December art openings

Gallery Walk is a big night for downtown Juneau, and this year it’s going to be even bigger. For the first time, Gallery Walk will also be an officially sanctioned Block Party, thanks to a collaborative effort between the Downtown Business Association and the City and Borough of Juneau. Front Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 4-9 p.m., transforming that section of town into a public space where art walkers can gather to plot their next move or listen to DJ Manu play a mix of holiday music. Bundle up and check it out!


This year, like last year, new spaces have been created in buildings that are vacant or not usually used to host art openings to accommodate the large number of artists showing their work. This year those spots include spaces at 228 Seward St. (hosting the Juneau Photo Group), 209 Seward St. (work by Abe Wylie) and 917 Glacier Ave. (mobiles by Dean Guaneli). Other tucked away spots are Sketch (work by MK MacNaughton and Cynthia Gibson), located in the parking lot behind Kenny’s restaurant on Main Street; Jinéit (carvers Duane Bosch and Donald Gregory), on the first floor of the Sealaska Building; and Vanity (work by Phoebe Rohrbacher), above the tattoo shop at 204 N. Franklin St.

Most local downtown businesses will be welcoming art walkers with holiday goodies and extended hours, regardless of whether or not they’re hosting an art opening. Open houses are planned at Northwind Architects and at Bauer/Clifton Interiors, where attendees can get a look at what these creative local businesses have been up to. And there’s more than one chance to give back amidst the shopping. B’s Bakery will host a gingerbread house auction to raise money for the Red Cross, and Shoefly will be accepting donations for AWARE through their charity tree.

Finally, Santa himself will be on hand at the Capital City Weekly’s old offices on Franklin Street.

Here’s a look at some of the art openings and a few other events.


“Plein Rein Paints Provence” by Plein Rein in the JAHC Gallery

Jewelry by Stacy Gullufsen in the Lobby Shop

Bethany Bereman Memorial Scholarship kickoff party in the JACC main hall

Juneau Arts & Culture Center, 350 Whittier St.

Reception: 4:30–7 p.m.

Plein Rein, a group of Juneau artists who have been painting together for more than 10 years, will present a group exhibit based on a recent trip to France, “Plein Rein Paints Provence.” Participating artists are Cristine Crooks, Dean Guaneli, Patti Harper, Sue Kraft, Pua Maunu, Michelle Morrell, Mary Anne Slemmons, Jane Stokes, Mary Pat Wyatt and Paul Voelckers. This show has paintings done on location in watercolor, pencil, acrylic and pastel, as well as larger works created from sketches and photographs.

In the lobby, Stacy Gullufsen will show her modern, original jewelry line -- SE-AK Chic Charms -- which includes work in Czech glass, Swarovski Crystal, freshwater pearls, quartz, semi-precious stones, recycled glass, shells and wood.

The lobby shop is also the place to find this year’s Alaska Litho wall calendars, featuring “Foggy Morning Cruise” by local photographer Miranda McHenry. The calendars, which Alaska Litho distributes for free, are also available at other Gallery Walk locations.

During Gallery Walk, the JACC will also host a kickoff party for the new Bethany Bereman Memorial Scholarship, organized by Kristin Garot. This event will include a live auction and, beginning at 7 p.m., live music by Shona Strauser’s Susu and the Prophets. For more on this event, see story in this week's Arts.


First Friday Book Signing with Ernestine Hayes

Hearthside Books downtown

First Friday booksigning: 5-7 p.m.

Ernestine Hayes will be signing copies of her newly released book, “Juneau.” The book, part of the Images of America series published by Arcadia Publishing, chronicles the history of Alaska’s capital city. For more on this event, see story in this week's Arts.

Carving demonstrations by Duane Bosch and Donald Gregory


Sealaska Building, One Sealaska Plaza

Reception: 4:30-8 p.m.

Jinéit will host live carving demonstrations by Northwest Coast artists Duane Bosch and Donald Gregory. The shop is located on the ground floor of the Sealaska building, across from the Wharf Mall.


New work by Sherri McDonald, Karen Beason and Ian Grant

Annie Kaill’s

244 Front St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Paper artists Sherri McDonald and Karen Beason and modern artist Ian Grant will be the three featured artists at Annie Kaills. McDonald will show original landscape collages and prints, as well as handmade paper books. She’ll also have a selection of her new encaustic paintings, which debuted at the Public Market last weekend.

Beason, raised in Juneau, will have a selection of her block prints, paper mache fish sculptures, and hanging fabric “Peace Ravens,” as well as her new jellyfish art, made from recycled materials such as record albums, bottle caps and bread ties.

Modern artist Grant, a Juneau resident since 1995, will show his latest abstract oil paintings.


“Nice Looking,” an art installation by Sarah Conarro

The Rookery Cafe

111 Seward St.

Reception: Beginning at 3:30 p.m.

