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Kenai Fine Arts Center exhibit highlights bounty of area talent

A splendid fall harvest

Posted: Thursday, September 07, 2000

Visitors to the Harvest Art Show, on display now at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, can not only enjoy the wide variety of work by area artists, but have a chance to own some as well.

The Harvest Art Show includes a silent auction, where visitors can bid on the artwork displayed. Any bid not meeting the reserve, or minimum price, will be sold at an outcry auction during the Fall Gala on Sept. 23.

While the show is dominated by paintings, there is a fine selection of ceramics, fiber, collage and jewelry.

Penny McLain's ceramic work is well represented. Besides a pitcher with six tumblers and ceramic bowls on display, McLain also has a painting, entitled "Vessels," that is spectacular.

A wash of gold-tone paint on wooden veneer, the painting depicts ceramic vessels. So nearly monochromatic, "Vessels" grabs your attention and refuses to let go, as you try to determine where the wood grain ends and the paint begins.

Another piece that demands extra attention is "Bear," by Laura Faeo. Set innocuously among the table of ceramics, this happy little ceramic bear sculpture jumps out at you, with its surface covered with extremely intricate designs, including a yin-yang symbol on its back.

 

"Bear" by Laura Faeo

Two other intriguing pieces come from Marty Hapeman. Called transparency prints, the two images are "Five of Seven" and "Past." It's hard to describe these small, though compelling, images of people. It's best to visit the center and look for yourself.

There are several oil paintings in the show, including "Going Away Hungry" by Helen Wynkoop, showing a bear walking down a trail away from a cabin, and "Storm Coming," by Amanda Brail.

Brail has four pieces in the show, all using the "wet on wet" oil painting process. Brail notes in her biography that with this technique, a painting can be done in less than a half a day.

"Blueberry Field in Autumn," by Mary Whiteley, is another of the many terrific oils in the show. You can almost smell the over-ripe berries in the field of fall colors in the painting.

Other pieces of note include "A Cabin For All Seasons," a small quilt by Ann-Lillian Schell. It has four panels, each with the same little cabin during different times of the year. Also, "Turned Out," a painting of wild horses running free, by Annette Bellamy, is very dramatic.

With 33 pieces on display, a visitor to the center will not leave dissatisfied, as there is something for everyone. And if one's bid is high enough, one might not leave empty-handed, either.

The winning bids will be announced at the Fall Gala from 7 to 9 p.m. at the center. Proceeds from the auction benefit area artists, the Kenai Art Guild and Planned Parenthood of Alaska. The Fine Arts Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

HEAD:A splendid fall Harvest

 

"Cabin For All Seasons," by Ann-Lillian Schell

HEAD:Kenai Fine Arts Center exhibit highlights bounty of area talent

BYLINE1:By JAY BARRETT

BYLINE2:Peninsula Clarion

Visitors to the Harvest Art Show, on display now at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, can not only enjoy the wide variety of work by area artists, but have a chance to own some as well.

The Harvest Art Show includes a silent auction, where visitors can bid on the artwork displayed. Any bid not meeting the reserve, or minimum price, will be sold at an outcry auction during the Fall Gala on Sept. 23.

While the show is dominated by paintings, there is a fine selection of ceramics, fiber, collage and jewelry.

Penny McLain's ceramic work is well represented. Besides a pitcher with six tumblers and ceramic bowls on display, McLain also has a painting, entitled "Vessels," that is spectacular.

A wash of gold-tone paint on wooden veneer, the painting depicts ceramic vessels. So nearly monochromatic, "Vessels" grabs your attention and refuses to let go, as you try to determine where the wood grain ends and the paint begins.

Another piece that demands extra attention is "Bear," by Laura Faeo. Set innocuously among the table of ceramics, this happy little ceramic bear sculpture jumps out at you, with its surface covered with extremely intricate designs, including a yin-yang symbol on its back.

Two other intriguing pieces come from Marty Hapeman. Called transparency prints, the two images are "Five of Seven" and "Past." It's hard to describe these small, though compelling, images of people. It's best to visit the center and look for yourself.

There are several oil paintings in the show, including "Going Away Hungry" by Helen Wynkoop, showing a bear walking down a trail away from a cabin, and "Storm Coming," by Amanda Brail.

Brail has four pieces in the show, all using the "wet on wet" oil painting process. Brail notes in her biography that with this technique, a painting can be done in less than a half a day.

"Blueberry Field in Autumn," by Mary Whiteley, is another of the many terrific oils in the show. You can almost smell the over-ripe berries in the field of fall colors in the painting.

Other pieces of note include "A Cabin For All Seasons," a small quilt by Ann-Lillian Schell. It has four panels, each with the same little cabin during different times of the year. Also, "Turned Out," a painting of wild horses running free, by Annette Bellamy, is very dramatic.

With 33 pieces on display, a visitor to the center will not leave dissatisfied, as there is something for everyone. And if one's bid is high enough, one might not leave empty-handed, either.

The winning bids will be announced at the Fall Gala from 7 to 9 p.m. at the center. Proceeds from the auction benefit area artists, the Kenai Art Guild and Planned Parenthood of Alaska. The Fine Arts Center is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.



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