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Excerpt for Art Ltd November/December 2011 Issue


Sun Valley: A Cultured Holiday Retreat

Beyond the slopes, Sun Valley, Idaho, boasts a sophisticated arts and gallery scene.


by Sabina Dana Plasse


The nostalgia for Sun Valley for the holidays is more than just a love for the classic winter ski destination--America's first--amid the idyllic environs of beautiful, snow-covered high desert mountains. It's a unique enclave tucked away in the mountains of South-central Idaho where winter sport enthusiasts meet sophisticated culture lovers sans pretention. Winter mountain living in Sun Valley is more than sipping hot chocolate in cozy lodges with roaring fires. The region of Sun Valley is home to the renowned Sun Valley Resort and town, but it is also a walk away from the bustling mountain town of Ketchum, which boasts a world-class art gallery scene among fine dining and shopping establishments--all unique and mostly owned by valley residents.


Families and diehard winter fans across the nation have been making Sun Valley their holiday home for decades, bringing cheer and excitement to a mountain town whose beauty matches its lust for life. Beyond the Nordic and alpine snowy adventures is a gallery scene that invites boot- clad participants to enjoy exquisite art from across the globe to some of the Northwest's most respected artists. It's not uncommon to see iconic Hollywood types, titans of business, and holiday vacationers co-mingling at a Sun Valley Gallery Walk along with exhibiting artists.


More than ten galleries present an array of art from Old Masters to contemporary works hard to find anywhere, let alone in Idaho. What separates the Sun Valley gallery scene from every other mountain town community resort is the pride the gallery owners have for art and their home in Sun Valley. Even more important to the Sun Valley community is how the galleries also serve as an educational instrument or art and intellectual curiosity, which is accentuated because of the valley's remote locale.


The Sun Valley Gallery Association, over 25 years old, has established itself as a cultural entity to a community that would turn upside down without it. As sponsor of monthly Gallery Walks, the Sun Valley Gallery Association has created a free and often well-attended community art experience all year round, which spills onto the streets and into other businesses, creating a beneficial relationship for everyone. These Walks bring people out and about on snow-filled streets, where a day of tackling Bald Mountain slopes melts away at the sight of the range of art on exhibition. In addition, winter Gallery Walks are a time of year where collectors seeking new works in Sun Valley enjoy vacationing while ferreting out potential collection prospects. The result is that Sun Valley is a play and work atmosphere hard to beat anywhere.

Deborah Oropallo


Permanent pigment print on aluminum


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Robert McCauley

U.S. Embassy Commission Romania


Robert McCauley recently finished a commission from the State Department, for the U.S. Embassy in Bucharest, Romania.  Robert was commissioned to do five, 4x3 foot oil on canvas paintings of animals indigenous or emblematic of the 5 geographical/political regions of Romania.  Romania is behind the Galapagos Islands and Australia for the number and diversity of animal life.


The Chief Curator and Acting Director of American Art in Foreign Embassies contacted Robert about the commission.  He was given a list of historical principalities of Romania, and the animals that have been used in the coat of arms of each.  The curator wrote to Robert, "Although some of these animals could be quite're a master of creating a sense of calm regardless".


The animals included in the paintings are put together in unlikely situations. This is Robert's way of "softening" animals by dismissing their predator/prey relations. He has done this with all the paintings.

Robert chose for the principality of Dobrogen (which borders the Black Sea), the Bottle Nose Dolphin. In the painting, Robert included a Mackerel and a Black Crab.  Both are indigenous to the Black Sea.


The Auroch, the ancestor of domestic cattle, was chosen for the principality of Moldavia. It appears on the cave walls in Lascaux, France, and has been extinct since 1627. Robert included a Bee Eater, a colorful bird from the same region.


The Lion (now extinct) was chosen for the principality of Otenia.  The lion appears in Romanian Heraldry, which Robert reproduced as an emblem on the shells of Greek Tortoises.


For the principality of Transylvania, the Black Eagle.  He is perched high on a tree snag, and accompanied by a Green Woodpecker and a Green Tree Frog.


A Brown Bear (similar to our own North American Brown Bear) was chosen for the principality of Wallachia. A Peregrine Falcon is perched on his arm.


The US Embassy is currently producing a catalog of the New Permanent Collection of the Embassy in Bucharest, including these five new paintings. The collection includes well-known artists such as Jackson Pollock, William deKooning, Robert Motherwell, Milton Avery, Hans Hofmann, Lee Krasner, Richard Pousette-Dart among others.


We are pleased to present, Necklaces by

Barbara Natoli Witt


July 22 through 26, 2011


Barbara Witt is a contemporary artist with the rare distinction of having created her own medium. Her unique necklaces blend tapestry techniques to form intricate webs of colored threads, ancient bead and gemstones which capture at their centers sculptured artifacts and heirloom treasures. The necklaces have a unity that extends from design to components and technique. The effect is simultaneously elegant and luxurious.


