Anchorage artist showcased during Petersburg First Friday Art Show
Kyle Clayton / Petersburg Pilot
Painter Barbara Lavallee, right, talks with Stacey Porter about her work.
Miele Gallery and Framing featured Barbara Lavallee paintings during its August 1 show.
Some of her work includes paintings of Alaska Native village life. Lavallee’s first job in Alaska was teaching at a high school in Sitka during the 1970s where many of her students came from villages.
“I learned to see village life through the eyes of my students,” Lavallee says. “They don’t see it as grim landscapes without trees and unpainted houses. They saw home and family so that’s how I learned to see it.”
Her images show scenes of native fishing, drying fish in smokehouses, subsistence practices and tundra landscapes.
Other work highlights faces divided by lines and contrasting shades. Stacey Porter, Petersburg artist and business owner, attended the opening and has been an admirer of Lavallee. Porter appreciates the shapes, colors and use of line Lavallee creates in her work.
“You just have to imagine what she’s thinking about when she comes up with something like that, like how she’s working through her process and her craft to come up with something so wonderful,” Porter said.
Lavallee also creates illustrations for children’s books. She has been painting since 1975.