First Friday Art Walk

First Friday is April 6. Here’s a look at the local art openings.



10th Annual UAS Juried Student Art Exhibition

JAHC Gallery

Juneau Arts & Culture Center

Reception: 4:30–7 p.m.

The annual UAS Juried Student Art Exhibition features work in various media -- including painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, design and Northwest Coast artwork -- that has been created by students during the current academic year. This year’s guest juror is local artist and photographer Patrice Helmar.

In conjunction with the opening, the university’s a capella group, Alaskapella, will perform in the main hall beginning at 6:30 p.m.

The Lobby Shop will feature local author Kevin Burchfield, who will be signing copies of his books, “The Great Alaskan Adventure...with Zombies! ” and “Full Moon Over Juneau.”


Fossilized ivory jewelry by Johnny Ellis

Annie Kaill’s

244 Front St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Local jewelry artist Johnny Ellis formerly ran the Raven’s Journey Gallery in downtown Juneau with his wife, Kathy, and is still making ivory jewelry, including pendants, bracelets, earrings, hair clips and more. He has been carving since the early 1970s, and opened Raven’s Journey in 1991.


Stories from the Secret World, paintings by Kathleen Wayne

The Rookery Cafe

111 Seward St.

Reception: 4-8 p.m.

Kathleen Wayne, a well-known and highly regarded local soprano, will have original paintings and prints at this show.


“An Alaskan Book of Hours” by Margo Klass

“Landscapes,” by David Rosenthal

Earth, Fire and Fibre XXVIII

Alaska State Museum

395 Whittier St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Fairbanks mixed media artist Margo Klass presents a series of “box constructions” influenced by Alaska’s natural environment in a re-interpretation of the medieval “Book of Hours.” Her compositions are created from found objects — old tools, twigs, rocks — set into hand-built boxes.

Cordova painter David Rosenthal presents a collection of work from his travels to the polar regions of Alaska and other Arctic areas, as well as six austral summers and winters at various locations across Antarctica.

Both solo shows run through April 28

Earth, Fire and Fibre XXVIII is a biennial craft exhibition organized by the Anchorage Museum. Local artists featured in this show are Kay Field Parker of Douglas, and mixed media artist Rachael Juezeler, also of Douglas. Earth, Fire and Fibre XXVIII runs through April 21.


Alaska Photographic Arts Association exhibit

KTOO Studios

360 Egan Drive

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Works from more than 20 local photographers will be on display in the halls of the KTOO/KRNN/KXLL studios in April, viewable during business hours. This year’s exhibit includes work by Shar Fox, Jim Simard, Marilyn Holmes, Michael Penn, Iris Korhonen-Penn, Pat Kalbaugh, Jason Soza, Merrill Jensen, Steve Winker, David Riccio, Flip Nicklin, Jeff Brown, Matthew Brown, Joe McCabe, Mark Gnadt, Brian Wallace, Bob Armstrong, Buddy Ferguson, Michael Dobson, Kaki Shields, Terra Dawn Parker, John Nylen and Toby Harbanuk, with more participants likely.


“Local,” new work by Meghan Grunow and Danielle Edmunds


175 S. Franklin St.

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

Local artists and sisters Meghan Grunow and Danielle Edmunds will show recent work at Figment.


Work from Kobuk Valley National Park, by Constance Baltuck

Franklin Street Gallery, Baranof Hotel

127 N. Franklin St.

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

In 2011, local painter Constance Baltuck spent two weeks as Artist-in-Residence in the wilderness of the Great Kobuk Sand Dunes at Kobuk Valley National Park, in remote Northwest Alaska. All of the paintings in this show were begun in the park and were created using only three colors.

Other artists exhibiting at the gallery this month include Cristine Crooks, Barbara Craver, Pua Maunu and Colleen Goldrich.

A wine tasting is also available for a small cover charge.


