August Exhibit: Portrait of the Tongass
Paintings, drawings, and photographs made in the field by Alex Witt and Emily Charlotte Taibleson.
Exhibition dates: August 6 at 4:30 PM through Sunday, September 26.
How to Use the Virtual Gallery
As we continue to navigate through the pandemic, we are excited to offer an alternative to in-person exhibits here in Juneau and beyond with this virtual gallery space. View these exhibits one of two ways:
- On your computer in a web browser - scroll down to see the gallery and expand to full screen for the best viewing experience.
- On a smartphone or tablet via the Exhibbit app - just download from the app store (it's free!).
Helpful Tips and Tricks
- Use the menu feature to help navigate
- Click on individual images to see them up close, use the catalog to browse
- Click on the bar at top right of each piece to drop-down the placard to learn more, to inquire, or make a purchase
PURCHASE GALLERY ART
Tp purchase originals, click the button below. Note that buyers in Juneau are eligible for free delivery or pick up - we will follow up with buyers outside of Juneau for the cost of shipping. Any sold work will be packaged and shipped after this show comes down at the end of September.
INQUIRE ABOUT PRINTS
Prints and postcards of the originals in this show can be requested - please EMAIL us for more information and to place your order. All print orders will be sent to the printer at the end of September and shipped to buyers in October when the order is complete.
We conceived this show to express our reverence for the Tongass National Forest. The paintings for this show were painted outdoors in the forest, with sand and bugs dusting our pallets and rain wetting our canvases. We carried out paints across bays, over bogs, and along the beach to present a view of this dramatic and intimate landscape. We hope that while you enjoy these paintings this summer, a cool glacial breeze blows down to freshen the air around you.
The Tongass has been stewarded by the Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian People for innumerable generations. North America’s coast from Central California to Alaska was once covered with old growth forest that has now been largely clearcut and remains as isolated pockets in parks and preserves. At 17-million acres, the Tongass covers about 90% of South-East Alaska and is the largest intact temperate rainforest remaining on the planet. This forest is the breeding grounds of one of the largest salmon fisheries in the world, as well as supporting a thriving ecosystem of bears, whales, wolves, and thousands of other species.
Parts of the Tongass have already been clear cut, including over 500 miles of salmon spawning streams. Recently, through tireless advocacy from tribal and conservation organizations the USDA has recently shifted its management strategy away from clearcutting. This shift is just the beginning.
What’s next for the forest? For decades, native people of the Tongass have been restricted in their usage of the forest, as their lands around them have been exploited by shortsighted colonial policies. We want to donate 25% of the show proceeds to the Women’s Earth and Climate Action Network (WECAN) as they fight for indegenous food sovereignty in the Tongass. Food sovereignty is a recognition that the abundance of salmon, berries, medicinal plants, and much much more are dependent on a healthy forest, sky and sea. It prioritizes responsible stewardship of this land so that future generations may feast from it as has been done for untold generations prior.
ARTIST BIO: ALEX WITT
Alex Witt grew up on Bainbridge Island. He studied marine biology in the San Juan Islands at the University of Washington and in Svalbard, Norway. In his twenties he bicycled from Beijing to Turkey across Mongolia. He is an exquisite knitter, gourmet cook and polyglot. Since 2019 Alex has worked on the mental health unit in the hospital in Juneau and found himself painting murals of Alaskan wildlife throughout the floor. He is a baby whale.
Alex begins medical school this fall in Spokane, Washington through the UW.
Follow the artist on Instagram: @alex.witt.art
ARTIST BIO: EMILY CHARLOTTE TAIBLESON
emily charlotte taibleson grew up in Shoreline, Washington. She majored in painting and drawing at the Rhode Island School of Design. emily engages a community based art practice rooted in social & environmental justice and quixotic notions of mastery & adventure. In 2019 she earned her MFA in painting and drawing from the University of Washington. Her work has been shown and collected across the country and abroad.
Follow the artist on Instagram: @emlala
2021-22 Gallery Exhibition Schedule
2020-21 Gallery Exhibition Schedule
OCTOBER 2020: Juneau Ex-Pats
NOVEMBER 2020: Juneau Plein Rein Painters: Outside Inside
DECEMBER 2020: MK MacNaughton and Dan Redfield: Paintings & Photographs
JANUARY 2021: Juneau ArtWorks Showcase
FEBRUARY 2021: Gabrielle Vance: I Love You the Most
MARCH 2021: Kelsey Fagan of Elevate Art Studio
APRIL 2021: Tess Olympia Ramsey: Fire & Rain
MAY 2021: UAS Ceramics Show
JUNE 2021: JAHC Juried Art Show
JULY 2021: Della Cheney & Weavers of Juneau
AUGUST 2021: Alex Witt & Emily Charlotte Taibleson: Portrait of the Tongass
SEPTEMBER 2021: Alaska Breastfeeds Coalition
About the Arts Council Gallery
The Arts Council Gallery at the JACC is used to promote cultural awareness, stimulate creativity, and provides monthly exhibiting opportunities for new, emerging, and established artists who have not recently exhibited in Juneau. Exhibits open on the First Friday of each month. Gallery Exhibits open monthly every First Friday, with virtual receptions from 4:30pm - 7:00pm.
About the JAHC Gallery Program
The JAHC Gallery Program supports both established and emerging Alaskan artists showing new works, while representing the broadest spectrum of visual art media. There are three gallery spaces available to artists: the Arts Council Gallery at the JACC, the Davis Gallery in Centennial Hall, and the Virtual Gallery hosted on our website.
For more information about the Gallery Program, contact Laura Miko, Artist Programs Manager at (907) 586-5369 or by emailing email@example.com.
Applications for the 2022-23 Gallery Season will be posted in March 2022 and due in April. All interested parties are invited to apply. Visit the Calls for Art page for more info and other opportunities.
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