First Friday art openings

Summer used to be the slow season for the First Friday Art Walk but a look at June’s list indicates that for many galleries, the tourist season is prime time for showcasing local artists.



“Running the Landscape,” paintings by MK MacNaughton

The Rookery Cafe

111 Seward St.

Reception: 4-8 p.m.

The paintings in “Running the Landscape” were inspired by MK MacNaughton’s trail runs around Juneau. She was also inspired by a book of blurred photographs that were taken from the back of a horse.


“Collaboration,” work by REACH artists and Canvas staff

The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery

223 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

REACH artists and Canvas staff build deep relationships with one another through the many hours that they work together. This spring these artists and staff members have had a chance to collaborate on pieces that demonstrate the connections they’ve built over time. Also included in this show will be two collaboration paintings completed by Juneau community members at the Community Day on Campus event that took place Saturday, May 19.


Prints by Gabe Smetzer

Alaska Robotics Gallery

220 Front St., next to the Gross Alaska Theatre

Reception: 4:30–7 p.m.

The Alaska Robotics Gallery, new last month, will feature prints by Gabe Smetzer, an animator and designer with strong ties to Juneau. The prints reflect Smetzer’s recent work in developing “The story of Flewn,” an interactive story about a frog and rabbit working to help a weary whale cross the world in search of an ocean. Find out more about Flewn at the Robotics gallery, or by visiting Smetzer’s Facebook page for the project, Smetzer will also be in town mid-June to present a lecture on his process and work developing Flewn. Stay tuned for details.


Mixed-media collage by Candice Christie

Annie Kaill’s

244 Front St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Artist Candice Christie’s work can be called abstract but is better described as mixed-media non-representational collage, drawing on the images and color palates of Southeast Alaska. As she paints her images, Candice incorporates materials such as gold foil, leaves, and textured papers to give the originals a three-dimensional look.


Paintings by Pua Maunu

Zephyr Restaurant, upstairs gallery

200 Seward Street

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Well-known local painter Pua Maunu will show new and previously unshown works on the mezzanine level of Zephyr during First Friday, in an opening organized by new gallery Art Matters. After first Friday her work will be transferred to Art Matters, located at 8375 Old Dairy Road, for the remainer of the month.

Also at Zephyr on Friday, from 7-10 p.m., is live jazz.


Jewelry by Jenna O’Fontanella and Nicole Lantz


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

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Jewelers Jenna O’Fontanella and Nicole Lantz will show original, one-of-a-kind jewelry pieces including earrings, necklaces and rings.

The opening will also feature new works by the boutique’s five contributing artists: Bridget Milligan, Dani Byers, Deb Gregoire, Amy Fletcher and Louise Kuntz-Tadda.


Grand opening


130 N Franklin St.

Open hours 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Sprazzo, which opened on Franklin Street a few months ago, will celebrate their grand opening on First Friday with new wine and beer offerings and other festivities. Also, a new art piece, called "Panoramic," built and designed by Jeremy Bauer and Jason Clifton of Bauer/Clifton Interiors, will be on view at the restaurant for the first time. 


“Exploring Encaustics” by Kay Klose

Figment Contemporary Gallery and Gifts

175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Longtime local Kay Klose will show a selection of her encaustic works this month at Figment.


Paintings and ceramics by Michelle Morrell

Juneau Artists Gallery

175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Michelle Morrell will show works in several mediums, including watercolor and acrylic painting, intaglio and wood engraved prints and pottery. She has been an active Southeast Alaskan artist since 1984.


“Chasing the Light,” Plein Air paintings by Plein Rein Painters

Franklin Street Gallery, Baranof Hotel

127 N. Franklin St.

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

Most of the pieces in this show represent work from a recent Plein Rein outing to the Shrine of St. Therese. This was a weekend of blustery gale force winds and lots of rain, so artists mostly looked outdoors from cozy interiors or painted still-life paintings. This exhibit also features works from other plein air outings throughout the years.

Artists include Cristine Crooks, Jane Stokes, Jay Crondahl, Sue Kraft, Michelle Morrell, Patti Harper, Nancy Rosel Brown, Carole Baker (Gustavus), Barbara Shepherd, Magil Pratt, Jim Hueman, Teri Gardner Robus, Barbara Craver, Constance Baltuck and Pua Maunu.

Plein Rein is a group of local painters who loosely meet at 9 a.m. every Saturday at A&P (in the eating area) and from there decide where to go to paint for a few hours. Everyone is welcome.


New work by Forest Hembre

Gallery of the North

147 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Juneau artist Forest Hembre will show new wildlife paintings and prints at Gallery of the North. Originally from Hoonah, Hembre is known for his anatomical accuracy and use of light.


No opening this week, Juried Art Show Wednesday

JAHC Gallery

Juneau Arts & Culture Center

The Sealaska Heritage Institute’s Juried Art Show gallery opening and reception will take place at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center on Wednesday, June 6, from 4:30–7 p.m. The JAHC gallery will not be open on June 1 for First Friday due to the gallery being prepared for this show.



“Dan DeRoux’s History of Alaska,” new works by Dan DeRoux

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

Alaska State Museum

395 Whittier St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

“Dan DeRoux’s History of Alaska” offers a look at the state’s history -- both real and imagined -- through the eyes of longtime local artist Dan DeRoux. In this exhibit, his most extensive to date, DeRoux offers the paintings he is known for as well as altered photographs, sculpture and other pieces. This exhibit is on view thorough Oct. 13.

“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. This exhibit runs through Oct. 13.


“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. The exhbit runs 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. This exhibit is on display in the audio/visual gallery through Sept. 29.


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, a Juneau museum displaying the large collection of Claudia Kelsey’s dolls and miniatures, will be open on First Friday. 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 within the museum, will also be open for view. (Feel free to come see the local notable who portrait is being undertaken now.) Frank, collection curator, will host the event with the Kelsey collection owner, Bea Shepard.


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