“Bouncy Birds: Quail, Chickadee, Jay” by Terri Axness

We have invited Oregon potter Terri Axness and Idaho painter Mary Butler to show their new work at the gallery in September. Terri, our guest artist, draws her inspiration from “the incredible diversity in the pacific northwest,” with treatments that vary from the serious to the whimsical. Gallery member artist Mary Butler references her Idaho ranch upbringing, her new work expressively capturing the movement of horses in action in the Idaho landscape. We’ll be showing Terri’s and Mary’s art, plus plenty of art from our more than twenty gallery members, including our newest member, wood carver Larry Mehaffey. Meet the artists and see the art at our First Saturday reception on Labor Day weekend, September 1, 4-8 p.m., with music by Mike Rutledge, wine by Bistro 45 and plenty of appetizers. Gallery Fifty-Five is at 311 E. Lake St. on the lakefront.

What: First Saturday Reception

When: September 1, 4 – 8 pm

Where: Gallery Fifty-Five, 311 E. Lake St, downtown McCall

New work by Mary Butler

“Bugling Bull” by Larry Mehaffey

Dan Wilson

Gallery 55 is hosting a jam session of Americana music with Dan Wilson and Friends, 3:30-6:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 18. If you would like to jam or just enjoy the music and art, come on by. Admission is free, and we will be serving locally-brewed beer.

Works of art from guest artist Pam Demo and more than twenty local artists will be on display daily through August.

What: Dan Wilson and Friends Jam Session

When: August 18, 3:30 – 6 pm

Where: Gallery Fifty-Five, 311 E. Lake St, downtown McCall

“Parfleche 6” by Pam Demo

August in McCall is heaven on earth. Come enjoy the lakeside scene at Gallery 55, August 4, 4-8 pm, at a special reception for guest artist Pam Demo with wine by Bistro 45, music by Mike Rutledge and a delectable array of appetizers. You will experience Pam’s mixed-media constructions, common objects skillfully transformed into fine art. See more about Pam at pamdemo.com. Please also welcome our newest members, Stephen Baughman, who works in watercolor and many other media, and Melissa Shelby, photographer.  Pam and Stephen’s and Melissa’s art, plus works of art from more than twenty Idaho artists, will be on display through August, 11-6 daily.

What: First Saturday Reception

When: August 4, 4 – 8 pm

Where: Gallery Fifty-Five, 311 E. Lake St, downtown McCall

“Untitled” by Stephen Baughman

“Sunrise Over Hotel McCall” by Melissa Shelby

July is an exciting month for Gallery Fifty-Five. Not only do we have equine art by Liane Kerting-Vick, ceramics by our newest member Candace Bonawitz, a pocket sketching workshop by Kath Macaulay July 10-12, but also cello art (cellos made into art, yes) by Pam McKnight and Stephen Douglas. Come down any time in July to see the cellos or come to the reception on July 7, 4-8 pm. The cellos will be auctioned off in September to benefit the Treasure Valley Artists’ Alliance scholarship fund. Stephen’s cello magically plays music. Both cellos are beautiful.

For more information about the auction, see treasurevalleyartistsalliance.org/cello-art/. For more about Kath Macaulay’s workshop and how to register, visit galleryfiftyfive.com/workshops/pocket-sketching-for-fun-and-travel/.

“Tuetano” by Liane Kerting-Vick

First Saturday in July follows the Fourth and we promise the art will sparkle at our reception on July 7 at the gallery. Equine painter Liane Kerting-Vick is our guest artist. Her art features the endangered Barb horse, a direct descendant of horses brought by the Spanish Conquest and the Catholic missions. We also have a new member artist, Candace Bonawitz, whose beautiful ceramics you are sure to appreciate. Come enjoy all of the art by Liane, Candace and our artist members, music by Mike Rutledge, complimentary wine from Bistro 45 and an array of delicious appetizers. It’s Gallery Fifty-Five, downtown McCall, the place to be, every first Saturday.

What: First Saturday Reception

When: July 7, 4 – 8 pm

Where: Gallery Fifty-Five, 311 E. Lake St, downtown McCall

“Iris” by Candace Bonawitz

Photo by Melissa Shelby

Gallery 55 is pleased to offer for sale, as a fundraiser for McCall’s Children’s Theater, the masks that Robin Klassner, Kay La Bella, Etta Mayfield, Katrina Rude, Marnie Sell and Victoria Sell created for the 2017 fall production of Disney’s “The Lion King Jr.” The production was presented by the McCall Arts and Humanities Council’s Children’s Theater program by special arrangement with Music Theatre International with stage direction and choreography by Dawn Kolden and music direction by Linda Mayer. You can view these beautiful masks at the gallery through the month of June. Your purchase of a mask supports more great opportunities for local youth to participate in high-quality theater education. Director Kolden tells us that wearing a mask created for an actor “is a privilege. As the actor prepares for the role, the artist prepares for the creation of the mask. Each mask has an energy and, when brought to life on stage, it is palpable.” Come by the gallery and feel the energy.

Please join us for a reception on June 2, 4-8 pm, Gallery 55, 311 E. Lake St., McCall.

Image provided by Clinton Millsap

Clinton Millsap’s workshop, Drawing Realism 1, Portraits, scheduled for June 15-17 at Gallery 55, has been cancelled.

For a schedule of his classes in other locations, you may contact Clinton at clinton74@mac.com.

For more information about Clinton, see http://www.clintonmillsap.com.