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First Friday of 2005

First art walk of the year offers 'dreams on canvas,' digital artistry and fused glass artwork

Posted: Thursday, January 06, 2005

Some artists' work is based on photographs or life studies. Juneau artist Jessica Rehfield, on the other hand, prefers to work with accumulations of images from her own imagination. Her mini-scapes, or what she calls "dreams on canvas," are spontaneous bursts from the ether, often with a surreal twist.

"I like to work with ideas that just come to me. I don't try to dissect them too much," she said. "They're not direct translations from real images. They're something that people can bring different ideas to when they look at them."

Rehfield, 22, is the featured artist at The Friendly Planet Loft, 200 Seward St., during January. An opening reception will be held 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8 - the first First Friday of 2005.

A Juneau native, Rehfield is a junior at the University of Alaska Southeast, where she will eventually graduate with a bachelor's degree in liberal arts and minors in French and art. She spent three years studying in Lille, France, and has recently decided to pursue a master's degree in art or restoration.

"I've been putting off art for awhile," Rehfield said. "I was gone to Europe for three years, and I wasn't giving myself time. I thought a show would rejuvenate my need to do things."

The exhibition will be a retrospective of her work from the last five years, and should include about 30 works - small pen and ink drawings to pastels on canvas.

"I've been working on scenes of memory and perception, and using images to show how we hold onto things, who we are and who other people are," Rehfield said. "Painting is a window into perception, and I've focused on trying to bring other people into an undersanding of what I might be saying about common experiences."

• JUNEAU ARTS AND HUMANITIES COUNCIL, 206 N. Franklin St., 586-ARTS: Juneau artist Melissa Goese-Goble has been drawing since she was 3 years old, but she's never had her own arts show until now.

Known in town for her digital graphic artistry and commercial work, she draws pretty much everything - "landscapes to fantasy fairies to mermaids and cartoons," she said.

For January First Friday, the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council has paired her with Lori Stenberg, a part-time University of Alaska Southeast art student. Stenberg has never had a solo show either, but she's had work in recent UAS student juried art shows.

Their exhibit opens from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 7, and runs through the month at the gallery.

Goese-Goble (rhymes with Crazy-Noble) has lived in Alaska since 1971 and moved to Juneau in 1982. Her mother is Ellen Northup, director of the Juneau Senior Center, and her son, Alexander Goese-Goble, is majoring in music education at the University of Alaska Southeast.

She got her first Macintosh computer in 1988, and in 1996 she was given a Wacom tablet - a piece of hardware that allows artists to draw straight on to computers with a pressure sensitive pen. Her work began to transition into the digital medium.

"The thing that surprised me most was the freedom I found," she said in her artists' statement. "A way to express myself that I'd never been able to achieve in a paper medium. Now I could use all mediums with one pen, combining pen and ink with charcoal, pencil with airbrush, watercolor with oils, or all together, and it felt so easy to me. A freedom to go outside the lines. A freedom to play with light and color and dimension."

She creates most of her current art with the help of Photoshop. Most measures 812-by-11-inches. She plans to have 20 or 30 pieces in the show.

"I sit down with my pen just as I would have 20 years ago," she said. "I begin with the same blank page and let whatever comes come. I rarely draw from anything but memory or imagination."

To see more of her work, or to shop online, visit www.stonesthrow.info and the accompanying link for Midtyme Lane.

Stenberg will show 15 or 16 works, mostly paintings and a few pastels. She walks a lot and will photograph a scene when she thinks it may look good as a painting or a composition. The photos turn into pastels, which then turn into the paintings.

"The details get simplified, and color and light become very important," Stenberg said. "I tend to exaggerate the color in my work. One of the things I've noticed about here, is that it's really misty, and if there is a patch of color, it really stands out."

Stenberg's landscapes include views of the Mendenhall Wetlands and Sandy Beach. Lately, she's been experimenting with curved horizons, slightly distorting her scenes.

• JUNEAU ARTISTS GALLERY, 175 S. Franklin St., 586-9891: State analyst Robyn Marriott has been exploring the artistic possibilities of fused glass since a co-worker suggested some years ago that she try the medium. Since then, she's taught herself the art and accumulated three kilns, a band saw, a drill and a drill press in her living room.

Marriott creates jewelry, plates, bowls, vases and fish-shaped tableware and wall hangings, and will be the featured artist at Juneau Artists Gallery in January.

She uses Bullseye glass, a hand-poured, hand-rolled type made in Portland, and a dichroic glass that absorbs and reflects glass simultaneously. Her kilns fire between 1,427 and 1,500 degrees.

Marriott's future plans, according to her press release, include glass painting and introducing copper shapes into her patterns.

• LITTLE CITY GALLERY, 171 Shattuck Way, 586-4048: The new gallery in the Emporium Mall will feature three examples of the work of mandolin maker Michael Dulak of Rocheport, Mo. There will also be a display on the process by which Dulak crafts his hand-made mandolins.

Recent works by Devita Writer are still on display, as is a series of restored works by Juneay pioneer Frances Davis.

• ANNIE KAILL'S, 244 Front St., 586-2880: The store will be open, but will not be featuring anyone for First Friday. Their annual "garage sale" will be Feb. 4.

• ROCK PAPER SCISSORS, 245 Marine Way, 586-2253: The gallery, behind Paradise Bakery, will be open for its final First Friday before it closes Saturday, Jan. 15.

Everything must be sold, including the furniture.



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