Photographer Lance Caldwell has a keen eye for capturing the Juneau landscape, a talent that is fed by his strong feelings about Alaska. Originally from Louisiana, Caldwell said he knew after his first visit to the state in the '80s that he'd found the place he was meant to be.
"I was born on the bayou but I'm a mountain man at heart," he said. "It's a good feeling to figure out in life where you really belong."
Caldwell is among a small group of photographers who will be displaying their photos as part of the "Out of the Rain: A Snapshot of Homelessness" exhibit opening at KTOO on Second Friday. An opening reception runs from 5 to 7 p.m. upstairs at the station.
Many of the images on display also are represented in a 2010 calendar that will be offered for sale at the opening.
The exhibit, sponsored by the Juneau Homeless Coalition, will also include photos from the coalition's previous exhibits. In addition to Caldwell, photographers include Scot Allen, Marilyn Holmes, Doug Sturm, Teri Tibbett, Mihael Blikshteyn, Jan Fiscus, Suzi Lafferty and Scott Ciambor.
For Caldwell, who is currently homeless, the gallery opening marks the first time he has shown his work in a public setting. He said he's long been interested in photography, and shot his photos for many years with a disposable camera before upgrading to a digital version. He favors landscapes, and loves spending time in the woods and remote places.
"Being out the woods is my favorite place to be. I never get bored," he said.
His photographic library is something like a visual diary, he said, and his images include Romeo the wolf, polar bears in Barrow, several different glaciers and other natural wonders that lie off the beaten track.
"People can have a chance to see things (through my photos) that they probably wouldn't otherwise see," he said.
Gail Tharpe-Lucero, a member of the Juneau Homeless Coalition and one of the event's main organizers along with Teri Tibbett, said she asked Caldwell if he'd like to be involved in this year's show after seeing his work.
"This year I thought how wonderful it would be to show people how talented this individual is ... and asked him if he'd let us use his photos," she said.
Similar exhibits have been presented since 2007, and are organized to raise awareness about homelessness, Tharpe-Lucero said.
"The reason for this is to heighten awareness of the circumstances and issues surrounding community members who are experiencing homelessness," she said.
Proceeds from the sales of the calendar and photos will go directly to organizations that provide services for Juneau's homeless population.
The Juneau Homeless Coalition is a group of more than 25 local non-profit organizations that work cooperatively to end "the hopelessness of homelessness" in Juneau. The group has been around since 1996, and began as a way for direct service providers (shelters, health care providers, etc.) to communicate and share information, organize advocacy and find the gaps in resources. They officially became known as the Juneau Homeless Coalition in 2002, and at that time worked to include more members of the community.
The current group includes not only direct service providers such as the Glory Hole, but also city organizations such as the Juneau School District, state organizations such as United Way, and others concerned about the issue. And they are still expanding; the group hopes to incorporate community members experiencing homelessness, either currently or in the past, into the coalition this year.
"That's something we've started working toward as a goal this year," Tharpe-Lucero said.
The show will be displayed for three months at different locations: It will open at KTOO for the month of January, move to the Silverbow Back Room in February and end at the Glory Hole in March.
The Youth Action Committee, a group of local teens who work on social issues affecting teens in Juneau, co-sponsored the project.
For more information, call 463-6425.
More gallery openings:
Paintings by Dan DeRoux
Juneau-Douglas City Museum
Reception: 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Dan DeRoux, a third generation Alaskan born in Juneau, has been honored with many prestigious arts awards, including the Sarah Palin Governor's Award, "Artist of the Year." His works are featured in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian and the Butler Institute of American Art in Ohio, as well as many museums in Alaska, including the both Juneau museums.
Artist and Alaska art historian Kesler Woodward described DeRoux's work as " mixing portraits of friends, hommages to and take-offs of work by Alaskan masters, and settings borrowed from the paintings of European masters from the Renaissance to the 20th century, Dan's paintings delight one's senses, wits and sometimes even one's conscience."
DeRoux's paintings will be on display at the museum through the month.
Admission to the City Museum is free during January in memory of Harold O. Fossum. Museum hours are 10 a.m. 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
For more information on DeRoux, visit www.danderoux.com.
"Winter Light," paintings by Alexandra Feit
JAHC Gallery, Juneau Arts & Culture Center
Reception: 4:30 to 7 p.m.
Alexandra Feit uses a combination of wax and pigment to create her paintings. She adds the wax in thin layers, creating a series of translucent panels that overlay the pigment beneath. The paintings in this series, "Winter Light," are marked by a pale luminescence and draw on the tradition of minimalist art.
The Haines-based artist has shown her work in New York City and San Francisco; this will be her first local show.
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Gallery is open Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Jewelry by Rowan Law
Juneau Artists Gallery
175 S. Franklin St.
Reception: 4:30 to 7 p.m.
Jeweler Rowan Law is known for his one-of-a-kind works that feature handcrafted details such as unique settings and clasps. Many of his pieces are formed in sterling silver, often oxidized to give it a dark patina. He also works in yellow gold, copper and brass. Stones include opal, labradorite and turquoise, some of which are cut, shaped and polished by Law himself.
For this show, Law will introduce something new: matching pendant and earring sets.
Law also teaches jewelry-making classes at the Canvas Community Art Studio and Gallery, at both beginner and advanced levels. For more information, visit www.canvasarts.org.
The Juneau Artists Gallery is open from 11 am to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday during the winter.
"Alaska Series," paintings by Rob Korpela
Southeast Waffle Co.
11806 Glacier Highway, Auke Bay
No opening is scheduled but Korpela's work is currently on display at the Auke Bay restaurant. His most recent collection, the "Alaska Series," was created after the artist spent time traveling around the state, and include large-scale, black-and-white images of the state's flora and fauna, including polar bears, orcas, eagles and moose.
Spray art by Brian Johnson
Silverbow Back Room
120 Second St.
No opening reception is planned, but the gallery will be open for viewing.
Artwork by Pat Race and Sarah Asper Smith
The Ruby Room
174 S. Franklin St, in theEmporium Mall
This show features graphic designs and digital illustrations by Alaska Robotics artists Pat Race and Sarah Asper-Smith.
"Je t'aime mon petit chou," artwork by Sarah Maria Conarro
The Plant People
224 Seward St.
The Plant People will continue to show Sarah Conarro's latest collages and paintings.
Aunt Claudia's Dolls
114 S Franklin Suite 105 (enter from Franklin St). above Hearthside Books
Reception: 2 to 7 p.m.
Aunt Claudia's Dolls, a museum housing the doll collection of Claudia Kelsey, is curated by Douglas doll maker Mary Ellen Frank. The exhibit includes more than 500 dolls and miniatures collected from all over the world by the Kelsey family over a period of 80 years, including some items from the 18th and 19th century.
Continuing exhibits in galleries not open for Second Friday:
The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery
"Family," a group show by 32 REACH artists, will be on display through the end of January. The exhibit includes glass, fiber, clay, paint and mixed media pieces.
The Canvas gallery closes at 5 p.m. on Friday.
Alaska State Museum
The museum will not be open for Second Friday, but its three solo shows will be on display through Jan. 15. The artists are Juneau painter Dan Fruits, Ketchikan Daily News photographer Hall Anderson and Anchorage-based digital photography artist Stephen Gray.