Arts November 23, 2020

Fall Gallery Buzz

The Sun Valley area boasts a diverse and cosmopolitan art community. Here is a sampling of what's in store at galleries in the next few months.



October – December

“American Art”

Works from the early explorer artists interpreting the west through new frontier exploration in the mid 1800’s to iconic western pop imagery of Andy Warhol, Broschofsky Galleries is showing an array of imagery from their gallery artists. The Fall presentation includes a selection in a variety of medius/ genres in American Art

Among the landscape paintings shown are works by Joellyn Duesberry, nationally recognized for her dynamic paintings. Her canvases are remarkable for their rich and intense use of color, and for her distinct interest in the geometry of the various landscapes she interprets. Many of Ms. Duesberry’s paintings, though clearly contemporary, echo such great modernist masters as John Marin and Milton Avery. Her use of light, shadow, scale and texture culminates in paintings that are both visually and emotionally arresting.

Through portraiture and scenes from daily life of the indigenous peoples of the west, a selection of photographic works from Edward Curtis project “The North American Indian, 1900-1930” is on view. Curtis went through great pains financial and logistical to reach so many tribes.  On foot, horseback and horse drawn wagon he traveled  over largely unmarked paths. The massive projects championed by Teddy Roosevelt and backed for a period by J.P. Morgan.

Equine imagery in large scale paintings by Ken Peloke reveal their beauty, nobility and power. According to Ken, “There is such and honesty and purity that is felt spending time with horses and I try to relay those same emotions through my work”.


“Flying without a Net 2” by Joanne Freeman at Gilman Contemporary, oil on linen, 50 in x 60 in



September – October

Virtual Tour: “Maria Svarbova – Yesterday’s Future”

Take an interactive tour of Maria Svarbova’s exhibition Yesterday’s Future. Drawing from socialist era architecture of public spaces in Slovakia, each carefully orchestrated image demonstrates Svarbova’s vision of humanity within the public sphere. Yesterday’s Future explores Maria’s development as a photographer and features work from Swimming Pool and her more recent series Lost in the Valley. Virtual tour online.


October – December 31

BIG IDEA Project – “Gem State”

SVMoA’s BIG IDEA project Gem State considers geology—particularly the geology of Idaho and the American West. The origin of Idaho’s nickname as the Gem State remains unclear, but it likely alludes to the state’s abundant mineral resources, from silver and lead to semiprecious and precious stones. Idaho, like other parts of the American West, is rich not just in minerals, but also in mountain scenery. It’s a place where history is written across the state’s topography. The idea of time (both geologic and human) drives the project, but so does transformation, and the idea that change through time is both possible and inevitable.

“As we experience a time of profound change in our individual lives, there is value in reflecting on geologic time and in celebrating what those processes have meant for our state. The artwork, which ranges from sophisticated abstracted paintings and sculptures to the playfulness of a Union Pacific train carrying Idaho landscapes chugging through the museum, promises to delight visitors of all ages,” said Kristin Poole, Artistic Director at SVMoA.

The visual arts exhibition associated with Gem state features the work of four contemporary artists who explore themes central to the BIG IDEA: Mari Andrews is Northern California-based artist who works with natural materials, including stones and minerals, to create sculptures, two-dimensional works, and installations which revealsAndrews’s interest in the geology of place. ­Blane De St. Croix is well known for his large-scale sculptures and installations that recreate different kinds of geological and environmental sites of political or social importance, with a focus on the dramatic effects of climate change. Cynthia Ona Innis has responded to geological sites throughout the American West for a number of years. Working with acrylic paint, ink and fabric, she creates striated, abstract artworks that suggest the collision of tectonic plates at fault lines, geothermal or volcanic activity, mountains and canyons. Multidisciplinary artist Brad Johnson has long been interested in the geology of the American West, and uses photography and digital media to create works on paper that are sculptural in nature, using relief to evoke the textures and surfaces of the places he depicts.

The exhibition also includes hands-on activities for learners of all ages in the Art Lab, and features a wide range of themed activities such as a rock exploration station, books and maps on the geology of Idaho, and a space to create your own landscape in the style of some of the artwork in Gem State. Walk-in visitors to The Museum are welcome any time during The Museum’s open hours, Monday–Friday, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Face masks and social distancing are required.


