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PUBLISHED: 4:23 PM on Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Photographer chronicles the bears of Mendenhall
Juneau Artists Gallery presents new photos by Mark Kelley featuring the Mendenhall Glacier Steep Creek black bears, at First Friday's Gallery Walk on Nov. 2.

Kelley started photographing the seven to ten black bears that gather along Steep Creek in early August. The show will feature about a dozen new images depicting life in and around the viewing platforms just off the Visitors Center parking lots.

"As a passionate wildlife junkie, I have been all over Alaska," Kelley said. "The black bear action at the Mendenhall Glacier is one of the most amazing and accessible wildlife happenings anywhere in the State."

The images presented at the show will also be featured in a new book Kelley plans to publish for next summer on the black bears of Mendenhall Glacier. He has expanded his display space with the local artists' gallery to accommodate the new images as well as his always popular framed prints of life and wildlife in a around Southeast Alaska.


Photo by Mark Kelley
  Juneau Artists Gallery presents new photos by Mark Kelley featuring the Mendenhall Glacier Steep Creek black bears, at First Friday's Gallery Walk on Nov. 2.
This year Kelley released his ninth book, "Alaska: A Photographic Excursion," which has almost sold out. Kelley also produces the very popular Juneau calendar, which is in its 19th year.

Kelley moved to Juneau in 1979 and was the Juneau Empire photographer for 13 years before he left to be a full time freelancer in 1993. He joined the Juneau Artists Gallery earlier this year. As a member he works with almost 30 other local Juneau artists. The gallery is owned and operated as a cooperative venture by the artists to bring their work to the people of Juneau.

Visitors, legislators and locals alike are invited to see the photos, meet Kelley and graze on snacks at the Juneau Artists Gallery on Friday evening, Nov. 2, in the Senate Mall Building downtown.


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