Two-day show features watercolors, fiber arts

Posted: Thursday, October 04, 2001

Art inspired by the natural landscape of Southeast Alaska will be featured in a show this weekend.

Polly Dewey and Stephanie Hall will have their sixth annual art show from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at St. Brendan's Episcopal Church, 4207 Mendenhall Loop Road.

Dewey and Hall have collaborated on an annual art show for many years but took last year off hence what Dewey calls a "come-back show." The exhibit will feature watercolor originals and prints by both artists, as well as new wall quilts and collages by Hall.

Hall has studied art for more than 10 years and began painting with Dewey in 1995 after spending a year in Australia. Dewey retired from the Juneau School District in 1993 to begin her professional art career. Both women are longtime residents of Juneau and members of the Juneau Artists Gallery, an artists' cooperative.

Their watercolor prints, which have been the focus of past shows, capture the beauty of the region in a way that they believe photographs cannot.

"There is something so magical in the glow and fluidity of watercolor," Dewey said. "It's the perfect medium for showing the many misty, cloudy days typical of our maritime climate."

Hall has gone beyond painting watercolors and her work now includes wall quilts and collages. She has been experimenting with painting her own fabrics for the quilts and using beads, handmade paper, threads and numerous other materials in her collages. Dewey created a series of paintings she called "Juneau Sneakers;" and she will show a new print, "Winter Boots." Both artists have printed note cards of their most popular works, which they will sell to raise money for St. Brendan's Music Fund.

The artists will be selling original works as well as prints, and they say there will be something in every price range. The show will run for two days and is free and open to the public.

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