First Friday art openings

This First Friday is packed with activity, including new major exhibits at both museums, and no less than three grand openings of local downtown businesses. Read on!



“When ‘Over There’ Was Here: World War II in Alaska”

Alaska State Museum

395 Whittier St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

“When ‘Over There’ Was Here: World War II in Alaska” marks the 70th anniversary of the Aleutian Islands Campaign. On June 6, 1942, Japanese marines invaded Kiska, in the Aleutian Islands; the next day, they took Attu. Military importance aside, foreign occupation of a U.S. territory dealt an emotional blow to the war effort. And so, the U.S. began a year-long campaign to win back these isolated, frozen islands culminating with the August 15, 1943 liberation of Kiska by nearly 35,000 Allied troops.

This exhibit runs through Oct. 13.

Next Friday, May 11, the museum will open another major exhibit, “Dan DeRoux’s History of Alaska,” which will also run through Oct. 13. For more on this, see next week’s Arts.


“Sydney Laurence: Reflections of the Great Northwest,” 13 original paintings

“A Klondike Tale: A Juneau Perspective” by Averyl Veliz

Juneau-Douglas City Museum

Fourth and Main streets

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

“Sydney Laurence: Reflections of the Great Northwest” explores the life and art of Alaska’s foremost landscape painter. This exhibit contains 13 original paintings by Sydney Laurence, including two from the City Museum’s collection, three from the Alaska State Museum’s collection, six from the Juneau Empire’s collection, and the remainder from private collections.

“Sydney Laurence: Reflections of the Great Northwest” will be on display through Nov. 17.

“A Klondike Tale: A Juneau Perspective” is a continuation of local artist Averyl Veliz’ idea for an animated film project about the contact between Westerners in search of gold and the Tlingit. A combination of history, tall-tale and myth, the pieces in this exhibit all relate to Juneau.

Originally from Healy, Veliz now lives in Juneau with her family. Her grandfather worked at the AJ mine and her mother grew up in Juneau. As a young child, Veliz visited her grandparents each summer and developed a strong interest in Tlingit culture, formline design, and the Klondike Gold Rush. Her life experiences and historical research have inspired her to write and visually develop this original tale.

“A Klondike Tail: A Juneau Perspective” is on display in the audio/visual gallery through Sept. 29.


Grand opening

Alaska Robotics Gallery

220 Front St., next to the Gross Alaska Theatre

Reception: 4:30–7 p.m.

This new gallery will feature work by the Alaska Robotics crew (Pat Race, Aaron Suring, Lou Logan and others), Sarah Asper-Smith, and other artists, with a focus on animation, film and comics.

The shop will also carry a wide selection of graphic novels.

Summer store hours for the Alaska Robotics Gallery are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m.-4 p.m.


Grand opening


244 Front Street

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Across the street from the Robotics crew, another brand new gallery will open its doors for the first time. This shop, Chiton, is tucked into the storefront formerly occupied by Jim Hopkins’ Artifacts -- and Hopkins work will still be featured here, along with art glass by new shop owner Sara Chatfield, and jewelry by Michael Hunter.

Chatfield said she is planning to feature more local artists in the gallery as she gets going, and that she will be a regular stop on the First Friday circuit throughout the summer.


Grand opening


Located in the courtyard behind Paradise Bakery, between Marine Way and Franklin Street (formerly Cha’s glass studio)

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Adorn’s first First Friday event will feature original works by the boutique’s five contributing artists: Original dresses by Bridget Milligan and Dani Byers, jewelry by Deb Gregoire and Amy Fletcher, and ceramics by Louise Kuntz-Tadda.


New work by the Franklin Street gallery’s contributing artists

Franklin Street Gallery, Baranof Hotel

127 N. Franklin St.

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

The Franklin Street Gallery will feature a new display of work by local painters Constance Baltuck, Barbara Craver, Cristine Crooks and Puanani Maunu.


