First Friday Art Walk

Two solo shows will open Friday at the Alaska State Museum -- weaver Kay Field Parker’s “Playing with Lightning: Ravenstail Weavings” and carver Tommy Joseph’s “Rainforest Warriors: Tlingit Armor” -- and two separate student shows will also open -- the UAS Juried Student Art Exhibit at the JAHC Gallery and a selection of JDHS and TMHS student work at the Rookery. Other highlights for Friday openings include new ivory jewelry by Johnny Ellis at Annie Kaills, and illustrations by soon-to-be-visiting artists Scott C. and Kate Beaton at the Alaska Robotics Gallery. Read on for details.


“Playing with Lightning: Ravenstail Weavings by Kay Field Parker,” and “Rainforest Warriors: Tlingit Armor” by carver Tommy Joseph

Alaska State Museum

395 Whittier St.

Reception: 4:30-6:30 p.m.; exhibit walk-through with Kay Field Parker at 7 p.m.

Two solo artist exhibits will open Friday. Both exhibits run through Oct. 12.

“Playing with Lightning: Ravenstail Weavings”: Kay Field Parker learned Ravenstail weaving from Cheryl Samuel in the 1908s. In 1990, she participated in the “Hands Across Time” Ravenstail robe, and has since become a prolific weaver of the Ravenstail technique. Parker will lead a walk-through of her Ravenstail weaving exhibit at 7 p.m.

“Rainforest Warriors: Tlingit Armor”: Tommy Joseph’s interest in Tlingit armor was kindled first through photographs, and then through research he was conducting for the 200th anniversary of the 1804 Battle of Sitka. In his research, he visited museums in the United States and abroad to study collections of Northwest Coast art, including many pieces of Tlingit armor. Joseph has been working on this exhibit for more than eight years. He teaches carving at his studio in Sitka and for the University of Alaska. Joseph will lead a lecture on the subject of Tlingit armor on Saturday, April 6, at 2 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Work by Scott C. and Kate Beaton

Alaska Robotics Gallery

Front Street

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

The Alaska Robotics gallery will feature the work of contemporary pop/comic illustrators Scott C. and Kate Beaton, both of whom will be in Juneau later this month to lead local workshops and lectures.

Beaton is the creator of “Hark! A Vagrant,” a comic often featuring historical and literary figures that was named by Time Magazine as the No. 7 fiction book of the year in 2011. New York based artist Scott C, sometimes Scott Campbell, is the creator of the online series called the Great Showdowns and Double Fine Action Comics. He was art director at Double Fine Productions on such games as Psychonauts and Brutal Legend. His paintings can be seen in galleries and magazines around the world.

UAS Juried Student Art Exhibition

JAHC Gallery

Juneau Arts & Culture Center

Reception: 4:30–7 p.m.

The UAS Juried Student Art Exhibition will be on view at the JAHC Gallery. This year’s guest juror is Fairbanks artist Teresa Shannon. Exhibited pieces include painting, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics, photography, design, and Northwest Coast artwork.

REACH artists gallery show and theatrical performance

The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery

223 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

The Canvas will be work by REACH artists created in the past three months of classes. Work will include colored pencil on copper self portrait cameos, leather belts, and paper collage landscapes, among others. Following the First Friday opening, starting at 7:30 p.m,, the gallery will host a one-time showing of a play performed by REACH artists, a collaborative work with Shona Strauser from Perseverance Theatre.

Ivory jewelry by Johnny Ellis

Annie Kaill’s

244 Front St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Johnny Ellis will show his latest jewerly designs on First Friday. Ellis works with fossilized ivory, creating pendants, earrings, bracelets, and more.

Ellis has been carving since the early 1970s, and began selling his jewelry at craft fairs in the early 1980s. He also ran the Raven’s Journey Gallery in Juneau with his wife, Kathy, which closed in 2009.

Student art show

The Rookery Cafe

111 Seward St.

Reception: 4-8 p.m.

Senior art students from both Juneau Douglas and Thunder Mountain High Schools will show their work at the Rookery this month.

17th anniversary sale

Bear’s Lair

175 S. Franklin St.

The downtown shop located in the Senate building will be celebrating 17 years in business with a 20 percent off store-wide sale. The Bear’s Lair features work from about 50 Alaskan artists — 10 of whom are local.

Benefit event for Gastineau Humane Society


204 N. Franklin Ste. 3

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Vanity’s First Friday benefit for the Gastineau Humane Society will feature local animal art and glamour shots of adoptable pets at GHS. There will also be a silent auction, with all proceeds going to the animals. Finally, there will be locally donated baked goods while supplies last.

Photography by Cam Byrnes

Juneau Artists Gallery

175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Photographer Cam Byrnes will be the featured artist at the Juneau Artists Gallery for the month of April, and will be present at the opening to discuss his work. Byrnes, who moved to Alaska in 1977, worked as a photographer for KTOO-TV for nine years, ran his own photo studio for 16 years, and currently works for Gastineau Guiding as a photographer and photo tour guide.

Dresses and dragons: Handpainted silk dresses and original art by Bridget Milligan

Kodiak Coat Company

245 Marine Way

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Bridget Milligan, owner of Kodiak Coats has been spending the spring painting, and will show some of the fruits of her labor at this First Friday show. Works will include one-of-a-kind handpainted silk dresses, and brush paintings. Milligan will also show new leather work coats.

Juneau Photo Group

KTOO studios and 228 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-6 p.m. at KTOO and 4:30-7 p.m at 228 Seward St.

The Juneau Photo Group will host two photo exhibits on First Friday, at the KTOO studios and at 228 Seward St. Photos at KTOO will be available for viewing the entire month of April, while the Seward exhibit is one night only. Light refreshments will be provided at both venues.

The Juneau Photo Group is made up of 200 local enthusiasts — from professional to amateur — who share a love of photography. They hold regular meetings to share photo tips, ideas and information.

Continuing: Salon de Juneau: Exhibition of Art by Juneau Artists

Franklin Street Gallery, Baranof Hotel

127 N. Franklin St.

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

The Franklin Street Gallery will continue its last exhibit, Salon de Juneau.

Exhibiting artists include Constance Baltuck, Mostapha Beya, Nancy Rosel Brown, Barbara Craver, Jay Crondahl Cristine Crooks, Sarah Dunlap, Jim Fowler, Dean w --, Patti Harper, Jim Heumann, Julianna Humphries, Timi Johnson, Iris Korhonen-Penn, Sue Kraft, Jane Lindsey, Pua Maunu, Sherri McDonald, Michelle Morell, Alan Munro, Magil Pratt, Alexis Rippe, Teri Robus, Phoebe Rohrbacher, Rob Roys, Barbara Shepherd, Jerry Smetzer, Jane Stokes, Elise Tomlinson, Paul Voelckers, Averyl Veliz, Arnie Weimer, Steve Winker, David Woodie and Mary Pat Wyatt.


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