First Friday Art Walk

Juneau’s first First Friday of the fall is a busy one, with exhibits opening at both the Alaska State Museum and the Juneau Douglas City Museum, and literary events at the downtown library and Hearthside Books. This month also marks the second annual Open Studios series, organized by the Franklin Street Gallery. Read on for details.



National Filipino-American History Month exhibit

Alaska State Museum

395 Whittier St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m., free admission

In conjunction with National Filipino-American History Month, the Alaska State Museum will celebrate the Filipino-American community’s significant contributions and accomplishments with a special exhibit opening, including refreshments and several Filipino dishes.

On display will be art and clothing from the Philippines, as well as two dance costumes, one used in Bagobo tribal dances on the island of Mindanao and the other from the Cordillera Mountain region of Luzon used in the Ragragsakan dance.

The exhibit also includes historical photographs highlighting 225 years of cultural exchange between Filipinos and Alaskans, as well as Filipino contributions to the whaling, canning and mining industries.


“The Alaska Native Brotherhood: A Centennial Celebration”

Juneau-Douglas City Museum

Fourth and Main streets

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

“The Alaska Native Brotherhood: A Centennial Celebration” highlights Juneau leaders who played a role in the history of Camp 2 and helped shape events for Alaska Native Brotherhood/ Sisterhood in the city and state.

The founders of the ANB met in Juneau on November 5, 1912, following a conference of teachers organized by the U.S. Bureau of Education. Juneau’s Camp #2 has played a major role in the history of the ANB.

This exhibit includes photos from the book “In Sisterhood: The History of Camp 2 of the Alaska Native Sisterhood,” edited by Kimberly L. Metcalfe, a written record of the oral history of ANS Camp 2’s elders. Metcalfe’s book may be purchased at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum or at local bookstores.


“New To Town” paintings and photographs by Anne Wedler and Kaki Shields, and live music from the Juneau Brass Quintet

JAHC Gallery

Juneau Arts & Culture Center

Reception: 4:30–7 p.m.

The October show at the JAHC Gallery combines the work of newcomers Anne Wedler and Kaki Shields.

Wedler’s paintings and Shields’ photographs focus on the experience of coming to Juneau, which they call “a border town, full of transitions, where the Wild meets the City, and the tourist meets both.”

Wedler arrived in Juneau last year to become Assistant Professor of Drawing and Painting at the University of Alaska Southeast. Shields arrived for the summer five years ago, and then just kept coming back until she became a resident. She refers to the photographs in this show as “unlikely postcards” because they are images of a Juneau that all of us who live here have seen, but that aren’t necessarily tourist fodder.

Also on First Friday, the Juneau Brass Quintet will play from 5-7 p.m,, in honor of the Juneau Symphony’s 50th anniversary.


Artists Open Studios and Exhibit

Franklin Street Gallery, Baranof Hotel

127 N. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

In October, the Franklin Street Gallery has organized Juneau’s second Open Studios event. It begins with a First Friday opening exhibit that showcases art from 15 local artists, as well as an exhibit featuring artists’ work from the 10th annual Plein Rein Art Calendar, which will be for sale.

Open Studio events will be held throughout October at individual artists studios. Information will be provided at the Franklin Street Gallery in a printed brochure and is available online at

Participating artists include Mostapha Beya, Barbara Craver, Cristine Crooks, Dan Fruits, Timi Johnson, Sharron Lobaugh, Pua Maunu, MK MacNaughton, Michelle Morrell, David Riccio, Nancy Rosel-Brown, Rob Roys, Jerry Smetzer, Jane Stokes and David Woodie.

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“Visual Art and Story: connecting with kids,” with author and illustrator Teri Sloat

Juneau Public Library

Downtown branch

Reception: 5 p.m., talk at 6 p.m.

Author and illustrator Teri Sloat will have her illustrations on display in the large conference room and will present “Visual Art and Story: connecting with kids” at 6 p.m.


