Gallery bounces back

Earrings and fantasyscapes in time for Market weekend

Posted: Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Rock Paper Scissors missed November's First Friday art shows because of a furnace fire in the basement of its building at 245 Marine Way, but the downtown gallery is back for Public Market weekend with a small show.

Juneau painter Rick Clair will show 10 fantasy landscapes, and local jeweler Michael Hunter will display a collection of new earrings he's made over the last month. The show opens from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 28.

"I have a variety of paintings that I've been working on and never finished, and I thought this would be a good show to do it for," Clair said. "It's a variety of color work, I guess you might say. One of them is a forest scene. A couple of them are almost childlike with a pure color palette."

Clair had a show of larger paintings in May at the Empire Gallery.

"These are mostly small," he said. "I thought it would fit the theme of Rock Paper Scissors. It's just small, cozy and intimate, and that's how I'd characterize these paintings."

Clair said he recently discovered he had a great-great-great-great-great-grandfather who fought with Washington in the Revolutionary War. He visited his family in Michigan last month and drove down the eastern seaboard, through Georgia and back into the Smoky Mountains, to investigate his genealogy.

"The dappled forest scene is reminiscent of the old road that I had to take back to the Veal family cemetery," he said.

Hunter sets small stones and odd trinkets in 22- and 24-carat. He refers to his pieces as "Whizzie-Doodles."

"My earrings are collections of stuff, anything from Eskimo artifacts to little bits of odd glass to semi-precious stones and bits of rusted metal," he said. "They're known as charm earrings, and what I encourage people to do is take them apart and change them around to how your mood strikes you."

Hunter started taking jewelry classes in 1984 and earned his master's from the Cranbrook Academy of Art (in Michigan) in 1989. He's a former professor at the University of Alaska Southeast. He has boxes in his home full of material for new pieces.

"I seem to be a magnet for this stuff," he said. "I have boxes of odd beads and artifacts and antique and Celtic gold coins. You name it, it finds me."

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