• Paintings of Alaska life earn special Saturday show
By Randi Somers
The Art Shop Gallery is featuring watercolor artist Barbara Lavallee Saturday July 20. She’ll be coming down from Anchorage for this special event.
Barbara Lavallee’s whimsical paintings depicting Alaska life have made her one of the most celebrated artists in the state. In addition to her beautiful prints, she has also illustrated several children’s books, including the popular bestseller, “Mama Do You Love Me?”
Lavallee was born in Iowa and grew up in Wisconsin. Her mother was an art teacher and Barbara graduated from Illinois’ Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts. A professional artist since 1976, Barbara Lavallee developed her stylized figures by first working with silkscreen prints before turning to the watercolor medium.
She lived for 12 years in Sitka teaching art to Native students at Mt. Edgecombe boarding school before moving to Girdwood where she now lives. Her interest in Alaska Native cultures and the Eskimo Olympics is evident in her work.
Barbara’s paintings and limited edition prints also reflect her world of kids, cats and everyday Alaska life. She especially enjoys painting women, who are usually depicted in bright colors doing things as diverse as picking berries, sitting in a hot tub or doing aerobics.
Lavallee will be at the Art Shop Gallery, 202 W. Pioneer Avenue, from 1-6 p.m. Saturday, July 20 to visit with guests about her work and autograph as desired. Her full selection of books, prints and originals will also be available.
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