First Friday art openings

Friday, Feb. 3, is First Friday. Here’s a look at the gallery openings and other events going on around town.


“Boundaries,” a joint show by Tasha Walen and MK MacNaughton

JAHC Gallery

Juneau Arts & Culture Center

Reception: 4:30–7 p.m.

Tasha Walen and MK MacNaughton will display their conversations about boundaries in paintings, sculpture and glass.

The central image of MacNaughton’s work in this show is nests, symbolizing the way people build walls to protect themselves.

“Sometimes walls are too restrictive, sometimes they aren’t strong enough. Through the process of drawing and painting over the last few months, the nests have developed their own characters, and have come to life as nests with attitudes and communication issues.”

Walen works in glass and encaustic paint, and her focus for this show addresses boundaries as they relate to body image. Cast glass forms explore containment; engraving alters glass and encaustic paint “questioning the ideas we place on ourselves as we alter our own forms.”

“Windows and Doors” by Magil Pratt

The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery

223 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Magil Pratt’s paintings of windows and doors are based on photographs she took in Juneau, Atlin and the Pittock Mansion in Portland.

Pratt will also be doing an artist talk from noon-1 p.m. Wednesday. Feb. 15 in the Canvas gallery.

Jewelry by Leah Sturgis and Colleen Goldrich

Annie Kaill’s

244 Front St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Jewelers Leah Sturgis and Colleen Goldrich will have work on display this month. Both jewelry artists create unique handmade necklaces and earrings in gold and silver, some featuring semiprecious stones.

Sturgis is a former Juneau resident who lives in Alexandria, Va.; she will not be present at the opening. Goldrich, who lives in Juneau, will be there.

Valentine Special First Friday Event

Juneau Artists Gallery

175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

The gallery will feature hand-made works by all participating artists as well as valentine treats.

“For the Love of Art”, works by Julianna Humphreys

Franklin Street Gallery, Baranof Hotel

127 N. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Julianna Humphreys has been working in wood engraving, woodcut, and etching for about 25 years. She has studied with local artists Dale deArmond, Alice Tersteeg and others in a variety of mediums.

Constance Baltuck, Barbara Craver, Puanani Maunu, Cristine Crooks and Jane Stokes will be exhibiting paintings as well. There will be a wine tasting for a small cover charge.

“A Little of This… A Little of That” by Crystal Hegel

Alaska Litho

228 Seward Street

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Mixed-media artist Crystal Hegel will exhibit work from the last 10 years, including printmaking and sculpture.

“Open Book,” work by Sandy Gillespie

“Saling for Salmon: The Early Years of Commercial Fishing in Alaska’s Bristol Bay 1884-1951”

Alaska State Museum

395 Whittier St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

The Sailing for Salmon exhibit, curated by Tim Troll and the Pratt Museum’s John Branson, documents commerical fishing in Bristol Bay from the late 1800s through the 1950s — before the introduction of motorized boats. The collection is based on Troll’s book of the same name. The exhibit will open with a presentation by John Branson about John. W. Clark, one of the founders of the fishery, and a 20-minute film, followed by a panel discussion about the history of Bristol Bay Commercial Fisheries. The presentation begins at 7 p.m.

“Open Book,” a solo exhibit by Fairbanks artist Sandy Gillespie, will feature both visual art and literature in abstract multimedia works and paintings.

Both exhibits run through March 10.

“Solitude & Place,” artwork by Dorinda Skains

“Not Just Another Button,” beaded pins by Ella Johnson-Bentley

Juneau-Douglas City Museum

Fourth and Main streets

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

“Solitude & Place” will open in the Murray gallery. Skains’ exhibit focuses on the artist’s personal and visual recollections of landscape in Southeast Alaska.

Skains, a former architect, begins by creating a traditional painting, photograph, collage or drawing, then alters it digitally, sometimes beyond recognition.

“Solitude & Place” will be on display through Feb. 25.

Ella Johnson-Bentley’s beaded pins will be available for purchase at the museum gift shop.

Beer and chocolate

Alaskan Brewing Depot

219 S. Franklin St

Reception: 4:30-8 p.m.

In honor of Valentine’s Day, the Depot will be serving truffles made with Alaskan Smoked Porter and Oatmeal Stout, paired with the Stout, Smoked Porter and Alaskan Barley Wine. Select items will be on sale all day.

Extended: “Fox in the Chicken Coop” works by Alana Ballam-Schwan


175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4-8 p.m.

Gallery co-owner Alana Ballam-Schwan’s “Fox in the Chicken Coop” has been extended through the end of February.

Live music from Liz Snyder begins at 5:30 p.m. 

Artwork by Victoria Brown

Silverbow Bakery

120 Second St.

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

Victoria Brown’s work for this show includes pieces created with markers and colored pencils.

Colors, Patterns & the Lack Thereof,” photography by Jason Soza

Original music by Travis Croteau

The Rookery Cafe

111 Seward St .

Reception: 4-8 p.m.

Photographer Jason Soza will show a series of photos shot in several different countries.

Travis Croteau will begin a live performance at 6 p.m. He will also be starting a week-long food drive for those in need that night. Canned and non-perishable food items, warm clothes, winter and weather-proof gear, and other items can be dropped off at The Rookery for the week following First Friday.

Jewelry by Stacy Gullufsen


109 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Stacy Gullufsen’s jewelry includes wire-wrapped pieces as well as those featuring vintage glass, recycled glass and semi precious stones, shells and wood.

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. In addition to this permanent collection, in the revolving display area, figures from Native areas of Alaska, Canada and Russia are on exhibit.

Mary Ellen Frank’s doll making studio, located with the museum, will also be open for view. The collection curator, Douglas doll artist Mary Ellen Frank, will host the event with the Kelsey collection owner, Bea Shepard.


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