Artist highlights trees in new exhibit

Posted: Thursday, August 03, 2000

Roxanne Turner's trees seem imbued with more life than most mortal vegetation.

The Juneau artist is exhibiting about 20 new pastel drawings and monotype prints in a show opening Friday at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council gallery. All feature trees.

``I find them interesting. The more odd or mysterious they are, or even beautiful, that's what captures my interest,'' she said.

She's fascinated with trees whose shapes suggest human or other life forms. Her subjects are graceful skyward-reaching trees, or trees with bony fingers, bent spines, elephantine bark and knobby-kneed roots.

``Several years ago I did a bone series, and people wondered the same thing: `Why bones?' Like trees, they're beautiful forms, pared down,'' she said.

Turner works in pastels and monotypes. She described monotypes as a one-of-a-kind print of a painting. Turner said she paints her image on a Plexiglas sheet with inks, then covers the image with paper and runs it through a press. She likes the texture and quality of rice paper.

She'll often run a second sheet on the plate, which provides a much fainter image.

``I like to work with the ghost image. I go back over it later with acrylic or pastels,'' she said.

Some of the ghost-image monotypes become collages, incorporating photographs or other media.

The show will feature 14 prints, about 18 by 25 inches, and six or seven larger pastels, about 33 by 38 inches. She also has one acrylic painting on paper.

Turner taught art to kids in Juneau last summer through a community program. Her work has been exhibited in national and statewide juried shows, and in galleries in Juneau since the mid-1980s. Her last exhibit in Juneau was two years ago, also at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council gallery. The arts council director, Sybil Davis, said it was one of the most successful shows in the three-year history of the gallery.

``She sold a lot of her paintings,'' Davis said.

Turner's exhibit opens Friday with a reception from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Arts and Humanities Council Gallery, 206 N. Franklin. Her work will be on display through Aug. 29.



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