First Friday: plants, lamps, collage and fantasy

Posted: Thursday, November 04, 2004

Juneau photographers Marilyn Holmes and Buddy Ferguson both take landscape photographs while they're doing something else.

For Holmes, it's hiking. For Ferguson, it's piloting his 1954 Cessna while holding a 6x7 film camera.

Holmes and Ferguson both shoot on film, too, before using digital imaging to create their final prints. She uses print film, then prints on a light-jet photographic printer. He uses chrome and prints with the Gicleé process at Atelier Inc. "Momentum" is a joint exhibit of their recent work. It opens from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, 206 North Franklin St., and runs through November.

"They're like impressionistic paintings in that there's this one moment in time, and this certain light, in this certain weather," Holmes said of the collection. "You capture what you see in 15 seconds. And then there's this long process of altering the image to what it felt like when you saw it."

Holmes will include in the exhibit 15 photos taken in the last year of her hikes around Juneau trails - Perseverance, Mount Roberts, the wetlands and Sandy Beach. She also explored Salmon Creek, the glacier loop trails and Eagle Beach. One of the most striking pictures in the show captures a cascade of water gushing over Gold Creek Rocks on Perseverance Trail on a day with thunder, lightning and hail.

"I started taking pictures last August, and I decided that I would do a whole year's worth of the trails," Holmes said. "It happened to be the best year of weather that we've ever had in history, so I captured that on film. Everything looks different when the weather is nice. The plants are different. The light's a little different.

She took courses at Calypso Imaging, a digital imaging laboratory in Santa Clara, Calif., and returned to the lab for a week to print the work in this show. Some of her photographs include at least 10 layers, each one with a slightly modified arrangement of pixels. She borrowed from her background in analog photography. Holmes has had seven darkrooms of her own and used to teach at the Academy of Art in San Francisco.

Her largest photo is 30-by-40 inches, and her smallest is 16-by-20 inches. Most are 20 by 24, in editions of 350 prints.

Look for more information about Ferguson's show in the Nov. 11 issue of This Week.

• CITY MUSEUM: Roxanne Turner, back in Juneau after several years in Santa Fe, N.M., has taken her collage and mixed media work in a different direction. Her new solo show, opening Friday, Nov. 5, at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, includes oil paintings and pastels, but also organic work with actual plant materials.

"That's what I'm most excited about," Turner said. "It's new work that's very fragile and non-archival, certainly non-permanent. And overall, it relates to plant forms and trees."

Turner has been exploring tree themes since 1998, but the new work features grasses, bark, seedpods and leaves.

"It's quite a diverse mix of work," she said. "The oil paintings and pastels are really realists. The tree drawings and paintings are what I would say are almost like landscapes. And the collage work is plant imagery. A lot of it has to do with plant mimicry."

Turner has shown work at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, Portfolio Arts Gallery and the Empire Gallery. She will also include three of her "political pieces" in the museum's glass case. The paintings - veiled Muslim women from different countries - have drawn a varied response from her audiences. But one painting from that series, "Marrakech," was chosen for the current All Alaska Juried Exhibition, also opening Friday at the Alaska State Museum.

• ALASKA STATE MUSEUM: Approximately 40 of the works selected for the 30th All Alaska Juried Exhibition will be on display at the state museum until Jan. 8.

The show, a biannual exhibition of state artists, is considered to be the most prestigious major juried art show in Alaska. This year's work was selected by Michael Rush, director of the Palm Beach Institute of Contemporary Art in Florida.

Four Juneau artists - Heidi Reifenstein, Jane Terzis, Roxanne Turner and David Woodie - have work in the show. For more information, refer to the Oct. 28 issue of This Week, or http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/102804/thi_20041028030.shtml.

• JUNEAU ARTISTS GALLERY: Dianne Anderson, an art teacher in Juneau schools for the last 20 years, will exhibit etchings of Alaska scenes and wildlife on her handmade paper as the featured artist at the Juneau Artists Gallery. She will also be showing her new painting, "Poinsettia."

