First Friday in July

July’s Art Walk, typically a slow month for First Fridays in Juneau, offers many interesting arts openings, including three farewell shows. At the Juneau Artists Gallery, glass artists Lincoln Farabee and Tasha Walen will have their last exhibit, prior to their move down South. At Annie Kaill’s, the gallery will bid farewell to former owner Darby Abel with a show by Constance Baltuck and other events, while welcoming new owner and longtime artist Colleen Goldrich. And at Kodiak Coats, owner Bridget Milligan will host her last First Friday in Juneau prior to her move to the Seattle area, where she plans to continue her business.


Also happening Friday, Ravenstail weaver Kay Field Parker will give a walk-through of her solo exhibit, “Playing with Lightning,” at the Alaska State Museum beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Read on for details on these and other openings.


“Earth, Metal, Clay & Fire,” a combined show by Wayne Painter, Jim Bowman and Ray Watkins

JAHC Gallery

Juneau Arts & Culture Center

Reception: 4:30–7 p.m.

This exhibit will feature wood and ceramic works by three different artists, Wayne Painter, Jim Bowman and Ray Watkins.

Painter is a life-long woodworker of Iroquois descent who carves in the Northwest Coast style. Watkins is also a carver and a Northwest Coast art adjunct instructor at the University of Alaska Southeast. Bowman, an architect who moved to Juneau in 1980, works in clay and creates primarily functional, wheel thrown pieces.


Farewell to Basement

Juneau Artists Gallery

175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Tasha Walen and Lincoln Farabee, of Basement Studios, will be packing up their glass studio and moving down South later this month, so this will be their final First Friday show in Juneau. They have been participating artists at the gallery for the past 8 years.

During their farewell show, the pair will show their latest original glass work, jewelry and photography.


Retirement party for Darby Abel featuring new work by Constance Baltuck

Annie Kaill’s

244 Front St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Annie Kaill’s will host a retirement party for former store owner and manager Darby Abel, who is moving to Florida with her husband, Mike, later this summer after 13 years at Kaill’s. The downtown gallery will feature some of Abel’s favorite artists in the store, and highlight new work by Constance Baltuck. Baltuck, who is also opening a show at the Alaska State Library, will show 11 landscape paintings on canvas.


Farewell to Kodiak Coats

Kodiak Coat Company

245 Marine Way

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Kodiak Coats’ owner Bridget Milligan will be clearing out her stock during this First Friday show, her last one in Juneau (for awhile, at least). Milligan plans to relocate to the Seattle area at the end of this month to pursue new markets and to be closer to family. Her original clothing designs include outwear in leather and fleece as well as women’s dresses, tops and skirts in rayon and silk.


Walk-through and demonstration with Ravenstail weaver Kay Field Parker

Alaska State Museum

395 Whittier St.

Walk-through: 5:30-7 p.m.

Ravenstail weaver Kay Field Parker will demonstrate her weaving and conduct a walk-through of her exhibit, “Playing with Lightning,” from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Ravenstail is a style of twining that was done along the Northwest Coast until the late 1700s when Chilkat weaving began to flourish. It was revitalized in the 1980s by weaver Cheryl Samuel, who taught Parker the technique.

Also on view at the museum is “Rainforest Warriors: Tlingit Armor” by carver Tommy Joseph; “The State of Being, Displaced,” by Sitka artist Nicholas Galanin, which includes prints, monotypes, photographs and video works; and “Bird in the Tree, Fish in the Water, Vase by the Wall,” a temporary exhibit of works by artists from The Canvas at REACH. All four exhibits run through Oct. 12.


“Mobility,” mobiles by Dean Guaneli

“Between a Rock and Mt. Hawthorn,” new paintings by Cristine Crooks

Franklin Street Gallery, Baranof Hotel

127 N. Franklin St.

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

The Franklin Street Gallery in the Baranof Hotel will feature Dean Guaneli’s new show “Mobility.” The gallery, which previously announced it would be closing in May, is now open on a month to month basis, pending new plans for the space.

Guaneli’s pieces are inspired by the mobiles of Alexander Calder. The dozen mobiles in the show are made from mostly recycled metal, wire and copper tubing. Several are displayed with large bases made of wood left over from neighborhood construction projects.

Also opening this month is “Between a Rock and Mt. Hawthorn,” new paintings by Cristine Crooks. The show features one of the artist’s favorite studio views -- looking toward Mt. Hawthorn with landmark rocks that reflect changing tides and seasons.

The gallery will also feature paintings by Pua Maunu, Barbara Craver and Jane Stokes. There will be wine tasting at the opening for a small charge.


New work by Arnie Weimer

The Rookery Cafe

111 Seward St.

Reception: 4-8 p.m.

Longtime local artist Arnie Weimer will show new paintings at the Rookery during the month of July.


“Dreaming in Color,” a solo exhibit by Constance Baltuck

Alaska State Library

8th floor, State Office Building

Reception: 4:30-6 p.m.

A selection of Constance Baltuck’s acrylic landscape paintings will be on view at the Alaska State Library from July 1 through August 23. Local artist Baltuck will also be featured at Annie Kaill’s.


Mini Blades: New art glass knives by Sara Chatfield and Brian Schuch


237 Front St.

Reception: 4-7 p.m.

Gallery co-owners Sara Chatfield and Brian Schuch will show new art glass knives. The gallery also features the work of local jeweler Michael Reid Hunter.




The following exhibits are still on view, but the venues will not be hosting First Friday openings.


Photography by Ron Klein

KTOO Studios


Dan Fruits: New Works

Juneau-Douglas City Museum


“Painting with Numbers, Painting with Fire,” digital images by David Riccio and raku fired ceramics by Louise Kuntz-Tadda

The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery


“Enigmatic Shores,” fine art photography by Bill Doctorman

Silverbow Backroom


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