GALLERY NEWS 2020
May 1st, 2020
Dear Supporters and Friends,
Gail Severn Gallery would like to thank you for supporting us during Idaho’s Shelter in Place order. Your support of the gallery and the arts has helped us get through these difficult times. We have enjoyed engaging with you through our online platforms but we so look forward to seeing you in person again!
We are thankful that we live in such an incredible community and are proud of everyone’s efforts to flatten the curve. Gail Severn Gallery is very grateful for all the workers on the front lines providing essential services to everyone in the valley.
We have cleaned the building and put new sanitation protocols in place to ensure the safety of our staff and customers.
The passage of time this spring has been felt more acutely by us all. Although the gallery was closed to the public we were hard at work creating online content for our clients and friends. We are delighted to share that our exhibitions are accessible online and that today, May 1st, we have reopened the doors of the gallery.
We’ve checked in with our artists to see how this unprecedented time has impacted their lives and artwork. We recently conducted a video interview with Kara Maria to discuss her current gallery show Cloud Crystals and to see how this time has informed her work. We also made a video walk-through of her current exhibition which features beautifully crafted monotype prints on handmade paper, all of which are priced under $2,000.
Join Gail Severn Gallery as Meredith Skillman chats with Kara Maria about how the current COVID-19 pandemic is influencing her work. We will additionally walk through Kara's exhibition with her. 'Cloud Crystals' is up through April 30, 2020
June 30th, 2020
Meet Chris Maynard, feather artist
Making use of the unique quality of his medium, Chris carefully considers the natural beauty of each feather – its color, texture, and pattern. Through precise cutting and arranging using ophthalmic surgery scissors, forceps, magnifying glasses and entomology pins, Chris releases a story from each feather; he composes intimate scenes that are thematically structured around the ideas of attraction, flight, and harmony – themes that encompass a bird’s whole life.
A mini-documentary about Chris Maynard's artist process.
September 17th - December 12th, 2020
The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art
Presents a Virtual Project for Fall 2020,
DIS/PLACEMENTS: Revisitations of Home
Hung Liu is one of ten artists in a large virtual exhibition, Dis/placements: Revisitations of Home, presented by the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston School of the Arts in Charleston, South Carolina.
Each artist was asked to submit works that speak most directly to their reminiscences of home. Artists were
paired with writers who have offered their own reflections on the work and its relationship to the concepts of home and displacement. When taken together, this collection of work provides an opportunity to consider the traits and aspects that are both similar and jarringly disparate–from Asia to Africa, to Europe and the Middle East.
Ideas of home have taken on new meaning in this fraught moment of pandemic. For many, home has become a place to cocoon where hours run into days, weeks, and months. For people less fortunate, home can represent insecurity and be charged with fear; and for those on the frontlines of COVID-19 it may be a place newly tenuous, frequented for momentary respite at best.
As a formative dimension of the human condition, focus on home is a constant in the arts at scales from the family residence to the neighborhood to the homeland. Homelands are central to our collective imagining of our place in the world. For most of us most of the time, they can be taken for granted, celebrated periodically, before receding to form the backdrop against which life plays out. Made inaccessible or, worse, lost, they can be mythologized as places to be coveted, spied from afar, encountered, experienced, perhaps recovered if only
Over the course of fall 2020, Dis/placements: Revisitations of Home will consider these themes. The core of the project exists virtually, functioning as an online platform designed to reach greater audiences and encourage community participation. Throughout the fall, content will be added to this site to further enrich the project, including virtual conversations between artist-writer pairs, educational packets designed for classroom or in-home use, interactive phone and mapping activities, and responsive projects from students at the College of Charleston. We believe these community participation elements, in addition to the commissioned responsive art pieces, will create a rich tableaux of connectedness in these times of social distance.
The project is funded in part by The Henry & Sylvia Yaschik Foundation. This program is sponsored by South
Carolina Humanities, a not for-profit organization; inspiring, engaging and enriching South Carolinians with
programs on literature, history, culture and heritage.
