Winter 2005 Report 

December • January • February

SVCA To Get New Digs As Simplot Project Greenlighted By Ketchum City Council

The Sun Valley Center for the Arts has spent the last several years looking for a new, roomier home. Last summer, BW reported on the SVCA's proposed relocation to Ketchum via the planned Simplot Subdivision (at Second Avenue and Fourth Street), pending the subdivision's approval by Ketchum's city council.

This November, the council approved a resolution that would allow the Simplot development and the included approval from the SVCA headquarters to move forward.

The proposed Simplot development would cover two city blocks and nearly four acres on Second Avenue and will include the new SVCA site, as well as business, tourist, residential and parking development. Though this step is a major hurdle to clear, the development is still in the preliminary stages. The SVCA and Simplot parties must still work out details of the center's part of the development and all structural design in the proposed subdivision still have to be approved by Planning and Zoning.

NexStage Theatre Receives Community Grant Award

Earlier in November, the Ketchum City Council approved 12 grants (nearly $30,000 worth of funding) to various community service organizations in the community. The nexStage Theatre received their share of the funding, receiving a cool $2,200 for their performing arts and other cultural services programs.

It's a good thing, too--the nexStage Theatre is Ketchum's only live theater venue and the facility houses the Sun Valley Performing Arts, Sun Valley Shakespeare Festival, Laughing Stock Theatre Company, New Theatre Company, Royal Larkspur, and there are performances and events at the venue almost every day. The theater's future is uncertain, and the nexStage board needs to raise funds to purchase the theater from the benefactors, who originally leased the theater to them for $1 a year.

NexStage is located at 120 S. Main St., Ketchum, (208) 726-9124.

Bellevue Artist Wins Design Award

Awards for Excellence were recently awarded at the 13th Annual Western Design Conference, hosted by Western Interiors and Design, a bimonthly magazine, in Cody, Wyoming. The conference is an exhibition of the best in design, architecture and the arts in Western design tradition. Twelve awards were given, and Bellevue artist Randy Edgar of Escargot Fine Woodworking won the People's Choice award for a pedestal sink in broadleaf and birdseye maple with bronze basin and fixtures.

For more about Western Interiors and Design, visit their Web site at

Blaine County Historical Museum Expansion Project

The Blaine County Historical Museum in Hailey is looking to upgrade and expand. The museum was established in 1962 in order to preserve the history of Blaine County. Its current location is in a building erected in 1883--a historical museum in itself--but the deterioration of the building and the growth over the years of the collection makes repair and expansion a must.

The plan is to repair the current building and also to expand by purchasing the building next door, owned by Emer Wood and current home to his State Farm Insurance office. Wood has agreed to sell the building to the museum, turning down other offers for more money than the price he agreed to charge the museum. The only obstacle to expansion is funding. The museum recently received an anonymous pledge of $40,000 and that money, together with the funding they've already raised, puts the museum only a third of the way to its goal.

The planned expansion would help accommodate more exhibits, more visitors, archival space and administrative offices. To find out how to make a donation, visit the museum's Web site at

--Sara Beitia


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