PUBLISHED: 4:07 PM on Wednesday, December 5, 2007
Juneau Arts & Culture Center features Plein Rein painters
The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council Gallery presents "Weather" by the Plein Rein painters with an opening reception from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, at Juneau Arts & Culture Center (former Armory).

The Plein Rein Painters, an intrepid group of Juneau artists who have been painting since 2002, present a gallery show at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Gallery, entitled WEATHER. Year-round and in all kinds of weather they meet on Saturdays at 9 a.m. to plan a morning of painting. The artists vary each week, but there is always a group ready to go out and capture the landscape and people of Juneau on canvas or paper.

"We do not let the rain, or snow, or cold keep us from our art. So naturally we have created a number of memorable pieces with a compelling interpretation of weather." A dictionary definition for weather seems to capture the essence of their show - 'the state of the atmosphere at a specific time and with respect to its effect on life and human activities.' Plein Reiners are an eclectic group, creating art using a wide range of media, including pastel, watercolors, oil, acrylics and pencils.

Also at JAHC, from 5-7 p.m., new housemates, Juneau Jazz & Classics, will hold an open house in celebration of their new digs at JACC. A quartet from the Juneau String Ensemble will provide music to be enjoyed by visitors of both the open house and the gallery opening reception.

Right after Gallery Walk, from 7:30-10:30 p.m., the Juneau Arts & Culture Center will be hopping with a dance for all ages hosted by groove-based fusion band BRAVEmonkey. This is the second event of a series of fundraisers or "rent parties" that will help the JAHC convert the retired National Guard Armory to a functional Arts and Culture Center. The event is smoke-free and alcohol-free. Pay-as-you-can at the door. Pie-In-The-Sky goodies available.

For more information, visit, email or call 586-ARTS (-2787).