90 Alaska artists create original works for auction at Anchorage Museum Gala
March 09, 2007
Plein-air painting-contemporary American landscape painting--takes center stage One of the season's most celebrated social art events, the Anchorage Museum Gala elegantly combines art, mingling, music and dancing during this annual fund-raising event from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, April 21. The eight-piece jazz and swing band Blue Notes will perform. Guests will enjoy sumptuous food and decadent desserts prepared by Clair d'Loon, fine wine and an auction of some of the state's best original art in a variety of media created especially for this event - works from 90 Alaska artists with a plein-air painting showcase.Betty Atkinson is this year's featured artist. An accomplished plein-air oil painter of Alaska landscapes, Atkinson has been painting most of her life and is a signature member of the International Society of Acrylic Painters. Her work has been included in many national and statewide juried exhibitions, including Arts for the Parks, the Alaska Railroad poster and the All-Alaska Juried Exhibition. Joining Atkinson is an impressive group of talented artists from all over the state. Art works from a group of Alaska plein-air painters will be up for auction at the Gala. These artists include: Bob Hansen, Betty Atkinson, Lynn Boots, Marianne Weiland, Thor Brandt-Erichsen, Nancy Brandt-Erichsen, Joe Nedland, and Don Kolstad. Plein-air is French for landscape painting on location "in the open". This unique American style is experiencing a resurgence across the country as artists are re-examining the role modern representational painters play in an ever-increasing technological society and how art helps define our relationship to the land. First Friday art crawlers can cast a vote for a favorite Gala piece for the "People's Choice" award during a free Gala artists' reception and preview art exhibition from 5 to 8:30 p.m. April 6. The exhibition will be on display in the museum atrium through April 21. Gala tickets are $125. For more information or to purchase tickets, call Kim Marcucci at (907) 343-6179.