PUBLISHED: 1:22 PM on Wednesday, October 5, 2005
Terzis, Gray shows open at Alaska State Museum Oct. 7

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  Jane Terzis' work, opening on Friday, is graphite on paper.
Artists Jane Terzis and Lisa Gray inaugurate the State Museum's fall and winter exhibition schedule with individual solo shows of their work opening Friday, Oct. 7. Juneau artist Terzis will exhibit a group of new drawings and mixed media pieces under the title "Prayer for the Protection of All Beings." Gray, who lives in Anchorage, will show digital collages titled "The Outraged Body." Both exhibits deal thematically with the nature of being.

An opening reception for both exhibits will be 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Friday, sponsored by The Friends of the Alaska State Museum. Admission is free from 4-7 p.m. as part of the First Friday gallery event.

Terzis is a painting and drawing instructor at the University of Alaska Southeast. She is a longtime resident of Juneau and has exhibited widely in Alaska and outside the state. Her work frequently involves aspects of portraiture. She was awarded the Juror's Choice award in the 1998 All Alaska Juried Exhibition in Anchorage.

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  "Light in Glacier Bay," by Kes Woodard is part of the Recent Acquisitions exhibition opening Oct. 7 at the Alaska State Museum.
"What might change about my place in the world if I recognize my capacities for good and for bad behavior?" Terzis said about the exhibit. She explores the idea through an extensive series of small pencil drawings and actual objects.

"The face presented in each piece is one that I have used before. Intended as a portrait of my own psyche, these beings also represent everyone in what I think of as my tribe," she said.

Gray, who is known for her densely layered photographic works that have been shown outside Alaska and garnered national attention, now produces digital collage and inkjet prints. Her work has often dealt with themes of death, decay and rebirth.

"Nature, especially the body, seems to be my deepest source of inspiration," she said. "I merge so much with the figure, that I lose my own identity, there is no sense of dislocation."

Both the Terzis and Gray exhibits will run through Nov. 26.

Also opening Friday is "New Art Acquisitions from the Rasmuson Foundation," an exhibition of contemporary Alaska art that has been added to the museum's collection over the past two years, funded by grants from the Rasmuson Foundation Art Acquisition Fund with the assistance of Museums Alaska.

Winter hours at the museum are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. General admission is $3.