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Next First Friday at MTS – September 5th 8-10pm

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After the other gallery opening’s are closed
where do artists and other art lovers go on
First Friday?

They come to the MTS Gallery for our after
hours First Friday salon, OPEN/CLOSE.

Enjoy beer, wine and refreshments from the
Tap Root Cafe. See Ruby Kennell’s newest
(and one-time only) performance art piece,
“Little White Lie” (see attached e-flyer).

From 8:00 to 10:00 PM. Performance at 9 sharp!

Admission is Free.


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August 26, 2008 at 5:55 am

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Images from conNECT! August 1st, 2008 First Friday

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Did you miss watching the conNECT! performance at MTS Gallery on August 1st, 2008 First Friday?

Here are a few images that Hal Gage photographed at the event….

all above images copyrighted by Hal Gage

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August 26, 2008 at 12:44 am

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Reminder – Call for proposals due November 7th

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Call for Performance Art 2009/2010

Call for Visual Art 2009/2010

Hello fans of MTS Gallery…

The above are the 2009/2010 call for proposals for Performance Art for MTS Gallery. Note – the deadline to get the proposals in to MTS is November 7, 2008. The proposals must be in the hand of MTS Gallery by this deadline. Questions? Contact mtsgallery@halgage.com

I’m excited for the 2009/2010 season already!

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August 22, 2008 at 3:39 am

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Interview with Miho Aoki

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What is your name, where are you originally from and how long have you lived in Alaska?

My name is Miho Aoki. I was born in Japan and came to the US in 1995. I moved to Alaska in 2001.

What is your current job title and what do you do for work (besides art)?

I’m an Associate Professor of Computer Art and a joint faculty of Arctic Region Supercomputing Center

How did you get connected with MTS Gallery?

I was referred from Well Street Gallery in Fairbanks.

How long have you been an artist? What excites you about making art?

I’ve been showing my artworks for about 17 years. I started using 3D computer graphics for my art about 10 years ago.

How did you feel your opening went at MTS Gallery? Were you surprised by any aspect of the event?

It was my first show in Anchorage, so I wasn’t sure how it would turn out.
I think it went well. It was very nice to see people I met in UAA and Kenai Visitor Center’s exhibitions again in Anchorage.

What is your reaction (if any) to the reviews that you received for your Visions exhibition?

People in Fairbanks told me that they saw the article on ADN.

Are you planning on touring this particular show to Fairbanks, Homer or any other location?

I exhibited some of the pieces from the show in Fairbanks.
Currently I don’t have plans to show the works, but it would be great to show the works in other place like Homer and Juneau.

How does the culture you were raised in influence your art (if it does at all)?

The writing systems of Eastern Asian languages influenced me a lot.
I think the pictorial and logogram aspects of Kanji (Chinese Characters) are visible in my drawings.

Are there any barriers (social or otherwise) that you face with the artistic medium that you work with?

I focus on more universal themes, like human and animal figures and nature, so I don’t feel cultural barriers much.

What programs do you use to create your art?

I use AutoDesk Maya to create 3D models. I create the 3D models in two methods. I model objects manually based on my drawing while I also write scripts to generate 3D models automatically. I also use Adobe Photoshop in various stages in my create process to incorporate photographs into my images.

Any advice for emerging artists?

A professor from my undergraduate time told me that if you can keep producing good works and staying in the art scene for three years, you can keep going for another three years, then another three years… I believe he is right. However, you might get tired after years. I think finding a way to keep coming up with fresh ideas and maintaining motivation is important.

Anything you would like to add?

It’s very exciting to show my works in Anchorage. I would like thank everyone in MTS Gallery.

Both photos taken by Kaji (friend of Miho Aoki)

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August 22, 2008 at 2:38 am

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Interview with Bruce Farnsworth

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Hi Friends and Fans of MTS Gallery! Here is the next in the MTS Gallery interview series…. The first interview was with Hal Gage… are you ready for Bruce? Stay tuned to the blog for more interviews…

Questions for Bruce Farnsworth –

How would you describe yourself and what you do?
Some people call me a poet. I say, I write lines that don’t go all the way across the page.

What is your current role with MTS Gallery?

One member of the seven-member Godhead

How did you first become involved with the MTS and the Trailer Art Center?

On the 6th day we created art. On the seventh, a gallery to show it in.

What do you like most about being a part of the MTS Gallery and the Trailer Art Center?

Mostly the fame, I’d say. Then, of course, the fortune. The groupies, next. OK, I’m joking. I love what everybody loves about volunteering for a non-profit gallery: Lots of stress, hard work, and a complete absence of recognition or appreciation for ones effort. What more could a fella ask for?

Can you give a brief history of how the Trailer Art Center and MTS Gallery was formed? What is the relationship with the Trailer Art Center, MTS Gallery and the Land Trust?
That’s a kind of fact-based question wouldn’t you say? And I thought I already kind of answered it in question #3. Oh, well. I’ll try again: We finished the gallery renovations on May 10th, 2006, just in time to fill it with artwork for the visiting officials of the Ford Foundation. The first “official” exhibition opening occurred on August 4th, 2006 for a show called “New Works on Paper.” The exhibition featured work by three artists born and raised in Anchorage, all of whom were long-time activists in the art center movement. Two of them, Gretchen Sagan and Hal Gage are on the board of directors of the Trailer Art Center non-profit.

