First Friday Art Walk

Februrary First Friday events include solo artist exhibits at both the state and city museums, a booksigning at Hearthside, ceramics at the Canvas, and night photography at the Rookery.


Three exhibits: “Life Expressions” by Drew Michael; “The Last Road North” Photos from the Dalton Highway by Ben Huff; “Alaskan. Native. Woman. Activist.” an exhibit commemorating Elizabeth Peratrovich’s civil rights advocacy

Alaska State Museum

395 Whittier St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Two solo artist shows will open Friday at the state museum, as well as an exhibit honoring Elizabeth Peratrovich.

Anchorage mask carver Drew Michael will open his solo show, “Life Expressions,” and will lead a walk-through at 7 p.m. Friday. Michael incorporates aspects of traditional and contemporary design, combining natural elements such as wood, bone and feathers with more modern materials like plastic, metal and leather. His exhibit runs through March 7.

Photographer Ben Huff’s new solo exhibit “The Last Road North” presents a collection of photos taken during five years of travels along the Dalton Highway, also known as the North Slope Haul Road. Currently an adjunct instructor at University of Alaska Southeast, Huff also exhibited as part of the Alaska Positive 2012 exhibition at the Alaska State Museum this past fall that is now touring the state. “The Last Road North” runs through March 7.

The third museum exhibit, “Alaskan. Native. Woman. Activist.” commemorates Elizabeth Peratrovich’s civil rights advocacy, which culminated with her impassioned speech before the Alaska territorial senate, largely credited with the territory’s Anti-Discrimination Act of 1945. “Alaskan. Native. Woman. Activist.” will be on display through March 16.

“Thread,” recent work by local artist Trevor Gong

Juneau-Douglas City Museum

Fourth and Main streets

Trevor Gong’s art flies, matted and framed for display, will be shown as part of his solo show, “Thread.”

For more on this show, see this week’s feature story in Arts.

Illustrations by Lee Post

Alaska Robotics Gallery

Front Street

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

The Alaska Robotics Gallery will exhibit work by Lee Post, an Anchorage-based illustrator who had a comic strip, “Your Square Life” published in the Anchorage Press for six years.

The show is being held in preparation for Post’s visit to Juneau next week. While he is here he will be hosting free drawing workshops for students at the Douglas and Mendenhall Valley Libraries. Three workshops are scheduled: Saturday, Feb. 9 , from 10 a.m.-noon, for kids in 2nd-4th grade at the Douglas Library; Saturday from 2-5 p.m. for kids in 5th-12th grade at the Douglas Library; and Sunday, Feb. 10, from 2-5 p.m., for kids in 5th-12th grade at the Valley Library.

Juneau Photo Group exhibit

Sommers Building, 228 Seward St. (across from The Canvas)

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

The Juneau Photo Group is made up of 157 local photography enthusiasts, both professional and amateur, who hold regular meetings to share tips, ideas and information. This exhibit, set up in an empty retail space on Seward Street, will showcase some of their recent photos.

First Friday celebration

The Glory Hole

247 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4- 6 p.m.

The Glory Hole will host a celebration of recent work by local artists.  Photos, drawings, and other media will be on display, refreshments will be served, and live traditional drumming performances will occur throughout the event.  All are welcome.

“Threads Through Nature” by Jenna Smith

JAHC Gallery

Juneau Arts & Culture Center

Reception: 4:30–7 p.m.

“Threads Through Nature,” a multimedia exhibit by local artist Jenna Gonzales Smith, will feature framed sculptural embroideries and fabric figurines clothed in flora and fauna. The work includes organic materials such as old man’s beard, bark, roots, moss and feathers, among other natural elements.

“By Way of Dirigible,” new works by Brandon Howard

The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery

223 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

With “By Way of Dirigible” Brandon Howard has created a series of ceramic pieces out of contrasting clays: porcelain and an earthy red clay body. His work, inlayed with images, ranges from dinnerware to wine glasses and teapots. This show will be up through the month of February.

“Arctic Aesop’s Fables” booksigning with Susi Gregg Fowler and Jim Fowler

Hearthside Books downtown

First Friday booksigning: 4:30-7 p.m.

Author Susi Gregg Fowler and artist Jim Fowler will be signing copies of their new children’s book “Arctic Aesop’s Fables: Twelve Retold Tales” at Hearthside’s downtown location. On Saturday, they’ll be out at the Nugget mall from 1-3 p.m. For more, see this week’s Arts.

New design debut: stressed leather Kodiak workcoat

Kodiak Coat Company

245 Marine Way (upstairs)

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Kodiak Coat Company’s Bridget Milligan will introduce a new design at this First Friday opening, her stressed leather Kodiak workcoat. Milligan said the new no-frills design highlights leather’s durable and practical qualities, adding “and it’s a sustainable material -- as long as we keep eating cows.”

Folk art by Fred Weiler

Annie Kaill’s

244 Front St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

A former commercial fisherman, Juneau artist Fred Weiler uses repurposed materials to create his folk art pieces, including antique windows and old fishing lures. Many of his pieces have a fish theme, and combine his love of the outdoors with his interests in art and collecting old objects.

An exhibit of night photography by Brandon Hauser and David Reed

The Rookery Cafe

111 Seward St.

Reception: 4-8 p.m.

Brandon Hauser and David Reed will show images of the night skies and elusive northern lights around Juneau at the Rookery this month.

To get a taste of the duo’s experiences chasing the aurora, visit

Ceramics by Dean Guaneli, new work by painters Constance Baltuck and Barbara Craver, and jewelry by Colleen Goldrich

Franklin Street Gallery, Baranof Hotel

127 N. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

An exhibit of Dean Guaneli’s large ceramics pieces, “The Forest for the Trees,” will be shown at the Franklin Street Gallery, as well as new paintings by gallery owners Constance Baltuck and Barbara Craver. Baltuck will show work created during her stay as an artist-in-residence for three months in the fall of 2012 in a small village on the Hardanger Fjord in Western Norway. Also on view, jewelry by Colleen Goldrich.

The Whale Project reception

Wostmann Building, 230 Seward St.

Reception: 4-7 p.m.

This event, organized by the Whale Project, will include photos of Skip Wallen’s recent work on the bronze whale sculpture planned for downtown Juneau, photos and books by Flip Nicklin, Fred Sharpe’s “Bubble Warrior” movie, and a humpback whale vocalization CD. Bricks in the plaza surrounding the whale sculpture will also be for sale at the event.

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

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

Valentine Special First Friday

Juneau Artists Gallery

175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

The Juneau Artists Gallery will host a Valentine Special First Friday Event that will include new work by gallery member artists and valentine treats.


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