Art in abundance

Gallery Walk offers its annual smorgasbord of art

Posted: Thursday, December 05, 2002

Art featured in Gallery Walk this weekend ranges from classic paintings by Alaska master Sydney Laurence to new works by contemporary artists.

More than two dozen Juneau galleries and stores will host receptions Friday evening and display artwork. Most open at 4 and all are open by 4:30 p.m. Friday, and will be open throughout the weekend as well.

Laurence is probably Alaska's best-known painter, said Bruce Kato of the Alaska State Museum. But because so much of his work is in private collections, it's not easy for the public to see it. In the past year, seven Laurence paintings were donated to the Alaska State Museum. The museum unveils these new acquisitions with a reception from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Friday.

The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is hosting "Around Town," an exhibit of new oil paintings on masonite by Juneau painter Sue Kraft.

Kraft lives on Starr Hill overlooking downtown Juneau, and the view from her window inspired the largest painting in the show, a snowy scene of town on a winter afternoon. Others are places she passes on walks around town.

"I am attracted by the light falling on or emanating from buildings and by the mystery and history that houses hold," Kraft wrote in her artist's statement.

Kraft has exhibited her work for more than a decade in Juneau galleries and has shown her work in 10 Alaska Juried Art Exhibitions, garnering five awards.

The city museum is hosting a Native Arts and Crafts Fair from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday and from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6 and 7. Alaska Native artists will demonstrate silver, soapstone, ivory and wood carving, basket weaving and bead working. Artwork and regalia will be on display and for sale.

The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council gallery is opening a new exhibit Friday. Charity Green has created a series of paintings she calls her "Food and Water" series, representing her observations on commercial fishing in Alaska.

Green will share the gallery with Elise Tomlinson, a University of Alaska art instructor and artist. Tomlinson has created a series she calls "Flesh Tones," paintings that experiment with color and light on the human figure.

Tomlinson often depicts figures with unusual, vivid skin colors, which allows her to focus on the form and light rather than the race of the model.

The Juneau-based Alaska Photographic Arts Association is featuring 13 photographers in an exhibit at an unoccupied South Franklin Street storefront. The photographers' work will be on display Friday and Saturday, throughout gallery walk.

In addition, Juneau artist and photographer Mark Daughhetee will present a retrospective show of his work over the past 30 years. Daughhetee, a curator at the Alaska State Museum, has done documentary-style photography and fine-art photography. His work has been exhibited internationally and throughout Alaska.

Daughhetee creates movie-like sets he uses as subjects for his photographs, and he places models in his specially constructed sets.

He will present his work at 5 p.m. Saturday amid the Alaska Photographic Arts Association's exhibit at the New Alaskan Fudge Co., at 387 South Franklin St. The fudge store is closed for the winter and has donated the space to the artists.

A consortium of Juneau artists is setting up an exhibit in another storefront called the Empire Gallery at the corner of Second and Franklin streets. "Eclectic Works of Art" will feature jewelry, paintings, ceramics and photography by a variety of artists including Ryelyn Rader and Mike Janes.

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