Artic Rose Gallery
This was the website for the Artic Rose Gallery for a number of years.
The content is from the site's 2004 archived pages giving just a glimpse of what this gallery offered its visitors.
420 L Street
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
The Artic Rose Galleryis conveniently located in downtown Anchorage. We feature talented local artists in mediums from oil and acrylics to glass, pottery and jewelry.
Our online gallery features local and national favorites: Alaskan Artists Chris Wakefield and Scott McDaniel, nationally known Carrie Graber and Lee Bogle, the wonderful pottery of Kris Bliss as well as art glass from Jones Brothers and Tomilyn Clark. In addition to our featured artists we will often offer special art and unique gift items.
Our shopping cart is easy to use and utilizes secure (SSL) server technology. We do our utmost to keep your orders safe and convenient.
All handmade items that we carry will vary ever so slightly from the reference picture in shape, size, and color. Ordering handmade items from this web site will not get you the item in the picture. Your piece of handmade art will be unique, due to our artist's wonderful creativity and the magic of the universe!
The pricing on our original art and print art will reflect the constantly fluctuating art market. Many of the artists that we represent have work that consistently increases in value. We strive to keep our website up-to-date with current prices, so if you visit this website more than once, and prices have changed, the market is the cause.
We invite you to browse through our online gallery and join us on your next visit to Alaska.
For over 19 years, Artic Rose Gallery has been a premier source of imaginative and quality art in Anchorage Alaska. We provide national and worldwide services as galleries from all points on the globe correspond with us on the availability of some of our collectible, out of print, or one-of-a-kind pieces.
First started as a frame shop on D street in the early 80s, our gallery opened at its present location at 420 L street several years later, as the call for print art became too great for the frame shops walls. Since then, Artic Rose Gallery has carried some of the top Alaskan and national artists, and expanded its horizons over the years to include 3D art as well.
Today, the Artic Rose Gallery that welcomes locals and visitors includes a wide variety of many forms of art and creativity, including glass, pottery, and native arts. Our Russian collection of matrushkas and lacquer boxes is unique and expansive, and our jewelry collection is the talk of the town!
Artic Rose Gallery participates monthly in Anchorages First Friday Art Walk, bringing both fledgling and established artists out and onto our walls for a show
and reception thats a fun educational and social event. Visitors to the gallery can mingle with friends and meet the artist whose work is on display.
Our gallery is constantly looking for ways to bring art of all forms to the forefront of this great city of the north, and through contests, special events, donations,
and support of all things artistic, were striving to help Anchorage keep its creative and imaginative forces alive.
With comments throughout the year like, Were so glad we stopped by- what a beautiful gallery! There are so many things here that I havent seen anywhere else., and You have such a great variety of things., we grow more proud of our gallery and the way we bring art to you, the customer. Thank you for letting us become your Anchorage gallery.
If we can be of any assistance, please dont hesitate to call or email us. Were here to help bring great art into your life! If you havent yet visited Artic Rose in person, we invite you to stop by and enjoy the beauty and originality of our gallery.
We appreciate your visit to our website.
Gallery EVents 2004
First Friday This Month:
August 6, 2004
Featuring a selection of Anchorage youngster's art from the "Art In The Park" event on July 31st.
Artic Rose Gallery would like to invite everyone to step out and enjoy an evening of art in Anchorage! The First Friday Art Walk, or art crawl, as some folks call it, happens on the first Friday of each month. Artic Rose gallery and over 25 other shops and galleries downtown take part in the event. Visit the galleries between 6 and 9pm, meet the featured artist, enjoy some hors deouvres, and enjoy the varied art- what a great way to spend an evening!
You can find a walking map in two ways. The Anchorage Press newspaper puts one out on the Thursday before the event- you can pick up a Press at the airport, in almost any coffee shop, bookstore, or caf, or in bins on streets around town. The Anchorage Daily News also prints a map of galleries, and you can find that in the 8 magazine pull-out section in Fridays paper- the day of the event. The map will show you the locations of all the downtown galleries involved that evening, as well as a brief synopsis of what art is showing in each of them.
Lately, more people are taking time to look through the galleries, and every First Friday there is somebody who has never been to one before. And thats a great thing.
