Nelda Warkentin's studios in Alaska and Maine are featured in the current (Winter) issue of Studios magazine, available at Barnes & Noble. Nelda's downtown Anchorage studio is in the living room of her condo. Her East Coast studio is in the attic of a 170 year old farm house in the mountains of western Maine. Copies of the magazine can also be found at http://www.interweavestore.com/.
"From There to Here", an exhibition featuring nine innovative Alaskan printmakers, opens with a reception from 5:30-7:30pm, November 20 at the Trailer Art Center/MTS Gallery in Anchorage.
The work of Denise Gallup is included. She has a series of five small stage framed quilted pieces (her work in the current Earth, Fire & Fibre is actually the first in the series) using silk chiffon and tissue pattern collage, with screen printing, digital printing, drawing, hand and machine stitching.
The show runs through December 15 with the gallery open Wednesday and Saturdays at noon.
"Glacial Rivers" by Ree Nancarrow received second place in "24th Parallel", a juried contemporary art show held by the Fairbanks Arts Association in October, 2009.
Continuing with the glacier theme, "Glacial Run-Off" was selected to be part of "Ascension: Exploring the Art of Denali", an exhibition of works from the Artist-in-Residence Program of Denali National Park and Preserve and the UA Museum of the North. The exhibition will be open until Jan. 31, 2010.
Kathie Cook has been invited by the San Jose Quilt Museum to display her work in the upcoming show "High Fiber Under Five" which will be on display October 30 - November 8. The quilts pictured are from her Portals Series - Portal 4, Piazza, Doorways of Italy and Portal 5, Urban which was inspired by the Getty Museum. All of Kathie's pieces are hand pieced and hand quilted. For more information go to www.sjquiltmuseum.org .
"Ascension - Exploring the Art of Denali" is currently on display at the University of Alaska Museum of the North, Fairbanks. Works from the Artist-in-Residence Program of Denali National Park & Preserve as well as objects from the UAMN's fine arts, ethnology, and history collections to tell the story of Denali and explore the connection between the art and science of Denali. Past SAQA members who have served as an Artist-in-Residence include Ree Nancarrow, Linda Beach and Karin Franzen. For more information contact http://www.alaskageographic.org/ .
At the North Wall Gallery in the Sheldon Community Arts Hangar in downtown Talkeetna, the exhibition "In Praise of Green.....and Other Colors" features the work of Julia March Crocetto. According to the Denali Arts Council "watercolors merge with fibers in this show of colorful exploration. Julia has been using various surface design techniques to combine painting and fibers; resulting in abstracts, landscapes and even mobiles. Known for her wearable scarves, this show will be a departure, taking her silk paintings to a new level. Texture is a major part of the focus, with works that hang on the walls and in the air."
The exhibition will be on display from October 10 thru November 10. For further information contact http://www.denaliartscouncil.org/.
Photo: "Cranberry and Poplar", French dye on silk Habutai
"This Way and That" by Diane Melms will be among a show of paintings, quilts and pottery by Linda Lyons, Gretchen Hancock, Dan Lasser and Diane Melms at Artique (http://www.artiqueltd.com/) in Anchorage October 2 -30, with a First Friday reception on October 2 from 5-7pm.
Diane Melms, who recently joined SAQA, received a Jurors Award for her body of work currently on display in the Earth, Fire and Fibre exhibition at the Anchorage Museum. Her two pieces, "Concentric Squares" (34" x 34") and "Chroma Stacks" (26" x 30") are pictured. "Chroma Stacks" was purchased by the museum for their permanent collection.
Z. Denise Gallup of Girdwood, our most recent SAQA Alaska member, also has work in the upcoming Earth, Fire and Fibre exhibit opening September 4 at the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center. Denise says of her work "The History" (detail shown, quilted piece-stage framed, approx. 13" x 18") "This piece is a continuation of my exploration of biology and biography. While I continue to use tissue clothing patterns as a metaphor for "life's directions", this is a new direction in materials for me."
Earth, Fire and Fibre Exhibtion XXVII recently announced the artists whose work was chosen for the upcoming show, including three SAQA members. The exhibit opens in Anchorage with a reception on Sept. 4, 2009 from 7:00-9:00pm and will remain on view through December 6, 2009. The exhibit will be located in the Chugach Gallery located on the 4th floor of the new Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center addition. The SAQA members whose work was juried in are:
"Map of Shadows" by Linda Beach is one of several works of art just purchased by the University of Washington Medical Centers' Art Program. The various pieces will be displayed in public and patient care areas in the Seattle medical center and Roosevelt Clinic Buildings near the UWMC campus.
Susan Christensen is exhibiting in a group show she is curating at the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Councils' new Main Street Gallery venue in September, 2009. The show, titled "7 Women, 7 Lives" features the work of seven Petersburg artists in a variety of media and opens September 4.
Karin Franzen has been selected to serve as an Artist-in-Residence at Denali National Park during the period of August 18-27. On August 27 at 7:30 p.m. she will lecture at the Denali Education Center near the entrance to the park. Contact http://www.alaskageographic.org for more information.