Hello snow enthusiasts! The slopes are open, and we are rockin’ and rollin’ at the gallery. In January, we welcome guest artist acrylic painter Rich Summers. Rich is a radio broadcasting brand manager with a passion for painting the beauty of the land and wildlife of the West, including Idaho. Rich’s eye for light transparently played out over the texture of his canvases will make you “Ooh” and “Ah.” Our featured member artist is photographer Melissa Shelby, another artist who captures so beautifully the western landscape. You’ll want to check out her stunning images of scenery from the McCall area. And at our evening reception, you will enjoy hearing Judy Berg, an accomplished singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist newly-arrived from the shores of the St. Joseph River in Indiana.
Meet the artists and view the art by over twenty local and regional artists at our First Saturday reception, January 5, 4-8 p.m., with music by Judy Berg, wine by Bistro 45 and appetizers.
Gallery Fifty-Five is a nonprofit artist cooperative.
More on Rich: Rich grew up in Eastern Idaho. His parents loved the outdoors and took him on fishing, hunting and camping trips in the Island Park area and Teton and Yellowstone National Parks. His mother painted many of the landscapes they visited. Rich became a radio broadcaster after high school and lived and worked in cities throughout the West. While between radio jobs in 1991, he began watching painters on public television, Bob Ross and Bill Alexander. That and his mother’s encouragement got him hooked on painting, painting his favorite subjects, the great outdoors and wildlife.
More on Melissa: Melissa has been a working photographer since she was 21. Originally from the south, she traveled about the U.S., abroad and eventually to Alaska, the last frontier. Five years ago, she and her husband “found our happy place in the tiny little #mountaintown of central Idaho called McCall. The town and its lifestyle pretty much sum up my take on photography. If you've never been here, then you will soon hear me ask you to visit.”
More on Judy Berg: We are pleased to welcome Judy Berg, who moved here from the Michiana area (Indiana/Michigan), where she was dubbed Resident Folk Diva of Michiana. She played and sang many solo performances in the area, opened for Carrie Newcomer and performed frequently as a guest artist on public radio. She has also traveled throughout Germany, performing at Maintz's 2001 Club, as well as Frieburg's oldest coffee house. She performs her own songs, as well as covers, and blends it all together with her jazzy-bluesy finger picking guitar style and a voice that will knock you out. Her music is available on CD Baby and Amazon. You can also hear and see her on YouTube.
When: Saturday, January 5, 4-8 p.m.
Where: Gallery Fifty-Five, 311 E. Lake Street, McCall, Idaho
Venue Phone: 208-634-6313
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Venue Website: https://galleryfiftyfive.com
Contact: Theresa Burkes, email@example.com, 208-870-5556 (phone number not for publication)