Annie Kaill's, 244 Front St. For August, Annie Kaill's will welcome back Juneau artist Karen Beason will be meeting her fans and showing her latest work at the show.
First Friday August 7 080509 AE 2 Capital City Weekly Annie Kaill's, 244 Front St. For August, Annie Kaill's will welcome back Juneau artist Karen Beason will be meeting her fans and showing her latest work at the show.

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The work of Elise Tomlinson will be on display at the UAS Bookstore in Auke Bay.

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New photographs by Patrice Helmar will be on display at the Friends of the Alaska State Museum Store on Seward St.

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The Juneau Artists Gallery will feature watercolor painter Mark Vinsel as its featured artist of the month for August.

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The work of Jane Terry and Fumi Matsumoto will be featured at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Gallery's August art show, "Crossroads: Traditions in Transition."

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First Friday August 7

Annie Kaill's, 244 Front St.

For August, Annie Kaill's will welcome back Juneau artist Karen Beason will be meeting her fans and showing her latest work at the show.

Beason is perhaps best known for her art prints featuring Alaskan wildlife. She creates her block prints using her original block carvings and unique handmade papers. Subjects include ravens, otters, bears, whales and more of the wildlife from around Alaska. She transfers the images to her handmade papers using local materials like fireweed, seaweed, ferns, devils club and more. Her prints are available either matted or framed.

In addition to her prints, Beason has a number of other paper/fabric creations that she displays at Annie Kaill's. These include paper mache fish sculptures made with dyed recycled paper; the Fabulous Fabric Fish Friends which can be hung from the ceiling or displayed on the wall; and peace ravens, meant to encourage a more peaceful and happy world.

Beason will be at Annie Kaill's to present all her artworks and interact with her fans on Friday August 7 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

The gallery will also feature a new print by Juneau artist Sherri McDonald. Known for her beautiful artwork in the paper collage medium, McDonald's original artworks take literally hundreds or even thousands of tiny pieces of papers, many handmade, and layer them into an exquisite representation of the flora,

fauna and landscapes of Southeast Alaska. Since she started developing her collages at age four with construction paper, McDonald has been refining and improving both her materials and her technique. She offers over a dozen prints of her artwork, featuring downtown Juneau, Douglas Island, local wildlife, the Mendenhall Glacier, and more.


The Baranof Hotel has teamed up with artists represented by the Juneau Artists Gallery to offer bi-monthly exhibits. Beginning the first Friday in August, several current and former members of the co-op will be exhibiting works larger than space allows at the Juneau Artists Gallery in the Baranof room facing Franklin Street. An opening reception will be held August 7 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.


Recycled tea bags, coffee filters, the Sunday Juneau Empire newspaper, parrot feathers, shells, fish bones and scales, clay, beads, 100 year old bamboo, willow twigs, handmade paper from cedar, spruce, iris, and knotweed, were used by two local women artists to create their mixed-media contemporary art works featured in the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Gallery's August art show, "Crossroads: Traditions in Transition."

Jane Terry and Fumi Matsumoto have different family histories and traditions. Jane's family and cultural roots are from the Northeastern United States where she was raised. Fumi, a Japanese American, was born in Japan, but grew up in California, and has a Far Eastern cultural heritage. However, both women share a common background having lived in California and pursued their education at the University of California Berkeley where Jane received a degree in Design and Fumi in Fine Arts in the early 1970's.

Fast forward several decades and the two women met for the first time when their paths crossed at the University of Alaska Southeast, in Juneau, Alaska, where Fumi was teaching ceramics. Jane was making pottery in her Thane Studio to sell at the Juneau Artists Cooperative Gallery." Since the mid 1990's, Fumi and Jane have shared their interest in art and the Southeast Alaskan environment.

For this year's collaborative effort, both artists take concepts and images from their cultural background and art traditions, using both conventional art media and non-traditional materials to create new artwork that still retains a sense of "tradition." Jane's interest in "subsistence" led her to explore handmade paper using natural plant fibers found in our Southeast environment. Fumi's fascination with recycled materials and "found objects" discovered on the beaches and forests in Juneau were a basis of inspiration for her artwork.

Calligraphy and block prints, origami, lamps and sculptures made from handmade paper, a kimono and fans constructed from tea bags, leaves, herringbones, fish scales, bamboo and newspaper, paper "Ikebana flower arrangements" and a landscape of mountains made from dyed coffee filters are some of the innovative creations on display in the gallery.

