FROM THE 2023 SUN VALLEY WINE AUCTION CO-CHAIRS
Andrea, Christopher and Jennifer Laporte and Family
We are excited to host the 42nd annual Sun Valley Museum of Art Wine Auction and pleased that you are considering joining us for several days of excellent wines, outstanding food, and conviviality in our beautiful Wood River Valley. While Sun Valley is famous for its array of outdoor activities, such as skiing, biking, and fly fishing to name just a few, it also boasts a thriving arts scene that is the envy of much larger communities. We hope you will take advantage of a number of these opportunities while participating in the Wine Auction festivities.
Our family first visited Sun Valley 30 years ago, and although we are spread around the country, Ketchum is our “home base.” We feel blessed that the youngest generation has the good fortune to spend much of their childhood exploring the wilderness while also being exposed to the wide variety of art and cultural events in our town. Summer days are spent rafting, hiking, or mountain biking followed in the evening by a gallery walk, a ballet performance, or a concert on the lawn at Sun Valley or River Run. With most of the Wine Auction events in the afternoon or evenings, you will have ample opportunity to take advantage of all that Sun Valley has to offer.
The Wine Auction is the primary fundraiser for the Sun Valley Museum of Art (SVMoA), providing half the operating budget. SVMoA is a free to the public, non-collecting contemporary museum founded more than 50 years ago that focuses on timely, relevant, and thought-provoking arts and educational programming and exhibitions. A fundamental component of the Museum’s mission is to provide exceptional learning experiences for all ages and skill levels. SVMoA seeks to inspire students’ curiosity and develop their self-expression and critical thinking skills. We hope you will visit the recently renovated Museum on your visit to view the summer exhibition Hidden Gems: Sun Valley Collects.
On behalf of the entire community, we thank you, our very generous patrons and contributors, for participating in the 2023 Sun Valley Wine Auction. While you sip delicious wine in a stunning setting, we hope you will take pride in supporting vital arts education in our community.
BID OFTEN, HIGH, AND PROUD!
The Laporte Family
We hope you can join us!
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THE SUN VALLEY
The oldest charity Wine Auction in the nation.
Sun Valley Museum of Art was founded in 1971 on the belief that a thriving engaged community demands arts and culture to be viable and sustainable. As the oldest arts organization in the Wood River Valley and one of only five institutions in Idaho accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, SVMoA serves as a community anchor in the Wood River Valley and a cultural keystone in the state of Idaho, bringing residents and visitors together for shared arts experiences. The Museum offers world-class year-round programming in visual arts, music, film, and the humanities.
Over the past 50 years, the Sun Valley Museum of Art has grown from a handful of artists presenting classes and events to a robust professional arts organization that serves more than 40,000 patrons annually. The original campus of the Sun Valley Center for the Arts and Humanities was founded by Glen Janss, and was established on land deeded by Bill Janss, her husband and owner of Sun Valley Company (1964–1977). Back in the early days when the Union Pacific Railroad owned Sun Valley Resort, the 6-acre property along Trail Creek was the site of the art center. SVMoA flourished at this location as a facility for high-level fine arts residencies hosting artists and faculty that have since achieved celebrated careers.
Today, the Sun Valley Museum of Art is a thought leader in the Pacific Northwest. The Museum’s visual art, film, and performance programming is diverse, inclusive, and inspiring. Uniquely situated in an International Dark Sky Reserve in pristine Idaho wilderness with a diverse mountain community, SVMoA has hosted scores of award-winning artists, innovative thinkers, and distinguished scholars from around the world to explore, inspire and collaborate with the community at the Museum, on the stage and in the classroom.
A CELEBRATION OF WINE
A BENEFIT FOR THE ARTS
You're participation makes an impact.
2023 Sun ValleyWine Auction Committee
Andrea Laporte, Christopher & Jennifer Laporte
CHEF DE CUISINE
Krista Lida Simor
Suzanne Phifer Pavitt & Shane Pavitt
Susan & Ron Greenspan
Trish & Dave Wilson
Sandra & Chip Fisher
Jill & Bruce McLean
Holbrook Newman & Geoff Isles
Consance Lawton & Jim Yoder
Linda & Bill Nicholson
Laurie & Ross Garber
Alexis & Jake Bilbro