October First Friday Art Walk



October’s First Friday Art Walk includes openings at the Juneau Douglas City Museum, Sketch and Heritage’s Second Street Cafe, among other venues, as well as a chance to sample new Alaskan brews at the Depot and to check out "Hotel Impossible"'s work at the Alaskan Hotel. Read on for details.



“The Hat Series” by Dale DeArmond

Juneau-Douglas City Museum

Fourth and Main streets

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

The Juneau Douglas City Museum will show 14 prints by artist Dale DeArmond, created between 1994 and 1995, and purchased by the museum in February 2013 through the Juneau History and Art Acquisition Fund. Well known artist DeArmond, who died in 2006, moved to Juneau from Sitka in 1953 when her husband, Bob, took a job under B. Frank Heintzleman, then the Governor of Territorial Alaska. DeArmond eventually became the director of the Juneau City Library from 1958-1979.

This exhibit will feature a series of wood engravings with colored pencil, hand-pulled by the artist, that depict Native Alaskans in a variety of head wear and include “The Bear’s Ears Hat” (shown) and “Raven’s Barbeque Hat”.


“Gratitude After the Caesura,” photography by Mary VanderJack

The Rookery Cafe

111 Seward St.

Reception: 4-8 p.m.

Local photographer Mary VanderJack will exhibit new work in exhibit called “Gratitude After the Caesura.” The show includes a mixture of natural light photos and photo merges accomplished with post editing, and the work is printed on aluminum and canvas.


“Papercuts” an exhibit by Christy NaMee Eriksen and MK MacNaughton

Sketch Studio

Front and Main Streets (in the parking lot behind Kenny’s near the propane tanks)

Reception: 5-7 p.m.

Friends and artists Christy Eriksen and MK MacNaughton started with the theme “Papercuts” for their joint show. Eriksen’s work developed into a collection called “Homelands”, that includes papercuts posted on maps, and MacNaughton produced a series of charcoal drawings called “Drinking problem.”


“this hour forward” exhibit and performance by Ryan Conarro

JAHC Gallery

Juneau Arts & Culture Center

Reception: 4:30–7 p.m.

“this hour forward” is an installation of video, sound, photography, and live performance created by local artist Ryan Conarro. The exhibit invites participants to share Conarro’s exploration of deeply personal questions about identities of the self and of others, and about the ideals and realities of love and marriage in America through multiple, overlapping narratives. See feature story in this week’s Arts for more.

Live performances will also take place Thursday, Oct. 10, from 5-7 p.m.; Friday, Oct. 11, from 5-7 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 19 from 5-7 p.m.; and Sunday, Oct. 20 from 2-4 p.m.


Watercolor paintings by Cindy Burchfield and “Take Back the Town” event

Annie Kaill’s

244 Front St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Annie Kaill’s will host a “Take Back the Town” First Friday event, marking the end of tourist season, that will include an exhibit of new works by Cindy Burchfield, several new paintings by Constance Baltuck, and special treats and prizes offered to locals as “thank you” for their year-round patronage.

Watercolor painter Burchfield began painting as a child with her grandmother. Her original paintings reflect the imagery and icons of her travels in Alaska and her passion for the state, which she has called home for the past 20 years. Burchfield, who works as brand manager for the Alaskan Brewing Company, is also a writer and illustrator and is currently creating a coloring book of Southeast Alaska coastal animals, scheduled to be released this holiday season.


Original art cards by Paws and Reflect

Bear’s Lair

175 South Franklin St.

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

Paper artists Cris Zack and Andrea Deppner of Paws and Reflect will show a selection of their handpainted, handmade paper cards. The Douglas-based duo create cards from recycled products and natural materials such as local plants. Their imagery includes Alaskan wildlife and wildflowers, outdoor adventure and holiday themes.


New oil paintings by Elise Tomlinson

The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery

223 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

October’s First Friday at The Canvas will feature 15 new oil paintings by local artist Elise Tomlinson. In addition to colorful, stylized landscapes of Point Retreat, Herbert and Mendenhall Glaciers, Warm Springs Bay, Auke Bay Harbor and Mount Jumbo, Tomlinson experimented with incorporating Southeast Alaska themes into pieces inspired by the artistic works of others. Her work will be on view through Oct. 27.


Watercolor paintings by Hollis Kitchin

Heritage Second Street Cafe

174 S. Franklin St

Reception: 4:30-6 p.m.

Hollis Kitchin will show a variety of ink and watercolor illustrations at the Second Street Cafe through the month of October. Prints of some of her work as well as originals will be available.


Warm and Cool Fuzzies, felt work by Sara Chatfield


237 Front St.

Reception: 4-7 p.m.

Chiton Gallery

Glass artist Sara Chatfield will show the results of her latest creative experiments, Warm and Cool Fuzzies, works in wool felt. Also on view at Chiton will be jewelry pieces by Chatfield and Michael Reid Hunter, and artglass knives by Brian Schuch.


Thank You Juneau event

Juneau Artists Gallery

175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

The Juneau Artists Gallery will hold a reception in conjunction with Locals Appreciation Days, Oct. 4 and 5, offering everything in the shop at a discount -- at least 15 percent off, with some items up to 75 percent off. The sale will run from 11-7 p.m. Friday and 11-6 p.m. Saturday.


Aunt Claudia’s Dolls museum

114 South 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 from the Philippines. Doll-maker Mary Ellen Frank, curator of the museum, and her sister Barbara recently purchased these figures for exhibit to add to those of local collectors Claudia Kelsey and Florence Mynarski.

In the revolving display area, more than 100 items and figures from indigenous areas of Alaska, Canada and Siberia are on exhibit. Frank’s doll making studio, located within the museum, will also be open for view.



Open house

Alaskan Hotel & Bar

167 South Franklin Street

Reception: 4:30-8 p.m.

The Alaskan will open its doors to welcome public viewing of its eight newly re-visioned guest rooms, updated by “Hotel Impossible,” a reality show produced by the Travel Channel. Crews from “Hotel Impossible” finished working on — and filming in — the 100-year hotel last week. The Alaskan Hotel episode will be the first of the show’s fourth season, and will air in spring or summer of 2014, according to the show’s staff.


Alaskan Brewing Co. Depot

Alaskan Brewing Co. Depot

219 South Franklin St.

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

The Depot will be pouring new Alaskan beers and serving snacks during their First Friday reception.


Free First Friday yoga

Rainforest Yoga Studio, Emporium Mall

Class: 5:15-6:15 p.m.

Each free First Friday yoga class features a different teacher and style. This class will be led by Sandy Sheridan. All levels are welcome.


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