New works by Arnie Weimer

The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery

223 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

The Canvas will feature an exhibition of new works by long-time local artist Arnie Weimer. When asked about his new works Weimer said, “In this exhibit I find myself skipping on the spiritual runway, sometimes more earthbound with lyrical images, and in other works taking flight in shapes and colors. I watch in amazement of my own presence in nature as my work takes new forms. I hope you enjoy my latest attempts to get off the ground.”


“Stone Blades” by Brian Schuch


237 Front St.

Reception: 4-7 p.m.

Brian Schuch will show handmade knives made of obsidian, flint and quartz. Chiton will also feature work by jewelers Michael Hunter, Sara Chatfield, and Jim Hopkins.


Photography by Kelsey Kizer

Paradise Cafe

245 Marine Way

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Kelsey Kizer will have her first art exhibit, a collection of 10 12-by-12 photographs printed on canvas. The photos show scenes from Sitka, Kizer’s hometown, and Juneau, where she now lives.


‘Time for Rain,” new photographs by Teri Tibbett

Silverbow Backroom

120 Second St.

Reception: 4-8 p.m.

Teri Tibbett will show a selection of new photographs, “Time for Rain.” Tibbett’s work has been featured in Alaska Positive statewide juried exhibition, Snowboard Magazine, AK Snowboarder’s Journal, and the Juneau Empire, among other publications.


Debut of a new coat design by Bridget Milligan and jewelry by Kim Mitts


In the alleyway between Franklin Street and Marine Way

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Bridget Milligan, owner of Kodiak Coats, will debut a brand new coat design at this First Friday opening. The coats are made of canvas, lined with wool and trimmed with leather.

Also featured will be one-a-kind jewelry by Kim Mitts, some of which is made from leather remnants courtesy of Kodiak Coat Co. Mitts also uses copper wire and other up-cycled materials. This will be the first public showing of Mitts work, Temple Jewelry Designs.


Paintings by Ian Grant

Annie Kaill’s

244 Front St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Modern artist Ian Grant will show his latest paintings at Annie Kaill’s. Grant fostered a love of art as a kid while visiting New York City’s prestigious museums, particularly works by Pablo Picasso and Jackson Pollock. Upon moving to Juneau to pursue a degree in art at the University of Alaska Southeast, Grant incorporated these early influences with the sights, sounds and feelings of the Southeast landscape.


“These are the paintings that hang in my living room,” work by Sarah Conarro

The Rookery Cafe

111 Seward St.

Reception: 4-8 p.m.

Local artist Sarah Conarro will show a selection of paintings, drawings and prints at the Rookery.


Locals Appreciation Days Sale

Juneau Artists Gallery

175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-8 p.m.

The Juneau Artists Gallery will host a Locals Appreciation Days sale, with everything in the store offered at least 15 percent off; some items will be reduced as much as 75 percent. The sale runs 11-8 p.m. Friday and 11-6 p.m. Saturday.



First Friday Book Signing with John Hyde

Hearthside Books downtown

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

John Hyde will sign copies of the softcover edition of “Romeo: The Story of an Alaskan Wolf.”


Alaskan Brewing Company’s Downtown Depot

South Franklin St.

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

The Alaskan’s Depot will host a First Friday event featuring the Hillbilly Honies, beginning at 5:30 p.m., and pouring the newly released Winter Ale.


New illustrations by Pat Race

Alaska Robotics Gallery

220 Front St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

New illustrations by Alaska Robotics’ Pat Race will be featured, and will include sea-themed work.


“Color Photography” by Joel Mundy

University of Alaska Bookstore

11798 Glacier Highway

Reception: 5-6:30 p.m.

Mundy’s photography show, titled “Color Photography,” will run through October at the University of Alaska Southeast Bookstore.

Mundy said the idea for the show is to challenge people’s perceptions of what photography is. He selected 12 photographs for the show that encompass a spectrum of processing techniques.


Old Favorites & New Works, artwork by JoAnn George

Heritage Coffee

Emporium Mall, Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

JoAnn George moved to Angoon in the 1960s and married into a Tlingit family. Her artwork focuses on Tlingit life and legend as well as the landscape and wildlife of Southeast.


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