The Kenai Fine Art Center’s exhibition for February features area watercolor artists. Watercolor work is a challenging and popular media. Plan to attend the opening reception February 6th , 5-7pm. See the artwork, meet the artists and hear what they have to say about working with this whimsical medium. Refreshments, music, free and open to the public. People’s Choice Award will be announced February 29, the final day of the exhibition.
Opening Reception Thursday January 2, 2020 5-7pm
Enjoy the January exhibit Rough Around the Edges by Stephanie Cox and Anna Widman; textural contrast explored by two area artists. Widman transfers ocean debris lines to unstretched canvas The result is an extremely textural and rough piece mixed with elements of sheen and glow. Widman “strives to find a way to communicate and interpret the subliminal mix of awe and peace found in nature.” While Cox “creates high relief organic textured paintings organized in structured patterns and shapes influenced by city scenes, Alaskan terrain, geometric designs and more” often using wall-joint compound applied on sheetrock with putty knives.
As an artist in the midst of a chaotic world I strive to find a way to communicate and interpret the subliminal mix of awe and peace found in nature. Kinesthetic in my work, I bring un-stretched canvas outdoors. Then transferring earth, mostly debris lines left by the ocean tide, to that surface I create the base for the piece. This is an effort to literally take a piece of time from the earth. I take this captured bit of time to the studio and layer the earth with metallic and neutral colors in a variety of medias and applications. The result is an extremely textural and rough piece mixed with elements of sheen and glow. Evolving with the ever-changing world of painting, I morph as an artist to encompass a realm of experimental and non-brush techniques.
The crux of my work deals with temporality, ephemerality, and the human body as well as multiple aspects of the sublime. A continuation of my experiments reflects our give and take relationship with the land and its context in history. Additionally, I examine the body and its limitations. I gain insight from modern theorists and contemporary artists who relate to my work. Further investigations involve non-masculine aspects of art making and finding my place between sculpture and painting.
My interest in non-objective textured paintings began a few years ago after many remodeling jobs accompanying my husband, Tyson. While working with wall-joint compound applied on sheetrock with putty knives I began to experiment and conjure ideas of creating abstract patterns, textures, and shapes. Relief paintings and sculptures have always fascinated me. I create high relief organic textured paintings organized in structured patterns and shapes influenced by city scenes, Alaskan terrain, geometric designs and more. The juxtaposition of the natural textures and the geometric pattern designs intrigues me. Colors remain a consistent driving force in my creative process. Earthy browns, grey- greens, and golden yellow tones found in the Eastern Oregon plains contrast greatly from Alaska’s lush greens and crystal blues.
The multitude of local potters, painters, sculptors, and photographers in the community also inspire me. I thrive on the environmental surroundings of Alaska. From salmon and halibut to wildflowers and mountain ranges to the Northern Lights, I interpret and represent the colors, textures, and feels of the Alaskan environment. I use the local feel to contrast and soften the city scenes. The idea of organic versus industrialized remains a central theme in many of the pieces.
My high school students also inspire and influence my artwork.
Their support for and even questions about my creative process prod me to reflect intently about how and why I create the pieces I do. My students help elaborate my ideas and morph them in ways only high school students could. I enjoy the creative energy found in the classroom and like working along side my students.
The Peninsula Art Guild is selling raffle tickets for a chance to win one of the following piecs of art. Tickets cost $10 and can be purchased at the Kenai Fine Art Center. The drawing will be held on November 30, 3:00pm at Penisula Art Guild’s Annual Arts & Craft Fair located in Kenai Central High School. Artwork now on display.
Marilyn Johnson, Karen Fogarty, Lily Huebsch, Connie Tarbox & Jane Marshall
- August 31, 2019
- $100 worshop fee
- Supplies provided
Elissa is a fiber artist and natural dyer who lives in Homer where she runs an art space with her husband and fellow artist David Pettibone. The Shop, Kachemak Bay Art Space opened in October of 2018. Elissa is a multi media performer and is the owner of Blue Red Yellow, a natural dye house.
Please donate original artwork for the Peninsula Art Guild’s annual Harvest Exhibit and Auction
Submission Deadline August 31,2019 4 pm
Exhibit September 5-28
Auction September 28, 2019
Historical Buildings of Kenai
Entry Deadline: 6/1/2019 5pm Saturday
As an artist, reflect on the rich and varied history of Kenai using buildings or settings within the Kenai city limits. Bring in work that showcases all facets of culture, industry, environment of our city. Use history’s bones, the historic buildings, to communicate where we’ve been and what we’ve learned. Communicate this spirit in 2 or 3D. Use any media such as pastels, water color, oils, fiber art, sculpture, metal, canvas, wood, found object or stone.
Entry Fee : $25 KFAC members and $35 for non members
- Competition is open to all artists high school age and older.
- Each artist may submit original 2D or 3D artworks with maximum size of 36”x 36”(artwork must be framed and/or ready to hang (wired or d-rings) or otherwisedisplay) in any medium.
- Entry forms can be found on our website www.kenaifineart.com or at KFAC.
- The event is a non-juried show, however, the KFAC Exhibition Committeereserves the right to refuse artwork deemed not suitable for the exhibit.
- A non-refundable fee entitles the artist to submit up to 2 pieces of artwork forconsideration.
- Opening reception Thursday June 7th
- You may submit work as NFS (not for sale) but you will need to submit a price forinsurance purposes.
- For all sales, Artist-Gallery split is 70%-30% for KFAC members and 60%-40%for non members. Membership forms are available on our website or in ourgallery.
- All selected pieces must hang until the end of the show and picked up after6/29/2019 Wednesday-Saturday noon-5pm.
- Submission of your form to the Kenai Fine Art Center is considered acceptanceof the terms and conditions of the exhibition.
- See attached map for city limits
Join physician and amateur photographer Dr. Kristin Mitchell as she shares stunning photographs of her journey to Antartica.
March 21 6pm Kenai Fine Art Center
In 2017, local physician Kristin Mitchell, MD participated in a panel about women in science at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, and learned about a transformative leadership program for women in STEMM fields. She applied and was selected to participate in the Homeward Bound program, a leadership program building a global network of 1000 women in STEMM to lead and influence decision making as it shapes our planet.
Homeward Bound situates the culmination of the year-long leadership development program in the remote Antarctic peninsula because Antarctica, like the Arctic, is experiencing climate change at a more rapid pace than temperate parts of the planet. The isolation and challenging environment helps focus attention on the tasks of understanding the challenges of climate change and women in leadership.
Dr. Mitchell hopes to inspire her community with images and stories about the Antarctic environment. She is optimistic that we can all work together to live more lightly on this planet.