May First Friday Art Walk

The abundance of this month’s First Friday openings are right in line with the overwhelming activity going on all weekend, with openings at most local galleries and one in the Valley, at Paradise Cafe.


Artworks by Alexandra Feit and Rudy Isturis Jr.

JAHC Gallery

Juneau Arts & Culture Center

Reception: 4:30–7 p.m.

The JAHC gallery will show two-dimensional artwork by Alexander Feit, and hand-crafted jewelry by Rudy Isturis Jr.

Haines artist Feit paints using wax mixed with pigments, working in multiple layers. Her work is inspired by the winter light in Alaska as well as the nature around Haines. Feit has shown her artwork all over the country including New York City and San Francisco where she lived before moving to Haines 11 years ago.

Rudy Isturis Jr. is a local Tlingit artist and owner of Alaska Native Arts. His work emphasizes his Tlingit heritage and includes Alaskan materials such as jade, gold nuggets, stones, garnets, Alaskan freshwater pearls, fossilized ivories from walrus and mammoths, fossilized corals gathered from Alaskan waters, and Alaskan Native artifacts. As accents, he sometimes incorporates real gems, semi-precious stones or other-worldly meteorites, as well as synthetic stones.

Dan Fruits: New Works

“Masterpieces of Merriment” by Jeff Brown

Jewelry by Thyes Shaub at the gift shop

Juneau-Douglas City Museum, Fourth and Main streets

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Dan Fruits, a Juneau resident and a lifelong artist, will show new paintings in the museum’s main gallery through the summer. See feature story in this week’s Arts.

Also opening Friday, Jeff Brown’s “Masterpieces of Merriment.” Brown, Program Director of KTOO and KRNN, will show a collection of humorous altered postcards he created in 1980s. These 4” x 6” artworks -- most of which were created in the days before Photoshop with scissors, glue and a pencil -- put a unique and comical spin on Alaskan reality. “Many people look at a scene and marvel at its beauty. I look for the joke,” Brown said in a release. “I love puns and tongue-in-cheek humor, and lacking the ability to draw a straight line, I appreciate photography’s ability to adjust the viewer’s sense of reality and make them ask, ‘Did this really happen?’”

Also, Jewelry by Thyes Shaub will be on view at the city museum’s gift shop. Shaub uses semi-precious stones, lead crystal, Swarovski crystal and cultured freshwater pearls in her designs. Her work will be on view until the end of May.

“Bird in the Tree, Fish in the Water, Vase by the Wall.” works by artists from The Canvas

Alaska State Museum

395 Whittier St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

The Alaska State Museum will host the opening of a ceramics exhibit created by six artists from the Canvas: Maryann James, Mike Godkin, Andres Jones, Avery Skaggs, George Grey and Gina Frickey. The Canvas is a community outreach and day program for REACH, an independent non-profit organization serving people who experience disabilities.

The artists began by identifying a theme for their work, and the instructor and curator Brandon Howard helped to facilitate their process by pushing them to develop their individual style. Working in clay allowed the artists to play with form, movement, and the interactive spontaneity of the medium. The tie that binds this show together is the diversity of ceramics and the individual expressions that arose from the process.

Also on display throughout the summer at the museum: Kay Parker’s exhibit of Ravenstail weavings entitled, “Playing with Lightning,” and Tommy Joseph’s exhibit of Tlingit armor entitled, “Rainforest Warriors.” All three exhibits are on view through Oct. 12.

Quilts: Dyes Paints and Stitches by Carol Suring

Alaska Robotics Gallery, 220 Front Street

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

The Alaska Robotics Gallery will host quilted works by Carol Suring. Carol has been actively studying and working on quilting for nearly 20 years, and attended numerous classes, shows and workshops. As part of a larger effort to push her work in new directions, Carol has incorporated hand-dyed fabric into the quits for this show, as well as intricate beading, paints, and found objects.

Attendees will also get a chance to vote on quilts created by Carol Suring, Loretta Mosley and Gen Nestler.

Undercurrents, new paintings by MK MacNaughton

The Rookery Cafe, 111 Seward St.

Reception: 4-6 p.m.

MK MacNaughton will show new oil paintings inspired by living in a watery landscape. Her show will be up through the month of May.

MacNaughton is a teaching and exhibiting artist who works out of her studio, Sketch, in downtown Juneau.

Jewelry by Beth Handley

Juneau Artists Gallery, 175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

The Juneau Artists Gallery will show the work of their newest gallery member, jewelry artist Beth Handley. Handley creates mixed media designs including pins made of beads, metal artifacts, vintage jewelry pieces, hammered metal work, fibers, paint, buttons, leather and found objects. Originally from the Oregon coast, Handley has been living in Juneau for more than 20 years.

Kodiak silver jewelry artist Lisa McCormick

Caribou Crossing, 387 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4-8 p.m.

Caribou Crossing will celebrate their first reception in their new location, with the work of Kodiak jeweler Lisa McCormick. The locally-owned shop is still located near the Mount Roberts Tram buidling, but they are now at 387 Franklin. St., in the big yellow building next to the House of Russia.

McCormick, a retired commercial fisherwoman, has been featured at Caribou Crossing for the past 15 years.

“Threefold: an exhibit of photographs and colored pencil drawings”

Alaska State Library, State Office Building

Reception: 4:30-6 p.m.

The Alaska State Library will host “Threefold,” an exhibit showcasing the work of three artists: photography by Shar Fox and Dave Depew, and colored pencil drawings by Lisa Simpson. Their show will be up through June 21.

Alaska Photographic Arts Association exhibit

KTOO Studio, Egan Drive

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

An exhibit featuring the work of more than two dozen photographers will be shown in the hallways of KTOO. The exhibiting artists, members of the Alaska Photographic Arts Association, are well-known in the capital city for their variety of styles, from abstract to landscape. The show will continue to be on display during business hours during the month of May.

“Enigmatic Shores,” photography by Bill Doctorman

Silverbow Backroom, 120 Second St.

Reception: 4-8 p.m.

“Enigmatic Shores,” an exhibit of photography by Bill Doctorman, opens Friday at the Silverbow and remains on view through August.

Doctorman says the exhibit “is a voyage of discovery that seeded itself in my mind long ago. The photographs represent exploratory footsteps along the coast, searching for meaning.”

Grand opening

Northern Oasis Wellness Spa, 315 Third St.

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

Northern Oasis Wellness Spa, a new sauna and massage studio, will celebrate their grand opening, featuring art by photographer Shar Fox. The spa is located on Third Street, in the building formerly occupied by Jim and Salty Haines’ gallery, Bentwood and Bead.

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 feature new acquisitions to from major, international, contemporary doll artists. Doll maker Mary Ellen Frank, curator of the museum, recently purchased these figures for exhibit in the museum from the National Institute of American Doll Artists. Frank will host the event with the collection’s current owner, Bea Shepard.

Rocks in Paradise: Stonework exhibit by Glen Ray

Paradise Cafe

9351 Glacier Highway (across from Raintree Quilting)

Paradise Cafe’s new valley location will host an exhibit of Buddhist-themed rock carvings by Glen Ray. The rocks are all of local origin, granites and marble found on beaches and referred to as glacier erratics along with schists, slates and greywacke from the mountainsides. Although produced over the past 10 years, the work represents a 28-year investigation of mind through meditation.


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