Pysanky art by former local Charlie Detjen

Bear’s Lair Gifts

175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

The Bear’s Lair will be celebrating their 16th anniversary Friday with a storewide sale, drawings and goodies. Former Juneau artist Charlie Detjen’s pysanky eggs will also be on sale.


“These Wild Ecstasies,” photography by Courtney Wendel

“Power of Words: Spoken Word and Performance Poetry” by CARES program students

Alaska Litho

228 Seward St.

Reception 4:30-7pm.

Courtney Wendel’s photography exhibit will be featured along with a poetry reading from CARES students, who will present poems from “Power of Words: Spoken Word and Performance Poetry” beginning at 6 p.m. CARES (Credit Achievement Recovery & Employability Skills) is an after-school program run by the Juneau School District for all local high school students.


Woosh Kinaadeiyí Poetry Slam & Open Mic

CHOCO’s new location)

127 S. Franklin St.

Sign up at 6 p.m., show at 6:30 p.m., music and dance party at 9 p.m.

Hosted by Na Haan and Christy NaMee Eriksen, this open mic and poetry slam is open to writers and performers of all ages and abilities. Share your poetry, songs, and talents, or listen and cheer folks on. The winner of the slam takes home $25 cash. Bring 3 original poems to compete in the slam. Following the slam, there will be a dance party featuring DJ Manu on the turntables. 


“Scavengers,” encaustics by Nicole Bauberger

The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery

223 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Nicole Bauberger, a mixed-media artist from Whitehorse, will show encaustic works featuring ravens.

Bauberger will also be leading an art installation project next week, called “See Through,” in which she will build dresses from cling wrap, packing tape and paper maché and then display them at the park on the corner of Third and Seward Streets. Dress building wil take place from 12-2 p.m. Monday-Wednesday, April 9-11, at the Canvas. To sign up, call 586-1750. Installation of the dresses and a craft talk will take place at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 12.


“Healing Art” by various artists

B’s Bistro

230 Second St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

The artwork in this show was created to bring attention to Sexual Asssault Awareness month, and to help heal and honor women who have experienced domestic and sexual violence. The bisto will donate $1 of the AWARE cupcakes in April to this cause.


Hand-turned wood bowls by Chris Frary and a wood turning demonstration by Kevin Miller.

Juneau-Douglas City Museum

Fourth and Main streets

Chris Frary’s work, In a Pinch Woodworking, is made from alder, cottonwood, hemlock, willow cherry, maple and birch, walnut and exotic woods.

Juneau’s Kevin Miller uses mainly local woods in his pieces, such as alder and rowan (also known as mountain ash), and semi-local woods such as aspen or birch. He also enjoys building “segmented” vessels from milled maple, birch, teak and walnut.

Miller will present a wood turning demonstration from 5:30-6:30 p.m.


Cathexis II, Kent and Julie Crabtree

Heritage Second Street Cafe

216 2nd St.

Reception: 4-7 p.m.

Kent and Julie Crabtree will be featuring acrylic paintings in this show, Cathexis II, the second part of a series.

Cathexis I hung at the Rookery during the month of March


Swing into Spring

Juneau Artists Gallery

175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

New art in spring colors from various gallery artists, as well as sweet and savory treats.


Hillbilly Honeys, Freeride American Pale Ale

Alaskan Brewing Depot

219 S. Front St.

Reception: 4:30 p.m.

In honor of the Alaska Folk Festival, the Hillbilly Honeys will be featured, as well as handcrafted chocolate truffles made with Alaskan Smoked Porter and the brewery’s new Freeride American Pale Ale. Also on tap: the season’s first batch of Alaskan Summer Ale.


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 extensive collection of Claudia Kelsey’s dolls and miniatures, with has an emphasis on northern Native dolls (Canada, Siberia, Lapland and Greenland) and antique dolls, bears and miniatures.

The museum will be open on First Friday, as well as during Folk Festival, from 12-5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with free admission.


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