PUBLISHED: 1:50 PM on Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Check out the local color at the Juneau Artists Gallery

Three new member artists will debut their work with the Juneau Artists Gallery during Gallery Walk Weekend.

Shar Fox, Gordon Harrison and Mark Kelley will add to the already vibrant "local color" of the Juneau Artists Gallery. Shar will display colorful hand-tinted black and white photography. Gordon will feature his hand-built ceramics using the technique of transferring raised images of fish, shrimp or crab to platters. Mark Kelley will provide an array of photographs from his extensive collection of statewide Alaskan imagery.

"We are thrilled to have artists of this caliber joining our already outstanding band of local artists," said Cindy Burchfield, fellow gallery member.

The Juneau Artists Gallery is operated entirely by the 29 artists themselves and the public can meet and discuss the work of the artist on duty that day. Original, locally-made clay, glass, metal, wood, beads, eggs, fabric and handmade paper can be found as well as traditional paintings, drawings, etchings and photography.

"Whether we have locals or visitors stopping by the gallery, it always seems to mean so much to them to tell their loved ones that they met the artist whose work they purchased," said Joyce Payne, potter with the gallery.

Open year round the gallery will offer shopping seven days a week through Christmas Eve followed by regular hours five days a week the rest of the winter. Last minute shoppers will receive the added help of free gift wrapping on Christmas Eve.

"We love this time of year when all our friends return to downtown for the festival holiday spirit of Gallery Walk," said Dianne Anderson, who displays her etchings, paintings and collages with the gallery.

Located in the historic Senate Mall Building on S. Franklin, Juneau Artists Gallery has a reputation of having the best food in town for Gallery Walk. Locals are invited to come in and try all the artists' favorite recipes.