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By CVN Staff 

'Spotlight' to shine on Parnell, Cassidy


May 5, 2011

The Sheldon Museum opens its fourth season of Six-Week Spotlight exhibits on  May 6 with a reception starting 5 p.m. celebrating a fiber arts exhibit that pairs Tamsen Cassidy’s "Chilkat Wool Works," with Joe Parnell’s "The Feltist."

Cassidy creates three-dimensional felted sculptures of animals and people, while Parnell designs two-dimensional scenes in felt. Parnell describes himself as "art in life" and invites the visitor to "allow your inner sponge to manifest as you absorb the colors and images." 

Cassidy said, "Wool is alive. Indeed, when it is worked one feels the life springing out of it.  It is this life that creates the art … each one is unique, one of a kind and a being in its own right." 

This year’s juror, Paul Gardinier, Curator of Exhibitions, Alaska State Museum in Juneau, selected three exhibits for the season. "Fish and Chips" is the next spotlight exhibit, a retrospective of Jim Heaton’s wood-carving, showing his progression over the past 20 years, featuring new works as well as pieces from museums and private collections.

Ron Horn will conclude the season with a show of his photographs titled, "Natural Art: Digital Photographs of Haines Wildlife and Landscapes."  While much of Ron’s work is well-known locally, this will be a chance to see new pieces and to see his work in large format, the museum’s Karen Meizner said.

  The Six-Week Spotlight series began in 2007 under the direction of former director Addison Field who oversaw the creation of the Elisabeth S. Hakkinen Gallery, a new space for temporary exhibits. Over the past three years, 12 artists have shown their work.