Anderson creates collages out of multiple etchings, cut out and assembled in three-dimensional layers.

"I make my own paper to complete the image," Anderson said in a release. "It adds other elements of texture and 3D form, especially in the collages."

Her paper is made out of dried fireweed tops, pussy willow, ferns and blue jeans, often donated by the community. Some of her paper, cotton mixed with blue threads, reflects a general sense of the sky. She's often influenced by her students.

"The sky is white, they told me," she said. "I wondered why they drew clouds and colored them in blue. It made me realize how dominant our cloud cover is and blue sky for them just peeks through in negative shapes."

• ANNIE KAILL'S: University of Alaska Southeast art professor Alice Tersteeg and Girdwood artist and illustrator Barbara Lavallee - friends since they lived in Sitka - will be the featured artists for November at Annie Kaill's at 244 Front St.

Tersteeg will be showing approximately 20 watercolor studies of flowers that she's finished in the last three months. The collection includes lilies, anemones, chrysanthemums and orchids, most of which she photographed or sketched before painting. Tersteeg has been growing orchids for the last 10 to 15 years. Her 22-by-30-inch "Stargazer Lily" is the largest watercolor she's ever completed.

"The most difficult part is the soft gradations, because oftentimes the subtle parts (inner curves and shadows) are the trickiest," she said.

All the paintings include a black background, a recent trend in Tersteeg's work,

"This show and the last show I emphasized the black background," she said. "It just seems to set off the colors so beautifully. I'd done a lot of pastel work in underwater studies, and so I think this is probably a carry-over."

Lavallee, a professional artist since 1976, is known for her lighthearted portrayals of Eskimo life. She's written at least 16 children's books, including "Mama Do You Love Me?" "Groucho's Eyebrows," "All I Need For A Snowman" and "All I Need For a Beach." One of her recent projects is "Girls' Night Out," a 2005 calendar of women in baths or hot tubs, printed by Taku Graphics.

Lavallee will have a number of pieces from the "All I Need..." books, as well as other assorted originals. She will also be at the store from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6.

• ROCK PAPER SCISSORS: Juneau artist Chris Joy will exhibit lamps and mirrors made out of paper, at the gallery at 245 Marine Way behind Paradise Bakery.

• FRIENDLY PLANET LOFT: Juneau painter Rick Clair, known for his fantasy landscapes based on geographical locations, and local jeweler Michael Reid Hunter, known for his odd-trinket-based "charm earrings," will be the featured artists this month at the Friendly Planet Loft, at the corner of Second And Seward streets.

Clair and Hunter had a collaborative show last November at Rock Paper Scissors. Clair's work was based on a trip down the Eastern seaboard, while Hunter's earrings included small stones, Eskimo artifacts and random pieces of metal.

Steve Tada (violin), Jenny Quinn (viola) and Sally Schlichting (flute) will provide musical accompaniment from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

• ALASKA HOLISTIC FAMILY MEDICINE: Dr. Maureen Longworth will open her new practice, Alaska Holistic Family Medicine, from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5, with a screening of a 20-year-old, 20-minute comedy film she wrote and directed, and a showing of a collection of paintings by Frances Brooks Davis.

Longworth is certified in family practice and holistic medicine. Her new office is in the Valentine Building, 119 Seward St., Suite 17.

Davis was one of the first European female artists in Juneau when she moved to town in 1891. She had a studio in the Valentine Building in the early 1900s.

Longworth's movie, "Turning Around," is based on true-life situations in the medical field, but with the gender roles reversed. She finished the film during her last year of medical school and has toured with it around the country. She studied traditional medicine at the University of California in San Francisco in the 1970s and has worked at SouthEast Alaska Regional Health Consortium for the past 12 years. She is also known as the founding chairwoman of the annual Women's Health Forum.

"People will recognize themselves in the film and be able to laugh at themselves, and hopefully open their awareness for change, so they can treat people equally and respectfully," Longworth said in a release.

• Korry Keeker can be reached at korry.keeker@juneauempire.com.



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