March & (art)Walk

Posted: Thursday, March 03, 2005

The Juneau-Douglas City Museum's month-long exhibition, "12X12," began Tuesday morning, as Juneau artists Mary Anderson, Rick Clair and Rachael Juezeler stopped by the gallery to examine their blank foot-square canvasses.

In all, more than 40 artists will create works of art in 12-inch-by-12-inch squares between March 1 and 25.

An opening reception will be held from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, March 4, with a closing reception from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, March 25. In the interim, artists can work in any medium, but only during museum hours. The public is welcome to watch the works-in-progress, and admission is free.

The exhibit will be removed on March 28.

"Some artists will come in and work for a few hours, do their thing and be done," museum curator Ellen Carrlee said. "Some will come in and repeatedly develop their piece over the course of a month. Part of the curiosity is to come in this month and watch it progress and see it in its final form."

Carrlee was inspired to create the exhibit by the John Michael Kohler Art Center in her hometown of Sheboygan, Wis. The center hosted an inch-by-inch-by-inch show, with artists from all over Wisconsin.

The museum will also host a First Friday reception for part 2 of its Juneau Collectors Series. Michael Reid Hunter will display "Keen Stuff."

• ALASKA STATE MUSEUM, 395 Whittier St.: "Ocean Home," a series of photographs by Homer's Alan J. Parks that documents the lives of coastal Alaskans who depend upon the sea, opens with a First Friday reception from 4:30-6 p.m. Friday, March 4, at the State Museum.

Parks will also lecture, beginning at 6 p.m. Admission is free from 4-7 p.m.

The Alaska Marine Conservation Council has organized the exhibition in an attempt to spark discussion about the future of the oceans. Parks' photos are accompanied by Wendy Erd's essays. He interviewed more than 30 commercial fishermen and harvesters.

"Ocean Home" will run at the museum through April 16. A marine science film and lecture series will be presented from 1-2:30 p.m. every Saturday afternoon, through April 9.

• ANNIE KAILL'S, 244 Front St.: The store will celebrate Easter 23 days early, with new creations by Juneau basketmaker Norma Fleek and an in-store Easter Egg hunt. (Each egg contains discounts or treats.)

Fleek's baskets feature intricate combinations of feathers, shells, found objects and jewels. For more, visit

• FRIENDLY PLANET, 200 Seward St.: C. Ashton Allen, an 18-year-old part-time art student at University of Alaska Southeast, will show a collection of recent works during the month of March: 10 oil paintings, six graphite drawings and three and four pen-and-ink drawings.

Her work, which she describes as "dark surrealism," includes faceless human figures and the twin ideas of death and decay.

She's influenced by the Polish surrealist, Zdzislaw Beksinkski, known for his abstract and apocalyptic visions of monsters and doom. Sadly, he was found stabbed to death Feb. 21 in his Warsaw home.

"My show is dedicated to him," Allen said. "I aspire to be like him, as an artist, in terms of his views on art. He thought art shouldn't be over-analyzed, that it, in and of itself, gives it validation."

Allen was recently accepted into the Merit Scholarship program for painting at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She decided instead to accept an apprenticeship to earn a tattoo license. This is her first solo show, but her work was shown in a few other exhibitions at the old Empire Gallery.

• JUNEAU ARTISTS GALLERY, 175 S. Franklin St.: Juneau watercolor painter and printmaker Michelle Morrell will introduce her latest etching, "Year of the Rooster," as the featured artist for March at downtown's co-op gallery.

The piece chronicles two roosters' fruitless chase around a "Yin-Yang" circle, with a yellow sun. Morrell will also exhibit a series of watercolors, inspired by a February trip to Mexico.

Morrell had a 2004 show at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council. For more, check out

• JUNEAU ARTS AND HUMANITIES COUNCIL, 206 N. Franklin St: Juneau iconographer Charles Rohrbacher will display a new collection of traditional icons in egg tempera and acrylic, relief prints, drawings and fresco cartoons, as the featured March artists at JAHC.

His work was recently featured in "The Contemplative Rosary," published by Oregon Catholic Press. The book will be available at the show, and through the month.

Rohrbacher has been an icon painter for the last 25 years and studied under French iconographer Fr. Egon Sendler SJ.

• KTOO, 360 Egan Drive: As of Wednesday afternoon, the station had received more than 50 entries for this month's "Dog & Cat Show." The deadline, for any art related to cats or dogs, was Wednesday.

A jury of artists and pet lovers will judge the works, and a variety of prizes will be awarded during an opening night celebration, 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, March 4.

• LITTLE CITY GALLERY, Emporium Mall: Little City's March show will includes a series of antique marine and landscape paintings from the collection of co-owners Ross and Devita Writer.

The exhibition will also feature two pieces of religious art - an iconographic Russian painting dating from the 1800s, and a gold-leaf work from the 1920s.

One Danish landscape, a European cityscape, was painted during the rise of the Impressionists. Another large landscape depicts a team of rescuers, with horses, trying to save a square-rigger foundering on a reef.

One set of works holds a special significance for Writer. In 1974, in an antique shop in San Francisco, he bought a 1940s-pulp-style watercolor of a Madonna and child. Three years ago, browsing through a catalog, he found the same image in oil.

• THE RUBY ROOM, Emporium Mall: The 1-month-old gallery, at Lucid Reverie headquarters in the Emporium Mall, will feature a variety of artists' submissions relating to the topic "Addiction." Art was still arriving Wednesday evening, and the extent of the display was unknown at presstime

Run by Sarah Asper-Smith, the Ruby Room plans to base its exhibitions on a different topic each month. February's topic, "Fear," drew about 35 pieces from 20 different artists. April's topic will be announced Friday.

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