Mixed-media art show reflects life's journeys

Posted: Thursday, September 05, 2002

"Journey Fragments" is a mixed media collection by Paula Dickey, reflecting the journeys everyone takes through life. The Homer artist combined actual fragments of maps with watercolor and ink to create artificial landscapes.

"We are shaped by the paths we take," Dickey said. "And bits of experiences remain in our memories."

There are 13 pieces in this show, which opens Saturday at Alaskan Gift and Gallery in Kenai. A reception will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. that day.

"People will recognize some of the place names in these pieces," Dickey said. "One depicts a river system, with over 100 little rivers in it."

The ocean's ebb and flow inspired much of the line work in this art.

"My husband Brad and I walk on the beach every day," she said. "We live by the ocean, so we hear and see these natural rhythms all the time."

Paula and Brad Dickey created the glass mosaic mural in the entryway of the Kenai Public Health Center. Titled "Sea Life -- See Health," the mosaic depicts edibles from the sea.

Dickey has been the "artist in the schools" at Redoubt Elementary School in Soldotna, and Mountain View

Elementary in Kenai. She will serve as a juror for the Kenai Fine Arts Center's watercolor show in October.

After directing the art program at Alaska Pacific University from 1983 to 1991, Dickey moved to Homer, where she taught at Kenai Peninsula College until 1999.

Earlier this year, Dickey's three-dimensional piece, "Unwrit-ten Chapters," appea-red in the juried show, Arizona

Aqueous XVII, at Tubac Center of the Arts in Tubac, Ariz. "That piece was inspired by our son Devon, who died two years ago," she said.

Several of Dickey's watercolor pieces are currently displayed in Homer at Picture Alaska Gallery and the Fireweed Gallery.

"Journey Fragments" will be on display through Oct. 3 at Alaskan Gift and Gallery. For more information, call 283-3655.

Ann Marina is a freelance writer living in Kenai.

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