Together, the two women explored their connections to Southeast Alaska, "The Crossroads" where they met. The remote urban city of Juneau, Alaska, is their home and the place where their artistic visions and individual traditions and cultures intersect in the temperate rainforests surrounded and land-locked by mountains, glaciers, and the sea.

The public is invited to view the show and meet the artists at the opening and reception at 4:30 to 7 p.m. Friday, August 7. The show will run through August 31, 2009. Fumi and Jane's interview for "Crossroads" with Jeff Brown will broadcast live on KTOO 104.3 at 3:15 p.m. on Wendesday, August 5.

Juneau artists gallery, Senate building, 175 S. Franklin St.

The Juneau Artists Gallery will feature watercolor painter Mark Vinsel as its featured artist of the month for August.

The artist will feature new work painted mostly on location around Juneau in an impressionistic style, including views of Gastineau channel, the Mendenhall Glacier, and Berners Bay; and small works of fishing vessels and a recent misty ride to Pelican on the ferry LeConte. Vinsel continues to make his own frames from local woods, this year featuring frames of local Alaska yellow cedar and Sitka spruce.

Vinsel served as chairman of the Alaska Commemorative Coin Commission in the design process for Alaska's state quarter. Alaska's quarter is rated the favorite among the fifty state quarters in online polling. Vinsel will be at the gallery for the First Friday opening, from 5 to 9 p.m. on August 7.


The Alaska State Museum and NOAA are holding an opening ceremony dedicating Science on a Sphere, a new permanent interactive installation at the Alaska State Museum, Friday August 7 at 5 p.m. The community is invited to the ceremony and will have a chance to see the sphere free of charge on the same day, from 4 to 7 p.m. The dedication will be attended by NOAA officials from their Washington, D.C. headquarters and regional facilities. Les Morse, Deputy Commissioner of the Alaska Department of Education & Early Development will be officiating the program.

The suspended six-foot carbon fiber sphere uses computers and digital projectors to display dynamic animated images of the Earth's atmosphere, oceans, animal migration patterns, global warming trends, hurricane paths, aviation flight patterns and fisheries around the globe.

The Alaska State Museum features the sphere as an interpretive tool to provide global perspectives for Alaska and its neighbors and to illustrate the complex physical dynamics that comprise Earth's ecosystems. NOAA Fisheries funded the purchase of Science on a Sphere for the Alaska State Museum as part of the museum's and NOAA's educational enhancement partnership. NOAA serves as the principal government agency studying and monitoring many of the global systems displayed on the sphere. The sphere provides a tool for clearly visualizing these complete systems and understanding how they are interconnected on a global scale. "This collaboration between NOAA and the Alaska State Museum strengthens the educational efforts of both organizations," said John Oliver, Deputy Assistant Administrator for NOAA Fisheries. "People come to the Alaska State Museum in Juneau to learn about Alaska's natural history, human history and art. With Science on a Sphere, they can see Alaskan weather, oceans, fisheries, flight paths, and animal migration patterns in relation to the rest of the globe through time."

UAS Bookstore, 11798 Glacier Highway

Douglas-based painter Elise Tomlinson will be the guest artist for August as part of the Summer First Friday at the Bookstore by the Bay. Her current show, "Island of Misfit Paintings," will feature an array of older and newer pieces that were intentionally excluded from previous exhibits.

"Sometimes I really love an individual painting but it just doesn't 'fit' with the rest of the pieces in the show," Tomlinson said.

Her current exhibit will feature many of these, including her typical scenes of the female form in an Alaskan setting, as well as portraits, flowers, straight landscapes, and scenes from a few of her favorite movies.

"It's kind of liberating to have a show where anything goes," Tomlinson said.

Tomlinson's work will be on display at the UAS Bookstore for the month of August, with an opening reception Friday, August 7, from 4-7-p.m.

Friends of the Alaska State Museum Store, 124 Seward St.

Patrice Helmar will unveil new photographs at the Museum Store for the month of August. The show, titled "North American," features black and white and color photographs of places and residents in North America. Photographs include subjects and places spanning Alaska, British Columbia, and Massachusetts. An opening reception will be held Friday, August 7.