It's wonderful, too, when the artists get to meet the public. It's a treat for the artists to interact with the public, and the visitors can put a name with a face and shake a hand."
While gallery browsers can simply show up for a couple of hours, munch on goodies and look at art, for the gallery owners First Friday is a time-consuming event.In addition to planning shows several months in advance, there is a busy schedule in the weeks leading up to an opening. Some of the things on to do include talking with the artist to select work, advertising, sending out postcards, pricing the artwork, rearranging the gallery, hanging the art and buying and preparing the food.
It's a lot of work, and it's a lot of fun. There's a lot of energy involved in First Friday. I think that's part of what makes it such a great evening.
"This was one of our favorite galleries because of the variety & quality of the works on display. We discovered Stephen West Wilson's unusual line drawings here and brought him to the attention of the Line Item agency, a NYC marketing firm where he was commissioned to create graphic elements used in the promotion of films - "It Lives", "Dare", "Suburban Silo" and others. He's currently working on graphics intended for the fabric designs on sports equipment for PickleballersHub.com and mugs for Divine Marketing. But the most important focus of Artic Rose is on local talent, where many of the most talented artists gain the opportunity to have their work exposed to larger audiences. Viva Artic Rose! " Eli Cromwell Jr.
Gallery of Artists
Carrie is an artist from Santa Monica, California, with an impressive amount of work for her age. Her oil paintings are not so much about the beautiful subjects, who seem to be lost in their own world, but about light and mood.
At the young age of 29, Carrie Graber has already accumulated an impressive amount of accolades and awards. These perhaps have made her one of the most exciting, well collected and up and coming American artists.
An accomplished, long-standing favorite here at the gallery, Lee Bogle's creations romance their subjects using a watercolor background, and mixed media for the main image.
Lee Bogle can't remember when he wasn't an artist. Drawing, painting and picturing life are among his earliest memories and have always been more than a pastime. For many years he has described his art as an enduring passion.
||Alexander Volkov was born in St.Petersburg (then Leningrad), Russia in 1960. He started painting with oil as a high school student.
In 1981 he began to exhibit his paintings with a group of 200 Leningrad artists known as the "Brotherhood of Experimental Arts", a conglomeration of "underground" art groups active in Leningrad at the time. Later, he joined a splinter group called "Ostrov" or "Island" which united 30 artists who felt that, ideologically, their work was neither socialist realism nor extreme avant garde.
Since moving to the U.S. in 1990 he has worked as a teacher and exhibited his paintings in Princeton and Lambertville, New Jersey, New Hope, Pennsylvania, Carmel, Laguna Beach and San Francisco, California and Park City, Utah. Alexander's paintings have also been exhibited in Russia, Sweden, Germany and Finland.
Reluctantly, he calls himself a "self-taught" artist. "We really teach ourselves. If you want to learn, you will always find someone to learn from, be they dead or alive, great or unknown. You learn from everything you see and hear around you - if you are willing to pay attention. Perhaps, during my forming years, I have made a lot of unnecessary mistakes, but at the same time I have had the enormous advantage of picking my own teachers."
And so they were: William Turner, Vermeer, Franz Hals, Rembrandt and many others from the previous centuries as well as Edward Hopper, Maxfield Parrish and Andrew Wyeth of the 20th century. They also were Beethoven and Satie, Nabokov and Steinbeck, Einstein and Tarkovsky. They were school and university friends, physics professors and struggling artists. "They have all taught me something - how to see, how to hear, how to understand things and, most importantly, how to understand myself. I cannot separate any one of their voices from the voice which I hear inside of me and which has become my own voice."
Combining a lifelong fascination with architecture, landscape and still-life subjects, Alexander brings drama and poetic expression into his work. With his unique vision, he merges mood and atmosphere, evoking powerful emotions that create harmony. "There is no greater mystery to me than the conflict of light and dark. In the way they clash and penetrate each other, there is the source of everything. Whether I paint a landscape, a still-life or a portrait, within it there is always a story of light traveling through darkness."
Alexander now lives in Holland Township, New Jersey with his wife Barbara and their three children, Alice, Peter and Nicholas.
Local ALaska Artists
Chris is a local artist from Wasilla, Alaska. He has studied art at UAA, and has a bold, colorful style. Chris paints things as he sees them, which is often with humour, and always with imagination. We are proud to represent this up-and-coming artist who's work is gaining increasing popularity.