Sarah Conarro’s latest work is an evolving installation that begins with large swaths of bright colors gradually transforming over the next few weeks into 3D mirrored wall sculptures that break up the space and bring a reflective element an otherwise familiar room.  The installation will culminate with a one-night event with New York based artist Julian Bozeman who will bring projections and lights cast onto the mirrored sculptures, throwing light and color all over the room.

For the Gallery Walk opening, Conarro will have the first set of eight wall sculptures installed. Additional pieces will be added every few days through Dec. 18.


Expanded gallery show featuring current and former member artists

Juneau Artists Gallery

175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

The Juneau Artists Gallery will be spreading out into the Senate buidling lobby and adjacent retail space to make room for all the artists they have lined up for Gallery Walk. The show will include work by the gallery’s 25 member artists, including a few who are poised to leave town, as well as former gallery members Joyce Payne and David Riccio.

Featured artists for the month are fiber artists Carol Burrows and Barbara Mitchell, of the Bag Ladies, gallery members since 2009.


Juneau Photo Group exhibit

228 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

A dozen photographers from the Juneau Photo Group will be showing their work at 228 Seward St., across from the Canvas. They are Becky Nelson, Frank Pierce, Laveda Loose, Kerry Howard, Lori Styczinski, Matt Brown, Karena Perry, Steve Winker, Michelle Rogers, John Krumm, David Willson, Silver Ligsay and Carol Henke Lahnum.


New prints by Pat Race, Rico Worl and Christy NaMee Eriksen

Alaska Robotics Gallery

220 Front Street

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Three artists will show work at the Alaska Robotics Gallery. Gallery co-owner Pat Race will have illustrations of bears from his project, “A Calendar with Bears on it.” Rico Worl, of Trickster Company, will show a collection of prints based on Trickster’s original Northwest Coast playing cards. And Christy NaMee Eriksen will offer a new collection of hand-lettered and hand-pulled screenprints featuring things her son says, “Growing Upwords 4.0.”


Three continuing exhibits and Seasons on a Sphere

Alaska State Museum

395 Whittier St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Three continuing exhibits will be on view on First Friday: solo shows by Juneau painter Dick Benedict and Ketchikan painter David Rubin, and an exhibit of works from the museum’s permanent collection, “Ten Years of Alaskan Art: a Decade of Works Acquired through the Rasmuson Foundation Art Acquisitions Fund.” All three new exhibits will be on display through Jan. 4.

Also showing on First Friday is Seasons on a Sphere with museum SphereMaster and Visitor Services staff member Sara Lee. At 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. the Science on a Sphere will spin through the seasons and display an eclectic mix of imagery on subjects ranging from shipwrecks to meteor strikes. The 4 p.m. showing is geared toward younger audiences.

The Alaska State Museum will be open extended hours with free admission on First Friday.


“Art is in the Air…”: REACH artist exhibit and pottery show

The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery

223 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

The annual REACH Artist show at the Canvas centers this year on the theme of air. The exhibit, “Art is in the Air…” showcases work by REACH artists in many media, from monotype prints of flying trains to paper mache bird sculptures. At the opening, attendees can meet the artists and enjoy homemade refreshments.

Also on view in the gallery will be ceramic works by various Canvas artists.


“Transforming the Useless into the Usable,” work by Rachael Juzeler

Juneau-Douglas City Museum

Fourth and Main streets

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

Rachael Juzeler will show her new rain-chains and glass tile coasters made from “up-cycled” old glass in the gift shop. The projects bring together the Douglas artist’s fascination with found objects and an awareness of the problem of garbage in our community. By cutting, fusing and embedding objects she is able to create “something pretty and useful out of garbage.”

Continuing exhibits at the city museum include Toby Harbanuk’s photography show, featuring aerial images of the Tongass and local glaciers, called “Infinite Visibility,” and Dale DeArmond’s “The Hat Series,” 14 wood engraving prints of Alaska Native headwear.


New landscape paintings by Jim Fowler


917 Glacier Ave. #102 (Next to the Federal Building)

Reception: 4-8 p.m.

Local painter and illustrator Jim Fowler will show his latest paintings at Coppa. Fowler, who has lived in Alaska since 1973, is best known for his plein air landscapes, and travels around the state to paint every summer.


Photography by Jeff Brown

Cycle Alaska

1107 West 8th St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Local photographer Jeff Brown will be displaying his work, including sports action, landscapes and wildlife photos.

Trail Mix will also have a table set up during Gallery Walk, offering memberships. Those signing up for, renewing or extending their membership will have their name placed in a drawing for a $100 gift certificate to Cycle Alaska.

Snacks will be served.


Illustrations by Abe Wylie

209 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Recently returned artist Abe Wylie will show a selection of his llustrations at 209 Seward, with DJ music provided by Scorcher.


Work by Phoebe Rohrbacher


204 N. Franklin St.

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

Local artist Phoebe Rohrbacher will show a selection of new and old work at Vanity Boutique and Studio as part of the business’ one year anniversary soiree.


