First Friday: Maps, Cityscapes, Jewelry

Posted: Thursday, June 02, 2005

Juneau artist Sue Kraft will share 10 large paintings and up to 15 5-by-7-inch works as June's featured artist at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, 206 N. Franklin Street.

It's her first show since "Around Town," a December 2002 exhibition at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, and it opens Friday with a reception from 4:30-7 p.m. as part of the First Friday art walk.

The exhibit will include a variety of abstract pieces, still lives and townscapes in oil, charcoal and acrylic. She's also been painting egg shells. Kraft started out with a small collection of abstract paintings, but soon found she was more interested in returning to more literal paintings of time and light.

One piece, from near her home on Starr Hill, offers a view of the rooftops down Fifth and Sixth streets. Another work looks down Franklin Street, from the corner of Sixth Street, on an orange, winter morning.

"While I had intended to produce a show with a theme, I can't come up with one for this show," Kraft said in her artist's statement. "It's a compilation of mini-themes and directions I chose to pursue as the year and my moods progressed."

• ANNIE KAILL'S, 244 Front St.: Wrangell artist Brenda Schwartz, known throughout Southeast Alaska for her detailed watercolors with marine chart backgrounds, will be the featured artist at Annie Kaill's in June.

Schwartz has used maps of almost every bay in Southeast Alaska. She's a third-generation Alaskan and has been the skipper of her own charter boat.

Her latest pieces are "Liberty" and "Wrangell Waterfront."

• JUNEAU ARTISTS GALLERY, 175 S. Franklin St., Suite 111: Karen Housley, jeweler and retired Juneau-Douglas High School math teacher, will be June's featured artist at the Juneau Artists Gallery. Housley has been tinkering with stones since she grew up in southern Oregon, and turned into a full-time jeweler when she retired from her 19-year career as a teacher.

According to her press release, one of her recent pieces includes a free-form amethyst geode in the middle of a pattern of purple amethyst crystals, silver spacers and dyed freshwater pearls.

"I almost always put silver in between beads," she said. "I like the look."

Housley has made her own chain in the past, but usually chooses pieces from her stock. She recently began experimenting with precious metal clay - pure silver, water and organic binder.

• LITTLE CITY GALLERY, Emporium Mall: Little City will be open and will show a collecton of antiques, marine paintings and local favorites from its collection.

• RUBY ROOM, Emporium Mall: "Patterns" is the theme at the Ruby Room, the gallery adjacent to Lucid Reverie, behind Heritage Coffee in the Emporium Mall. Expect a number of works relating to combinations of repeating light and shape. The pieces were still arriving at the time this issue went to press.

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