First Friday

A clock, students, seagrass and thriftiness among offerings

Posted: Thursday, March 04, 2004

Back in 1984, Auke Bay artist Tony Pope splurged and bought a German, triple-chimed, Hermle-brand quartz clock movement, 18 inches tall, 5 1/4 inch wide and 4 1/4 inches deep. It was for an art project. He was taking a pottery class at the University of Alaska Southeast, and he made a terra cotta case for the time piece.

The clock sat in his bedroom for almost 20 years and played three songs - a quarter melody 15 minutes past the hour, half melody at the half hour, three-quarters melody at 45 minutes and the full song at the top of the hour.

"I never even hear it," said Pope, a framer and university professor. "It's like the jet planes going overhead. You never hear them after awhile."

But ultimately, Pope grew tired of that massive terra cotta case. He destroyed it a few months ago and began making a new case out of mat board, foam core and gold leaf - the tools of his Fritz Cove framing business.

The new clock will be one of the centerpieces of the first-ever University of Alaska Southeast Art Faculty Exhibit, a collaboration of Juneau and Sitka professors which opens at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 5, at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.

"It should make people look at clocks differently," Pope said. "It's just so off the wall, clockwise, that it doesn't even look like a clock."

The show will include paintings, ceramics, batiks, carvings and baskets from 13 faculty members - three full-time and 10 adjunct. The artists are: Dianne Anderson, printing; Jamie Autrey, ceramics, art history and art appreciation; Lisa Blacher, ceramics; Janice Criswell, basketry; Jim Heaton, carving; Steve Henrikson, Northwest Coast art history and culture; Fumi Matsumoto, ceramics; Pope, matting and framing; Alice Tersteeg, professor of art and the chair of the art department; Jane Terzis, a teacher at UAS for 24 years; Paul Voelckers, a local architect and ceramist; Ray Watkins, Northwest Coast carving; and David Woodie, drawing and painting.

The show will include carvings by Watkins and Heaton and a combined basket piece by Criswell and Henrikson.

• ALASKA STATE MUSEUM: The winners of the 2004 All-State High School Art Exhibition will be revealed during an opening reception for the show, 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, March 5, at the Alaska State Museum.

Awards will be presented for works in 11 categories. Students throughout the state submitted entries to teachers by Feb. 27, and each teachers chose five works to enter into the competition. Curator of Museum Services Ken DeRoux and Curator of Exhibitions Mark Daughhetee will select the final exhibit and award winners.

Winning entries will be posted at

One work among all the entries will win the Best of Show award - a plaque and $50 from the Alaska Art Education Association. A Congressional Award for two-dimensional art will also be presented. The winning entry will hang in Washington, D.C., for one year.

The categories include: painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor, gouache, casein, tempera), drawing (pencil, ink, charcoal, pastel, crayon), printmaking, sculpture (modeled, carved, cast or assembled), photography (black & white, color, transparencies, experimental), mixed media (an interrupted plane in 2 or more media), communication arts-graphic design (must be intended for functional use), ceramics (kiln fired clay, glazedunglazed or blown glass), jewelry-metalsmithing (pendants, rings, pins, brooches, boxes, etc.), textile-fiber design (fabric, fiber, handmade paper) and multicultural art (all mediums).

• JUNEAU ARTISTS GALLERY: Alaska wildflower artist Paula Wright likes to paint in the wetlands, because "that's where most of the wildflowers are." And last year, that meant painting a whole lot of fireweed.

"A lot of the tourists that came into town bought every fireweed painting that I had done," Wright said.

Wright, a painter for more than 20 years, a Juneau resident for 10 and an employee of the Department of Environmental Conservation, had a good year. People around town may know her for her decorated flower pots, but she considers herself an "oil illustrator." She is the featured artist this month at the Juneau Artists Gallery, 175 S. Franklin Street in the Senate Building.

Wright, who moved to Juneau from Galveston, Texas, has been selling her art for about eight years.

"I wanted to see if my art would sell to the public, and I was a bit surprised," Wright said. "When you sell, you sort of prove to yourself, 'Hey, it must be okay if a lot of people are buying it.'"

Wright also sells greetings cards with her art. She will be showing at the Hoonah cannery this spring and also participates in the Bartlett Hospital Foundation Bazaar, the St. Paul's Craft Show and the KTOO art show.

• ANNIE KAILL'S: Three female Juneau artists will be featured at Annie Kaill's, 244 Front Street, in the appropriately titled exhibit, "Three by the Sea."

Norma Fleek will display her handmade baskets, typically made from seagrass and found objects. Marcheta Moulton will show her handpainted fish sculptures, made from aluminum and steel and painted by hand. Colleen Goldrich will return to exhibit her jewelry - freshwater pearls on gold or sterling silver.

For more information on the artists, visit

• HEARTHSIDE BOOKS (DOWNTOWN): Juneau author Katherine Hocker and Juneau photographer David Job will appear at Hearthside Books' downtown location from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, March 5, to sign their softcover, 32-page book, "Mendenhall Glacier: Flowing Through Time."

The book includes illustrations and a historical timeline of the glacier. For more information, visit

• EMPIRE GALLERY: Prepare yourself for sensory overload at the Empire Gallery, where at least 300 pieces of preschool and elementary school artists' work will be hanging on the walls for the Juneau Cooperative Preschool's second annual art show and auction.

The show begins at 4:30 p.m. at the corner of Second and Franklin streets. The co-op and Harborview preschools will be represented, as well as most of the town's elementary schools.

"The whole purpose of it is to provide a fine evening for the community and to show off some children's art around town," teacher Nancy Lehnhart said. "It was a real neat event and atmosphere last year, and a lot of people showed up."

Children's art is not for sale, but the night will include music, food and a silent auction of tours, trips, baked goods and random items.

The Cooperative preschool students will be displaying polaroid portraits and oil pastel self portaits.

• ROCK, PAPER, SCISSORS: The gallery, 245 Marine Way (behind Paradise Bakery), will host its first vintage clothing sale from 4:30-7:30 p.m. Friday, March 5.

Rock Paper is also accepting consignments, through today, March 4. If you have clothing you would like to sell, visit the store or call 586-3110.

• JAHC: Douglas artist Dianne Baxter's solo show, "Bundles," opens at 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 5, and runs through the month. Her large bundles are six-foot tall collections of goatsbeard, pinned together and wrapped with linens and clothes that are painted with waxes, dirts and ephemera.

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