PUBLISHED: 1:48 PM on Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Former therapists open exhibit 'Awakening Inner Beauty'
Artists Nancy Karacand and Sandra Mander will present their latest work in a show entitled, "Awakening Inner Beauty", opening at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Gallery on May 2.

Both former psychotherapists, Nancy and Sandra have been professional and artistic colleagues for many years. They have shared a deep appreciation for the ability of the human aesthetic sense to inspire, heal and promote transcendent experience in the midst of sorrow and suffering.

  A Jasper pendant designed by artist Nancy Karacand
Their work presents an honoring of the beauty and joy in the world that can be experienced through nature, the visual arts, music and dance in the service of promoting a connection with the beauty within each of us that nurtures inner growth, spirit and a connection to humanity.

Nancy is a jewelry and fiber artist who has been creating vibrant, contemporary beaded jewelry and coil baskets for over 20 years. She has been a regular at the Alaska Juneau Public Market for many years and has sold her jewelry in shops and galleries in southeast Alaska and Anchorage. She has also shown her work in several juried exhibits, including the Alaska Statewide Earth Fire and Fibre Exhibit in 2005. Her current beadwork centers on the use of unique semiprecious stones embellished with tiny seed bead bezels.

She will also be showing a collection of new coil baskets which are also embellished with beads. Nancy made a somewhat unanticipated move to Astoria, Oregon this past November and looks forward to returning to Juneau for the opening of the JAHC gallery show.

Sandra first fell in love with making pots during her university days in the 1970's. About six years ago, she returned to her former love at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau and took classes with Sarah Beatty, Fumi Matsimoto, Lisa Blatcher and Jeremy Kane. She has also taken workshops with nationally known clay artists Robert and Gail Pipenberg, Gordon Hutchinson and Les Manning.

Sandra has most recently studied at Pottery Northwest in Seattle under Wally Blevins. She has worked in low-fire sculpture and raku, high-fire stoneware and porcelain.

She has experimented with copper wire and beads in her glazing techniques in both raku and porcelain.

Sandra has worked on developing her skills in carving designs on porcelain. She has been a vendor with Nancy Karacand at the Juneau Public Market for the past three years.

She has had pieces chosen for exhibits in the UAS juried student shows and the UAS gallery walk shows. A piece was chosen last year for the juried art show at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council. This is her first gallery show.

Inspired by the movement of clay on the wheel, her most recent work has focused on the beauty of movement and dance and trying to capture a sense of the dance/dancer reaching out of the clay to touch the viewer.

The exhibit will run through May and will be held at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Gallery beginning May 2.