First Friday

Nudes, Driftwood and pearls

Posted: Friday, September 05, 2003

A s a runner, skater, hiker and kayaker, Juneau artist Lea Vose, a lifelong athlete, has always been interested in muscle tone and strength.

Her first solo Juneau show, "Color, Embodied," captures motion and musculature with an unpredictable acrylic palette - sometimes representational, other times surreal. The show includes nudes, profiles and abstractions.

"Color" opens at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5, as part of the First Friday arts walk and shares the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council gallery space with Mostapha Beya's "Lost Between Fire and Ice." Both shows run through September.

Years before she realized she had any artistic ability, Vose began drawing by copying Don Martin cartoons from her brother's collection of Mad magazines. Once she began painting, she was attracted to motion and the human body rather than landscapes. She studied painting, animals and animation while living in Europe and gradually developed her own style.

"I didn't want to do normal nudes, like skin-tone nudes," Vose said. "So I started doing stuff that wasn't human color, and I found it interesting."

Vose lived in Vancouver, B.C., for 10 years and worked as a project coordinator for a software development company. Her art earned a following, and she had 10 to 15 shows. She moved to Juneau in 2002 after meeting her husband, Larry, on a business trip.

"Astaire," a rear profile of a dancer, captures the tension, anticipation and stretch before a leap. "Purple Mini Mike," is more relaxed, but notable for its use of purples and bold lines.

Vose's posters - which she shares with Beya - began attracting interest around Juneau in late August. Her half, a copy of "Astaire," has been torn off many of the signs.

"I knew there would be some issues," Vose said. "I learned to accept that from the early stages when I chose to paint nudes. There's definitely buttocks and breast shapes. I can't help it; I have to put a breast in there."

• Rachael Juzeler: Alaskan Brewing Co. brewer Rachael Juzeler has been on a two-year break from ceramics. She's been busy remodeling her home on the hill overlooking Sandy Beach.

"Beach Work," opening at 4:30 p.m. at Rock Paper Scissors, 245 Marine Way, as part of the First Friday arts walk, is Juzeler's return to ceramic culture. Her three-dimensional assemblages - mounted on sand and backing and flat enough to be wall hangings - combine clay pieces, found objects and adhesive. Most of the found objects are driftwood pieces she finds on Sandy Beach.

"If you're just walking down the beach and you look down, you have a framed section that you see," Juzeler said. "That's what I'm going for, but it's slightly more contrived."

Her works are 2 to 3 feet tall and 14 to 15 inches wide. She fires her ceramics on a fire pit - large enough to roast a pig - in front of her house. The random nature of the flame ensures that she has no idea how each piece will turn out.

Juzeler began working with ceramics when she attended Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash. She moved to Juneau almost nine years ago.

• Colleen and Hannah Goldrich: Juneau jeweler Colleen Goldrich and her mother-in-law, Hannah Goldrich, are the featured artists for First Friday at Annie Kaill's, 244 Front St., 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 5.

Colleen Goldrich is known for her earrings, bracelets and necklaces and her Moondance line. Her jewelry is often available at Annie Kaill's. She specializes in freshwater pearls and color combinations and should have 60 pieces, all new, at the show. Hannah Goldrich is a respected metalsmith from Eugene, Ore., and has been working with silver and gold for more than 40 years.

Anchorage painter Byron Birdsall will bring at least 12 new watercolors to Annie Kaill's from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13. They can be seen on the store's new Web site:

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