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For this weekend's show of artwork organized in opposition to the United States-led war in Iraq, Mark Daughhetee submitted a photo of a man with his head completely buried in sand.
"The image was actually inspired by the first Gulf War, but today it seems more appropriate than ever," Daughhetee wrote in an e-mail about the photograph. "The sand refers to the venue for this war and the former."
Daughhetee's photo is part of "Art Against War: Juneau Artists for Peace," one of several group and individual exhibits opening with receptions during the First Friday Art Walk, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 4. Downtown galleries and businesses will mark their participation in the Art Walk by tying red balloons near their doorways.
"Art Against War" features paintings, printmaking, sculpture, poetry and music by Daughhetee, Jeff Brown, Dan and Ken DeRoux, Paul Gardinier, Rhonda Gardinier, Charity Green, Margie Hamburger, Ron Klein, Miah Lager, Ken Melville, Alan Munro, Stefani Marnon, Michelle Morrell, Dione Quadra, Heidi Reifenstein, David Riccio, Charles Rohrbacher, Rob Roys, Jane Terzis, Roxanne Turner, Marcia Wilcox and David Woodie.
"We want to express solidarity with the artists and people of Iraq, who have a rich and vibrant culture, and a long history of artistic achievement," said organizer DeRoux.
The opening reception for the show begins at 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 4, at the Empire Gallery. The gallery also will be open from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 5.
The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council is sponsoring a juried show of University of Alaska Southeast student artwork, including painting, drawing, ceramics, photography and Northwest coast basket weaving. The show will feature 47 pieces of artwork selected from a group of 90. The pieces range from a pastel landscape by Lori Stenberg, to a vivid king crab oil by Iris Wood, to a portrait of an intelligent-looking cat named "Smudge," by Andy Grossman.
"He has captured in the painting the essence of this cat," said Jane Terzis, UAS art professor. "It's somehow cute without being icky-cute."
This is the first juried exhibition for the university, with visual artists Ken DeRoux and Paul Gardinier serving as the judges. Terzis said having an exhibition judged, especially by talented artists such as DeRoux and Gardinier, "raises the bar" for students. The experience of having her students' work judged independently also was interesting for Terzis, who said she had to remember to "keep her mouth shut" about her favorites.
"I was surprised by some of their choices, which I expected," she said. "I think they put together a terrific show."
"2003 UAS Student Juried Exhibition" opens with a reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, April 4, at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Gallery.
The Alaska Photographic Arts Association will open its spring exhibit with photographs by Bob Armstrong, Shar Fox, Liz Gifford, John Hyde, Jeff Jemison, Mark Kelley, Micheal Kelly, Barbara Kelly, Iris Korhonen, Theresa Manzanares, Michael Penn, Karin Siebenmorgan and Jason Soza on Friday, April 4.
"The show is representative of a wide diversity of styles from digital to traditional wildlife photography to landscapes," said Korhonen, APAA show organizer.
"Third Annual Alaska Photographic Arts Association Spring Exhibit" will open with a reception at 5 p.m. at the KTOO building. Most of the work will be for sale, Korhonen said.
The Alaska State Museum will host a preview of "Looking Both Ways," a traveling exhibition that highlights the cultural renaissance of the Alutiiq people of Alaska's Southcentral coast. "Looking Both Ways" will open in the summer at the museum. The preview reception will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 4, at the Alaska State Museum. Admission is free.
Rock Paper Scissors Gallery will host a reception for "Untitled New Work," by Asha Falcon, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 4.