G. Russell Case – Workshop

Wood River Fine Arts is pleased to sponsor G. Russell Case for a plein air painting workshop August 1-4, 2017.

This three and a half-day workshop will cover a variety of topics to prepare artists who want to

explore painting outside. Having the right equipment and knowing how and where to set up

makes the process more enjoyable and effective. Russell Case will review his experiences with

equipment, field studies and some of the business aspects of painting for a livelihood.

This class will meet at a variety of locations to paint during the workshop. He will focus mainly on

looking for simple compositional ideas to be communicated on small size canvases for use later in the studio, or for simply the practice of seeing natural color and value from life.


Workshop Fee is $675


Please contact Kathy Marsh Riedinger to reserve a spot. Please mail a $300 deposit check

payable to Kathryn Riedinger at PO Box 6388, Ketchum, ID 83340 after email confirmation.

Kathryn Riedinger Fine Art



Matt Smith Workshop

Wood River Fine Arts is pleased to host a four-day plein air painting workshop with renowned artist Matt Smith.  Matt is highly respected by his peers who count him among the best of today’s great landscape artists.

“Outdoor Landscape Painting, The Fundamentals Applied to Organic Form”
Wood River Workshops/Sun Valley, Idaho
Cost: $725
This class will begin with an indoor lecture on the first morning. We will discuss the fundamentals of sound painting, drawing, value, design and color and how they relate to our chosen subject, the landscape. This is the information that is invaluable when it comes to analyzing our subject so we can then come up with a strategy to construct our painting. It is the information we all need BEFORE we venture into the field. After the lecture, we will spend the rest of our time painting in the field. Expect daily demos and personal attention.

This workshop will sell out quickly with a limited class size, so please email Kathryn Riedinger at

Kathryn Riedinger Fine Art
(303) 809-9425

To reserve please send $300 deposit or the full amount – check payable to Kathryn Riedinger.

Mail to:

Jill Carver Workshop

Jill Carver will present an upcoming workshop “A Broader Approach To Landscape Painting Outdoors.” Dates for the workshop are June 21-24, 2017.

‘A Broader Approach to Landscape Painting Outdoors’

Hosted by Wood River Fine Arts

 Oil Landscape Painting Class

4 days outdoors, plus two evenings

Intermediate to Advanced


Class max: 15 students

This 4 day workshop will examine why observation and study direct from nature is so crucial in our development as artists. However, it will endeavor to put ‘plein air painting’ ‘back in its rightful context, i.e. that plein-air painting is NOT necessarily about producing a ‘finished’ product onsite every time, but, more than anything else, is about ‘learning to see’, gathering ideas, and being a dedicated student of nature.

We will be ‘deconstructing’ the landscape into manageable components using various themed exercises: notan studies; manipulating multiple values into 3, 4 or 5 distinct value ‘groups’; reducing the landscape into 4-5 big abstract shapes and NOT ‘naming’ objects; analyzing the landscape in terms of gathering accurate color notes only; ‘motif’ brainstorming; design variations.

NB: these exercises will as relevant to studio work as to plein air work.

There will be a demos as well as group critiques and discussions.

Your tuition fee also includes two evening events:

1)   Reception at Wood River Fine Arts Gallery

2)   Dinner and slide show – your fee includes the cost of your dinner.


We are expecting this class to be oversubscribed; so we will select students, based on ability and common objectives/goals, to form a coherent group to maximize the learning experience for all.  It will be best suited to those who have both ‘plein air’ and studio oil painting experience. It is aimed at intermediate through to the professional level student – i.e. those who regularly paint and wish to take their work (both plein air and studio) to the next level.

G. Russell Case

Art of the West Magazine recently featured gallery artist G. Russell Case on the cover of its May/June issue. Below is the link to the magazine’s article on the artist titled “Balancing Art and Life” by Mary Nelson.   CaseGRussellMJ17WebReprint

“Dancing Skies – New Works by G. Russell Case” will open with an artist’s reception on August 4th at 5:00 PM at our Ketchum gallery located at 360 East Avenue.


Western Art Collector – Jim Morgan

Wood River Fine Arts is pleased to present works by nationally renowned wildlife artist Jim Morgan. John Geraghty wrote of Jim in the May issue of Western Art Collector, calling him an “artist’s artist of national acclaim”. “Jim Morgan is one the finest wildlife painters working today”, states gallery owner Tom Bassett. “He is a master of design, weaving beautiful abstract shapes and brushstrokes within a traditional realist foundation. His designs stem from his complete knowledge of his subject. Jim is a passionate and accurate observer, he delights in all things in the natural world.” As friend and fellow artist Walter Matia says, “artists are just better at seeing than other people”, and Jim epitomizes that statement“. “One of our favorite experiences with Jim was having the chance to go bird watching with the artist on the Bear River near his home in Mendon, Utah. His knowledge of the birds and their habitat is remarkable, he is as much a naturalist as he is an artist. “ says Bassett. “It is a privilege to represent Jim and we are excited for the spring feature”.

Wood River Fine Arts will feature the artist’s work from June 15 – July 4th, 2015.
For more information visit www.woodriverfinearts.com.
Read more by clicking link below.
James Morgan_PRE

Russell Case Show

Wood River Fine Arts in Sun Valley/Ketchum, Idaho will host its first one-man show for G. Russell Case, opening with an Artist’s Reception on March 14 and continuing through March 31. “We’ve always been drawn to the honesty of Russell’s artistic vision, to the freshness and simplicity of his design,” says owner Tom Bassett about welcoming Case to the gallery in Sun Valley/Ketchum, Idaho. “In these new works, Russell takes us from the Canyon Lands of his native Utah to the Rocky Mountain Sawtooths here in our own backyard.”   For more information visit www.woodriverfinearts.com.

Link to Russell’s Work: 

G. Russell Case – Western Art Collector March ’15