August First Friday Art Walk

Here’s a look at the art openings taking place this First Friday.


Artwork by Eve Griffin and Arnie Weimer

JAHC Gallery

Juneau Arts & Culture Center

Reception: 4:30–7 p.m.

The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Gallery will present paintings and wood carvings by Skagway artist Eve Griffin. A 16-year resident of Skagway, Griffin’s artistic practice has been heavily influenced by the Tlingít Master Carvers of Haines, and features the landscapes and nature of the upper Lynn Canal area. The show will feature recent work as well as earlier pieces.

Also featured in the gallery will be works in various mediums executed over the last 40 years by Arnie Weimer.

“A Bird in the Hand,” artwork by Fumi Matsumoto

The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery

223 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Fumi Matsumoto’s “A Bird in the Hand” exhibit brings together a variety of pieces in different mediums centering on the theme of birds. Items in the show include a single raku ceramic bird, a series of block prints on recycled tea bags, brightly colored, hand-dyed coffee filter cut-outs folded into bird forms and found object shadow boxes.

“Tool,” artwork by Rachael Juzeler


237 Front St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Sara chatfield’s new little gallery (located in the space formerly occupied by Artifacts next to Ben Franklin) will host longtime Juneau artist Rachael Juzeler, who will continue on a recent theme with a new exhibit of tool-inspired art. Juzeler, one of two Juneau artists featured in this year’s Earth Fire and Fibre statewide exhibit, creates one-of-a-kind mixed media pieces, often incorporating glass and found objects.

Pottery by Misty Ostrowski and Sarah Arntson


In the alleyway between Franklin Street and Marine Way

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Misty Ostrowski and Sarah Arntson will show new works of functional art, including plates, cups and bowls.

Adorn will also feature new works by the gallery’s five owners, Bridget Milligan, Dani Byers, Louise Kuntz-Tadda, Deb Gregoire and Amy Fletcher.

Basket artist Sharon Filyaw and paper artist Karen Beason

Annie Kaill’s

244 Front St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Basket artist Sharon Filyaw, of Ketchikan, saw her first pine needle basket at age 15, and was determined to learn how to make them. Now, many years later, she has mastered the art form. Each of her baskets takes a unique shape and also incorporates other materials such as petrified wood, shell, and unique stone pieces.

Paper artist Karen Beason, of Juneau, creates many different types of paper-based art, including block prints of local wildlife on handmade paper, paper-mâché fish sculptures, hanging sculptures, peace ravens, three-dimensional mixed media artworks, and more.

Photography by Toby Harbanuk

The Rookery Cafe

111 Seward St.

Reception: 4-8 p.m.

Toby Harbanuk, a life-long Alaskan, will show recent works, with a focus on large-scale outdoor photography.

Glass art by Nell McConahey of Spiral Studios

Juneau Artists Gallery

175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Nell McConahey of Spiral Studios will show new work including glass flowers, mirrors, window panels and clocks. She will also have new jewelry, including hammered metal pendants and other textured designs incorporating mixed metals, stone beads, and pearls.

“Seeing Red” by Christianne Carrillo 


175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Figment will celebrate its first birthday this First Friday. The gallery will be featuring “Seeing Red” by Christianne Carrillo and live music by Travis Croteau.

“Water States,” a group show by 15 local artists

Franklin Street Gallery, Baranof Hotel

127 N. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Motivated by the record-setting rain this summer, the Franklin Street Gallery at the Baranof Hotel invited local artists to share their personal view of water states. From glaciers to icebergs to reflections to whimsical graphics, 15 local artists have risen to the challenge and share their recent work in this exhibit. Featured artists are Gustavus artist Carole Baker and Juneau artists Nancy Brown, Barbara Craver, Jay Crondahl, Cristine Crooks, Jim Fowler, Timi Johnson, Sue Kraft, Pua Maunu, Michelle Morrell, Alan Munro, Teri Robus, Barbara Sheperd, Mary Anne Slemmons and Jane Stokes.

“Water States” marks the 25th consecutive first Friday opening at the Franklin Street Gallery.

“Sittin’ Around on the Ground,” artwork by Holly Lena Winkelman

Heritage Second Street Cafe

Second St.

Reception: 5-8 p.m.

Holly Lena Winkelman, a printmaker from Fairbanks, shows her appreciation for Alaskan creatures, birds, plants and fungi with a group of prints titled “Sittin’ Around on the Ground.” Winkelman’s artwork will be displayed at Heritage for the month of August.

Artwork by Allie High

Heritage Coffee, Franklin Street Cafe

174 S. Franklin St

Allie High is a Tsimpshian, Haida and Aleut artist from Wrangell. Her work includes drums, masks and prints.

Paintings by Kathleen Wiest

Gallery of the North

147 Franklin St.

Acrylic paintings on canvas by Kathleen Wiest will be featured at the Gallery of the North.

Artwork by Michaela Goade and Carey Akagi

Silverbow Backroom

120 Second St.

Reception: 4-8 p.m.

Michaela Goade will show pieces in acrylic, oil, pen, and charcoal, as well as mixed-media collage, and Carey Akagi will display his recent oil on canvas paintings.

“Fecal Matters,” an exhibit by Ariel Rolfe

Gunakadeit Park (also known as Pocket Park)

Franklin and Front Streets

See feature story on C1.


Alaska State Museum

395 Whittier St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Professor Alexander Dolitsky, affiliated with the University of Alaska Southeast and director of the Alaska Siberia Research Center in Juneau, will present an illustrated lecture entitled “Alaska at War: World War II” on Friday at 6 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public, and a book signing will precede and follow the talk.

Dolitsky’s lecture coincides with the museum’s current WWII exhibits, “When ‘Over There’ Was Over Here: World War II in Alaska” and “Kiska: A World War II Battlefield Landscape.” The exhibits run through Oct. 13.

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

The state museum offers free admission and extended hours on First Fridays.

Aunt Claudia’s Dolls

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 collection of Claudia Kelsey’s dolls and miniatures. In addition to this permanent collection, figures from Native areas of Alaska, Canada and Russia are on exhibit, and Mary Ellen Frank’s doll making studio will be open for view. Frank will host the event with the Kelsey collection owner Bea Shepard.


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