Gallery Walk: Art Opening "Up Close & Under Foot" by Kirsten Shelton
Up Close and Under Foot, a solo exhibition of paintings by Fairbanks artist Gail Priday, opens Friday, December 2, 4:30–7:00 pm at the Alaska State Museum.
She will give a lecture about her work and painting process at 6:30 pm in the APK Lecture Hall.
Priday finds inspiration from the natural world, specifically the boreal forest. Her solo exhibition includes 33 paintings that depict “ever-changing treasures up-close and underfoot.”
She came to Alaska from the East Coast more than a decade ago and was immediately drawn to the forest floor.
“I knew I would love the mountains and expansive sky, but I did not expect to be so taken with the underbrush and fungus,” Priday explains. “The easily overlooked features of the landscape hold great significance to me. They suggest an extraordinary and active world that exists quietly beside my own.”
In her paintings, she combines elements of realism and imagination to portray fungus, lichen, leaves, and other life in the understory.
Up Close and Under Foot runs through February 2, 2023.