Closing the Circus • Reduce, Re-use, Revamp • Ketchin' Up with Ketchum 

Closing the Circus

The Visual Arts Collective's current exhibition "Alogia and the Flying Circus" is packing up the popcorn and tearing down the tents. Artist Matt Bodett will present a final discussion of his work Wednesday, July 30, at 7 p.m. for the public.

After being diagnosed with Schizoaffective Disorder four years ago, Bodett began using art as a way to communicate the images and sounds that flashed through his mind. This body of work reflects his journey from fear to isolation, and ultimately, to understanding. Using circus detritus and imagery, Bodett conveys what it's like to feel like an outsider.

Bodett's first artist talk was an eye-opening exploration of his journey living with mental illness. He sat down with his young wife and art therapist Lisa Williams to discuss the effects schizophrenia can have on family and friends. This final talk will focus more on Bodett and his personal journey. The exhibit closes on Saturday, Aug. 2.

July 30, 7 p.m., FREE, Visual Arts Collective, 3638 Osage St., 208-424-8297, visualarts collective.com.

Reduce, Re-use, Revamp

The second-annual recycled art show is now seeking submissions from crafty, Idaho-dwelling, adult packrats. Round up materials collecting dust in your basement: that water-warped Scrabble board, your scratched Macarena CD or the scrap metal left over from an attempt to get on Robot Wars. All submissions must contain a minimum of 75 percent recycled materials to be considered for the exhibition and auction.

Event proceeds benefit Supportive Housing and Innovative Partnerships (S.H.I.P.), an area nonprofit that provides sober housing and treatment services for people recovering from drug and alcohol abuse. Submissions are welcome in three categories: two-dimensional (no larger than 24-inches by 24-inches), functional (no larger than 36-inches by 36-inches by 36-inches) and three-dimensional/sculptural (no larger than 6 ft., no heavier than 200 pounds).

E-mail marketing@shipinc.org for a printable form and take it to the Second Chance Building Materials Center in the Linen District before Friday, Aug. 15. Your hot-glued junk doesn't need to be dropped off until Monday, Sept. 1, at 5 p.m. All submissions will be displayed on First Thursday at the Linen Building Thursday, Sept. 4, and there will be a silent auction the following night.

For entry forms, e-mail marketing@shipinc.org. Question? Contact Melanie at Second Chance Building Materials at 208-331-0900, ext. 204.

Ketchin' Up with Ketchum

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts, Ketchum's long-standing performing arts space, gallery and educational facility, is packing its bags. Well, almost. The SVCA has been in the process of developing the concept for its new building for over eight years.

After the project was green-lighted by Ketchum Planning and Zoning last fall, it was turned over to architect Tom Kundig to design the space. Though SVCA still needs to raise a jaw-dropping $15 million to complete the transition, it recently announced an agreement to sell its current digs at Washington and Fifth Avenue to the Wood River Jewish Community.

SVCA notes that the completion of this deal hinges on whether the two nonprofits meet their fund-raising goals, but both organizations seem optimistic. The WRJC estimates it needs to raise a much less substantial $3 million to transform the old arts space into a new place of worship.

The SVCA's plans include a museum-quality gallery space, a 230-seat capacity auditorium for lectures, performances and concerts, expanded classroom space, a computer resource center and an outdoor sculpture and film garden. The organization is also applying for LEED certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, which will make it one of only 33 certified projects in Idaho. With construction time estimated at around 18 to 20 months, SVCA might want to hold off on the packing peanuts.

For more information on the SVCA's new center, visit sunvalleycenter.org.

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