April 10th, 2020
Dear Supporters and Friends,
The news is evolving so quickly now, and simple plans we made – to meet friends, dine with parents, or visit an art museum are now risks we weigh up carefully.
We are learning to adapt to change, to support one another in times of need, and to appreciate the small blessings present in each and every day. Despite these new navigations of daily life, we are still brought together by the same human experience.
Art, in its many forms is an essential part of this experience. It provides space for thinking and room for solace, it expresses our fears and joys, inspires hope and learning, and perhaps most importantly, connects us to one another. One could argue that in times like these, art is more important than ever.
Although the gallery has been closed since mid-March, we have been busy making our current exhibitions accessible online.
We look forward to the time when we can welcome you all back to the wonderful gallery community you have helped us build over the past 44 years.
Until then, we hope you will keep the gallery and our artists in mind and we look forward to offering the highest level of fine art and art services online.
It is our hope that through our online programming we can provide a respite from the news of the virus, and the unsettling torpor that has come with it. We’d like to think that the artistic space we share will bring us all closer together in this time of isolation and that art can remain, as it’s always been, space for human connection and reflection.
To our friends, and supporters – we miss you, we appreciate you, and we look forward to seeing you again soon.
Sending warmest wishes for well-being to you and your loved ones,
All of us at
Gail Severn Gallery
In mid-March, 2020, Gail Severn Gallery came under a Shelter in Place Order due to COVID-19. We miss our clients, artists, and our community. We made this little montage as a reminder of what is to come when we can open our doors to you all again.
March 15th, 2020
Responding to Novel Coronavirus COVID-19,
The Sun Valley Gallery Association Cancels the March 20th Gallery Walk.
With the health and well-being of our community, artists, and team in mind, and under consideration of public health authorities and city advisement, we will be canceling the upcoming Friday, March 20th Gallery Walk. The Saturday, March 21st Artist Chat with Judith Kindler will also be canceled until further notice.
At this point in time, Gail Severn Gallery will operate regular hours and continue to offer and display our current exhibitions. We are currently open Monday through Saturday, 9am to 5pm and Sunday, Noon to 5pm. You can always visit the Gail Severn Gallery via our website and social media pages for updated information, hours and/or closures.
We wish you all good health and safety, and look forward to resuming Gallery Walks and other events in the near future.
~ Gail Severn and Team
March 9th, 2020
Kara Maria's New San Francisco Mural
Kara has just completed her first mural — a 10 x 45 foot, hand-painted mural sponsored by the San Francisco Arts Commission's StreetSmARTs program.
The mural Blue into Black celebrates the vaquita porpoise—the world's smallest and most endangered cetacean, found only in Mexico's northern Gulf of California.
1330 Polk Street at Frank Norris Street
(between Pine and Bush)
San Francisco, CA 94109
With thanks to: Craig Corpora of SFAC for facilitating this project; to Sal Garcia, Mark Maglaty, Enrique Chagoya, and Diane Andrews Hall for production assistance; to Johanna Poethig, and Jason Jagel for advice and support; and to the good people at Precita Eyes Mural Arts Center and Action Rentals.
Kara Maria, Blue into Black, vaquita, 2020, 10 x 45 feet, acrylic and acrylic spray paint on stucco. Copyright © 2020 Kara Maria, All Rights Reserved.
February 3rd, 2020
Kara Maria 2020 Los Angeles Billboard Show
An image of Kara's painting Kaleidoscope Eyes is featured on a 12 x 24 foot billboard at North Fairfax Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood, CA until March 9, 2020.
The Billboard Creative is a non-profit organization that turns billboards into public art sites.
Kara Maria, Billboard installed in West Hollywood, CA, 2020 (Kaleidoscope Eyes, (green sea turtle), 2017, 26 x 26 inches, acrylic on canvas). Copyright © 2020 Kara Maria, All rights reserved.
For over 44 years the gallery has built a national reputation for presenting energetic exhibition schedules, participating in international art fairs, facilitating museum exhibitions, and publishing books and catalogs for our artists.