Gallery Walk - the biggest First Friday of the year

Posted: Thursday, December 02, 2004

Juneau artist Seely Hall sold his first piece of art when he moved to Anchorage in 1949, but by then, he was already in his mid-20s.

Now 81, he started drawing - mostly Aztec and Inca scenes - as he was growing up in Medford, Ore.

Hall has lived in Alaska (Anchor age, Seward, Sitka and Juneau) for more than 55 years and has spent much of that time capturing the state in his finely detailed pencil sketches.

He has been diagnosed with terminal brain tumors, and so this Gallery Walk (4:30 p.m. Friday all over town) will be a time for reflecting on his career as an artist. Hall is the featured artist at the Juneau Artists Gallery, a cooperative of 26 locals at 175 South Franklin St. in the Senate Building.

Phyllice Bradner also will be featured. Bradner, known for her etchings and scarves, has moved to Oregon with her husband.

"What I've got down there is the balance of the original pencil sketches that I had, and my stationery, of course," Hall said. "There will be some oil paintings, and then some etchings that I did years ago that my son-in-law framed."

"So, it's sort of a final close-out," he said.

Hall has spent the last few months in Seattle. He had a biopsy at the University of Washington and found out he had the tumors. He spent the next six weeks receiving extensive radiation treatment at the Veterans Hospital. Hall may attend his show, depending on how he feels.

Hall studied at Stanford, but left school to join the Air Force. After World War II, he moved to Anchorage and began his career as a banker. He continued to sell his art after retiring in the mid-1980s.

Hall does not make prints of his drawings, preferring instead to sell framed originals. Near the end of his career, he drew mostly from old photographs.

Though the framework of the Juneau Artists Gallery has gone through a number of name-changes over the year, Hall has been a member since 1988.

Hall moved to Juneau in 1968.

"When I first came here, the big art show usually was the P.E.O. Art Show, which was shown in the lobby of the Juneau branch of the First National Bank," Hall said. "I would say the art stores have just increased like no one's business since then. Rie Muñoz didn't have her building when I first came over."

• AD LIB, 231 S. Franklin St.: Tani Church Bell and Pua Maunu are the featured artists for Gallery Walk at Ad Lib.

Church Bell is a master diver, underwater photographer and painter in many mediums. Her father was Ron Church, the first American on the Calypso Team for Jacques Yves Cousteau. He executed the cinematography for many of Cousteau's movies before his death at age 39.

She will present new works of underwater themes, including photographs, Gicleé prints and originals. Her main print, "Steller's Ballet," was painted after an encounter with a large group of sea lions near the Shrine of St. Therese.

For more of her art, visit

Maunu, a native of Hawaii, paints mood and weather in her original oils. She will show about 20 new works. A trained artist and architect, she recently was commissioned to complete a piece of art for an Alaska Marine Highway ferry.

• ALASKA STATE MUSEUM, 395 Whittier St., 465-2901: Anchorage artists Susan Schapira and Matt Johnson are the latest Alaska artists with solo shows at the state museum. Their exhibits will open with a reception during Gallery Walk, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, and run through Feb. 19. Museum admission is free during First Friday.

Schapira will show quilts inspired by the tribal and folk designs of the people of Central Asia, the Middle East, Japan and Australia. Her designs are inspired by the patterns and textures of these fabrics, as well as their cultural significance.

Her work is in the permanent collection of the Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian Institution and has appeared in shows throughout the United States, Europe and Australia.

"It is fascinating to me how even a fragment of cloth can evoke the soul of a culture; the way in which, in the midst of their struggle to survive, a people can produce utilitarian objects of a beauty that transcends their function," Schapira said in her artist's statement.

Johnson will show multi-image silver gelatin prints that use images of aquatic environments to investigate "the sacred and spiritual quality of photography," he said.

He often places found objects with his pictures to create narratives. He has been exhibiting his pictures since 1987 and his work is in all of Alaska's major public collections.

Look for more in-depth profiles on these artists later this month in This Week.