Chris Wakefield is consistently involved in here in Anchorages community, with appearances, shows, and donations of his art. And unlike a lot of donations which are solocited for, Chris often researches and learns about worthy causes on his own, and gives a donation that truly comes from his heart. He has made donations to the Art in The Park festival for Anchorages youth as well as the Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau. He donated the original acrylic on canvas of his image, Pink, to the local Hospitals breast cancer center, and has donated original pieces for the Fire and Police departments of the state of Alaska. Chris also painted a series of 30 different landmarks here in Anchorage for one of the shows here at the gallery. From the 4th Avenue Theatre to the original Burger Jims, to The Fur Factory, Chris says, Things change so fast here- I want to have a record of all of these great places and to be able to share them with others.
"Scott and his wife, Maxine, came to Alaska over 50 years ago, and the beauty of the state had Scott grabbing his paintbrushes right from the start. Could he capture the stark reality of the country? In the early days, while homesteading at Kenny Lake in the Copper River Valley, Scott painted the lakes and wildlife of the Wrangell mountain range. After his move to Anchorage, he began to paint the spectacular views of Mount McKinley along
The art world uses some confusing and complicated terms to define and categorize the paintings, prints and sculptures that we all enjoy. We offer this art glossary and dictionary to help make sense of terms that get thrown around by artists and galleries.
Abstract Expressionism or abstract expressionism - A paintingmovement in which artists typically applied paint rapidly, and with force to their huge canvases in an effort to show feelings and emotions, painting gesturally, non-geometrically, sometimes applying paint with large brushes, sometimes dripping or even throwing it onto canvas. Their work is characterized by a strong dependence on what appears to be accident and chance, but which is actually highly planned. Some Abstract Expressionist artists were concerned with adopting a peaceful and mystical approach to a purely abstract image. Usually there was no effort torepresent subject matter. Not all work was abstract, nor was all work expressive, but it was generally believed that thespontaneity of the artists' approach to their work would draw from and release the creativity of their unconscious minds. The expressive method of painting was often considered as important as the painting itself.
Allegory - When theliteralcontent of a work stands forabstract ideas, suggesting a parallel, deeper, symbolic sense. The adjectival form of this term can be either allegorical or allegoric.
Art deco - An art movement involving a mix of moderndecorative artstyles, largely of the 1920s and 1930s, whose main characteristics were derived from various avant-gardepainting styles of the early twentieth century. Art deco works exhibit aspects of Cubism, Russian Constructivism and Italian Futurism -- with abstraction, distortion, andsimplification, particularly geometricshapesandhighlyintensecolors -- celebrating the rise of commerce,technology, and speed. The growing impact of the machine can be seen in repeating and overlapping images from 1925; and in the 1930s, in streamlined forms derived from the principles of aerodynamics. The name came from the 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs Industriels et Modernes, held in Paris, which celebrated living in the modern world. It was popularly considered to be an elegant style of cool sophistication in architecture andapplied arts which range from luxurious objects made from exotic material to mass produced, streamlined items available to a growing middle class.
Art Nouveau - French for "The New Art." An art movementand style of decoration and architecture of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, characterized particularly by the depiction of leaves and flowers in undulating lines, often flowing vines. Gustav Klimt (Austrian, 1862-1918), Alphonse Mucha (Czechoslovakian, 1860-1939), Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (French, 1861-1901), Aubrey Beardsley (English, 1872-1898), Antonio Gaud' (Spanish, 1852-1926), and Hector Guimard (French, 1867-1942) were among the most prominent artists associated with this style. The roots of Art Nouveau go back toRomanticism, Symbolism, the English Arts and Crafts Movement and William Morris (English, 1834-1896). Art Nouveau is also known as Jugenstil and Yellow Book Style, epitomizing what is sometimes called fin de si'cle style.
Baroque - The art style or art movement of the Counter-Reformation in the seventeenth century. Although some features appear in Dutch art, the Baroque style was limited mainly to Catholic countries. It is a style in which painters,sculptors, and architects sought emotion, movement, andvariety in their works.
