Story last updated at 7/29/2009 - 11:18 am
The Juneau-Douglas City Museum is currently accepting applications for solo artist exhibitions for the fall 2010/winter 2011 season. Local artists working in all mediums are encouraged to apply. Applications can be found at the City Museum or online at http://www.juneau.org/parkrec/museum.
The City Museum's Solo Artist Exhibition application process began in 2005. Last year, four artists were selected to exhibit in the fall 2009/winter 2010 season: Salty Hanes, Sara Lee, Puanani Maunu and Alan Munro. These artists were selected because of their artistic ability and the strong connection between the artists' work and the City Museum's mission.
"When the museum looks at solo artist applications, we ask ourselves, 'How does this work interpret our Juneau community and the environment we live in?'" said director Jane Lindsey. "Every year, the museum is fortunate to exhibit local artists who have unique ideas about making art in this community; like Trevor Gong who has turned fly-tying into an art, and Rachel Juzeler who collects rusty nails, broken bits of wood and bone and old fabrics, and turns them into some of the most elegant compositions I have seen."
Said Rachael Juzeler, who previously exhibited at the museum as a solo artist: "I was greatly impressed with the space at JDCM. Not only were the walls fully cleaned, prepped and ready to hang the show, but the lighting was custom applied with an artist's touch, creating a really spectacular show. It made me actually feel more professional than I am."
Salty Hanes, who will be exhibiting with Sara Lee, moved to Juneau in 1976. She has been a bead artist since she was young. Now many of her beaded items are things that can be worn or used and take many hours to create. She dreamed of having her own gallery and that dream came true last year. She now owns Bentwood and Bead with her husband Jim.
Sara Lee is both an artist and a biologist, and her work reflects both those interests. She uses a traditional felting process to create sculptures inspired by the natural world. Lee and Hanes will be creating a combined exhibition at the City Museum for December 2009.
Puanani Maunu's current work focuses on abstracted landscapes. Her exhibition will focus on large abstracted landscapes specifically in southeast Alaska. Her solo exhibition, scheduled for March 2010 will feature mostly new work on large canvases.
Alan Munro moved to Alaska in 1971. His background is in art and museum work. This, coupled with his great appreciation for nature is reflected in his paintings. His solo exhibit, to be held in April at the museum, will be nature-inspired and use a variety of media on paper or canvas.