November First Friday: Art walk features monks, disguise, L-shapes, torn paper

Posted: Thursday, November 03, 2005

University of Alaska Southeast art professor Alice Tersteeg has been tinkering with handmade, pigment-dyed paper creations for the last decade. But "Paper Pleasures," her new show at Annie Kaill's, marks the first time she's exhibited any of her paper work.

"I think people in Juneau enjoy playing in the water, and that's essentially what you're doing when you're making paper," Tersteeg said. "We sort of live in this aqueous medium, because it's raining all the time. Playing in the water just seems like second nature."

"Paper Pleasures" opens at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4, as part of the citywide First Friday, and will include six paper prints and more of her highly detailed floral watercolors. Her plant paintings were on display last November at Annie Kaill's, 244 Front St.

Tersteeg makes her pulp out of local plants, mostly knotweed, Japanese bamboo and iris leaves. She colors the wet pulp with pigments and turns the slurry into sheets of paper with a mold and deckle frame.

She usually works out her compositions after making the paper. Her shapes are hand-torn. The eight fish in "Salmon" are 3 to 4 inches long - orange, yellow and red paper on green. They're covered with a colored, iridescent decorative plastic, suggesting water or movement.

"I was trying to find something that looked like water and wouldn't be like a kid's drawings," Tersteeg said.

• ALASKA STATE MUSEUM, 395 Whittier St.: "Earth, Fire and Fibre XXV," the latest exhibition of the biennial celebration of Alaska arts and crafts, opens Friday, Nov. 4, and will show through Jan. 7. Admission is free during First Friday.

The event is organized by the Anchorage Museum of History and Art. David Revere McFadden, chief curator of the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City and this year's juror, picked 81 works from 377 submissions. Juneau is not represented.

Fairbanks ceramicist Anna Ramsburgh was the top award winner. Other winners include Mary Hertert, fiber; Sonya Kelliher-Combs, fiber and skin; Mark Wedekind, woodworking; Fran Reed, fish skin basket; Alex Phillips, mixed-media; and Denise Heimel, ceramics.

• INNER GARDEN, 214 North Franklin St.: Juneau-Douglas High School seniors Emily Merli and Electra Gardinier will exhibit a collection of their hand-made bags through Christmas, or until they sell. The two students work on costuming in the drama department at JDHS. This is their first major show.

• JUNEAU ARTISTS GALLERY, 174 S. Franklin St.: Sharron Lobaugh, a Juneau resident since 1962 and a new member of the gallery, will display a series of watercolors from trips throughout Italy, Turkey and China, as the featured artist in November.

Lobaugh and her husband, Cliff, retired five years ago and have been traveling the world. She likes to record scenes as quick, outdoor watercolor sketches, then develop the paintings in oil at her studio. Her first such project was in 200 in Rome, where she created five compositions. She sold all but five to her fellow tourists.

The Lobaughs toured gardens in China. They swept through Turkey on a bus. And they enjoyed springtime in France.

"What I see tells me what and how to paint," Lobaugh said, in a release. "My style is unique to where I am. What's done in China looks Chinese. A dramatic bold mountain makes a strong oil painting, whereas a delicate bouquet needs a light pastel media."

• JUNEAU ARTS AND HUMANITIES COUNCIL, 206 N. Franklin St.: Shar Fox and Michelle Morrell never had met before they were paired for their joint November show at the JAHC gallery, but Fox soon realized she was quite familiar with Morrell's work.

"I have one of her prints on my wall," Fox said. "I bought it two years ago."

Fox will take up the wall space in this show with "Variations of a Theme," a series of black-and-white, color and digital photographs, many of which contain spiraling, repeating patterns. Most of the pictures are from the last year, starting with the November 2004 visit by the monks of the Drepung Loseling Monastery.

"It's just an odd mix of things that have surfaced as I've been going through photographs," Fox said.

Fox is known for her black-and-white work, using 400 ASA film and her manual Pentax K1000. She has a small darkroom in her house and often prints with toothy or multigrade paper, easier to paint on with photo oils. The photos sometimes end up looking like paintings.

Fox has also been experimenting with a digital Panasonic DMC-FXY-S.

Morrell will display "Vessels," about three-dozen stoneware containers fired at 2,200 degrees in her 18-by-18-inch kiln. A painter, printer and former Sitka resident, Morrell has been working with ceramics on and off for three decades. She paused for years before resuming in 2002.

Morrell's vessels are decorated with an ornamental crystalline glaze.

"They're very simple forms for the most part," Morrell said. "It was a good excuse to experiment with the type of glaze. It's a surprise every time you open the kiln."

• LITTLE CITY GALLERY, 171 Shattuck Way: After two decades in Anchorage, painter Monica O'Keefe decided she needed a new setting. She transferred to a new state job as a database specialist and moved to Juneau this April.

O'Keefe, a member of the Alaska Watercolor Society and the Kachemak Bay Watercolor Society, had developed a steady enough following in the Interior that her work was featured in the Elaine Baker and Associates gallery in Anchorage, and another space in Homer.

For her first Juneau show, she will display 13 paintings at Little City, on the top floor of the Emporium Mall, above the Gold Town Nickelodeon. The exhibition will include some highly realistic watercolor scenes from Anchorage, Prince William Sound and Kenai Fjords, and some acrylics of Juneau landscapes. O'Keefe, a painter for most of her life, has been working with acrylics for the last 18 months.

O'Keefe gains much of her ideas from digital pictures she snaps during the Juneau Parks and Recreation Department's Saturday walks. She's also been painting with Juneau's Plein Rein painters.

"I'd been in Anchorage for more than 20 years, and I thought Juneau would be inspiring for landscape painting," she said. "I've certainly found that's the case."

• RUBY ROOM, 171 Shattuck Way: The Ruby Room, next door to Lucid Reverie and behind Heritage Coffee in the Emporium Mall, expects 20 to 25 works related to "disguise" for its November themed show.

As of press time, the gallery had received a handful of pieces, including contributions from Asha Falcon, Milo Irish, Terri Gallant, Dani Byers and Devin Chalmers.

• SILVERBOW INN, 120 Second St.: Juneau jazz band FleetStreet will return to the Back Room from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday for another night of jazz standards, blues and contemporary selections.

Admission is free, wine will be served and the bakery will be open. Last month's First Friday show was packed.

Ceann Murphy will sit in at bass, joining Vicky Van Fleet, vocals; Jim Noel, piano; Tom Meyer, drums; Doug Bridges, saxophone, and Sandro Lane, guitar.

• TWO CROW STUDIO AND GALLERY, 245 Marine Way: Juneau artist Rob Roys has found a new studio space, and it's attached to an L-shaped room which he plans to turn into a gallery for the town's eccentric-minded artists.

Two Crow, accessed by the door directly to the left of Paradise Bakery and at the top of a flight of stairs, is roughly half the size of the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council's gallery. For November, Roys will show 13 pieces, a retrospective (1993-present) of his own work.

The plan is to have a different artist in the space each month. That failing, Roys will hang his own work.

In the winter, the space will be open Saturdays and Sundays, and by appointment.



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