April at Annie Kaill's features sculptures and paintings by Julie Pigott, plus glass art and jewelry from Elgin Fremlin.
Our first featured artist is folk artist Julie Pigott. Julie is a former Juneau resident, who comes back to town every year for the Alaska Folk Festival. Last year during Folk Fest, Julie stopped by Annie Kaill's to visit her old neighbor Colleen... the conversation turned to art... and we penciled Julie in to show some of hers at the gallery! Exactly one year from that conversation, Julie opens her April exhibition.
The theme of Julie's show is "Ancestors." Julie's colorful acrylic paintings on canvas and mixed media sculptures explore in both a very personal as well as universal way, the desire to understand “Who am I?” and “Who do I come from?” Adopted as an infant, Julie was surprised 15 years ago by a deep-seated desire to find my biological roots. A life-long journey was born out of this desire. Amidst the searching for her birth family, colorful ancestor paintings slowly began to emerge.
Julie has two art forms. First, original sculptures. Mixed media Ancestor Sculptures are made out of wood, copper wire and pipe, brass wire, canvas and/or turkey feathers, glass beads and acrylic paint. The sculptures we are showing are about 3 feet tall. Julie also has a collection of acrylic paintings on canvas, mounted on 1 1/2” birch elephant panels.
In addition to Julie, we're also featuring the work of glass artist Elgin Fremlin for the month of April. We've been carrying a selection of Elgin's work for a while now, and we're really excited to provide this platform to introduce his work to the community. Elgin's glass art is created using a time-honored technique known as lampwork. A lampwork artist uses a torch to melt source material glass into a molten state, then manipulates it by hand into beautiful creations.
Elgin's work includes a line of jewelry - glass pendants with unique designs that resemble stars or flowers. The pendants themselves come in a variety of shapes and sizes - hearts, circles, ovals, and teardrops. Elgin also has large glass marbles; these are gorgeous display pieces that highlight his craft. Plus, we're told he has some UV-activated glass items that he will be bringing as well for the First Friday show.
We'll be featuring work from Julie and Elgin all April long. You're invited to join us for the opening reception on First Friday, April 7, beginning at 4:30 pm. For more information, visit www.anniekaills.com.