Glaciers displayed in all their glory

Art exhibit will feature more than 100 years of paintings, postcards and photographs

Posted: Friday, October 31, 2003

The Juneau-Douglas City Museum will open its new exhibit, "The Glory of Glaciers," on Nov. 7, 2003, with a public reception from 4:30-7 p.m.

Massive ice is captured through the eyes of artists in this exhibit about local glaciers. From Myron Clark's sublime 1921 painting of Taku Inlet to Jeff Brown's comical 1992 photo, "Cleaning the Mendenhall Glacier," Juneau artists have documented our ongoing fascination with these moving rivers of ice for more than 100 years. "The Glory of Glaciers" features paintings, postcards and photographs by Winter and Pond, Ed Andrews, Ken DeRoux, Frances Davis, Richard Zagars, Amy Lou Barney, Clark, Paul Disdier, Bob DeArmond, Nina Crumrine and Fredrick Schafer.

The public reception will feature a continuously showing, 17-minute video about the Juneau Icefield Research Project. A representative from the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center will also be available to answer questions about glaciers, and Juneau photographer Skip Gray will host a presentation of glacier images.

Gray will use computer screensaver technology to exhibit a collection of photographs that celebrate the beauty of glaciers and glacier ice in its many forms.

Juneau is home to the Mendenhall Glacier, which is the most visited glacier in America and has the distinction of being the only one that can be accessed by road. With at least a dozen glaciers within Juneau city limits - the Juneau Ice Field covers more than 1,800-square miles - the area can boast of being one of the few places on earth where glaciers calve icebergs into the ocean.

Winter admission to the city museum is free thanks to the generous contributions of Juneau residents Harold Fossum, Michelle and Robert Storer and the Pioneer Book Committee.

Winter hours are noon-4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is located at Fourth and Main streets and is part of the Juneau Parks and Recreation Department. For more information, contact 586-3572.

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