June First Friday art walk

Friday update: Nicholas Galanin has been delayed in his arrival from Sitka. His lecture at the state museum will begin at 7:30 p.m. instead of 7. Also, the winners of the JAHC's Juried Art Show will be announced by a JAHC staff member at the opening.


Tlingit and Aleut artist Nicholas Galanin of Sitka figures prominently in two First Friday openings this week.

First, he’s opening his solo show, “The State of Being, Displaced,” at the Alaska State Museum. He’ll lead a lecture after the opening at 7 p.m. at the museum.

Second, he is also the juror for the JAHC’s 4th Biennial Juried Art Show, opening across the street at the JACC. Attendees to that show have the opportunity to follow Galanin’s lead in judging the works on view with their votes; the piece with the most votes will be awarded the People’s Choice Award, to be announced June 30. Galanin will name the first and second place winners during the opening Friday.


“The State of Being, Displaced,” Art by Nicholas Galanin

Alaska State Museum

395 Whittier St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Sitka artist Nicholas Galanin’s solo show, “The State of Being, Displaced,” includes prints, monotypes, photographs and video as well as two sculptural pieces from the museum’s collection. It be will be on display through Oct. 12.

Following the opening reception, Galanin will present a lecture at the museum, beginning at 7 p.m.

Also on display at the museum throughout the summer are Kay Field Parker’s Ravenstail weaving exhibit, “Playing with Lightning,” and Tommy Joseph’s exhibit of Tlingit armor, “Rainforest Warriors.”


JAHC 4th Biennial Juried Art Show

JAHC Gallery

Juneau Arts & Culture Center

Reception: 4:30–7 p.m.

The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council will open their 4th Biennial Juried Art Show. Sitka artist Nicholas Galanin judged the entries and selected works for the show by the following artists: Timi Johnson, Carol Baker, Joy Lee, Rob Roys, Teri Robus, Christianne Carrillo, Barbara Craver, Puanani Maunu, Elizabeth Knecht, Terri Gallant, Rachael Juzeler and Patrice Helmar.

The works on exhibit offer a variety of artistic styles, mediums, and subject matter. New this year will be the opportunity to vote for your favorite artwork. Ballots will be available in the gallery during June to cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award, which will be announced June 30 at 5 p.m. in the JAHC Gallery. First and second place awards, selected by juror Galanin, will be announced during the First Friday opening reception.


Photography by Ron Klein


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

Ron Klein will present an exhibition of photography in two unique styles, both created with antique cameras. Klein will show four panoramic images created using a 1920 “Cirkut” panoramic camera, as well as a series of portraits made with the wet plate process. Invented in 1851 by Frederick Scott Archer, wet plate camera work rapidly replaced the Daguerreotype as the mainstay of photography because of lower costs and the ability to make multiple copies from a glass plate negative.

The drawback to this method is that the photographer must prepare, expose, and develop the plates while the coating remains wet or the chemical reaction will not work. In the field, this means a portable darkroom must be constructed with careful attention to the collection of waste chemistry for proper disposal.


“Painting with Numbers, Painting with Fire,” works by David Riccio and Louise Kuntz-Tadda

The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery

223 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

The Canvas will open a double exhibit featuring works by David Riccio and Louise Kuntz-Tadda. Riccio’s will show digital images created through the use and manipulation of fractal equations, and Kuntz-Tadda, an instructor at the Canvas, will show raku fired ceramics.


Abo-Nouveau: Art Glass Knives

Chiton Gallery

237 Front St.

Reception: 4-7 p.m.

Chiton will feature art glass knives by Sara Chatfield and Brian Schuch and new work by Michael Reid Hunter.


Original art by Candice Christie and handmade jewelry from Stacy Gullufsen.

Annie Kaill’s

244 Front St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Local mixed media artist Candice Christie will unveil a collection of new original artwork. Christie is known for her non-representational collage that combine materials such as paper, found objects, acrylic, gold, copper and silver foil or leafing.

Stacy Gullufsen will show new jewelry from her line, SE-AK chic charms. Her works include handmade earrings, bracelets, and other designs created with semi-precious stones, Czech glass, recycled glass, glass, Swarovski crystals, shells and wood.


New work glass artist Nell McConahey

Juneau Artists Gallery

175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Glass artist Nell McConahey will show new works inspired by the bin of glass bottles at the recycling center. The pieces in the show, which include glass vases and candleholders, were created by cutting, grinding and then sandblasting designs into each piece. 

A longtime member of the Juneau Artists Gallery, McConahey is primarily known for her jewelry and stained glass mirrors. 


A Trip South slideshow

Silverbow Backroom

120 Second St.

Slideshow: 7 p.m.

The Silverbow Backroom will host a photo slideshow of “A Trip South” kayak journey through the Inside Passage last summer. The trip’s 12 voyagers began in Douglas on June 1, and continued down the Inside Passage through British Columbia and Puget Sound, eventually arriving in Lady Smith Harbor on Vancouver Island on Sept. 1. There they switched over to bikes and continued down the Pacific coast towards Central and South America.

Their most recent update placed them in Panama.


Coats and dresses by Bridget Milligan

Kodiak Coat Company

245 Marine Way

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Kodiak Coat Company owner Bridget Milligan will be headed South to pursue opportunities in the Seattle area later this summer, so this is likely to be one of her last First Friday events in Juneau.

Milligan, who designs most of the items in her store, will be featuring her Kodiak Work Coats, sewn from distressed leather, and other leather outerwear, as well as hand-painted dresses and skirts.


“An Alaskan Childhood”: an advocacy exhibit

Paradise Cafe

Glacier Highway at Dunn Street

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

Paradise Cafe will feature an exhibit by Samantha Adams, “An Alaskan Childhood.” The show is an advocacy piece pairing quotes and facts from the Children’s Defense Fund about children in Alaska, with children’s artwork such as re-purposed windchimes.

Nearby, Raintree Quilting will also be open on First Friday, with a display of quilts.


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 on Friday and Saturday featuring new acquisitions from international contemporary doll artists. Curator of the museum, doll maker Mary Ellen Frank recently purchased these figures for exhibit in the museum from the National Institute of American Doll Artists.

New works include vintage Yupik folk art dolls and two carved wooden Greenland Inuit figures.

Frank’s doll making studio will also be open for viewing.



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