First Friday openings

Here’s a look at the galleries and businesses hosting opening receptions for artists this week.


Solo exhibition by Jay Crondahl

Franklin Street Gallery, Baranof Hotel

127 N. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Jay Crondahl, life-long Juneau resident and artist, will show recent work covering an array of eclectic styles, from free-form and geometric abstracts to stylized and realistic landscapes.

Crondahl has exhibited in many group shows in Juneau but this will be only his second solo exhibition.

Carvers Duane Bosch, Abel Ryan, Leroy Hughes, Situk and others

Ravensong Gallery

127 N. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Native artists Duane Bosch, Abel Ryan, Leroy Hughes, Situk and others will be demonstrating cedar carving at the new downtown gallery.

Native artists interested in selling their artwork on a consigment basis should contact owner Leroy Hughes at 500-8278 or

Ravensong is located on the downhill side of to Latino’s Restaurant.

“Patsy Ann of Alaska: The True Story of a Dog,” with Jim Fowler

Hearthside Books downtown

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Jim Fowler will sign copies of his new book on Patsy Ann at the downtown location of Hearthside Books.

Scratch board art by Tisket Seslar

Annie Kaill’s

244 Front St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Long-time Juneau resident Tisket Seslar’s mediums include include scratch board, pen and ink, and pastel.

This exhibit will feature Seslar’s scratch board artwork, as well as work by some of her students.

The student show is a study in the style of famous American artist John Nieto. Students include McKenna Lesmann (grade 8), Logan Lesmann (grade 4), Harmony Wentz (grade 10), Sinead Scholl (grade 8), Ukiah Engen (grade 8), Katie Janes (grade 8), and Cheyenne Siverly (grade 9).

Aunt Claudia’s Dolls museum

114 S. Franklin St., Suite 105, above Hearthside Books

Open hours: 2-7 p.m. Friday, 12-5 p.m. Saturday

Aunt Claudia’s Dolls is a Juneau museum displaying the large collection of Claudia Kelsey’s dolls and miniatures.

In addition to their permanent collection, the museum will show the Reed Schonfeldt collection of Arizona kachinas, fetishes, miniature rugs and pottery. Mary Ellen Frank’s doll making studio, located with the museum, will also be open for viewing.

Frank, the collection curator, will host the event with the Kelsey collection owner, Bea Shepard.

New work by Michelle Morrell

Juneau Artists Gallery

175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

JAG member Michelle Morrell will show new work incluing five small prints, unframed original watercolor paintings, and once-fired pottery. Morrell’s prints are intaglio and wood-engraved originals she has created this winter. Her once-fired pottery is fired to cone 10 maturation and is glazed when raw but dry, a method she uses to minimize fuel consumption and combustion by-products.

Surprise feature

Paradise Cafe

245 Marine Way

Reception: 4-7:30 p.m.

Paradise Cafe will feature an as-yet-to-be revealed first Friday Feature (owner Joan Deering hinted it might have something to do with Deering and Down). The duo will be playing at the Alaskan this weekend, Friday and Saturday night.

Grand re-opening Peer Amid Beads

130 Front St.

Reception: 4-9 p.m.

The bead store will host its grand re-opening in the former McDonald’s building. Owner Gema Thomas said the event will be accompanied by refreshments, prizes and entertainment.

‘Cherish,’ new paintings by Charity Green

The Rookery Cafe

111 Seward St .

Reception: 4-8 p.m.

This showing of paintings is influenced by a combination of the artist’s personal stories and the stories of friends gathered throughout the last year.

“The infinite road,” a series of paintings by Nicole Bauberger

The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery

223 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Last spring, Whitehorse artist Nicole Bauberger spent hours in her truck by the side of the highway painting Juneau’s road and the landscape it passes through. This show will feature 36 of those paintings.

“Bailout,” an original production by the UAS/Perseverance Theatre Joint Theatre Program

The Canvas display window on the corner of Third and Seward Streets will provide a stage for actors from the UAS and Perseverance Joint Theatre program in “Bailout,” an original live production created by students in Shona Strauser’s improvisational theater class.

Three performances, at 5, 5:30 and 6 p.m.

‘Hanging by a String,’ mixed media works by Marcy Sowers

The Plant People

224 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Artist Marcy Sowers will show recent works created with string and other media, as well as a number of mixed media paintings. Her unique style combines her Tlingit heritage with her childhood experience of growing up in New York.

Photo exhibit: “Commercial Fishing in Cross Sound”

Book signing: “Chez Alaska Cooking School Recipes”

Alaska Litho at Copy Express

228 Seward St.

Reception: 4-7 p.m.

Freelance photographer and commercial fisherman Chris Miller will exhibit a series of photographs featuring trolling and longlining in Cross Sound. Laraine Derr will be signing the new “Chez Alaska Cooking School Recipes,” a collection of authentic Alaskan dishes, and sharing appetizers inspired by the cookbook.

New work by Julie and Kent Crabtree

Heritage Coffee, Second Street Cafe

216 Second St.

Reception: 4-6 p.m.

This husband and wife team will show a collection of their latest paintings.

Healing Arts exhibit

Silverbow Back Room

Recpetion: 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

The Silverbow will feature original artistic expressions for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Art will include paintings, poems, photography and other works that honor and celebrate the artists’ journeys.

Art sale and dedication of Frances Brooks Davis paintings at Holy Trinity Church

Holy Trinity Church, corner of Fourth and Gold streets

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

This event will feature art, music, food, tours of the new building, and, at 5 p.m., the dedication of the restored paintings of Frances Brooks Davis, a prolific local artist. A small collection of her paintings were long housed in the church, and survived the 2006 fire because they had been sent south for cleaning.

Ninth Annual UAS Student Juried Art Exhibition

JAHC Gallery

Juneau Arts & Culture Center

Reception: 4:30–7 p.m.

This year’s UAS student art show will include painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, design and Northwest Coast artwork. All artwork was created by UAS art students during the current academic year, and was selected for the exhibit by guest juror Liz Zacher, a Sitka-based artist and UAS professor of art.

Also at the JACC, UAS student and photographer Yosuke Sano will be selling greeting cards featuring his landscape images of Japan and Alaska as a fundraiser for the Red Cross fund for Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Relief.

Alaska Photographic Arts Association Members’ spring exhibit


360 Egan Drive

Reception: 4:30-6:30 p.m.

This show will feature works by more than 20 local photographers including: Bob Armstrong, Jeff Brown, Matt Brown, Kelli Burkinshaw, Jason Donig, Shar Fox, David Gelotte, Liz Gifford, Don Hale, Marilyn Holmes, John Hyde, Patti Kalbaugh, Merrill Jensen, John Nylen, Eric Ocasio, Iris Korhonen-Penn, Michael Penn, David Riccio, Kaki Shields, Jason Soza, Doug Sturm, John Thurston and Courtney Wendel.

Opening: Traveling photography exhibition ‘Rarefied Light’

Continuing: All Alaska Juried Exhibition XXXIII

Alaska State Museum

395 Whittier St.

Reception: 4-7 p.m., free admission

For the traveling photography exhibition “Rarefied Light,” juror Keith Carter sorted through more than 470 photographs submitted by 72 Alaskan photographers, choosing 50 pieces to be included in the exhibit.

Best of Show was awarded to both Maggie Skiba of Eagle River for “Prodigal Daughter” and to Ward Hulbert of Anchorage for “Fire Eyes..”


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