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Andria Friesen Hosts Gala Reception to Say Adieu
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Tuesday, December 28, 2021
 

BY KAREN BOSSICK

The Grinch named COVID has yanked some of the fun out of the Christmas Gallery Walk.

A few of the galleries have decided not to participate in Wednesday’s Gallery Walk this year to mitigate the risk of COVID spread.

“We’re really sad about it because the Christmas Gallery Walk is one of our favorite events of the year,” said Gail Severn. “We hope people will come by to see our shows during normal hours when there are fewer numbers in the gallery. It’s rare to see more than two couples in the gallery at one time in our large spaces.”

  • Among the galleries that will be open is Friesen Gallery at 320 First Ave. N. It’s Andria Friesen’s last gallery walk in 35 years of owning Friesen Gallery before she hands over the key to the new owner Yanna Lantz.

And Lawrence Fodor, who she has represented since she opened the doors, will be present for a Gala Reception from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 29.

Over the years, Fodor’s work has encompassed a variety of different twists, including one Southwestern phase with kachinas, ceremonial dancers and medicine men and women.

Fodor’s new solo exhibition in the Friesen Gallery is titled “Increscent,” which means “becoming gradually greater.”

He incorporated photographs from his recent travels to Italy into some of his new works, which boast a palette of bright colors layered on canvas. He was particularly inspired by works in the Borghese Gallery and Museum in Rome, which features Renaissance and baroque art housed in a magnificent 17th-century villa.

“With veiled and shrouded imagery, I am excavating the sedimentary historical allegories of my ancestry, which are the very basis of Greco-Roman and Abrahamic religions and cultures,” he writes of his new work. “The paintings and hybrid photo-paintings are multi-layered stratified and perhaps visually perplexing at times—they contain echoes of the chaos inherent in negotiating antiquating while attempting to find a sustaining sense of benevolence in the moment.”

The gallery will be rebranded Friesen + Lantz Fine Arts on New Year’s Day, with Yanna Lantz the new gallery owner.

  • Kneeland Gallery, 271 N. 1st Ave. N., is exhibiting the work of renowned plein air painter Robert Moore who applies oil on to his canvas via a palette knife he works with both hands.

    He will be joined by Hailey’s Caleb Meyer, a former apprentice of Robert Moore who is now an established artist in his own right, his work featured in public and private collections nationwide.

    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,” he says.

    The third artist in this exhibition is Utah artist Seth Winegar, who paints unique tonalist landscapes of the West in broad brush strokes and subtle colors.

  • Ketchum artists Jineen Griffith and Tina Cole are teaming up for a Holiday Pop Up Art Exhibit at Anderson Architecture on the second floor of the Friesen Gallery at 320 First Ave. N.

    The two--both outdoor enthusiasts who have lived in the Wood River Valley for many years--have a rich portfolio of local landscapes highlighting the surrounding mountains, rivers and high desert landscapes. Much of their work is done outdoors on site, or “en plein air”—a French term associated with the impressionist painters.

    Griffith said painting has allowed her another way of seeing the natural world—its patterns, reflections, color and everchanging light—in addition to the perspective she gets kayaking, climbing mountains and skiing.

    “When painting outside, it is all about connection with the environment,” she said. “There is something powerful about being in an environment I cannot control, forced out of a comfort zone and into an appreciation of being in the moment.  I enjoy the fast pace forced by the continuous need to adapt to the changing light on the subject I am engaged with. All senses are heightened and directed outward.” 

    Cole is a watercolorist who worked on site for decades before taking up printmaking at Vita Brevis Press in Hailey five years ago.

    “Having painted outdoors on location in watercolor for many years, it was time to revisit a studio environment where I could focus on developing finished, larger format works from field sketches and paintings,” she said.

    Monotypes are uniquely one-of-a-kind prints, she added.

    “I work directly onto a plexiglass plate painting with a variety of printmaking inks and colors with brushes and sometimes rollers for larger, flat expanses. I tend to work slowly from the foreground up, graduating the colors through multiple overlapping runs through the large format etching/litho press. Monotypes have inspired me to try different techniques and ink combinations to capture the atmosphere, light and perspective of the places and scenes I have called home for the past 45 years.”

    Galleries that will not be open Wednesday night include Gail Severn Gallery, Broschofsky Gallery and  Gilman Contemporary.

  • Those who wish to stop by Gilman Contemporary, 661 Sun Valley Road, during regular hours will find works by New York photographer Paulette Tavormina’s called “Seizing Beauty.” Her tableaus are inspired by 17th century paintings created by Dutch, Spanish and Italian Old Master still life painters.

The gallery is also featuring work by Ketchum artist Jill Lear, who is known for her works heralding trees, and James Austin Murray, Ellie Davies, Tuck Fauntleroy and Michael Massaia.

  • Gail Severn Gallery, 400 1st Ave. N., is featuring a solo show featuring Northwest artist Chris Maynard who creates confounding shadowboxes that display the natural beauty, strength and delicacy found in feathers. Using ophthalmological surgery tools, he constructs avian worlds through the precise cutting and assembling of feathers.

    Group shows focus on such themes as “Color as Metaphor,” “Honoring our Landscape” and “Flora and Fauna.”

  • The Sun Valley Museum of Art, 191 Fifth Street East, is exhibiting “Two-Year Supply,” which offers a look at the history of settlement by farming families in the Magic Valley. The exhibition also includes photographs of Japanese-American internees at Minidoka who provided labor for farms during World War II while farmers were off fighting the war. The exhibition runs through Jan. 8.

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