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Rebirths and Revisions In the Arts

Culture doesn't end when school does. A few of summer's prime offerings in music, theatre and art.

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Arts Expand in Hailey: Galleries, theatre and shops plan a big July

When July rolls around, people will be crying “Art” and “Hailey” in one breath.

The city of Hailey this spring threw its support to the arts by declaring July as “Art Month in Hailey” through an official proclamation by Mayor Rick Davis. Other businesses in Hailey that don’t sell art will have sculptures displayed at their front doors to show support for art and artists.

For Harold Webb and Pat Robinson Webb, 25 years of experience is paying off, and it makes them happy.

As owners of Blue Heron Workshop Framing Gallery, they’ve wanted to have more art galleries in Hailey, and create a more lively art scene south of Sun Valley.

“It’s starting slowly, but we’re getting there,” says Pat Robinson Webb.

Webb said many businesses in Hailey, while not actual galleries, hang original art on the walls to promote artists. Notes Music at 221 River Street is one of them, along with Bungalow at 151 Main Street.

Even the Bead Shop at 7 Bullion Street shows off artists, and so does The Loft on Main Street. Blue Heron, the Toneri Hink Gallery and Studio 3 Eleven are the most traditional places to show art, but really, Hailey isn’t very traditional.

Webb says for most of the month of July, business owners who have twice banded together for a Hailey Art Walk, most recently in the middle of December, will offer special events such as musicians on site to lure people inside to check out art on the wall.

They also plan to stay open later at night and make shopping an event complete with art of all sorts.

Poetry readings might surface as part of the art extravaganza in July, too.

“We just want creative people to be noticed,” says Webb.

Creative people have been getting plenty of notice at Alissa McGonigal’s business, The Loft, located next to Sun Valley Brewing Company at 202 North Main Street.

David Seelig’s photographs of rock musicians have been displayed on the walls there, along with numerous paintings by local artists. Initially opened as a yarn shop with unique fibers for sale, The Loft has become a sort of gallery and a definite gathering place for artists.

In addition to classes in knitting and purling and formation of the Kids Knit Club, McGonigal is open to hearing from artists and maybe even showing their work on the walls.

Company of Fools’ Summer Fools Festival will be comprised of Noises Off by Michael Frayn, which has been called the funniest farce ever written, and Jeanine Tesori and Brian Crawley’s hauntingly beautiful musical Violet and the grippingly fascinating drama, Collected Stories, by Donald Marguiles. 

Capping off the festival the Company will present a new drama, yet to be announced, that will be the type of theatre Company of Fools is known for—relevant, intriguing and heartfelt. The Company engages both the finest of local actors and outstanding guest artists to bring these plays to life in a comfortable, intimate setting. >>>


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