December 2, 2022 - February 2, 2023
Artist Gail Priday finds inspiration from the natural world, specifically the boreal forest. Her solo exhibition, Up Close and Under Foot, 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.
The exhibit opens at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau on Friday, December 2, 4:30–7:00 pm and runs through February 2, 2023.
Gail Priday is one of six artists selected for the Alaska State Museum 2020-2023 Solo Artist Exhibition Series, along with artists Ben Huff, Sonya Kelliher-Combs, Alison Bremner Nax̲shag̲eit, Jannah Sexton-Atkins, and Mitch Watley.
Image credit: Gail Priday, "A Soft White Morning," acrylic on canvas, 2022