Witt's necklaces communicate: they are not silent pieces of metal, stone and thread, but mnemonic objects layered with meaning. We may initially be drawn to the necklaces through their obvious beauty, but what holds it all together is content. Ancient and traditional people crafted most of the artifacts that inspire Witt's work. Although these objects may today be viewed as independent works of art, she reminds us of their original context. The sources reside in the stories - wonderful stories, celebrating celestial beings, spirit creatures and goddesses. She has a marvelous ability to combine intellectualism with sensuality to create a highly original art form. In so doing, she has forged strong connections with distant realms, past artisans and those who wear her work.

Inez Storer

"Seven Days to Make the World" Installation at the de Young Museum


Congratulations are in order to Gallery Artist, Inez Storer on the installation of her painting "Seven Days to Make the World" in the Contemporary Arts Wing of the de Young Museum. Storer created the tripartite canvas as her response to the attacks of September 11, 2001.


Tim Burgard, Curator of American Art at the de Young has said the piece, "functions like a devotional altar, and evokes poignant parallels to the memorial wall that were created in New York City" after September 11.

Squeak Carnwath

2011 Solo and Group Museum Shows


Island Press - Three decades of Printmaking at Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, MO  January 28 - April 18, 2011


On View: New Work From Kala at Kala Art Institute, Berkeley, CA  March 4 - July 2, 2011


Triton Museum of Art, Santa Clara, CA  March 5 - 8, 2011


American Printmaking Now at Shanghai Art Museum, China   March 8 - April 8, 2011


The Missing Peace: Artists Consider the Dalai Lama at San Antonio Museum of Art, San Antonio, TX  March 12 - July 31, 2011


"Squeak Carnwath has a distinctive and recognizable style which combines diaristic and personal elements with universal or eistential themes.  Her paintings combine text and images on abstract fields of color to express sociopolitical and spiritual concerns.


"The work for which Carnwath became widely known is characterized by simple, iconic images and words floating like astral bodies within monochromatic or bichromatic fields.  The images represent common things - chairs, vessels, bones, feet, genitalia, flowers, birds, houses and so on - using rudimentary forms and emphatic black outlines.  The words or passages of text, rendered in an ingenuous and expressive script, catalogue and comment on various aspects of existence, such as the affinities that unite seemingly unrelated objects and the essential differences that divide them.


"Simultaneously comic and grave in tenor, these pictures evoke the free-ranging ruminations of a daydreaming mind as it encounters the myriad phenomena of daily life and tries to make sense of them... engaging an ever-evolving constellation of preoccupations and investigations: how we know things, what we know, the nature of memory, perception, passion, time, and death."      -Triton Art Museum

Hung Liu

Recipient of the SGC International 2011 Award for Lifetime Achievement in Printmaking


The Lifetime Achievement Award is given to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the professional development of printmaking as a fine art. Your sustained and innovative exploration in print media is a remarkable achievement.


Recent winners of the Lifetime Achievement in Printmaking award include Chuck Close (2004), William Wiley (2005), Warrington Colescott (2006), Xu Bing (2007), Kerry James Marshall (2008), Leonard Lehrer (2009), and Judy Pfaff (2010).


SGC International, formerly the Southern Graphics Council, is a U.S. nonprofit membership organization that advances the field of original prints, drawings, books, and hand-made paper. The SGCI strives to increase public awareness of these arts through an annual conference that draws on average 1500 participants from across the U.S. and internationally. SGCI supports critical dialogue about issues in art and ideas as well as exchanges of technical information. Awards, publications, and exhibitions sponsored by SGCI promote greater understanding and scholarship.

Michael Gregory

"Western Construct" Museum show


"Michael Gregory is an artist, who, like Wallace Stegner, has been conditioned by the West.  His large-scale paintings of barns and farms evoke the vast expanse and emptiness that characterize the Western landscape.  At the same time his work seems to inhabit not only the West, but the agrarian culture of the entire nation.  Profoundly beautiful and haunting, these paintings speak to so much more than a building or landscape: they address matters of the soul."

 -Marianne Lorenz, Executive Director, Fort Collins Museum of Art


Michael Gregory's exhibition will be showing at:


Fort Collins Museum of Art, Fort Collins, CO

January 14 - March 25, 2011  


Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities,  Denver, CO

June 9 - August 29, 2011        


The Butler Institute of American Art    Youngstown, OH                                                     September 11 - November 6, 2011

Raphaëlle Goethals

Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art


September 4,  2010 the exhibition will run through January 23, 2011.


The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art has recently acquired several works by Raphaëlle Goethals as part of a private collection that has been donated to the museum. The work will be included in the exhibition, Thirty Years of Collecting: A Recent Gift to the Museum. Scheduled to open


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