Lynne Parker's sculptures may be the only art pieces on display for Gallery Walk that have been beaten with a hammer, smeared with acid and burned with an acetylene torch.
Parker, a Juneau metalsmith, and oil painter Deborah Hansen open a joint show of their work Friday night at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Gallery. The arts council is one of about 20 galleries hosting receptions and displaying artwork for the 19th annual Gallery Walk. Galleries will be open Saturday as well, and a number of artists will be in the galleries throughout the weekend.
Parker's tennis-ballsize sculpture of beaten copper, called "Time is Slipping Through Your Fingers," has a secret. It's actually a bowl with a lid, and inside she's crafted a small silver clock face with tiny feet for the clock's hands. Instead of a full set of numbers, she has 1 2 4 U on the edge, and a tiny sapphire set in the center.
"I've probably spent 1,000 hours on that silly thing," she said.
Parker will have about 20 pieces in the show. They range from a life-size human torso cast in aluminum to fiber art pieces made from mulberry tree bark.
Hansen, a botanist turned artist and art teacher, is featuring oil paintings of flowers. Her paintings bring the intimate, minute details of blossoms to canvas.
"I really like color," she said. "I love bright paint."
Hansen started out as a chemistry and science teacher in Los Angeles, and at one point in the 1970s she was the only white teacher in an inner-city high school in Watts. She's taught art in Juneau for 21 years as an artistinresidence and through after-school programs. She's enjoyed teaching both art and science.
"Art and science are really similar," she said. "They're both very hands-on."
Hansen pursued her own art as she taught, and studied oil painting at the University of Alaska Southeast with Parker's husband, George.
Hansen and Parker's exhibit will be on display through Dec. 29 at the arts council gallery at 206 N. Franklin. The opening reception from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday will coincide with the Gallery Walk festivities throughout Juneau. More than a dozen downtown galleries will host receptions, many with local, regional and state artists on hand. In the Mendenhall Valley, Rie Muoz Gallery, Hummingbird Hollow and The Big Picture in Lyle's Home Furnishings also will host receptions during Gallery Walk.
Ten artists will be at The Big Picture. Painter Bruce Nelson is coming from Kodiak, and Judi Rideout and Jonathan Kiehn are coming from Anchorage. Andy Hehnlen, a gold miner and artist who paints in egg tempura, is coming from Haines and will be at Fire and Ice downtown Friday and at The Big Picture on Saturday.
Detlef Buettner, a Germanborn painter who specializes in fish, will be at The Big Picture with his personal collection of fishing reels, some antique. Artists and art teachers Alice Slattery Tersteeg and Dianne Anderson, wildlife artist Ed Mills, and painters Scott Smith and Dick Zagars will be in the gallery.
Downtown, Alaska Native carver Doug Chilton will be at the Mt. Juneau Trading Post, and Northwest Coast artists Charles Abbot Sr., Duane Bosch from Hoonah, Sonny Grant and Ray Watkins will be at The Raven's Journey. Last year Bosch and Grant demonstrated wood and soapstone carving during the evening.
Painters Tion Kasnick, Sharron Lobaugh and Sue Deems will show their recent work in the Miner's Mercantile Building. Gallery of the North will feature carver Chivley Chup, who works under the name Chupak, photographer Jason Donig, wildlife painter Liz MittenRyan and landscape artist Scott McDaniel.
Artist JoAnn George from Angoon and watercolorist Sandra Greba from Sitka will be at Annie Kaill's, Jona and John Van Zyle will be at Rainsong Gallery, and photographer and goldsmith Brent Keeny will be at Fire and Ice.
Potter Tom Meyer of Tom's Pots will be at Eskimos and Butterflies. Jeweler and carver Debi Knight Kennedy, illustrator Shannon Cartwright and photographer Janet Dillman will be at Galligaskins. A variety of local artists will be at the Juneau Artists Gallery, a cooperative of 21 artists in the Senate Building.
Restaurants, gift shops, coffeehouses and bookstores also are participating informally in Gallery Walk, some with receptions, guests and specials. Several artists are opening up their downtown studios for visitors as well.