First Friday art openings

First Friday is Jan. 6. Here’s a look at the art openings taking place downtown.


“Jovial Jams” by Jacob Stoltz

JAHC Gallery

Juneau Arts & Culture Center

Reception: 4:30–7 p.m.

Graphic artist Jacob Stoltz will be exhibiting a series of original ink and watercolor drawings created over the past several months.

Inspired by mid-20th century illustration and comic book art, the series features New Yorker-style one-panel gags, advertisement parodies, and more — all written, drawn, and hand-lettered by the artist. Stoltz has lived in Juneau since 2010, working as a freelance illustrator and art instructor.

“Interior Spaces” paintings by Monica Daugherty

The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery

223 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Daugherty’s paintings gravitate towards “the depiction of architectural and natural spaces,” from streets and sidewalks to buildings to people. However, according to the artist, the paintings don’t follow directly from experience, but are inspired by “the memory of the feeling manifested in the images I choose.”

“Have Paint, Will Travel”: Distant places brought home by Juneau artists

Franklin Street Gallery, Baranof Hotel

127 N. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Original travel art by seven local artists will be featured at the Franklin Street Gallery.

Paul Voelckers and Mary Pat Wyatt will exhibit watercolors from their travels to Turkey, Greece, Italy and Egypt. Cristine Crooks will share her pastel paintings from Hawaii. Barbara Craver and Pua Maunu will exhibit images from Hawaii, and closer to home, Pelican and Kennicott. Constance Baltuck and Jane Stokes will bring in the warmth of the Southwest.

Also displayed will be sketchbooks and examples of the compact travel kits used by the artists.

“Fox in the Chicken Coop,” new works by Alana Ballam-Schwan


175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-8 p.m.  

Gallery co-owner Ballam-Schwan will be the featured artist for January.

In addition to the art opening, Figment will be featuring live music by Mallory Story and Michaela Goade beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Charles Rohrbacher’s “Illuminated Easter Proclamation”

Juneau Artists Gallery

175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4-7 p.m.

Iconographer Charles Rohrbacher will sign copies of his completed book “Illuminated Easter Proclamation” (provided that the book arrives by Friday). Original artwork used in the book will be on display as well as iconography available for purchase. Portable icon shrines and cards are also available for sale

Rohrbacker is a Roman Catholic deacon of the Diocese of Juneau. He studied Byzantine iconography with Russian Orthodox iconographer Dmitri Shkolnik in San Francisco and New York. He further studied with Fr. Egon Sendler, a Byzantine Catholic Jesuit, in Paris.

He lives in Douglas with his wife Paula, who, in addition to creating portable icon shrines using his work, manages the business side of his studio, the New Jerusalem Workshop.

“Bound”: New Bindings by Sherri McDonald

Juneau-Douglas City Museum

Fourth and Main streets

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

The City Museum will feature handmade paper, prints and journals by local artist Sherri McDonald in the Museum Gift Shop. McDonald, owner of Paper Mountain Studio in Douglas, has been binding books and creating paper since 1993.

For this show, McDonald has created a collection of handmade paper, prints, and hand-sewn, archival quality journals and scrapbooks. Items will be available for purchase in the Museum Gift Shop through the month of January.

A group show by members of Big Brother Big Sisters

The Rookery Cafe

111 Seward St .

Reception: 4-8 p.m.

This show will feature art in various media created by members of Big Brothers Big Sisters.

LIve music: Marian Call

The Ruby Room

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

Reception: 5-6:30 p.m.

The gallery will be open and featuring live music by Anchorage musician Marian Call. For more, visit

“Southeast Seasons,” a photo exhibit by Ron Gile

Alaska Litho

228 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 pm

“Southeast Seasons,” a photography exhibit by Ron Gile, chronicles Southeast through the year.

Also offered during the opening, a Q&A about self-publishing with Alaska LItho employees Travis McCain and Jenny Fremlin.


“A Klondike Tale” by graphic artist Averyl Veliz; “Recent works” by Constance Baltuck; “Versatile Birch: Objects from the ASM Collection” ; “Boreal Birch: Art and Science in the Northern Forest”

Alaska State Museum

395 Whittier St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Veliz’s “A Klondike Tale” features images from her film study and features and Baltuck’s solo exhibition features her latest vibrant landscape paintings. Both solo shows run through Jan. 14.

“Boreal Birch: Art and Science in the Northern Forest,” features birch-based work by noted Alaskan artists Margo Klass, Kesler Woodward, and the late Barry McWayne, in conjunction with University of Alaska Fairbanks scientist Kimberly Maher. It runs through Jan. 14.

“Versatile Birch” features baskets, dolls, canoe models, and other traditional artifacts from the museum’s collection.

It runs through Feb. 18.

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

In addition to the museum’s permanent collection of Claudia Kelsey’s dolls and miniatures, the the revolving display area will feature figures from Native areas and tribal groups of Alaska, Canada and Russia. Doll artist Mary Ellen Frank’s studio will also be open for view.


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