Frye Art Museum
photo by Jill Berarducci
THE LURE OF ALASKA:
Paintings, Watercolors, and Graphics from the Permanent Collections
November 28, 1997 through January 11, 1998
Denali (Mt. McKinley 1940)
Theodore Lambert (1905-1965)
Oil, 28 x 32 inches
It may have been gold that first brought world attention to Alaska in 1897-98, but its magnificent scenery and wildlife have continued to attract artists down to the present day. Over the past three decades, the Frye Art Museum gathered a major collection of works created by artists who identified themselves with Alaska. Their works celebrate every facet of life and landscape in the fiftieth state.
The formation of the museum's Alaskan collection has its roots in the history of the museum. Eustace P. Ziegler (1881-1969), one of Alaska's leading painters in the early twentieth century, was a good friend of Charles Frye, the founder of the museum, and often acted as his adviser on artistic matters. Frye, on his part, prospered in the meat packing industry as a result of the demand for prepared meat during the Klondike gold strike and through gold rush ties, established stores in several Alaskan towns in the early 1900s.
Head of Kuboc
Eustace P. Ziegler (1881-1969)
Oil, 11.5 x 9.5 inches
In addition to works by Ziegler, the installation includes paintings by the acknowledged dean of Alaskan painters, Sydney Laurence (1865-1940), as well as later artists, "Rie" Munoz (b. 1921), "Rusty" Heurlin (1895-1986), Theodore Lambert (1905-1965), and Fred Machetanz (b· 1908). As a complement to the Machetanz paintings, the museum will display for the first time the recently acquired complete set of fifty lithographs created by Machetanz Other artists included in the exhibition are "Jon" van Zyle (b. 1942), Bettina Steinke (b. 1913), and R. T. "Skip" Wallen.
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