Collage - A picture or design created by adhering such basically flat elements as newspaper, wallpaper, printed textand illustrations, photographs, cloth, string, etc., to a flatsurface, when the result becomes three-dimensional, and might also be called a relief sculpture. Most of the elements adhered in producing most collages are "found" materials. Introduced by the Cubist artists, this process was widely used by artists who followed, and is a familiar technique incontemporary art. "Collage" was originally a French word, derived from the word coller, meaning "to paste."
Copyright - A pillar of art law: the legal right granted to a creator, a publisher, or a distributor to exclusive publication, production, sale, or distribution of an artistic, literary, musical, or dramatic work. Often signified by the mark ', the year declared, and the name of the owner. Copyright regulations are based upon the French notion of droit moral.
Cubism - One of the most influential art movements (1907-1914) of the twentieth century, Cubism was begun by Pablo Picasso (Spanish, 1882-1973) and Georges Braque (French, 1882-1963) in 1907. They were greatly inspired by African sculpture, by painters Paul C'zanne (French, 1839-1906) and Georges Seurat (French, 1859-1891), and by the Fauves. In Cubism the subject matter is broken up,analyzed, and reassembled in an abstractedform. Picasso and Braque initiated the movement when they followed the advice of Paul C'zanne, who in 1904 said artists should treat nature "in terms of the cylinder, the sphere and thecone."
Engraving - A method of cutting or incising a design into amaterial, usually metal, with a sharp tool called a graver. One of the intaglio methods of making prints, in engraving, a print can be made by inking such an incised (engraved)surface. It may also refer to a print produced in this way. Most contemporary engraving is done in the production of currency, certificates, etc
Etching - An intaglio printing process in which an etching needle is used to draw into a wax ground applied over ametal plate. The plate is then submerged in a series of acid baths, each biting into the metal surface only where unprotected by the ground. The ground is removed, ink is forced into the etched depressions, the unetched surfaces wiped, and an impression is printed. Also, both the design etched on a plate and an impression made from an etched plate. Too often confused with engraving
Fauvism - An early twentieth century art movement andstyle of painting in France. The name Fauves, French for "Wild Beasts," was given to artists adhering to this style because it was felt that they used intense colors in a violent, uncontrolled way. The leader of the Fauves was Henri Matisse (French, 1869-1954).
Genres - Genre painting is the depiction of subjects and scenes from everyday life, ordinary folk and common activities.
Icon - Loosely, a picture; a sculpture, or even a building, when regarded as an object of veneration.
Illumination - Decoration with drawings, usually in gold,silver, and rich colors, especially in the initial letters ofmanuscripts, particularly those done during the Middle Ages. A manuscript, produced during the Middle Ages, in which the pages are decorated this way. Often these manuscripts contain small pictures known as illuminations or miniatures.
Impressionism - An art movement and style of painting that started in France during the 1860s. Impressionist artists tried to paint candid glimpses of their subjects showing the effects of sunlight on things at different times of day.
Lithography - In the graphic arts, a method of printing from a prepared flat stone or metal or plastic plate, invented in the late eighteenth century. A drawing is made on the stone or plate with a greasy crayon or tusche, and then washed with water. When ink is applied it sticks to the greasy drawing but runs off (or is resisted by) the wet surface allowing a print-- a lithograph-- to be made of the drawing. The artist, or other print maker under the artist's supervision, then covers the plate with a sheet of paper and runs both through a press under light pressure. For color lithography separate drawings are made for each color. (pr. le-thog'ruh-fee)
Minimalism - A twentieth century art movement and style stressing the idea of reducing a work of art to the minimum number of colors, values, shapes, lines and textures. No attempt is made to represent or symbolize any other object or experience. It is sometimes called ABC art, minimal art, reductivism, and rejective art.
Nocturne - A picture of a night scene.
Numismatics and currency - Numismatics is the study or collecting of coins, medals or currency -- any form of money
Porcelain - A hard, white, translucent,impervious,resonantceramicbody, also known as china, invented in Chinabetween A.D. 600 and 900. This clay is primarily made of kaolin, a fine white clay. Also, an object made of porcelain; and sometimes any pottery that is translucent, whether or not it is made of kaolin. Porcelain is regarded as the most refined of all ceramic wares.
Realism - The realistic and natural representation of people, places, and/or things in a work of art. The opposite of idealization. One of the common themes ofpostmodernism is that this popular notion of an unmediated presentation is not possible. This sense of realism is sometimes considered synonymous with naturalism.
