Kenai visitors center displays annual 'AlaskaWild' exhibit through Wednesday

Posted: Thursday, November 15, 2001

Photography buffs or people who just like to stop and enjoy the scenery will find something of interest at the "AlaskaWild/01" photography exhibition at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

The exhibit ends Wednesday.

"AlaskaWild" is an annual juried outdoor and nature photography exhibit put on by the Alaska Society of Outdoor and Nature Photographers that celebrates the spirit and wild uniqueness of Alaska. This is the 13th annual exhibit and contains photographs in four categories: experimental-alternative; outdoor-nature; landscape; and animals.

The Kenai Peninsula Photogra-phy Guild will host a special closing reception for the exhibit Tuesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. to critique the exhibit and provide outdoor and nature photography tips. The exhibit and evening reception are free and open to the public.

This year's "AlaskaWild" show contains 29 pictures. Best in category, honorable mention and best in show awards were given to certain pictures.

"Sharing Clover," by John Demske, won best of show. It is a black-and-white picture of a mother moose and calf standing in a patch of clover. The calf is stretching its head up to its mother's mouth, trying to get a taste of what she's chewing on.

Continuing the moose theme is "Moose Tracks on the Mud Flats of the Delta River," by Bruce Herman, which won best in category for landscape. The color photograph is of the Delta River mud flats stretching dry and cracked toward the river in the distance. Above, the sky is streaked red and orange from the setting sun and a black, tree-covered hill rises to the side. The pattern of the lined mud is disturbed by columns of moose tracks receding into the distance.

Another picture in the landscape category is "Denali Dawn," by Julie Sprott. It depicts a tree- and brush-covered plain stretching away to jagged snow-covered mountains in the distance. The picture is taken at sunrise creating a hazy, pinkish shade. The most striking thing in the picture is the fire red colors of the shrubs on the plain contrasting with the green of the pine trees.

In the outdoor-nature category, "Netscapes," by Rebecca Clement, which received an honorable mention, was an interesting change in subjects. The picture is of a jumbled heap of fishing nets, ropes and chain in bright and varied colors. It provides all the festivity of a busy fishing trip without the smell. The threads of an orange net look like copper-colored hair cascading down from the tangle of a braided headdress.

"Snow on Birches," by John DeLapp, is in the same category. It depicts two bare birch trees laden with snow against a white background. Before taking a close inspection, the picture looks stark enough that it could be a pen-and-ink drawing.

The experimental-alternative category offered some diverse entries. The best in category submission, "Sebasters Ser. 2," by James Brady, shows two almost neon orange-colored fish that seem to leap out of the picture from the teal background.

These pictures and many more, whether of fish, fowl, mountain or mushroom, capture scenes from the great outdoors of Alaska, representing an appeal for anyone who ever pointed at a creature in the distance or simply stopped to appreciate the view.

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