FoJDCM will hold its
annual meeting and public presentation
with special guest Kesler Woodward
Thursday, December 7, 2017
(The Old Elks Hall)
6:00pm Doors Open
6:30-7:00pm The FoJDCM annual meeting
7:00-8:30pm Presentation by Kesler Woodward on
“Sydney Laurence and the Juneau Landscape”
2017 & 2018 Friends Members receive Free Admission
General public $5/ donation
Space is limited * Cash only
Contact us with any questions or call the Museum at 586-3572
Sydney Laurence (1865-1940) is widely regarded as Alaska’s most prominent painter, famous for his many views of Mt. McKinley, now known as Mt. Denali, and the Cook Inlet region. It is less known that Laurence visited and painted in Juneau, and his work was represented by Belle Simpson and the Nugget Shop. Journeying to Alaska in 1904 to prospect for gold, his artistic talent and fascination with Alaskan scenes brought him back to painting about ten years later when he began earning his livelihood and a lasting reputation for Alaskan scenes.
Kesler Woodward moved to Alaska in 1977, and served as Curator of Visual Arts at the Alaska State Museum and as Artistic Director of the Visual Arts Center of Alaska before moving to Fairbanks in 1981. He is currently Professor of Art, Emeritus at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he has taught for two decades, serving as Chair of the Art Department and as Chair of the Division of Arts and Communications. Woodward’s paintings are included in all major public art collections in Alaska, and in museum, corporate and private collections on both coasts of the United States. Woodward has received the Alaska Governor’s Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Arts, and the Rasmuson Foundation Distinguished Alaskan Artist Fellowship. Also an art historian, Woodward has published six books since 1990 on Alaskan art, including the first comprehensive survey of the fine arts in Alaska, and Sydney Laurence, Painter of the North.
Woodward will speak at the Friends of the Juneau-Douglas City Museum’s annual meeting about the City Museum’s new acquisition, Bend in the River, oil on canvas, 20”x24”, by Sydney Laurence (1865-1940). This landscape painted in the flats, near where the airport is located today, is a fine example of Laurence’s work in our area.