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Two solo shows open at state museum Friday

Posted: March 22, 2012 - 12:04am
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"Mendenhall Glacier," a mixed media construction, by Margo Klass.    Photo by Chris Arend
Photo by Chris Arend
"Mendenhall Glacier," a mixed media construction, by Margo Klass.

The 28th annual “Earth Fire and Fibre” exhibit opening Friday at the Alaska State Museum is one of three openings happening that night.

The other two are “An Alaskan Book of Hours,” a mixed-media exhibit by Fairbanks artist Margo Klass, and “Landscapes” by Cordova landscape painter David Rosenthal.

Klass also has three pieces in the “Earth Fire and Fibre” exhibit.

All three shows will also be celebrated with a formal opening on First Friday, April 6.

In her solo show, Klass will present a re-interpretation of the medieval “Book of Hours” in terms of the 49th State. Here, the hours of the day become reflections on the changing light and rhythms of the seasons.

Klass, who most recently showed her work as part of the “Boreal Birch” exhibit with Keslar Woodward and Barry McWayne at the state museum, creates mixed media works that incorporate found objects -- old tools, branches, rocks -- which she selects without regard for that object’s use or provenance. The objects are arranged in hand-made boxes which often include openings along the top or sides to let in light.

Klass also had a show, at the JAHC in 2010, “Constructions and Conversations,” which was a collaborative work with her husband, the poet and writer Frank Soos.

Klass has works in the permanent collections of the Anchorage Museum and the Museum of the North, and has exhibited her work all over the country

Klass will be present for the opening reception on April 6. Her show runs through April 28.

Rosenthal’s exhibit, “Landscapes,” presents a collection of work dating back to his last show at the state museum in 1987. His paintings include those inspired by his travels to Alaska’s polar regions and other Arctic areas. He has spent six austral summers and four austral winters in Antarctica, including a summer and a winter season at McMurdo Station and a winter at Palmer Station as a participant in the National Science Foundation Antarctic Artists and Writers Program.

He paints from memory, sketches and notes.

On Friday, Rosenthal will lead a presentation on his work and travels beginning at 6 p.m., which is free and open to the public. He will also be present at the First Friday opening April 6.

“Landscapes” runs through April 28.

Winter hours at the museum are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Regular discounted winter admission is $3. Visitors 18 and under are admitted free of charge.

For more information, call 465-2901.

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