• ANNIE KAILL'S, 244 Front St., 586-2880: This month's featured artists are Sandra Greba, watercolors; Brenda Schwartz, navigational charts with watercolors; Karen Beason, nature prints on handmade paper; Colleen Goldrich, fresh water pearls; Forest Hembree, wildlife originals and prints; and Pat Costello, photography.

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• BARANOF HOTEL, 127 N. Franklin St.: The hotel will host the University of Alaska Southeast's semi-annual Student Art Show, with works from students who took art courses in the fall.

Jane Terzis' students will display oils, acrylics and drawings, while Alice Tersteeg's students in printmaking and batik courses will exhibit etchings, relief and silkscreen prints, silk fabric paintings, batiks, three-dimensional work in clay, sculpture, jewelry, Northwest Coast basketry and carvings.

• CHA, FOR THE FINEST, 289 S. Franklin St., 463-4304: Includes art by John Svenson, watercolor and glass; John Stoll, egg tempera paintings; David Mirable, bladesmith; June Akey, framed artifacts, and Cha, ivory and glass.

• COSTA'S DINER, 2 Marine Way, 463-CONE: The soon-to-be-open diner, owned by Collette Costa and operated in the Chilkat Cone Kitchen space in the Hangar Building, will be exhibiting a pottery display by Jeremy Kane, professor of ceramics at the University of Alaska Southeast. The evening will include food, alcohol and music by Tony Tengs.

• DECKER GALLERY, 233 S. Franklin St., 463-5536: Juneau authors Elton and Allan Engstrom will be on hand to sign copies of "Alexander Baranov and a Pacific Empire." The story covers early European contact in Alaska and the subsequent Russian presence and winds through the departure of Russian American Co. manager Alexander Baranov after three decades. It includes reproductions and accounts of operations in Kodiak and Sitka.

• ELKS LODGE, 109 S. Franklin St.: The Juneau Montessori middle school art program, with the help of Juneau artist Constance Baltuck Hartle, will hold a show in the Elks Lodge on Friday night during Gallery Walk.

Now in its second year, the program includes painting, poetry, and guitar playing. Baltuck Hartle has been instructing seven students in her studio for the last six weeks.

• FIRE & ICE, 495 S. Franklin, 586-4653: Includes new diamond jewelry by the Kwiat family; original watercolors by Fairbanks artist Nikki Kinne, and photographed abstract and scenic images from Brent Kenney.

• FRIENDLY PLANET LOFT, 200 Seward St., 586-2471: For her first show ever, University of Alaska Southeast art major Clara Weishahn has drawn not only on her artistic talent, but also on what she's learned studying speech and communication processes without body or voice.

"Mainly what I'm curious about is American Sign Language and the idea of working with symbols and hand gestures, and what that can mean as far as communication," Weishahn said. "So that's one theme, and then another is relating to birds and flight, and that concept broadened into flights of imaginations and ideas."

"Recent Works" opens Friday, Dec. 3, and runs through the month at the Friendly Planet Loft. It includes at least four paintings, sketches from the last few months, pastels and a handful of older collages.

Weishahn grew up in Haines, where she began painting on her own. She took her first drawing class this year, with Jane Terzis. Most recently, she helped design the Opera to GO! production of "Don Pasquale."

• GALLERY OF THE NORTH, 147 S. Franklin St., 586-9700: Ann Miletich, Liz Mitten-Ryan and Arnie Weimer will be at the store for a meet-and-greet, as well as an exhibition of recent works.

• HEARTHSIDE BOOKS, 254 Front Street, 586-1726: Ketchikan artist Ray Troll will visit at 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, to sign copies of his two-decade retrospective, "Rapture of the Deep: The Art of Ray Troll." He will be at Hearthside's Nugget Mall store from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, to discuss his work and present a slideshow. See the art briefs for further information.

• JUNEAU ARTS AND HUMANITIES COUNCIL, 206 North Franklin St., 586-ARTS: Juneau's Plein Rein painters are back at JAHC, after their successful retrospective at the gallery in June.

"New Paintings," opens Friday, Dec. 3, and runs through Dec. 30.

