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First Friday art openings

Posted: June 29, 2011 - 5:17pm
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Dean Guanell's stoneware mask, “Maker of Lakes,” inspired by an Alutiiq dance/story mask from the 1800s. His work will be on display at the Franklin Street Gallery in the Baranof Hotel.   Courtesy of Dean Guanell
Courtesy of Dean Guanell
Dean Guanell's stoneware mask, “Maker of Lakes,” inspired by an Alutiiq dance/story mask from the 1800s. His work will be on display at the Franklin Street Gallery in the Baranof Hotel.

Here’s a look at the new and continuing exhibits on view Friday evening during the July First Friday Art Walk downtown.

“Ebb and Flow: A Conversation Between Two Artists,” works by Alexis Roberts Keiner and Suzanne Peck

The Ruby Room

174 S. Franklin St, in the Emporium Mall (behind Heritage Coffee)

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Artists Alexis Roberts Keiner and Suzanne Peck explore water, landscape, home and the sense of place in their first collaboration “Ebb and Flow.”

Keiner, from Anchorage and Juneau, was heavily influenced by Diana Tillion of Halibut Cove, with whom she studied watercolor and octopus ink painting every summer for 10 years.

Peck, originally from New Jersey, earned an MFA in glass sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design, and often works with video and photographs. This is the first showing of her paintings.

Keiner and Peck will host an informal discussion and artist talk for their show on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the Ruby Room.

Works in various media by Kathleen Wiest and Dorinda Skains

JAHC Gallery

Juneau Arts & Culture Center

Reception: 4:30–7 p.m.

Kathleen Wiest and Dorinda Skains will present a joint show of their Southeast landscape art. Wiest’s work, “Edges”, is a study of Southeast tidelines that includes ceramics and acrylic paintings. Skains’ work includes paintings of Gastineau Channel, Douglas Island and the Mendenhall Glacier in acrylic and mixed media on small square canvases.

New works by Dana White

The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery

223 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Dana White is a local artist. who works in various mediums including: photography, painting, batik, ceramics, textiles, digital art, collage and sculpture.

Ceramic work by Gordon Harrison

Juneau Artists Gallery

175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4-7 p.m.

Local ceramic artist Gordon Harrison will be featuring new tile designs made out of a coarse, buff clay that resembles beach sand when fired. Most of his plates and platters feature local sea and bird life, and, more recently dogwood flower and fern designs.

“Heavy Masks: Ceramic Faces of Alaska” by Dean Guaneli

Franklin Street Gallery, Baranof Hotel

127 N. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

In his first solo show, local artist Dean Guaneli will be featuring a series of ceramic masks inspired primarily by 19th and early 20th century wooden Alaska Native masks. Guaneli has previously exhibited his works, including five prototype masks, with the Blue Clay Studio at the JAHC gallery.

New acrylic paintings by Forest Hembree

Gallery of the North

147 S. Franklin St.

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

Local artist Forest Hembree, originally of Hoonah, will showing his latest selction of Alaksa wildlife paitings.

Photography by BJ Robinson, music by Daniel Kirkwood

The Rookery Cafe

111 Seward St .

Reception: 4-8 p.m.

The Rookery will host local photographer BJ Robinson, and will feature live music by Daniel Kirkwood and friends beginning around 6 p.m.

“STILL/LIFE,” a photography exhibit by Charity Green

Heritage Coffee, Franklin Street Cafe

174 S. Franklin St.

Local photographer Charity Green will be presenting a photography exhibit of life in Alaska. Green has previously shown her paintings at the JAHC gallery and other locations; this will be her first photography show.

The Jasmine skirt

Kodiak Coat Company

245 Marine Way, Suite 14 (above Paradise Cafe)

Reception: 4-7 p.m.

Kodiak Coat Company will be featuring a new design — the Jasmine skirt, a funcational wrap skirt designed for the local climate.

New work by various artists

Ravensong Gallery

127 N. Franklin St.

Continuing:

Aunt Claudia’s Dolls museum

114 S Franklin Suite 105, above Hearthside Books

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

Aunt Claudia’s Dolls features the large collection of Claudia Kelsey’s dolls and miniatures. Hosting the First Friday event will be collection curator Mary Ellen Frank and its current owner, Bea Shepard.

In the revolving display area, the museum will feature a collection of Alaskan Native figures and miniatures. Frank’s doll making studio, located within the museum, will also be open for view. Frank is currently working on portraits of local people’s parents and is at the point where she is designing shoes.

“Just Old Hats: Headgear in Alaska History”

Alaska State Museum

395 Whittier St.

Reception: 4-7 p.m.

The Alaska State Museum will be open with extended hours and free admission to display an exhibit of hats that have been worn throughout Alaskan history. Steve Henrickson, curator of collections, will conduct a walk-through of the exhibit at 5:30 p.m.

“Of Late,” new paintings by Sue Kraft

Bentwood and Bead Gallery

315 Third St.

In addition to Kraft’s paintings, the gallery also features new works by Yukon artist Sheila Alexandrovich and gallery owners Salty and Jim Haines.

“Honeymoon Tonight” photography by Patrice Helmar

Juneau-Douglas City Museum

Fourth and Main streets

“Breaches, Blows & Bubblenetting: Humpbacks and Orcas of Juneau,” photography by Joe McCabe

Silverbow Backroom

120 Second St.

Other First Friday events:

Fire on McGinnis roof-top concert

Silverbow Inn and Bakery

120 Second St.

Performance time: 9:15 p.m.

The Fire on McGinnis show may well be the first rooftop concert ever held in Juneau. The event will include a beer garden.

Sit in with the Band

The Rendezvous

Performance time: 9:30 p.m.

Sit in with the Band is hosted by Jason Caputo every First Friday. Bring your instrument and an amplifier, if you need one. Mics will be provided.

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