Have you had any work shown at the gallery and/or been involved in any performances?

It’s not a poetry gallery, fool.

Can you name one show that you have seen (either visual or performance art or both) at MTS Gallery that really made an impact on you? What did you like most about the show?
All of them. I’m pretty shallow so it doesn’t take much to make an impact on me.

How do you hope the Trailer Art Center will grow and expand in the next 5 years?
This city needs an art center like the one we’ve been working toward for the past few years. I have a belief that it will change the art community—enliven and invigorate it. Our young artists will not all have to leave here. I think it will touch off a chain reaction. We’ll see. I could be wrong.

How long have you been a writer?

I wrote my first (and last) novel at age eight.

How did you initially become involved with writing?

As an eight year old, I had a science fiction story burning inside me that had to be written. I wrote it on my mom’s old manual Olympia typewriter. I let her read the manuscript when I finished. I asked her what she thought. It was during her response that I first heard the word, ‘trite.’

How can we find copies of what you have written?

Rummage through my garbage out along the side of the garage.

What inspires you to do your work?
Grief, mostly. The documentation of it and the effort to keep it at bay. It’s a leaky dike in a hurricane but it beats most medications.

Can you tell part of the story about the Trailer Family and how the Trailer Art Center got it’s name?

The story of the Trailer family, early homesteaders and pioneers in South Central Alaska is the subject of Mike Doogan’s next book. As his editor and publisher it wouldn’t be ethical of me to reveal any of the details.

What show are you most excited about to see/be involved in at the MTS Gallery this year?
Wow. There are a lot. I can’t answer that.

Are you a Mountain View resident?

No, but you couldn’t tell it.

How long have you lived in Alaska and where did you grow up?

30 years ago this November I drove up the Alcan Hwy. from San Antonio with all of my worldly possessions in my 1972 Dodge Dart.

Do you have children?
Yes, three, but they have made me promise not to reveal their names.

If you had a vision for a transportation solution in the greater Anchorage area, what would it be?

I’d like my 1972 Dodge Dart back.

Oh, you probably mean a general solution, not just a personal one, right? Okay. I have a three point plan to solve our transportation problems: 1) A light rail monorail, 2) better, safer bike lanes and paths, and mainly, 3) Plow the sidewalks in winter but not the streets. Actually, plow the streets but don’t remove the snow. Just make a big berm in the middle of each street so that over the course of the winter there is just one lane each way on all streets of every size. This will make everybody slow down and lower winter accident rates and make it all more fun and save all that trucking and dumping and managing of snow which is very silly. This will free up lots of personnel and equipment to keep all the sidewalks plowed for bikes and pedestrians.

In your opinion, how can art effectively change a community?

It can’t.

What, in your opinion, makes a good artist?

Any other comments?

above photo – Bruce Farnsworth (MTS Gallery superhero – being barraged by questions from both sides)

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August 18, 2008 at 6:49 am

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No Event Tonight – Friday, August 15th (gallery open)

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Hello Hello Friends and Lovers of MTS Gallery!

How is everyone doing out there in cyber land? Guess what? There is no event tonight at the Gallery.
Sorry for the late notice. Miho Aoki’s work is held over in the space – which gives you an extra month to check it out. The gallery is scheduled to be open tonight though, thanks to our volunteer effort.

The space is open from 4pm to 8pm. The next event (first Friday event) is scheduled to happen, so we will see you there! Keep checking for updates!

Coming soon – interviews with people involved with MTS Gallery!!!

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August 15, 2008 at 1:04 am

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Abstract Invitational – Deadline approaching

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The following is an email from Hal Gage about the upcoming Abstract Invitational show. From my understanding, a submission does not guarantee that it will be selected for the show. There is a selection process that will be taking place. Questions? Contact Hal Gage at the email address below.

The Abstract show dates are fast approaching (Sept 19 – Oct 11, 2008). I have established some deadlines for submission. If you’re shipping your own work to Anchorage the deadline for receiving your work is September 14.

To help out in shipping I am willing to drive up to Fairbanks at the end of August and down to Homer in early Sept. My little camper should be able to accommodate whatever I need to pick up. Just be forewarned, The door way is only 5.5 ft high and the length of the camper is only 7 ft. The dates for drop off are:

Fairbanks: August 26-30, Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-6pm. Deliver work to Well Street Gallery, 1304 Well St.

Homer: September 12, Friday only, by 5pm. Deliver work to the Bunnell Street Gallery, 106 W. Bunnell St.

Anchorage: September 14, Sunday only, by 5pm. Deliver work to the MTS Gallery 3142 Mountain View Dr.

Whatever you give me must be in a shipping box. If you don’t pick up your piece you will have to make other arrangements for shipping your piece back to Fairbanks or Homer.

One exciting development is the possibility for this show to travel. The Bunnell Street Gallery in Homer is one possible venue. We are still negotiating logistics (like shipping, dates, etc), but I need to know if everyone is open for having their work out longer and traveling to other venues. I need a response from each participant.

That should cover it. Let me know if you have any questions.

Hal Gage – halgage at alaska dot net

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August 14, 2008 at 10:36 pm

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