Faculty demonstrates art skills in KPC exhibit

Posted: Thursday, December 07, 2000

Without a doubt, there is some fine talent instructing students at Kenai Peninsula College.

The proof is in the KPC Art Faculty exhibit now showing in the college's art gallery on the Soldotna campus.

The exhibit showcases works from Ida Cockroft, Joy Falls, Gary Freeburg, Asia Freeman, Karla Moss Freeman, Boyd Shaffer and Ann Wilson, and each brings a unique talent to the spotlight.

Shaffer's digital images capture a masterful blend of painting skills, such as his creation "Northern Hawk Owls." This print combines a watercolor-splashed background with crisp detail on each owl. Even the ruffled feathers appear to poof out of their chests.


"When Polar Ice Melts," by Boyd Shaffer

Photo by Jay Barrett

In "The Horde," Shaffer's use of multicolor butterflies draws one in to see how many different versions of the insect there are, and his "When Polar Ice Melts" painting sucks you into its spiral image, just like its seals pulled toward the light. One can only wonder what the polar bear is thinking.

Freeburg's "Seated Figure," done in conte crayon, adds a whimsical touch to the show. The figure seemingly waits, almost impatiently, for something to happen. The angle of the character faces another piece, "White Birch," a mixed media by Karla Moss Freeman. Freeman's creation incorporates wide strips of gauze tape with myriad of colored oils to manipulate a 3-dimensional work.

Asia Freeman's two pieces hang side-by-side in contrast. "Snowy White Island" is almost drab with its white, brown, black and gray, while "The Odd Couple," two trees, is full of life with bright green, blue and lavender.

Shades of green fill the color print by Wilson, which is simply called "Untitled." The print takes a unique look at leaves.


"Fountain," by Ida Cockroft

Photo by Jay Barrett

Wilson crosses over into another media with two exuberating ceramic pieces.

"Bowl" combines a ruggedly designed outer side with a smooth, glazed finish on the inside. However, "Mine Mind Wave" is most intriguing. This creation is best viewed from all sides. To see it from one angle is an injustice to the artist.

Sculpture is the focus in the pieces by Falls. "Passages" and "Venus 2000" are smooth, shapely, intricate works in alabaster.

In opposite corners of the gallery sit ash-glazed stoneware pieces by Cockroft, a well-known artist on the Kenai Peninsula. Cockroft's jar and covered jar do not disappoint. Bathed in earth tones, the detail and consistency are pleasing to the eye.


"Mine Mind Wave," by Ann Wilson

Photo by Jay Barrett

However, it is her entry "Fountain" that stands out in both structure and detail.

One easily can imagine it sitting in a Japanese garden, soothing its surroundings with the gentle gurgle of trickling water. The sprinkled use of cyan in the bowl of the stoneware helps lend to the tranquil water image.

Upon closer inspection, a faintly etched temple is engraved at the fountain's base. This subtle shape simply adds to the charm.

The Kenai Peninsula College Art Faculty Exhibit will be open to the public through Wednesday. The art gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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