The outdoor-painting collective formed three years ago and tries to meet weekly to paint landscapes. Past shows have included scenes from Southeast and trips through Europe. The group meets at 9 a.m. Saturdays at the Fiddlehead and welcomes newcomers. For more about Plein Rein, check out

• JUNEAU-DOUGLAS CITY MUSEUM, 114 W. Fourth St., 586-3572: The Alaska Photographic Arts Association, a cooperative of more than 100 professional and amateur photographers, will celebrate Gallery Walk with its first juried photography exhibition.

Eighteen photographers, all from Juneau, submitted 70 pictures for the show. Guest curator Mark Daughhetee, the curator of exhibitions at the Alaska State Museum, sliced the final show to 32 photographs.

It opens Friday, Dec. 3, during Gallery Walk and runs through Dec. 24.

"One of the things that I was looking at were the photographs that were most impressive to me, and I also look at the relationships between images," Daughhetee said. "I designed the installation. I laid it out the way it would look on the wall, and I tried to pair photographs that I thought would work well together."

The APAA was founded in 2000 and meets monthly. It has had several all-inclusive shows over the last four years.

"We wanted to do something different for a change, and I think it's also a good exercise for the photographers to participate in a juried show," group member Iris Korhonen-Penn said.

Most of the pictures in the show are digital. Korhonen-Penn has a black-and-white digital print of snow at Eaglecrest Ski Area.

"In addition to being a fine composition, I know it's hard to photograph snow and still retain the details and highlights of the shadows," Daughhetee said.

Jim Simard created a lense-less pinhole camera and took a picture of the Russian Orthodox Church.

"The print itself reminded me of some of the (pioneer artist William Henry) Fox Talbot photographs," Daughhetee said.

Marilyn Holmes' photograph of a deserted beach with an umbrella, the ocean and strong light, is paired with a smaller shot of a breaking wave of blue water. In another grouping, a large close-up of a fly is coupled with a small print of a broken egg.

• MORE CITY MUSEUM, 9th Annual Native Arts and Crafts Fair: Originally intended as a means for Native artists to sell their work during the winter, the Annual Native Arts and Craft Fair has grown into an impressive cultural event at which the artists demonstrate their traditional skills.

This year's, the ninth annual, will include works in ivory, silver and wood, beading, fur dolls, paddles, halibut hooks, necklace and more. It's sponsored by the city museum and Sealaska Heritage Institute.

The fair is open from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4. Saturday's events include a drop-in children's trade bead necklace workshop from 1 to 5 p.m. There's a $5 materials fee, and supplies are limited.

• KTOO COMMUNITY ROOM, 360 Egan Drive, 586-1670: Juneau artist Elise Tomlinson was flying from Juneau to Kake one day when she looked down and was struck by the patterns of the shoreline. She didn't have a camera, but the images stayed with her.

A few weeks later, after speaking with her bush pilot and poring over maps and tide tables, she asked a friend with a small plane to fly her back over the area. This time, she took hundreds of pictures.

Her new show, "Alluvial," includes 10 to 12 paintings of low-tide aerial views of coves around Douglas and Admiralty islands. Mounted next to them will be the photographs that inspired them.

"Alluvial" shows Dec. 3 to 31 at KTOO, with an opening reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3.

"I've been painting the human figure almost exclusively for as long as I can remember, so it's exciting to find another subject that I feel as connected to," Tomlinson said. "I bought a sailboat several years ago and learning to sail has definitely given me a new respect for tides, and especially low tides."

• LITTLE CITY GALLERY, 171 Shattuck Way (Emporium Mall), 586-4048: Two summers ago, an art buyer from New York saw 11 unframed and unrestored Frances Davis paintings that Ross Writer was keeping in a box. The buyer insisted he purchase them.

"We almost had to physically restrain the gentleman," said Ross' wife, Devita Stipek Writer.

