This First Friday, 2 Friends welcomes three new friends to the gallery! Join us on Friday, September 1, from 5 - 7 pm for First Friday, featuring artists Eleanor McMahon, Karmen Staveland, and Tamara Johannes.
Eleanor McMahon is best known for her oil landscapes of Day Harbor, a remote coastal wilderness in Kenai Fjords National Park. Eleanor's fascination with mountains, water, and the ever changing light has kept her out in the cold wind for many summers.
An oil painter from Eagle River, Karmen Staveland has been exploring abstract ideas this past year. This group of paintings developed out of an emotional experience, and Karmen uses expressive brushwork, a palette knife, and rich color to share her thoughts and feelings.
Tamara Johannes is a multi-media artist who focuses most of her time on glass fusing. Her most recent works are something she calls "Glass on Glass Painting." Her process involves the use of old masters' techniques, including staining, etching, and masking with glass enamels in multiple layers. Pieces are then fired at high temperatures in a kiln. The process of adding and removing glass creates interesting layers and depth.
Other gallery highlights this month include a fresh selection of ivory carvings, new clothing by Effie's Heart, summer sale items, and some new merchandise coming in for the fall season.
The non-profit of the month for September is Hospice of Anchorage. Founded in 1980, Hospice of Anchorage is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization and a partner agency of the United Way of Anchorage. They are a community agency comprised of an interdisciplinary team – volunteers, nurses, social service coordinators, bereavement coordinators and chaplains – who provide assistance to meet the transition from life through death and to cope with loss and grief. All services are provided at no cost.
Happy end of summer! We hope you stop in to celebrate, and look forward to seeing you in the gallery as the weather starts to turn.