KETCHUM • The Sun Valley Center for the Arts will open their new summer exhibition “Western Light, Ecstatic Landscapes” June 6. The exhibition, which runs through Aug. 16, explores the tradition of painting in the American West and the influence of the region’s sharp, crystalline light.
“Several artistic movements have been inspired by the light of the American West,” said Courtney Gilbert, curator of visual arts. “There are painters for whom the light of the western mountains, coasts and deserts has held a transformative, spiritual meaning.”
“Western Light, Ecstatic Landscapes” presents artworks made between the 1930s and 1980s that capture this quality.
The exhibition consists of three bodies of work: paintings by artists associated with the Transcendental Painting Group, based in New Mexico in the late 1930s and early 1940s; work by the artists of the Dynaton, a movement that emerged out of Surrealism in Northern California in the late 1940s and early