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Art in the Mountains Gala and Show Highlighting Local Artists

Garden Valley has been established as an art community with the Garden Valley Center for the Arts being the centerpiece of art shows for over 3 years.  The newest show called Art in the Mountains pays homage to local artisans who can share their specialized work in a gallery setting.

The first Saturday of the month will be the gala and opening show. This will be on Labor Day weekend, Saturday, September 2, 2017 from 6-8 PM. The show is always free to the public.  The opening reception includes complimentary wine and hors d’oeuvres.

The show will feature many types of art including fabric, photography, watercolors, pottery, acrylic and oils.  The artwork will be juried, so that the best variety of works can be on display. At will be two or three-dimensional projects. The variations of art will make this show quite interesting for those who visit. Most of the items will also be available for purchase.

The GVCA is known for its monthly shows in the gallery featuring Idaho artists. They also provide teachers who work at the GV School to teach art. There are classes for adults and the GVCA sponsors special programs in music, dance and art for the community.

Coming on Saturday, September 23rd is the James Castle Arts Festival featuring a birthday celebration and the works of self-taught artist raised in Garden Valley. Born profoundly deaf, Castle had a perspective of the world. He used various materials just found around the house. He is known for creating pictures with “soot and spit”. Yet, the world recognized the uniqueness of his work. His pieces are shown in galleries worldwide.

The Castle celebration in downtown Crouch will be a full day of activities with a student art show depicting the style of James Castle.  The day will include a presentation to learn about the life of James Castle, a music concert, food and a soap box derby in the evening and all sponsored by GVCA. More information will be forthcoming in the days ahead.

The Garden Valley Center for the Arts is located at 1068 Old Crouch Rd. in rustic downtown Crouch. There is also a little gift shop for other purchases.  Cal 208-462-6860 for more information.

Written by Janet Juroch