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Juneau-Douglas City Museum

Archived Exhibit

KINETIC: A Solo Exhibit of Paintings by Avery Skaggs

February 2016

A painting by Avery Skaggs, to be included in his upcoming exhibit, Kinetic.

Avery Skaggs's work is about capturing the expression of his movement through different art mediums. Skaggs, a REACH client who works through the Canvas Art Studio and Gallery, experiences cerebral palsy and is quadriplegic. He is supported in his art making by the staff there who provide the materials and tools to facilitate his process. The goal of Avery’s support team is to ensure that the final pieces capture the exuberance and immediacy of his mark making. Avery was born and raised in Juneau and began exploring paint as soon as he could sit upright, an undertaking he has continued throughout his life. Since joining the Canvas in 2009, he has worked in many mediums, including paint, glass, monoprints, and ceramics. The work on display in the Museum exhibit is an exploration of Avery’s mark making. The intent is to capture his kinetic movement and his physical expression, both subtle and bold. Each piece engages Avery’s energy which is at times close and contained to small hand gestures and at other times broad and reaching, sweeping across the canvas. The final outcome is a representation of Avery’s physical presence as captured over the course of days and months of work on each piece. The opening reception for Kinetic will be on Friday, February 5th from 4:30-7:00pm. The exhibit will be on view through Saturday, February 27, 2016. Avery and his support team will do a public presentation on the topic of his art making and life as an exhibiting artist on Saturday, February 20th, from 10:30 am to 12 noon.