PUBLISHED: 12:52 PM on Wednesday, July 5, 2006
Heumann, O'Keefe now displaying 'Shorelines'
Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Gallery

  "Autumn Float Ice" by James Heumann
Juneau artists James Heumann and Monica O'Keefe will show landscapes at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Gallery at 206 North Franklin Street during the month of July. An opening reception for "Shorelines" will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Friday, July 7.

Heumann, a Juneau resident since the 1970s, began working in watercolors in 2000 before transitioning to his current focus on oil painting. His works include landscapes, figures, and portraits, and he has produced some 300 paintings in the past six years.

O'Keefe moved to Juneau from Anchorage in the spring of 2005, and paints with acrylics, watercolor and gouache. The two artists met through "Plein Rein," a group of artists who get together and paint outdoors in the Juneau area year round. This exhibit started out as two separate shows, but as it turned out, the paintings meshed well to create a show of landscapes featuring water reflecting the colors of the sky, forest and mountains.

O'Keefe's original proposal for a show at JAHC had the theme of "when water meets rock," which evolved into the concept of "Shorelines" after the artists looked at their two sets of paintings together.

  "Tide Pool" by Monica O'Keefe
O'Keefe's paintings are of the fluid boundary between land and water, in coastal and mountain areas of Southeast and Southcentral Alaska, the Yukon and Mexico. The bodies of water reflect the light of the sky and the colors of rocks and trees. These paintings are intended to quietly bring out the colors sometimes subtly hidden in the gray and dark green tones often found in the landscape. Limited edition giclee prints of some of the paintings are available.

Heumann's recent works focus on the landscape, presented in bold textures executed with palette knife and brush. They explore Alaskan and Yukon scenes, reflective light on water, and the changing colors and values that occur throughout the year. Heumann's works are presented in oil, on panel and canvas, in frames of his own making. He is a participant in the Plein Rein outings. Heumann has been organizing a painting workshop.

"Shorelines" will be at the JAHC gallery through the end of July.