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Dec. 5 marks Gallery Walk - the largest local art show of the year

Posted: Thursday, December 04, 2003

This summer Rob Roys worked with dreams, ghosts and memories - an unconscious obsession that turned into "Scaffolds" - a 50-painting exhibit at the downtown Empire Gallery. Winter finds him channeling the same thoughts - but bigger.

"I'm pretty happy with what I've been doing," Roys said. "I just wanted to do something larger and progress in that direction for this show."

Roys' latest exhibit, an untitled collection of new work, opens at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, at Rock Paper Scissors, 245 Marine Way No. 11, as part of Gallery Walk - the grandest First Friday of the year.

His style, which he often describes as "lines of color," is fractured and minimalistic, sometimes haunting and other times a comforting sum of its parts.

"I used to always look at them as children, and sometimes your children say the darndest things," Roys said. "I had one person say, 'Those are flaccid penises.' And I said, 'No they're not, they're flowers.' But then I looked at them, and all I could see were flaccid penises. It's weird how much sex people read into art. For me, it's an intimate process, but it's not sexual at all."

Roys will have some of his smaller acrylics, but he's also been working with canvases as large as 24 by 30 inches. One highlight will be four large "copies" of Egon Schiele's "Four Trees."

• Paradise Cafe, 245 Marine Way - Juneau artist Terri Gallant found a kindred spirit in Paradise Cafe owner Joan Deering.

"I went in during the summer and found out (Deering) had an interest in the Old West," Gallant said. "She had postcards of Dale Evans and Roy Rogers and old cowgirls from the '20s and '30s."

Gallant was inspired to learn more about country singers, in particular rockabilly and screen stars of the 1950s and 1960s. Her latest exhibit, "Cowgirls and Rhinestones," is an homage to that era and includes paintings of Wanda Jackson, Dale Evans and Patsy Cline.

All five paintings are acrylic on canvas with mixed media such as glitters, sequins and rhinestones. Gallant began showing in the mid-1980s with the Juneau Artists Guild.

"The work I was doing back then was influenced by rock stars and fashion," Gallant said. "It was street-looking punk, kind of expressionistic, with heavy black lines around the figure. The brushwork is a lot tighter now."

• Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, 206 N. Franklin St. - Constance Baltuck Hartle credits the Saturday mornings she's spent painting with Juneau's Plein Rein painters for helping her feel more comfortable painting outdoors. But she's also discovered that she doesn't have to go too far to find inspiration.

"I'm feeling more and more like I don't even have to leave my yard," Hartle said. "I feel like it's Monet's garden."

Hartle's solo show at the JAHC gallery - her first big show with acrylics in her 20-year career as a painter - includes four or five paintings of her backyard. A pastel and oil painter who picked up acrylics 18 months ago, Hartle used to rely on her studio, near Northern Light United Church, for painting time. Now she's found she can complete most of her work outdoors.

"The main difference is the light, working with the brightness of the colors and also the speed," Hartle said. "Basically it's an endurance race against the amount of time before your fingers are so cold you start dropping your brush."

• Empire Gallery, 235 Second St. - The Empire Gallery came up with the working title "2D-3D" for its latest show, a hodge-podge of photography, ceramics, prints, braille work, jewelry and three-dimensional stereogramic images.

Artists include: Liz Gifford, photography; Kathleen Weist, ceramics; Heidi Reifenstein, prints; Wayne Leighty, braille work; John Stoll, paintings; Jim Heumann, paintings; Pat Race, Aaron Suring, Sarah Linn Asper-Smith and Jason Alexander of Lucid Reverie; Rick Clair, fantasyscape paintings, and Michael Hunter, earrings.

Clair and Hunter will show many of the same works that premiered at Rock Paper Scissors during Thanksgiving/Public Market weekend. The crew at Lucid Reverie has prepared a few stereograms - three-dimensional images that must be viewed with half-red, half-blue three-dimensional glasses. Leighty will show several multi-media installations based on braille.

"This series explores the shift in visual and conceptual appeal," he wrote in an artist's statement.

• Baranof Hotel, 127 N. Franklin St. - University of Alaska Southeast professors Jane Terzis and Alice Tersteeg won't know until Thursday, Dec. 4, what works will appear in the annual UAS fall art showcase at the Baranof. But expect a cross-section of styles, mediums and skill-levels.

The UAS show is a collection of work completed during fall 2003 courses. It's non-juried but formally presented, meaning each art student was invited to exhibit one or two pieces.

Terzis' students will display oils, acrylics and drawings. Tersteeg's students, in printmaking and basket classes, will show etchings, relief and silkscreen prints, silk fabric paintings and batiks.

Douglas oil painter Lori Stenberg, a beginning student, will show a landscape of the Mendenhall Wetlands.

"I've been painting scenes of the fall and of the weather that's happening right now," Stenberg said. "It all tends to be dark and gloomy, so I've been looking for color."

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