Relief - A type of sculpture in which form projects from abackground. There are three degrees or types of relief: high, low, and sunken. In high relief, the forms stand far out from the background. In low relief (best known as bas-relief), they are shallow. In sunken relief, also called hollow or intaglio; the backgrounds are not cut back and the pointsin highest relief are level with the originalsurface of thematerial being carved.
Rococo - An eighteenth century art style which placedemphasis on portraying the carefree life of the aristocracy rather than on grand heroes or pious martyrs. Love and romance were considered to be better subjects for art thanhistorical or religious subjects. The style was characterized by a free, graceful movement; a playful use of line; and delicate colors
Romanticism, and the Romantic school - An art movementand style that flourished in the early nineteenth century. It emphasized the emotions painted in a bold, dramatic manner. Romantic artists rejected the cool reasoning ofclassicism -- the established art of the times -- to paintpictures of nature in its untamed state, or other exotic settings filled with dramatic action, often with an emphasison the past. Classicism was nostalgic too, but Romantics were more emotional, usually melancholic, even melodramatically tragic
Silk-screen - A stencil process of printmaking in which animage is imposed on a screen of silk or other fine mesh, with blank areas coated with an impermeable substance, and ink is forced through the mesh onto the printing surface. Also called serigraphy and screen-printing. Andy Warhol and Robert Raushenberg used silkscreens as a means of applying paint to canvases. Also, a print made by this method, sometimes called a screenprint.
Surrealism - A twentieth century avant-garde art movement, the images found in surrealist works are as confusing and startling as those of dreams. Surrealist works can have arealistic, though irrational style, precisely describing dreamlike fantasies, as in the works of Ren' Magritte (Belgian, 1898-1967), Salvador Dal' (Spanish, 1904-1988), Yves Tanguy (French, 1900-1955), and Alfred Pellan (Canadian, 1906-1988). These artists were partly inspired by index-articrosegallerySymbolism, and partly the Metaphysical Painting of Giorgio de Chirico (Italian, 1888-1978). Or, it could have a more abstract style, as in the works of Joan Mir' (Spanish, 1893-1983), Max Ernst (German, 1891-1976), and Andr' Masson (French, 1896-1987), who invented spontaneous techniques, modeled upon the psychotherapeutic procedure of "free association" as a means to eliminate conscious control in order to express the workings of the unconscious mind, such as exquisite corpse.
Tessellation - A collection of shapes which fit together to cover a surface without overlapping or leaving gaps. Often a repeating geometric pattern, many of which may also be referred to as tiling. Types of tessellations include translation, rotation, and reflection. They can be regular or irregular (a regular tessellation is made up of congruent regular polygons -- triangles, squares or hexagons), periodic and non-periodic, >two- and >three-dimensional, and their motifs can be fractals (self-replicating). The study of tessellations can integrate many disciplines across the entire curriculum -- in art, math, language arts, social studies
Trompe l'oeil - A French term literally meaning "trick the eye." Sometimes called illusionism, it's a style of painting which gives the appearance of three-dimensional, or photographic realism
GENERAL ART TERMS
Acrylic: A plastic used as a medium for pigments in painting or as a casting material in sculpture.
Applique: (Fr. "Applied"; pron. apli-KAY) A cutout attached to a background.
Aquatint: An intaglio method in which areas of color are made by dusting powdered resin on a metal plate and then letting acid eat the plate surface away from around it.
Aquarelle: (pron, ak-we-RELL) Transparent watercolor.
Artist Proof (AP): A print outside of the numbered series, usually 1/10 of the edition. The Artist's Proof is sometimes referred to by its French name, epreuve d'artist ( abbreviated E.A.) either AP or E.A. are commonly used in the lower left corner of the piece.
Assemblage Sculpture: formed by joining individual pieces, sometimes "Found Objects."
Bon-a-tirer: (Fr. "Good to pull"; pron. bone-ah-ti-RAY) The first impression of a print run acceptable to the artist and used as the standard with which each subsequent impression is compared.
Bas-relief: (Fr. "low relief'; pron. B4H relief) Sculpture in which the figure projects only slightly from the background.
