Friday, October 18, 2019
‘A New Story Begins’ at Gallery Walk
Mary Josephson and Gregory Grenon’s new exhibition at Friesen Gallery includes “Blue Fairy, White Stag.”
Friday, July 5, 2019

‘A New Story Begins’ at Gallery Walk


Mary Josephson and her husband Gregory Grenon have made a career painting expressive human portraits.

Their new exhibit at Friesen Gallery delves into animal portraits, capturing the essence of animals in an effort to show their belief that animals are very much like humans.

Lynda Lowe’s “Book of Commons-Liber Fluenta at Gail Severn Gallery is an 18-by-24-by-3-inch mixed media on panel.

The couple will be present at tonight’s Gallery Walk—from 5 to 8 p.m.—at Sun Valley Road at First Avenue to discuss the nuances of their new works.

They call it “A New Story Begins.”

The exhibition includes Josephson’s self-portrait embued in a donkey form. Grenon says he thinks of himself as an armadillo.

Other animals depicted in the exhibition include an eagle rabbit, beaver, mountain lion.

William Berra’s “Keeping Watch” at Kneeland Gallery is a 14-by-14-inch oil on metal leaf.

They do their work using oil and mosaics created with embroidery, glass beads and tapestry, litho-crayons, oil sticks and pencils, Plexiglas and vinyl pocket watches.

The wooden and metal picture frames encasing each work have a story of their own.

Josephson points out that she works in tromp ‘oil, painting a painting with oil paint and then covering a portion of the work with glass.

“As the viewer approaches the artwork, the eye reads the piece as a complete work. Only when coming very close can one see the true nature of the surface,” she added.

Paul Beliveau’s meticulous works involving books can be seen at Gilman Contemporary.

“The more time they spend with animals the more they see how much they are like humans,” said Yanna Lantz, a representative of the gallery. “They have such personalities and they display so much life you can’t help but smile remembering your own interactions with animals. There’s a real sense of magic to this exhibition.”

Here are some other highlights of tonight’s Gallery Walk:

                GAIL SEVERN GALLERY, 400 First Avenue North—British watercolor artist Tony Foster, who is no stranger to the Sun Valley area, is showcasing a new line of work he was invited to do for the Sun Valley Center for the Arts current exhibition about the Great Basin.

He contrasted the huge scale of the Great Basin with the Copper Basin, which sits atop Trail Creek Summit. His watercolor diaries depicted with each painting tell the stories of hours spent painting in a snowstorm and observations about the area in which the paintings were done.

Tuck Fauntleroy’s “Waterline XII” is a 26.5-by-40-inch archival pigment photograph of a river on the cusp of spring at Gilman contemporary.

Foster will take part in a free Artist Chat at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 6, at the gallery.

Also, Linda Lowe’s “Bound and Boundless” exhibition depicting her fascination with incunabula, ancient manuscripts with mysterious content and undecipherable script on their worn pages. Pegan Brooke’s paintings are inspired by time spent reflecting on the beauty of light falling on water and snow on the Aven River in Pont Aven, France, as well as the Pacific Ocean near Bolinas, Calif., and the Wood River in Ketchum.

And Gary Komarin’s “Big Pink Mambo” is representative of his post-painterly abstraction.

BROSCHOFSKY GALLERIES, 360 East Avenue, is showcasing The Diamond Dust Collection, which features pop artworks by Russell Young. Young, a British-American artist, is known for compelling, larger than life silkscreen paintings featuring popular culture covered with diamond dust to create an optical illusion of sparkle and movement.

SUN VALLEY CENTER FOR THE ARTS, Fifth and Washington streets, is showcasing “Mirage: Energy, Water and Creativity in the Great Basin”—a look at the mesmerizing landlocked land and the contradictions within.

GILMAN CONTEMPOARY, 661 Sun Valley Road, is exhibiting Paul Believeau’s hyper-realistic paintings of books that bring together literary and historical subjects and figures. In “Vanitas,” he builds facades of book spines that house interconnected titles, both real and imagined. In “Autodafes,” he depicts broken spines and burnt pages to create paintings that feel like relics of the past.

Also featured: Jackson Hole photographer Tuck Fauntleroy’s “Waterline” series. It’s the culmination of 10 years of mapping, flying and exploring the ever-changing paths of rivers throughout the West at the cusp of spring. The black and white photographs push the boundaries of realism and abstraction. Fauntleroy will be present at the exhibition opening.

ENVIRONMENTAL RESOURCE CENTER, 471 Washington Ave., will display works by Hailey’s award-winning artist Poo Wright-Pulliam that she did while an artist-in-residence in 2018 at City of Rocks in southeastern Idaho.

“This is a magical place, with unbelievable granite spires formed by the eroding Great Salt Lake salt fog over many eons,” said Wright-Pulliam. “My paintings depict not only 25 million to 3-billion-year-old geological formations but the history of the California Trail and the wildlife that lives there now.”

MITCHELL CONTEMPOARY, 400 Sun Valley Road, will feature works by internationally known abstract expressionist artist Svein Koningen. Koningen, who was born in post-war Norway in 1946, moved with his family as a young boy to Amsterdam before moving to Geelong, Australia, in 1953. He pursued an art and industrial degree but left just before graduation “to get on with life.” In 2005 he moved his studio from Noosa Heads, Australia, to Bruges, Belgium, before relocating to Australia where he continues to paint. Mitchell recently spent time with him there.

KNEELAND GALLERY, 271 First Avenue North, will feature an exhibition titled “Serenity.” It features the work of William Berra, who spent a decade painting the Santa Fe landscape en plein air, experimenting with techniques to achieve the effects of the Macchiaioli painters of 19th century Italy. One of the techniques involved painting on a board shellacked with an orange base to warm the painting.

Also featured: Andrzej Skorut’s contemplate landscapes, which contain elements of formalism interpreted in a contemporary fashion through the use of non-traditional materials to create texture. Skorut, who was born in Poland, currently lives in Utah.

WOOD RIVER FINE ARTS, 360 East Avenue, is featuring works by George Carlson, a northern Idaho resident who studies the geological history and fauna of a place before picking up a brush.

FREDERIC BOLOIX FINE ARTS, at 4th and Leadville streets, is showing a disappearing quantum sculpture by German sculptor Julian Voss-Andreae, as well as painted Renaissance mirrors by contemporary Austrian artist Martin Herbst.

MESH Gallery, 4th and Leadville streets, is showing works featuring mountain goats and baby in the Rock Garden and other areas near in the boulder mountains north of Ketchum.


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