March First Friday art walk

Here’s a look at what’s going on around town on First Friday, March 1.


Lecture with photographer Ben Huff and four continuing exhibits

Alaska State Museum

395 Whittier St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m., lecture at 7 p.m.

Photographer Ben Huff’s solo exhibit “The Last Road North,” which opened last month, presents a collection of photos taken during five years of travels along the Dalton Highway, also known as the North Slope Haul Road. He will give a talk on his photography at the museum at 7 p.m. Friday. It is on view through March 16.

Also on view at the museum: “Life Expressions,” a solo show by Anchorage mask carver Drew Michael, on view through March 7; “Alaskan. Native. Woman. Activist.” an exhibit that commemorates Elizabeth Peratrovich’s civil rights advocacy, on view through March 16; and “Nunavut: Culture on Cloth,” curated by Judith Varney Burch, on view through March 16.

Salon de Juneau

Franklin Street Gallery, Baranof Hotel

127 N. Franklin St.

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

Salon de Juneau will be the final exhibition at the Franklin Street Gallery, which will close its door later this spring. Gallery owner artists will be celebrating their last show by exhibiting works by artists who have exhibited in the space since the gallery’s inception. Inspired by the Ecole des Beaux Arts Paris Salons of the 1700 and 1800s, this exhibit will feature work by Juneau artists, including Constance Baltuck, Mostapha Beya, Nancy Rosel Brown, Barbara Craver, Cristine Crooks, Jay Crondahl, Sarah Dunlap, Jim Fowler, Dean Guaneli, Patti Harper, Jim Heumann, Julianna Humphries, Timi Johnson, Sue Kraft, Jane Lindsey, Sherri McDonald, Michelle Morrell, Alan Munro, David Riccio, Rob Roys, Phoebe Rohrbacher, Barbara Shepherd, Jerry Smetzer, Jane Stokes, Elise Tomlinson, Averyl Veliz, Paul Voelckers, Arnie Weimer, Steve Winker, David Woodie, Mary Pat Wyatt and others.

Wine tasting and chocolate cake will be available.

Brain Injury Awareness exhibit by Annie Geselle

The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery

228 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

In this exhibit, former Canvas director Annie Geselle takes viewers on a visual journey through her recovery process. Geselle suffered a brain injury in 2010, after falling on the ice. The show will include information and visual aides that she and her family created to help her healing process, presented in the form of a dialogue between Geselle and her husband.

“Nights” by Virginie Hamel

JAHC Gallery

Juneau Arts & Culture Center

Reception: 4:30–7 p.m.

Virginie Hamel, originally from Quebec City and now living in Whitehorse, is an artist who explores symbolic imagery through painting, drawings in color pencil and collage. In this exhibit, she explores wildlife, nature, and people from a past era. “It’s a place of deja-vu, dreams, storms and mysterious events,” she writes. “The action takes place in the silent and magical Northern regions.”

“Double Exposure,” Juneau Photo Group

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

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

The Juneau Photo Group is made up of 162 local photography enthusiasts, both professional and amateur, who hold regular meetings to share tips, ideas and information. These two simultaneous exhibits, set up in an empty retail space on Seward Street from 4:30-7 p.m. and at KTOO between 4:30-6 p.m, will showcase some of their recent photos. Light refreshments will be provided at both venues.

Photos at KTOO will be available for viewing the entire month of March; those on Seward Street are one night only.

Rêves d’été (Dreams of summer), new oil paintings by MK MacNaughton

Sketch Studio (behind Kenny’s Restaurant)

Reception: 5-7 p.m.

Artist MK MacNaughton will exhibit a series of new oil paintings inspired by a family trip last summer to Iceland, Scotland, France and Switzerland.

12x12 Community Exhibit

Juneau-Douglas City Museum

Fourth and Main streets

The city museum will showcase works from a variety of local artists at their ninth annual 12x12 exhibit. This year’s theme is “Juneau: Past & Present.” Participation in the exhibit was open to any local artist, and all were required to stay within a 12x12 inch space, using any medium they chose.

New works by Arnie Weimer

Annie Kaill’s

244 Front St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Longtime Juneau artist Arnie Weimer works in many different media, including sculpture, oil, watercolor, and acrylic. He will be exhibiting some of his latest work in those categories at this event. The downtown gallery will also show a selection of Weimer’s embossings, both prints and copper reliefs.

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 to show the donations its has received from one of the major contemporary doll artists, Akira Blount of Tennessee, who donated 17 of her early and mid career works to the museum. Museum curator and doll maker Mary Ellen Frank is a long time apprentice to Akira and her collaborator, husband Larry Blount. These donations have been incorporated into the museum permanent collection along with the large collection of Claudia Kelsey’s antique and contemporary dolls and miniatures. In the revolving display area, figures from Native areas of Alaska, Canada and Siberia are on exhibit. Frank’s doll making studio, located with the museum, will also be open for view.

Work by Alexis Roberts Keiner

Alaska Robotics Gallery

Front Street

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

The Alaska Robotics Gallery will show work by Alexis Roberts Keiner.

Keiner was born in Anchorage and raised between there and Juneau. She studied under Diana Tillion of Halibut Cove and works in the light and shapes of the Alaskan landscape. She works only from life and sketches, relying on the subject to dictate the media used.


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