First Friday Art Walk

Though some galleries take a break from art walk in January, the exhibits that are opening this month make skipping the evening a really bad idea. Here’s a look at what’s going on.



“These are the paintings that hang in my living room,” an exhibit by Sarah Conarro, and “No Situation, Just a Series of Choices,” a body of work by Conarro and Matt Davidson

Both Heritage Coffee locations: the Franklin Street Cafe and the Second Street Cafe

174 S. Franklin St. and 216 Second St.

Reception: 4-6 p.m.

The pieces in this show include paintings, drawings, collage, prints, and mixed media pieces.

In “These are the paintings that hang in my living room,” Conarro has flipped her walls inside out, onto the walls of both Heritage Cafes.  

In “No Situation, Just a Series of Choices,” Conarro collaborated with Matt Davidson on a series of mixed media pieces that include woodwork, paintings, collage and drawings. (For more on this show, see next week’s Arts.)

Conarro balances her time between her own art projects and working as a teaching artist. She conducts collaborative community projects involving people with both art and non-art backgrounds. Her philosophy in practice is simply to get people to paint together, focus on process and produce something big and beautiful.


Travel Art

Franklin Street Gallery, Baranof Hotel

127 N. Franklin St.

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

The Franklin Street Gallery will host a group “Travel Art” show, featuring works by Constance Baltuck, Barbara Craver, Cristine Crooks, Pua Maunu, MK MacNaughton and Jane Stokes. The focus will be to share the art process with sketchbooks, photos and field studies as well as larger work completed after returning home. Artists will be available at the opening reception to show their travel setups for art.


“An Alaskan Childhood,” photography by Samantha Adams

JAHC Gallery

Juneau Arts & Culture Center

Reception: 4:30–7 p.m.

This photographic exhibit by Samantha Adams focuses on children, wildlife and landscape images. Adams, a Juneau-based fine art photographer, graphic designer, and videographer, enjoys focusing on projects and subject matter that merge her two greatest passions, photography and childhood. Once those projects come to fruition she likes to see the proceeds of her work being used to benefit programs that directly serve women, children, families, the elderly and the homeless.

Adams’ influences include Andy Warhol, Anne Geddes and Ansel Adams.


“Reverie,” recent paintings by Rob Roys

Juneau-Douglas City Museum

Fourth and Main streets

Reception: 4:30-7:30

The Juneau-Douglas City Museum will feature “Reverie,” a solo show of recent paintings by local artist Rob Roys.

Roys was born and raised in Alaska and attended the University of Alaska in Fairbanks and in Juneau. He is influenced by the Alaskan landscape, Alaskan Native art, dreams, memories, music, and mythology, and describes his art as, “psychological, geological and atmospheric, recreating emotion, memory, and experience.” His show will be on view through Jan. 26.

See more about this show in this week’s Arts.


New artist member information session, new work by participating members

Juneau Artists Gallery

175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

The Juneau Artists Gallery is looking for new co-op members. On First Friday, gallery artists will be on hand to talk to potential new members during the opening reception. New work by member artists will also be on display.


Student show of the Comic Arts

Alaska Robotics Gallery

Front Street

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

The Alaska Robotics Gallery will feature a group show of comic art work by 6th-12th grade students.

The gallery allowed for a fairly broad interpretation of comic arts; the show will include character designs, fan art, and other comic-themed illustration work.


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