Inspired by Alaska, artists look at landscape, people, animals

Given the powerful influence of the Alaska landscape, wildlife and people, it should be no surprise that Alaska artists draw inspiration from the great land. Shows this month explore Alaska in all its aspects, with some approaches a bit surprising and even subversive.

Inspired by the Bunnell Street Art Center exhibit, “Decolonizing Alaska,” artist Linda Infante Lyons expands on work she did for the show. Many of her paintings are portraits, but she also decolonizes Christian iconography by considering how it could be eclipsed and absorbed by indigenous cultures, much the way Christianity co-opted pagan myths and symbols. Infante Lyons shows at Bunnell with ceramic artist Teresa Shannon. In her work, Shannon incorporates images of modern and ancient animals.

Two artists look to the sea. At the Homer Council on the Arts, Homer and Halibut Cove artist Chelsea Horn’s “Coastal Studies” shows her love for the life of Kachemak Bay and the ocean. At the Art Shop Gallery, Bruce Nelson paints “Ocean Treasures,” also the title of his show, like glass floats and sea shells.

Other exhibits include Jean Steele’s “Celebrating Ravens” at Ptarmigan Arts and mother and daughter duo Debora Deal and Dr. Heather Taushcek at Fireweed Gallery.

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