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 www.wrvstudiotour.org/for-artists. 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.
ARTIST REGISTRATION FEE
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.