December Coffee & Collections highlights Sydney Laurence

Posted: Thursday, December 02, 2010

The City Museum's December Coffee & Collections presentation will focus on "Sydney Laurence's Juneau." Mike Blackwell will lead a discussion of his informal inquiry on the museum's newly-acquired Sydney Laurence painting, "Early Morning, Juneau, Alaska." By retracing Laurence's activities in Juneau and at the Nugget Shop, studying the landmarks in the painting, and trying to identify the ship in the scene, Blackwell has uncovered some of the tale behind the painting. Blackwell will also show a sampling of Laurence's other paintings of Juneau and Southeast Alaska.

The presentation begins at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 4.

Well-known to Alaskan art lovers, Laurence, an academically trained painter with a promising career put aside his paintbrushes in order to travel to Alaska to prospect for gold in the early 1900s. After little success as a prospector, Laurence picked up his brush and began producing scenes of the Alaskan wilderness and its people. During the 1920s and 30s, Belle Goldstein Simpson's Nugget Shop in Juneau carried and sold his work. Widely considered one of Alaska's premier artists, Laurence continued painting Alaskan scenes for 25 years.

For more information on this presentation or any upcoming events at the museum, please visit or call 586-3572.

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