Student art exhibit

The Rookery Cafe

111 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Art students from Juneau Douglas High School and Thunder Mountain High School will show their paintings and drawings at the Rookery this month.


8-Bit Empire,” art by Chad Medel

Figment Contemporary Gallery and Gifts

175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Figment co-owner Chad Medel will show a new collection of work, “8-Bit Empire,” this month at the downtown gallery, located across from the Juneau Artists Gallery in the Senate Building.


“Light of a Clear Blue Morning,” new oil paintings by Elise Tomlinson.

JAHC Gallery

Juneau Arts & Culture Center

Reception: 4:30–7 p.m.

Douglas artist Elise Tomlinson‘s new series of paintings was inspired by photographs Tomlinson has taken around the Juneau and Douglas area over the past year. Paintings inspired by these photos include skunk cabbage in the spring, devil’s club and fireweed in the summer, russet-colored mountaintops in the fall, and a view from the Black Bear lift at Eagle Crest mid-winter.


“The Subtext of Being Good,” a joint show by MK MacNaughton, Sarah Newsham and Christy NaMee Eriksen

Sketch Studio

Corner of Front and Main Streets

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Local artists MK MacNaughton, Sarah Newsham and Christy NaMee Eriksen have joined forces in this exhibit to create art that explores what it means to behave and who has the power to define it. The show will be presented at Sketch, MacNaughton’s studio, located behind Kenny’s Wok and Teriyaki.

The three women, who formerly all worked together at the Canvas, came up with five prompts about being good (such as “be quiet”) to spur their artistic processes, and then explored those ideas through their individual voices and mediums. The show will likely include interactive elements.


Labor of Love: Work by REACH staff

The Canvas Community Art Gallery and Studio

223 Seward St.

Reception:4:30-7 p.m.

For May, the Canvas will showcasing the artists that make up the REACH Staff.


Abstract paintings by Rob Roys

Jewelry by Colleen Goldrich

Annie Kaill’s

244 Front St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Annie Kaill’s will feature two artists for May, Rob Roys and Colleen Goldrich.

Local painter Rob Roys will show his newest work from this past winter. Roys has built up a huge following in Juneau for his original works, many of which draw on a Southeast-based color palate of blue and green, white and gray.

Colleen Goldrich will be unveiling her summer collection at this First Friday event. She makes one-of-a-kind necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, some of which include freshwater pearls, semiprecious stones, and hammered silver.


Photography by Cam Brynes

Juneau Artists Gallery

175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Photographer Cam Brynes will have new photographs and products on display, including, for the first time, art in 3D.

Meet the artist and enjoy some refreshments at the First Friday reception.


Jewelry by Lisa McCormick

Caribou Crossings

Franklin St. (across from the tram)

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Kodiak silver jewelry artist Lisa McCormick will be in town to show her new work for Caribou Crossings’ first First Friday event of the summer season.

McCormick, a retired commercial fisherwoman, finds inspiration for her creations while kayaking, fishing and skiing near her remote cabin on Kodiak Island. Her work has been featured at Caribou Crossings for the past 15 years.


Continuing exhibits:

Alaska Photographic Arts Association’s annual Spring show


360 Egan Drive

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

This exhibit, which opened last month, showcases the work of more than two dozen local photographers, including 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, Toby Harbanuk and John Nylen

This exhibit will be on view in the KTOO halls through May 31.


Paintings by Jay Crondahl

Silverbow Backroom

120 Second St.

Reception: 4-8 p.m.

Longtime local Jay Crondahl will continue his exhibit of acrylic paintings at the Silverbow this month. The show includes both abstract and representational works.


Aunt Claudia’s Dolls museum

114 S Franklin Suite 105, above Hearthside Books

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

Aunt Claudia’s Dolls, a Juneau museum displaying the large collection of Claudia Kelsey’s dolls and miniatures, will be open on First Friday. The collection curator, Douglas doll artist Mary Ellen Frank, will host the event with the collection’s current owner, Bea Shepard.

Summer hours for the museum are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.


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