Attic art show recycles artwork

Sale includes Dali prints to $10,000 serigraph of Secretariat

Posted: Thursday, April 11, 2002

Sue Deems wants to rescue and recycle Juneau art.

The organizer of the PEO Attic Art and Upscale Collectibles Sale, Deems hopes to find new homes for art that is languishing in closets and attics.

She and others in the Juneau Chapter D of PEO, a national philanthropic and educational organization, have acquired hundreds of pieces of art, from prints by worldrenowned artists Salvador Dali and LeRoy Neiman to work by scores of regional artists.

Local artists have joined in, and new works of art, jewelry and "attic" art will be displayed in a show and sale from 12:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14, at DIPAC. The proceeds will go to PEO's scholarship programs.

Juneau artist Arnie Weimer will be featured this year. He is one of nearly two dozen artists participating in the show Sunday.

"I'm going to have watercolors and my prints - etchings and engravings, combined with embossing. Each one is individually hand printed," he said. "I may have a couple of reproductions of watercolors - I can't reproduce those myself."

Weimer has been working as an artist in Juneau for about 30 years. He's painted with acrylics and oils but recently focused on watercolors. He's also developed his technique as an engraver and has created engraved silver bracelets and earrings.

Brothers Doug, Brian and Gene Chilton are skilled silver engravers, wood carvers and artists who also will participate in the show Sunday. Sonny Grant will have soapstone carvings and Ross Sheakley will bring handbuilt and painted drums.

Other artists include Ed Mills, Alice Tersteeg, Cindy Burchfield, Noel Durse and Mark Vinsel.

This is the first year the show has included jewelry, and in addition to Weimer and the Chiltons, Michael Hunter, John Symons and Jennie Smith of Haines have contributed jewelry to the show.

Proceeds from art sales are split between artists and PEO. The money raised goes toward scholarships and charitable organizations in Juneau.

"We've given out a lot of scholarships, $1,000 and $2,000 locally," Deems said. "We've also donated to support the STAR program and the Sitka Fine Arts Camp."

Art donated for the sale includes a print by Salvador Dali valued at $1,500 and LeRoy Nieman's serigraph of Secretariat, the triple-crown horse-race winner, appraised at $10,000. Other attic art includes an original by Skip Wallen and prints by Rie Munoz and Ed Mills.

PEO began sponsoring annual art exhibits in Juneau in 1953 to encourage interest in the arts and showcase Southeast Alaska talent. Rie Munoz, Skip Wallen, Gen Harmon, Sharron Lobaugh, Herb Bonnet and Betty Long were featured artists in previous years. The show has been held every other year since the early 1950s.

Founded in 1869, PEO focuses on provided educational opportunities for women. With more than 250,000 active members, the organization has proved more than $95 million in financial assistance to more than 57,000 women.

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