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The Center's Latest Exhibit Explores Man's Connection with the Forest

August 22, 2014

The Times-News, Twin Falls, Idaho

Aug. 22--KETCHUM -- The Sun Valley Center for the Arts' new exhibition, "Forests, Foraging and Fires," explores the forest as an ecosystem, resource and place of transformation, starting Saturday.

The exhibit features work by contemporary artists considering the forest through painting, drawing, photography, film and a site-specific installation. It's part of The Center's fall BIG IDEA multidisciplinary project.

Here are some of the artists and their works that visitors will find at the exhibit:

--Catherine Chalmers -- drawings, a photographic scroll and two films focused on leafcutter ants in Central America that use the forest as a natural resource.

--Shannon Durbin -- gouache paintings on paper exploring the conflict between fire's role in maintaining healthy forests and our human need to protect our communities from harm, as well as "the sometimes transcendent beauty of forest fires."

--Spencer Finch -- "Thank You, Fog" consists of 60 photographs made at one-minute intervals as a bank of fog rolled over a densely wooded area of Sonoma County. It depicts the forest as a living organism, ever-changing and transformational.

--Photographer Eirik Johnson -- "Sawdust Mountain" explores the logging industry in the Pacific Northwest and "the complicated relationship" between the region's landscape, industries and communities. "The Mushroom Camps" looks at camps erected by seasonal mushroom hunters in Oregon-occupied camps and the traces hunters leave behind.

--William D. Lewis -- Fish and game paintings offer a wry look at people's relationship to forest animals.

--German-born, Seattle-based artist Anne Siems -- paintings inspired by her hikes in the Pacific Northwest during the summer of 2013. She depicts the region's trees, particularly old growth stumps, which she pairs with figures dressed in 1850s-era costume.

Some future "Forests, Foraging and Fires" events are a gallery walk from 5 to 7 p.m.Aug. 29, an evening exhibition tour at 5:30 p.m.Sept. 4 and a panel discussion at 6:30 p.m.Sept. 16.

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