Davis (1855-1932) was one of the European female painters in town. She has work at the Alaska State Museum, the Juneau-Douglas City Museum and private collections all over town. Ross wanted to keep the paintings for Juneau, and here they've stayed. Devita recently cleaned them and applied a protective coat of varnish, and the couple will unveil them during Gallery Walk, 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 5.

The show runs through Dec. 24 and will include new work from Devita, John Stoll, Liz Gifford, Elizabeth Franklin and Gerard Garland. For more information, visit

The Davis paintings are for sale. The gallery share of the proceeds will be donated to the restoration project of the Davis paintings at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

Writer is known for her giant murals, some of which are commissioned for cruise ships. She moved to Ketchikan in the 1960s, raised a family in the Alaska Bush and moved from Elfin Cove to Juneau in 1979 after the death of her husband at sea. She taught art in town in the 1980s and began painting full time in 1994. Her landscapes are painted in plein air, and she says her use of bright colors is influenced by the Fauvist school.

Stoll has been showing his work in Juneau since 1993 and uses oil-egg tempura, a medium hand-blended from raw eggs, linseed oil, varnish and casein colors. He works on gesso-primed masonite and is known for the distinct characters in his paintings.

"People say I have an ability to tap the subconscious, making pictures that are particularly accessible to others," he said in a release. "I hope so."

Gifford moved to Juneau two years ago from Portland, Ore. She spent last summer as a kayak ranger in the Tracy Arm Fjord's Terror wilderness area and is spending the fall and winter traveling and working on her photography and her line of cards, ZARDCARDS. She will show travel photos, digitally manipulated images and landscapes.

Franklin, originally from England, works mostly in acrylics. She has lived in Juneau for just over a year. Her recent work depicts bald eagles and owls set off against mountains and forests.

Garland takes wood from Southeast Alaska trees and uses their flaws to turn them into bowls and other objects.

• OLD POSEIDON SHOP SPACE, 226 Seward St.: Local designer Chris Beanes and fishermen/photographer Jay Donig have rented out the former spot of Poseidon Boardsports, now a vacant series of rooms, for a special Gallery Walk show.

The exhibit will be open Friday and Saturday, and possibly for another weekend and by appointment. Stop by the space for more information.

Beanes will show his new collection of glass and wood panel acrylics. Donig will display prints and pictures, taken in-state and set in his custom-made frames. To see a collection of his work, visit

Think-tank consultant Jenna Dickinson will exhibit her recent paintings, and local artist Corlé LaForce will show new works.

• PARADISE CAFE, 245 Marine Way, 586-BAKE: Local artists Joan Deering, Barbara Frank, Pete Frank and Michelle will be featured in an exhibit of fabrigami, mirrors, photography, vases, food art, scarves and wraps.

Juneau author Sara Boesser will sign copies of her book, "Silent Lives, How High a Price?," an examination of the costs of passing as heterosexual.

• RAINBOW FOODS, 224 Fourth Street, 586-6476: Page Bridges will show 12 oil paintings, her first exhibition in eight years.

• RAINY DAY BOOKS, 113 Seward St., 463-2665: Randy Bayliss will be on hand from 4-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 3, to sign copies of his book, "Life's a Fish and then You Fry."

• ROCK PAPER SCISSORS, 245 Marine Way: The store, a haven for emerging artists over the last few years, is beginning its going-out-of-business sale Friday from noon to 8 p.m. New work from several of the store's regular contributors also will be shown. The sale will continue through December.

• THE RAVEN'S JOURNEY, 435 S. Franklin St., 463-4686: Debi Knight Kennedy, Wayne Price, Duane Bosch, Ray Watkins and Charles Abbott Sr. will show new works, and will be at the gallery on Friday night, carving and discussing their craft. This carving circle has become a tradition at Gallery Walk.

• SOUTHEAST ARTWORKS, Nugget Mall, 790-9677: Includes new works by Herb Bonnett, oil and acylircs; Arnie Weimer, watercolor; Ed Mills, oil and acrylics; John Hyde, photographs; Mark Bartlett, oils and acrylics; Ed Tussey, oil and acrylics; Carol Howland, oil and acrylics; and Keith Greba, watercolors.

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