PUBLISHED: 12:28 PM on Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Fund-raising event aims to preserve paintings of historic Juneau artist
Some community members are finding a way to give back to early 1900s artist Frances Brooks Davis.

"Celebrating Women in the Arts: A Tribute to Frances Brooks Davis" is a fund-raising event to restore and conserve some of the artist's work.

Davis, who received an art education at South Kensington School of Art in London, came to Juneau in 1891 to paint landscapes.

"She came for a very short stay, met the love of her life and never left," said her granddaughter Connie Davis.

"I think the romance between her and my grandfather is just so compelling."

Davis painted under the name Frances Caroline Montgomery Davis and painted in Juneau for nearly 40 years, until her death in 1932.

Her work has been displayed in city and state museums, as well as private collections.

Davis and her husband J. Montgomery Davis, an Englishman who work for Juneau's Nowell Mining Co., helped found and build Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, which stands at Fourth and Gold streets.

In order to preserve Davis' paintings, a group has spent about four years raising funds to have pieces of art restored and conserved at the Western Center for Conservation of Fine Arts in Denver, Colo.

"I'm glad it's all being done because she was part of early Juneau history," Connie Davis said.

"It's very interesting and I appreciate it."

The tribute will be held at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22.

Tickets must be purchased by noon the day of the event.

Events taking place are a skit about Frances Davis followed by a viewing of her religious paintings at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.

A dinner and silent auction will be held at the church, as well.

The auction will include art and literature from various Alaskan artists such as Rie Munoz, Susan Fowler, Paula Wright and Bridget Smith.

"I think it will be fun. There's going to be paintings and literature. I consider all of these things women in the arts," Davis said.