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Gail Priday: Up Close and Underfoot

fall leaves in foreground against dark forest backgroundDecember 2, 2022 - February 4, 2023

Up Close and Under Foot is a solo exhibition of paintings by Fairbanks artist Gail Priday. Priday finds inspiration from the natural world, specifically the boreal forest. Her solo exhibition includes 33 paintings that depict “ever-changing treasures up-close and underfoot.”

Priday came to Alaska from the East Coast more than a decade ago and was immediately drawn to the forest floor.

“I knew I would love the mountains and expansive sky, but I did not expect to be so taken with the underbrush and fungus,” Priday explains. “The easily overlooked features of the landscape hold great significance to me. They suggest an extraordinary and active world that exists quietly beside my own.”

In her paintings, she combines elements of realism and imagination to portray fungus, lichen, leaves, and other life in the understory.

Image credit: Gail Priday, A Soft White Morning, 2022.

Alison Bremner Nax̲shag̲eit Exhibit: Midnight at the Fireworks Stand

formline design with bright pink, blues, greens, and brown against dark backgroundNovember 4, 2022 - January 7, 2023

In her solo exhibition Midnight at the Fireworks Stand, artist Alison Bremner Nax̲shag̲eit considers the ways in which western contact continues to shape Indigenous communities, from potlaches to the poverty-to-prison pipeline.

Culture is not stagnant. Through contact and the technological revolution Tlingit culture is constantly adapting, observing, and searching for its place in the world. Alison Bremner Nax̲shag̲eit

Alison Bremner Nax̲shag̲eit is a multidisciplinary artist from Yakutat. She is believed to be the first Tlingit woman to carve and raise a totem pole. Bremner studied under master artist David R. Boxley and David A. Boxley in Kingston, Washington. Her mediums include painting, woodcarving, regalia and digital collage. In addition to her contemporary art practice, Bremner is committed to the revitalization of the Tlingit language and creating works for traditional and ceremonial use.

Midnight at the Fireworks Stand is on exhibit through January 7.

Alison Bremner Naxshageit is one of six artists selected for the Alaska State Museum 2020-2023 Solo Artist Exhibition Series along with artists Ben HuffSonya Kelliher-Combs, Gail Priday, Jannah Sexton-Atkins, and Mitch Watley.

Braid My Hair and Buy Me Beaded Earrings by Alison Bremner, 30" x 22" acrylic on paper.

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