July First Friday art walk

Here’s a look at what’s going on at some of the downtown galleries this month.


Photography by Joel Mundy

The Rookery Cafe

111 Seward St .

Reception: 4-8 p.m.

See feature story on page C1.

“Long Shadows” by Ray Watkins and Duane Bosch.

JAHC Gallery

Juneau Arts & Culture Center

Reception: 4:30–7 p.m.

Inspired by nature and the great carvers of the past, Ray Watkins and Duane Bosch have created a collection of 40 masks, rattles, bowls and bentwood boxes carved in the traditional style of the Northwest Coast. The carvers say the show’s title, “Long Shadows,” refers “literally to the time of evening when the last of the days light diffuses out, everything takes on a deep glow, then stretches to dark. It seems to be a time when the borders between worlds is thin. Figuratively, it implies the long shadows thrown by the great artists of the past, who inspire us.”

Comic Con party

Alaska Robotics Gallery

220 Front St., next to the Gross Alaska Theatre

Reception: 4:30–7 p.m.

Alaska Robotics will be hosting a Comic Con going away party, featuring recent work by Pat Race and a discount on all graphic novels in the store. This event is being held in preparation for their participation in Comic Con International, a major comic book and popular arts convention held in San Diego next week.

“Visitations” by Monica Daugherty

Figment Contemporary Gallery and Gifts

175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Monica Daugherty will show a selection of recent paintings.

Encaustics by Kay Klose and jewelry by Laura Hosey


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

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Adorn will host Juneau jewelry maker Laura Hosey for her first-ever First Friday opening, along with visual artist Kay Klose. Hosey will have a selection of handmade, one-of-a-kind earrings and pendants, featuring vibrant combinations of semi-precious stones. Klose will show recent encaustics, paintings created from many layers of wax. This will be Juneau’s last chance to catch Klose — she will be moving at the end of the month.

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.

Oil paintings by Mel Matlean

Gallery of the North

147 South Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Mel Matlean, who has been drawing since he was six, was an accomplished cartoonist by the time he was 12 — he says Walt Disney himself told him to come and see him after he completed high school. But Matlean headed north, where he fished Bristol Bay waters, while taking photographs to remember the scenery. Back on land he would paint using both the photos and his memory.

Watercolor paintings and handmade ukuleles by Mark Vinsel

Juneau Artists Gallery

175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

The Juneau Artists Gallery will feature Mark Vinsel, with new watercolor paintings and handmade solid-body electric ukuleles made from local Southeast woods. Vinsel designed the ukuleles to be portable and durable — “something that could be banged around, played around the campfire and still work after sitting out on the shore in the rain.” Each instrument is one-of-a-kind and handmade of Sitka spruce, red cedar or yellow cedar bodies and necks, with maple or rosewood fretboards and a fully adjustable bridge for intonation. Some of the paintings in this show were created during a camping trip to South Baranof Wilderness where he tested his portable electric ukulele prototype.

Recent works by the gallery’s five managers

Franklin Street Gallery, Baranof Hotel

127 N. Franklin St.

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

July’s show will feature recent works by the Franklin Street Gallery’s five managers: Constance Baltuck, Barbara Craver, Cristine Crooks, Pua Maunu, and Jane Stokes.

Colleen Goldrich will also be exhibiting her original pearl and gemstone jewelry at the gallery this month.


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

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

Alaska State Museum

395 Whittier St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Alaska State Museum Curator of Collections Steve Henrikson will lead a walk-through of the exhibit “When ‘Over There’ Was Over Here: World War II in Alaska,” during the First Friday reception, from 6 to 7 p.m. “When ‘Over There’ Was Here” marks the 70th anniversary of the Aleutian Islands Campaign. This exhibit runs through Oct. 13.

Henrikson’s walk-through also coincides with another exhibit, “Kiska: A World War II Battlefield Landscape,” developed in collaboration with the National Park Service-Alaska Regional Office and Charles Sturt University in Australia.

“Dan DeRoux’s History of Alaska,” on view upstairs at the museum, 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 presents the paintings he is known for as well as altered photographs, sculpture and other pieces. This exhibit is on view thorough Oct. 13.

“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 collaborated for this show on pieces that demonstrate the connections they’ve built over time.

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.

Frank, collection curator, will host the event with the Kelsey collection owner, Bea Shepard.


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