PROSPECTS: AN EXPLORATION OF MINING at Sun Valley Center for the Arts

October 9-December 11, 2009

This multidisciplinary project will examine mining's history as well as its controversial present through lectures, visual arts exhibitions and films.

Mining is an essential part of the story of the Wood River Valley. Beginning in the 1860s, prospectors arrived in the valley in search of silver, galena and gold. The towns of Bellevue, Hailey and Ketchum sprang up to serve an influx of immigrants who came from Ireland, Wales, Germany and China to work the mines. Although eventually replaced by the sheep industry and later tourism, the long-term impact of mining on the valley continues to resonate.

Opening Celebration and Membership Party - gallery walk night
Fri, Oct 9, 5–8pm
Join us for an opening celebration and our annual membership party! Meet some of the artists participating in Prospects and view Lucy Raven's film Chinatown.

Special Evening Exhibition Tour
Thu, Oct 15, 5:30pm, Free
Enjoy a glass of wine while you tour the exhibition with the curator.
Free exhibition tours
Tue, Oct 20 & Tue, Nov 10 at 2pm - and by arrangement
Trained docents offer new insight into the artwork on display in free tours of our exhibitions.

FILM: Red Gold
Wed, Oct 22, 7pm
Join us for a film on the effects of the Pebble Mine in Alaska.

CLASS / FIELD TRIP: Exploring the Mines of the Wood River Valley with Tom Blanchard
Sat, Oct 24

Gallery Walk
Fri, Nov 27, 5–8pm
Join us for drinks and appetizers, view the exhibition and see Lucy Raven’s Chinatown.