Fall 2006 Report 

Central Idaho

Ketchum Artist Spends Summer As Artist-in-Residence at National Museum of Wildlife Art

Ketchum-based Robert Grogan began his career as a professional artist over a decade ago and his plein-air oil paintings have been shown across the Western United States. This summer, Grogan spent his time sharing his art expertise with visitors to the National Museum of Wildlife Art in Jackson, Wyoming, where he served as its artist-in residence. The NMWA holds a collection of nearly 4,000 pieces of wildlife-focused art, with the mission of advancing public appreciation for fine art and humanity's relationship with nature.

Grogan belongs to several artists' organizations, including Oil Painters of America, the California Art Club, Plein Air Painters of Idaho and the American Impressionist Society. During 2007 and 2008, he will also serve as president of the American Impressionist Society, from which he recently received an award in its national juried exhibition.

For more information about the NMWA, visit www.wildlifeart.org. For more about Grogan, visit www.fineartstudioonline.com.

Hailey Arts Commission Still Filling Seats

The City of Hailey recently formed the Hailey Arts Commission, and they're still filling the five commissioner seats. At a city council meeting last June, three of the five seats were filled. The newly appointed commissioners are Mark Johnstone, a local author and educator who has consulted for the Sun Valley Center for the Arts and the Idaho Commission on the Arts; Lisbeth Ruiz, a producer of a local Spanish-language radio show; and Denise Simone, a local director, playwright, actress, teacher and founding member of the drama troupe Company of Fools. The remaining two seats were scheduled to be filled at July city council meetings, but so far, the other two commissioners have not been appointed.

Renowned Jazz Pianist to Visit CSI

On September 13 from 6 to 9 p.m., jazz pianist Mark Levine will make an appearance at the College of Southern Idaho for a free public performance and student lecture.

An Oakland, California, native, Levine has performed with fellow jazz musicians such as Dizzy Gillespie, James Moody, Milt Jackson and Clark Terry. He is the author of The Jazz Theory Book and The Jazz Piano Book, and his last CD, Isla, was nominated for a 2003 Grammy.

Levine's presentation on the influence of Latin music on American jazz will be at 6 p.m., and the musical performance will be at 7:30 p.m. in the CSI Fine Arts Building.

For more information about the appearance, visit www.csi.edu/jazz. For more information about Levine, visit www.marklevine.com.

A Rare Glimpse Inside Papa Hemingway's Wood River Valley Digs

Ernest Hemingway's Ketchum home--a memorabilia-filled time capsule since Hemingway's 1961 suicide--has been managed by the Nature Conservancy since the house was donated to the group by his widow, Mary Hemingway, in 1981.

The site has never been open to the public, but taking care of the house costs thousands of dollars each year, so during this year's Ernest Hemingway Festival, a few lucky Papa enthusiasts will get the chance to enter the inner sanctum for one evening--and the Conservancy will raise some much-needed money, to the tune of $1,000 a head. The dinner is scheduled to run in conjunction with this year's annual Hemingway festival--a celebration of the author's life and work--September 28 through October 1. The event will include lectures, discussions, visits to historical sites and performances. And on September 30 from 6 to 10 p.m. is the historic Hemingway home tour. Money raised from the tickets go toward maintenance of the historic home, which is owned and maintained by The Nature Conservancy. To register for the dinner, call Bronwyn Patterson at (208) 725-2112. For more information about the Nature Conservancy, visit www.nature.org.

Even if you aren't one of the few who'll shell out a grand for the Hemingway dinner, there's still the Ernest Hemingway Festival itself. Events are scheduled citywide, and registration is $20. For more information and a complete schedule of events, www.ernesthemingwayfestival.org.

Photographs of Central Idaho On Display at Boston Museum of Fine Arts

As written up in Art Daily, "The First Art Newspaper on the Net" at www.artdaily.com, an exhibition of photographs taken by Boston-based photographer Laura McPhee entitled "Laura McPhee: River of No Return" will be on display at the The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston through September 17. The exhibit is described as containing "stunning large-scale color photographs" that "juxtapose idealized images of the land against the disarming reality of life in the twenty-first century." McPhee spent over two years capturing images of remote central Idaho landscapes.

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