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Bardarson, Schaefermeyer paintings hang in watercolor show


Submitted by Dot Bardarson

“Paddle to the Glacier,” a watercolor by Dot Bardarson took first place at the Annual Alaska Watercolor Exhibition at the Anchorage Museum.

Seward artists Dot Bardarson and Kwansook Schaefermeyer were on hand to receive recognition last week at the 39th Annual Alaska Watercolor Juried Watercolor Exhibition opening at the Anchorage Museum. The competitive show is open to entries from all over the United States. Out-of-state professional juror Donna Zagotta accepted 24 watercolors into the show.

“My standards for jurying are the same standards I set for my own work,” said Zogotta. “I look for personal, unique and imaginative paintings that contain a personal visual language and solid design. I also look for fully resolved works that communicate something meaningful. I also look for beauty, not beauty for a pretty’s sake but the kind of beauty that results when an artist is passionately engaged with all of the above.”

The juror particularly liked the color combinations in Bardarson’s painting, “Paddle to the Glacier,” and awarded it first place for the $950 prize. The painting was the result of kayaking in the Pederson Glacier lagoon while she was artist in residence at the Kenai Fjords Glacier Lodge. As her kayak approached the glacier, two 12-man canoes emerged from behind an iceberg, to glide just in front of Pederson Glacier. It was a total surprise and photo op she hadn’t anticipated. She used several photos she took of the incident to compose her award winning painting.

Kwansook’s painting “The Girl,” was one of two that were accepted in the exhibition, both portraits. Kwansook is a highly skilled in capturing likenesses.

The exhibition continues at the Anchorage Museum until Feb. 16.


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