As a teacher and artist-in-residence, Fruits worked in schools across the state in the late 70's and early 80's. During that period he also completed murals for one-per-cent for art and invitational commissions for high schools in Bethel, Russian Mission, Platinum and Goodnews Bay. He has taught drawing, composition and design at Ball State University and the University of Alaska Southeast.
"This exhibit of oil on canvas, large and small, monoprints with gouache and watercolors is my latest effort to share experience and recollections," says Fruits. "It is my aim to add, in some interesting original manner, to that long tradition of painters making art marks on canvas. The image, the effect, that I am after is a kind of tight rope walk between what is called realistic painting and abstraction. I am attracted to the visual world around me but see no need to reproduce it, certainly no need to create a souvenir of nature. I try for a new experience."
Following the Gallery Walk, from 7:30-9 p.m., all members of the Juneau community are invited to the January All Ages Rent Party Dance at Juneau Arts & Culture Center.
Grateful Celtics will provide the music for a night of Contra and Square Dancing with caller Tom Paul.
This is the third event of a series of fundraisers that will help the JAHC convert the retired National Guard Armory to a more functional Arts and Culture Center.
The event is smoke-free and alcohol-free, and admission is pay-as-you-can at the door. Snacks and refreshments will be for sale.