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Ketchum Arts Festival Features ‘My Happy Place’
Melissa Graves Brown has started making ball caps and journals featuring her signature tree paintings.
Saturday, July 11, 2020


Debra Bonsack titled her new series of acrylic paintings “My Happy Place” and asked adults to tell her what their happy place was as children.

The expressive acrylic paintings capture the innocence of children displayed in hopscotch, fishing, even painting. Some are couched in books that she rescued from a bookstore that was going out of business; others, in cutouts.

Bonsack’s paintings are the perfect antidote to the unsettled times of the coronavirus pandemic. And they can be seen at the Ketchum Arts Festival going on today and Sunday at Festival Meadows on Sun Valley Road.

Debra Bonsack’s series, My Happy Place, includes this little cowboy.

“We’ve had a nice flow of people,” said sculptor Marjolaine Renfro, as she watched shoppers in masks perusing the art in the booths.

This year’s festival is the only one for many of the artists because of the coronavirus. For some it will be  a rare source of income this year.

Many artists who have shown in Ketchum galleries are there, including sculptors Dave LaMure Jr. and Ken Newman. There are also old favorites such as ceramic artist EJ Harpham, who has new coasters featuring Sun Valley’s trademark sun and bicycles, as well as bowls and plates featuring the love passage from Corinthians.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. today, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 12.

A potential customer learns about Robert Jackman’s Sculpting Time.
EJ Harpham’s new pottery includes this delightful dish evoking Idaho’s sheep heritage.

Anne Watson Sorensen has wrapped mailboxes in the art of fly fisherman and other scenes.

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