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PUBLISHED: 4:57 PM on Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Juneau Arts and Humanities shows First Friday landscapes
Juneau Arts and Humanities Council will feature the paintings of Libby Stortz for the September gallery exhibit. The work is inspired by the notion of awe, writ large, inherent in wilderness.

The public is invited to an opening reception, Friday, September 7, 4:30-7 p.m. at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Gallery, located at 206 North Franklin Street.

The exhibit features gouache paintings of mountain and seascapes, from the Brooks Range to Southeast, Alaska. With bold, opaque colors, broad strokes and sweeping scenes, Stortz explores light, mass and space and their connection to awe.


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  Juneau Arts and Humanities Council will feature the paintings of Libby Stortz for the September gallery exhibit. "The Hike," shown above, is part of the show. The public is invited to an opening reception from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 7, at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Gallery, located at 206 North Franklin Street.
Stortz, a resident of Fairbanks from 1979-1988 and of Sitka since then, majored in art in undergraduate school at New York City University of Queens College, before receiving a Master's in social work at Columbia University, and becoming a social worker, wife and mother.

Knowing that she tended to neglect everything but the painting she was working on, she took a break for 19 years to raise her family, returning to this first love in 2004. A veritable dam broke as paintings poured forth; depicting the extraordinary place we are graced to live in.

Her gouache work is often large - the exhibit includes paintings as large as 30"x40."

There is a sense of great mass, space, light and rich color in her work that conveys the feeling of reverence that we often have in the presence of wildness. "Each of my paintings is like a poem or prayer to place," Stortz said.

She and her husband William enjoy hiking, boating and camping and she credits his photography as foundation for her studio work.

For more information on gallery hours or the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, please call 586-2787. The show will run through Sept. 29.


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