WRV Studio Tour, Inc. with any questions as to the suitability of their art form and its acceptance for inclusion in the tour.


The 2013 WRV Studio Tour artist registration fee is $100.00 when submitted with a completed application and postmarked by or before May 31, 2013.  The extended registration period is June 1 – 21, 2013.  The registration fee for applications postmarked during the extended period is $150.00.  An artist’s registration fee will be waived/refunded for any artist who secures a corporate or individual sponsor donation, payable to WRV Studio Tour, Inc. equal to or greater than $500.00.  Sponsor information packets are available upon request, or can be downloaded from the website.


The formation of Wood River Valley Studio Tour, Inc. and the open studios event that will extend throughout the greater Sun Valley community are the result of the successful collaboration of two Wood River Valley entrepreneurs and business owners.

Brooke Bonner, director and co-owner of Green Antelope Gallery in Bellevue, Idaho, established her gallery in 2006.  Along with a small group of artists, Bonner, a fine-art photographer herself, created the Bellevue Open Studios event four years later. For three years, Bellevue Open Studios featured artists located in and around the City of Bellevue during the annual event.

Together, Bonner and Wood River Valley Studio Tour co-founder, Suzanne Hazlett, are excited to leverage the success of Bellevue Open Studios for a new event showcasing local artists from Bellevue to Sun Valley.

Suzanne Hazlett, wealth management advisor and president of Boulder Financial Alliance, L.L.C., based in Ketchum, is also a fine artist and owner of Sazu Studio, L.L.C. In the fall of 2012 Hazlett approached Bonner and posed the question of the gallery owner’s interest in collaborating to establish a valley-wide studio tour. “Yes!” was Bonner’s response before the question could be finished.

“We envision a community recognized nationally for the quality of its local artists, in which people from all walks of life are able to appreciate, learn about, and collect art,” says Bonner.

Additional information about the Wood River Valley Studio Tour can be found on this site and by phoning 208.725.0600.

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