October – November

Virtual Tour: “The Photographs of Rodney Smith”

Our first digital exhibition with a focus on the photographs of the late Rodney Smith whose work continues to be a gentle reminder that there is beauty, wit and grace in this world when you look for it. The exhibition also includes photographs from David Burdeny and Wendel Wirth who present unique perspectives on the landscape of the west.



November 30 – January 21, 2020

“Vantage Points II

“Vantage Points II” is our second annual exhibition that celebrates the unique perspective our photographers, and painters bring to their work. Each of our artists bring a distinct interpretation of material and vision.


“Cathedral” by Michael Gregory at Gail Severn Gallery, oil on canvas/panel, 61.5in x 51.5in, framed




Winter Flower

December 8 – February 2021

Works by Gustavo Ramos Rivera, Fraser Taylor, Steve Roden, Todd McKie, Lisa Williamson, William J O’Brien, Sabina Ott, Flavio Garciandia, Wes Mills, Monique Van Genderen, Willy Heeks, Joanne Greenbaum, LoopmasterM, Wesley Kimler


December – January 2021

Friesen Gallery announces representation of David Hytone. Unique and fresh, Hytone is interested in the intersection between specificity and approximation, particularly how this relationship informs our perception of the world around us and the role memory plays in that interface.

David Hytone’s artwork straddles the line between abstraction and representation. Constructed from an improvisational blend of painting and collage Hytone’s work examines human frailty and the mechanisms that we employ to cope and compensate for our limitations – imagined and otherwise. Using themes of theatre and still-life, he explores the space between the veneers of projection, facade and the actuality of things. “Contrivances are performed on a societal level, and it is the nature of people, as individuals and societies, to constantly build and rebuild monuments to our existence out of the ill-fitting remnants of our past coupled with the newfound symbols of our uncertain futures.” By using themes that turn the tables on accepted tropes, Hytone reflects on the absurdity of human endeavor in an impermanent world.

Hytone’s approaches in his studio revolve around “off-canvas” processes: glass-plate paint transfer, crude mono-print techniques, and the creation of myriad types of painted paper that are manipulated and cut to form prior to application to the surface of the piece. Repetition and the re-occurrence of patterns and thematic elements within a given composition and from piece to piece reference the sensory short- hand he believes we employ to navigate our surroundings and imprint our experiences onto memory.  Allowing the process to lead my inquiries, as opposed to those inquiries driving my process is integral to keeping the work honest, revelatory and moving forward.”


“Migrant Child: Bunny” by Hung Liu at Gail Severn Gallery, oil on canvas, 48in x 48in



December 15 – January 30, 2021

Christmas Exhibition — “Making Spirits Bright”

Robert Moore, Steven Adams, Caleb Meyer

Renowned Plein Air painter Robert Moore serves as an inspiration and mentor to many accomplished painters. His technique involves applying a multitude of oil hues onto his canvas then working a palette knife with both hands until his composition emerges from the apparent chaos of texture and color. The process is all the more extraordinary given the fact that Moore suffers from partial color blindness.

A native of Hailey Idaho and former apprentice of Robert Moore, Caleb Meyer has always enjoyed the rugged beauty the Northwest has to offer.  A graduate of Boise State, he continued his education through an apprenticeship with renowned artist Robert Moore. Meyer compares his time in Moore’s studio to the laying of a strong foundation. “The painting process is like building a house, a painter must understand the principles of design to create a strong painting, and much like a carpenter must understand the principles of architecture to build a strong house”. Meyer is now an established artist in his own right and features in public and private collections nationwide.

A long time favorite of our clients, Steven Adams strives in his work to portray the elusive feeling of timelessness beneath objects that might otherwise seem commonplace. Preferring to paint a broken fence or a ditch to a majestic mountain, he endeavors to communicate the beauty in his subject matter and to haunt the viewer. Reception to be confirmed. Please contact Gallery for information.


“Desert View” by Robert Moore at Kneeland Gallery, oil on canvas, 24in x 48in

This article appears in the Fall 2020 Issue of Sun Valley Magazine.