It's all collective

JAHC gallery presents Plein Rein show

Posted: Thursday, December 09, 2004

Juneau's Plein Rein, the outdoor-painting collective that's traveled through Italy and beyond, has returned to the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council gallery for its second show in six months.

The exhibition includes 59 paintings from 11 artists (nine regulars and two, Alexis Rippe and Michelle Morrell, who are new to the group). The show opened during Gallery Walk and will be up for the rest of December. The gallery is open weekdays, Friday evenings until 7 p.m. and, for the next two weekends, Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"It was very well received on the opening night," group member Jim Heumann said. "We've seen a lot of nice growth, and I think there's some very nice stuff from everybody."

Plein Rein meets at 9 a.m. Saturday mornings at the Fiddlehead and always welcomes new members. The group has about a dozen active members.

This show includes pastels, watercolors, oils and acrylics. Most of the work was done in the last several months.

A few women have pieces from a recent trip to Skagway and White Pass. Heumann has the largest images - two oils that are 2 feet high by 3 feet wide.

Other contributors include: Barbara Craver, Jane Stokes, Paul Voelckers, Cristine Crooks, Constance Baltuck-Hartle, Pua Maunu and Kristine Harder.

"We had the good fortune to get the December show, because the production and the quality of the artwork is growing rapidly in the group," Heumann said. "It was possible to do two shows on such short turnaround because of the number of people we have."

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