Earth and sky in art

Stone carver and landscape painter featured in weekend show at Annie Kaill's

Posted: Friday, November 29, 2002

Aphrodite marble from Southeast Alaska and the natural beauty of the Juneau area inspire stone carver Bob Koenitzer and painter Constance Hartle.

The artists will be featured in an exhibit of new works this weekend at Annie Kaill's at 244 Front Street. Koenitzer will be at the gallery from noon to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29 and 30. Hartle and Koenitzer will be in the gallery from noon to 6 p.m. Saturday.

Aphrodite marble, pink stone shot through with creamy whites and shades of light green, is quarried from Tuxekan Island near Prince Of Wales Island. Koenitzer works at a resort on Prince of Wales in the summers and spends winters carving and sculpting in Juneau.

He began wood carving in 1991 and stone carving in 1999. His marble pieces featured at Annie Kaill's are not figurative sculptures but bowls and dishes, small slabs hollowed and polished to bring out the natural lines and attributes of the material.

"He really keeps the form of the rock," said Nancy Huebschen of Annie Kaill's. "The stones are beautiful and he works around the designs in the stone."

Hartle will debut about a dozen new oil and acrylic paintings, and show about six others that have been on display at the gallery this fall. Many are landscapes, some are scenic still life paintings, and others feature Juneau scenes. All are reality-based, she said.

"I draw a lot and mostly I paint from drawings and sketches," she said. "With a painting, you start it, and then pretty much you follow it."

Hartle paints on Masonite, which offers a completely smooth surface and enables the artist to get maximum detail from her brushstrokes. She said she works with transparent and semitransparent washes to build up color.

Her paintings are imbued with a sense of motion.

"It's in everything. Even in the rocks, there's always this rhythm and pattern," she said. "The first thing I put in is that motion and pattern. Then I add details, more color and more depth."

Hartle has been drawing and painting since she was a little girl in Detroit. She's been in Juneau for about 20 years and featured her work in a series of local art shows in the 1980s, focusing at that time on watercolors.

She has studied art with Jane Terzis at the University of Alaska Southeast, and paints with the Plein Rain Painters, a local group that gathers on Saturday mornings to paint.

The show will be up through Dec. 5.

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