Jennifer Angaiak Wood & Lea Basile-Lazarus

Jeffrey Moose Gallery

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EXHIBITION: December 2nd - 3rd., 2023. A reception will be held on First Friday, December 2nd from 6 to 8 PM

Jeffrey Moose Gallery is proud to announce an exhibition of work by two women, Jennifer Angaiak
Wood and Lea Basile-Lazarus.

Wood, part Yup’ik Native from Alaska’s Central Coast, will show a combination of paintings and carvings reflecting her indigenous heritage. Leah Basile-Lazarus, originally from Illinios where she received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, will show a combination of mono prints and paper pulp paintings. The work is connected by natural themes, vibrant color, energy and rich textures.

Ms. Wood, who has a Masters in Education from U. Of Alaska, Fairbanks and a BA from the UW, has exhibited at Stonington Gallery in Seattle and shown her work in events at the prestigious Heard Museum in Phoenix, the Autry Museum in L.A and, most recently, at Sacred Circle Gallery, Seattle, WA, part of Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center. In 2020, she was awarded two significant fellowships, the Nia Tiero Pacific Northwest Art Fellowship, which supports development for indigenous artists internationally, and the MAC Fellowship, a regional effort which was established to “empower highly-motivated emerging and mid-career artists looking to transition from undiscovered to established, self-sustaining professionals”. She is recognized as a carver in the Yup’ik tradition, the same one that influenced Miro, Picasso and others in the early 20th century, spawning the idea of Surrealism. But she is also a painter and printmaker.

Lea Basile-Lazarus has been a printmaker for over 40 years. Currently, she makes monotypes, which are one-of-a-kind prints, and paper pulp paintings that incorporate multiple layers of colors, shapes, images, and textures. Sometimes she will use literal photographic images in her work through a paper lithography process. Working in both printmaking and papermaking, Ms. Basile-Lazarus has been teaching for over 25 years. After teaching art for 16 years in Winnetka District 36, Lea retired from public school education and then spent the next 5 years teaching Visual Arts at Beacon Academy, a Montessori High School in Evanston. She was a recipient of a Teacher Fulbright trip to Japan, and through a non-profit organization called Do Your P'Art, Lea was sent to Africa to visit Ghanaian schools and villages. Her richly colored and textured works represent the finest tradition of American abstraction, embracing themes both urban and rural.

Jeffrey Moose Gallery

181 Winslow Way East suite f, Bainbridge Island, Washington 98110, USA

Tuesday – Friday 10-5:30
Saturday 11-6
Also open by appointment.


ABOUT THE GALLERY: In twenty five years Jeffrey Moose Gallery has shown an enormous variety of work by artists local, national and international, with a wide range of styles and media. From the original location in downtown Seattle’s Rainier Square, where I operated for 23 years on the second level of the Atrium, the gallery moved in the summer of 2017 to the town of Winslow on Bainbridge Island.

The gallery has shown work ranging from scientific illustrations to Pop/Op to pastel landscapes to Native American and Australian Aboriginal art. Nature is a common thread and it continues to inspire and direct.

In recent years, music and musicians have been regular themes at the gallery. I am honored to represent Rock and Roll photographer Steve Schneider, whose photos go back to the early 70’s and also include stunning images of the Grunge era. The gallery partnered with the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art (BIMA) for the last two Octobers to celebrate Jazz, in conjunction with Within/Earshot Jazz concerts.