First Friday art openings

Booksigning with Flip Nicklin


Hearthside Books downtown

First Friday booksigning: 4:30-7 p.m.

World-renowned whale photographer Flip Nicklin will be at the downtown store Friday to sign copies of “Among Giants: A Life with Whales.”

He’ll also be at the Nugget Mall location on Thursday for a slide-show and book signing from 6:30-8 p.m.

Jewelry by Lisa McCormick

Caribou Crossing

Franklin St.

Reception: 4-8 p.m.

Lisa McCormick, a retired commercial fisherwoman, finds inspiration for her creations while kayaking, fishing and skiing near her remote cabin on Kodiak Island.

This exhibit marks McCormick’s and Caribou Crossing’s first First Friday show, and showcases the work McCormick has done over the winter.

McCormick’s work has been featured at Caribou Crossing for the past 14 years. She will be present at the opening.

Wilderness Peaks Gallery grand re-opening

159 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4-8 p.m.

Daniel Buckscott’s photography gallery, formerly located in the Merchants Wharf building, will celebrate its grant opening on Franklin Street. The gallery will feature more than 75 of Buckscott’s images of the wilderness of Alaska and Canada.

“Looking Down-Looking In,” pottery and photography by Joyce Payne and Kaki Shields

The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery

223 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Joyce Payne and Kaki Shields work in both photography and ceramics, although in very different ways. When they realized they were scheduled to do consecutive shows at the Canvas, they decided to share the shows, one after the other, emphasizing different materials, firing techniques, and subject matter in each show.

The May show is called Looking Down-Looking In. This reflects Payne’s background in beachcombing and biology, and Shields’ tendency to take pictures of roadkill, as one friend describes it. Not dead animals, but what you see when you look down instead of up.

The June show is called Looking Up-Looking Thru, and will have a different focus and emphasize other clays and techniques.

Pottery by Romney Dodd

Annie Kaill’s

244 Front St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Romney Dodd, from Anchorage, specializes in handmade and hand-painted pottery. This first Friday event will feature a new collection of her work, which has just arrived for the summer season.

Photography by Dave Depew

The Plant People

224 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

The latest exhibit by photographer Depew will focus on flowers.

Silk banners and scarves by Candy Behrends and Lori Stenberg in the JAHC Gallery

Poetry book signing by Bill Merk in the lobby

“Choose Respect” community mural in the main room of the JACC

Juneau Arts & Culture Center

Reception: 4:30–7 p.m.

Behrends and Stenberg will present a series of 4-foot by 8-foot hand-painted silk banners and scarves featuring scenes from the Juneau landscape.

The artists, both long-time Juneau residents, have been friends for almost 20 years. After Stenberg took a silk painting workshop, she convinced Behrends to try this new medium with her. When the idea emerged to paint eight large banners for a show at the JAHC, they assumed they would each paint four. Instead, they both worked on all the banners together. Their work will be on display in the gallery.

In the JACC lobby, Bill Merk will be signing his first book of poems, called “Bright Silence.” The book signing will take place from 5-6:30 p.m.

In the main room of the JACC, a group of local teens will be leading a community mural project centering on the idea of respect. For details, see page C1.

Paintings by Patti Baumgartner

Juneau Artists Gallery

175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Patti Baumgartner is a low-vision artist who had an operation that restored color to her vision after 20 years of blindness. She will have new prints of her Alaskan Lighthouse paintings of Mary’s Island, Sentinal Island, and Eldrid Rock in addition to her ceramics and tile boxes.

New Landscapes, recent paintings by Jim Fowler

Franklin Street Gallery, Baranof Hotel

127 N. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

This will be Fowler’s first public exhibit in over a year and includes landscape paintings from Southeast Alaska and the Yukon. A 2011 Rasmussen artist fellowship facilitated his work this past year.

Fowler also illustrates children’s books. His most recent, “Patsy Ann of Alaska,” by Tricia Brown, was released April 1 of this year.

Opening festivities for “Just Old Hat(s): Headgear in Alaska History”

Alaska State Museum

395 Whittier St.

Reception: 4-7 p.m.

The Alaska State Museum will open a new exhibit featuring Alaskan headgear. On display as a part of the exhibit will be headwear worn in the past by Alaska Natives, Russians, Siberians and Sámi people, as well as more recent fashions donned by military members, miners and everyday Alaskans. The exhibit will highlight details about how the hats were designed and used, as well as their meanings and associations.

In conjunction with the opening, the Friends of the Alaska State Museum will host a Parade of Hats and Tea Party. Visitors are encouraged to show off their own stylish toppers and enter the Best Hat parade (ribbons will be awarded).

Group show by the students of the Juneau Community Charter School

The Rookery Cafe

111 Seward St .

Reception: 4-8 p.m.

Various works from Juneau Community Charter School students will be on display in May at the Rookery.

25 years of Fairweather Prints

Nugget Mall

Reception: May 4-8 during mall hours

This show will feature 25 years of nature-inspired designs. The featured wall hangings have been either mounted on frames or bound with coordinating fabrics and beads.

The exhibit will be on display at the mall through Sunday.

Aunt Claudia’s Dolls museum

114 S Franklin 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.

This First Friday, in addition to this permanent collection, visitors can view the summer exhibit of Northern Natives. These figures are from Alaska, Canada and Siberia. Mary Ellen Frank’s doll-making studio is located within the museum and she will be hosting the event with the Kelsey collection owner, Bea Shepard.

Work by various artists

Ravensong Gallery

127 N. Franklin St.

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

Ravensong, one of Juneau’s newest galleries will be open on First Friday to show its selection of Alaska Native art.

Surprise feature

Paradise Cafe

245 Marine Way

Reception: 5-8 p.m.

Paradise Cafe will feature an as-yet-to-be revealed first Friday Feature.


New work by Julie and Kent Crabtree

Heritage Coffee, Second Street Cafe

216 Second St.

Reception: 4-6 p.m.

Paintings from this husband and wife team, on display since April, will be up through the month of May.

Healing Arts exhibit

Silverbow Backroom

120 Second St.

Original artistic expressions including include paintings, poems, photography and other works that honor and celebrate the artists’ journeys.

This exhibit, held in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month, opened in April.


Monthly Grind

Gold Town Nickelodeon

Emporium Mall (behind Heritage Coffee)

Performance time: 9 p.m.

The Gold Town’s second Monthly Grind variety show begins at 9 p.m.

Spectators and performers of any genre are invited to watch and/or participate in the madness, for $5 or a donation of 3 non-perishable food items for the Food Bank.

Sit in With the Band

The Rendezvous

Performance time: 9:30 p.m.

Sit in WIth the Band takes places every First Friday at the Rendezvous and is hosted by Jay Caputo.

Bring your instrument and an amplifier, if you need one. Sign up for a slot.

For more information, call 523-8984 or email


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