KPC gallery ready to display talents

Posted: Thursday, September 08, 2005

Celia Anderson, art department head at Kenai Peninsula College, said she's excited about the shows planned for the Gary L. Freeburg Gallery this year.

Starting off with such a well-known and respected artist as Alex Combs kicks the season off on a high note, and Anderson plans to continue that trend.

n After Combs' show comes down Sept. 16, paintings and mixed media work by Spelman Evans Downer will be on display from Sept. 20 through Oct. 13. Evans Downer used to teach at KPC and now splits his time between being the head of the art department at a community college in California and his studio in Cooper Landing, where he also works on the Kenai River, Anderson said. She said his work is geology-based.

"He does a lot of aerial photos and that kind of thing," Anderson said. "His pieces are paintings but he uses aerial photography for his work, so that's really kind of interesting stuff."

n From Oct. 16 to Nov. 11 will be an "Ice" digital photography exhibit by Anchorage artist Hal Gage with an opening reception and slide lecture at 3 p.m. Oct. 16. According to Anderson, Gage runs the Alaska Photographic Center in Anchorage and this show consists of images of ice he's taken from around the state.

"It's going to be quite wonderful and I think kind of spectacular," she said.

n Rounding out the fall semester will be a chance for KPC's art faculty to show off their skills in painting, sculpture, drawing and photography. That show will be up from Nov. 15 to Dec. 15.

n After winter break, 2006 will be started off with the ever-popular "Rarefied Light" photography show that often includes work from peninsula photographers. It will be up from Jan. 5 to 27 with a First Thursday opening reception at 5 p.m. Jan. 5.

n Later on the horizon is a show Anderson is particularly excited about — an invitational show of Homer, central peninsula and Anchorage artists on the theme "Arctic Dreaming" in honor of the Arctic Winter Games. The show will be on display in conjunction with the Games in March.

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