Catalogue Raisonne: (Fr. "reasoned catalogue": pron. catalog re-zo NAY) Complete descriptive listing of an artist's works.
Collage: (pron. co-LAZH) A work made by gluing pieces of paper, fabric, etc., onto a flat surface.
Diptych: (pron. DIP-tick) A two part painting, often of attached panels. A triptych is composed of three parts, a tetratych four, etc.
Dry point: An intaglio technique like engraving in which the image is drawn on a metal plate with a needle, raising a ridge which prints a soft line.
Embossed print: Uninked relief print in which dampened paper is pressed into recessed areas of a plate to produce a three-dimensional impression.
Engraving: An intaglio process in which lines are cut into a metal plate and then filled with ink to transfer the image onto paper.
Etching: An intaglio process in which an image is scratched through an acid-resistant coating on a metal plate. The plate is then dipped in acid which eats into the exposed surface.
Foreshortening: Alteration of the scale of an image to suggest perspective.
Found object: A natural object incorporated into a work of art.
Gicl'e (pronounced "zhee-clay") reproductions were originally developed in 1989 as a plate-less method of fine art printing. The word Gicl'e is French for "to spray " and is a registered trade name of The 'IRIS' Printer. The images are scanned and digitally stored in a computer and sent directly to a high resolution printer. Unlike other printing methods, each image is sent to the printer individually.
Gouache: (pron. gwash) Watercolor to which an opaque white has been added.
Graphic: Any work printed directly on paper from a plate or block.
Haute Relief: (Fr. "high relief': pron. O relief) High sculptural relief in which figures project from a background at least half their real depth.
Hors de Commerce: (H.C.) (Fr. "Outside of sale", pron. OR decom-AIRCE) A designation for prints not in the numbered series pulled for the use of the publisher, normally limited to five or six.
Impasto (Ital.; pron. im-PAHS-to) Thick application of paint creating a textured surface.
Intaglio (Ital. "Incision"; pron. in TAHL-yo) Any technique in which an image is incised below the surface of the plate, including dry point, etching, aquatint, engraving, and mezzotint.
Linocut: A process in which an image is cut in relief on a linoleum block.
Lithograph : A Plano graphic process in which images are drawn with crayon or a greasy ink on stone or metal and then transferred to paper. In modern times, the ink is on a drum that rotates to print the image.
Mezzotint: An intaglio process in which the plate surface is roughened and then an image is created by smoothing the areas to be printed.
Mixed Media: The use of different materials in the same work.
Mobile: A sculpture that permits motion.
Monotype: A unique print made from an inked, painted glass or metal plate.
Pastel: A soft chalk made of pigments; water, and a binder, blended into a stiff paste and dried.
Photomechanical offset printing: A process in which an image is transferred to a printing plate photographically and then onto a roller which prints on paper. An offset print is not a graphic.
Planography: Any process of printing from a surface level with the plate, as lithography.
Relief: A technique in which the portions of a plate intended to print are raised above the surface, as woodcut, linocut, etc.
Roman numbered edition: A smaller edition numbered with Roman numerals, usually a deluxe edition on higher quality paper.
Serigraphy: (screen printing, silk- screen). A stenciling method in which the image is transferred to paper by forcing ink through a fine mesh in which the background has been blocked.
Signed and numbered: Authenticated with the artist's signature, the total number of impressions in the edition, and the order in which the impression is signed; "5/20" indicates that the print is the fifth signed of an edition of 20 impressions.
The Terragraph is a unique printing process, developed by Har-El Printers & Publishers and the Terragraph Atelier, in Jaffa Port.. It combines advanced binding materials and the most basic pigment - sand. The first step is to seal the paper with a silicone varnish, to keep the sand and the oil binders in relief on the paper's surface. The sand is ground to different coarseness of grain, according to the necessary effect.. Where the sand area is needed, first a binder is applied or mixed with the sand, and printed through a screen.
Unique materials: This is a catchall category for works using unusual materials. For example, Winston's use of plastic garbage bags for his black, 3d works. Also included in this category would be Generi's use of traditional janitorial supplies like mop buckets and other custodial tools in her large scale sculptures representing industrial processes. Photos of the mop buckets piece are in the lobby and in our brochure.
Woodcut: A process in which an image is cut in relief on a wood block and then transferred to paper.