New and recent work by Charles Rohrbacher


245 Marine Way

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Local iconographer Deacon Charles Rohrbacher (the father of the artist mentioned above) will be showing new and recent work at Samovars. Featured will be illustrations in egg tempera on paper for “The Passions of Holy Week”, a ritual book just published by The Liturgical Press.


“Flights Of Fancy: Art in Motion,” mobiles by Dean Guaneli

917 Building

917 Glacier Ave., between Coppa and Seong’s near the Federal Building Reception: 4:30 to 7 pm

Dean Guaneli will open his new show of mobiles, “Flights of Fancy,” inspired by the mobiles of Alexander Calder. “There’s no deep meaning,” the artist said of his playful work in a release, “just form, color, motion, and lots of fun.”

The exhibit will also be on view on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.


“Pomegranate Jewelry and Other Tiny Precious Things” featuring work by Sara Chatfield, Brian Schuch and Michael Reid Hunter


237 Front St.

Reception: 4-8 p.m.

Chiton will showcase glass work by Sara Chatfield, knives by Brian Schuch and jewelry by Michael Reid Hunter.


Yarn bowls and porcelain buttons by Joyce Payne

Seaside Yarns

The Wharf Mall

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

Joyce Payne will have an exhibit of new, one-of-a-kind yarn bowls and porcelain buttons. The exhibit will be up through Christmas.


27th Christmas in Juneau celebration

Alaska General Store

214 North Franklin St.

The Alaska General Store will be celebrating the shop’s 27th Christmas season in Juneau with treats and bargains. The shop will also feature the debut of original clothing designs by Melissa Griffiths.


Photography by Shar Fox

Northern Oasis Wellness Spa

315 Third St. (at Franklin)

Reception: 4:30-8:30 p.m.

Northern Oasis will present a photography exhibit by Shar Fox, and offer discount gift certificates and sauna/massage packages.


Opening of Jenna Gonzales Smith’s studio

Aunt Claudia’s Dolls museum

114 S Franklin Suite 105, above Hearthside Books

Reception: 4-7 p.m.

Aunt Claudia’s Dolls will be celebrating the opening of Jenna Gonzales Smith’s studios adjacent to the museum. Gonzales Smith and Mary Ellen Frank, curator of the museum, will feature their award-winning Wearable Arts entries and Gonzales Smith will also display her nature based embroideries and figures.


Artful gifts by MK MacNaughton and Cynthia Gibson


Corner of Front and Main Streets, in the parking lot next to Kenny’s Restaurant

Reception: 4-8 p.m.

Sketch artist MK MacNaughton will share a new collection of small paintings, baskets and lamps, and Sketch guest Cynthia Gibson, of Sitka, will offer earrings made from fish vertebrae and other whimsical assemblages.

Sketch will be open extended hours this weekend as well: Friday and Saturday from noon-8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m.


“Science Meets Art” photography exhibit

Silverbow Backroom

120 Second St.

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

“Science meets Art” is a collection of photographs taken by University of Alaska Fairbanks School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences faculty, students, and affiliates and curated by University of Alaska Southeast Adjunct Professor Ben Huff. The exhibit is being presented in conjunction with the Marine Ecosystem Sustainability in the Arctic and Subarctic Program at UAF, with support from the National Science Foundation.


Work by Linda Miller, Lily Killbear and Clarissa Rizal

Aurora Healing Arts

114 S Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Aurora Healing Arts will feature art by Linda Miller, Lily Killbear and Clarissa Rizal. The downtown shop will also be featuring Alaska Railroad Commemorative prints, free massage demos, Alaskana Botanicals Tea samples and festive cheer.


Hawaiian jewelry artist Denny Wong

The Jewel Box

248 Front Street

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

The ocean-inspired designs of Hawaiian jewelry artist Denny Wong will be on view at the Jewel Box. Festivities include holiday music by the Chapel by the Lake Bell Choir, refreshments and the shop’s famous “diamond” cookies.


Visit from Santa

Former Capital City Weekly offices, 134 N. Franklin St.

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

The Capital City Weekly will be hosting Santa Claus at their old downtown offices during this year’s Gallery Walk. Santa plans to fly in and be ready to hear the requests of young Juneau residents (and the young at heart!) beginning at 4:30 p.m. There will be photos taken with Santa, music and refreshments. Free and open to the public.


Juneau Symphony Ensemble performance

Alaskan Brewing Depot

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

The Alaskan Brewing Depot will host a performance by members of the Juneau Symphony and offer over-21 gallery walkers a sample of their latest brews in the tasting room.


Northwind Architects open house

Northwind Architects

126 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Northwind Architects will host an open house during Gallery Walk, at which attendees can view plans for some of the firm’s current and future projects.


Photos of recent local remodeling projects

Bauer/Clifton Interiors

119A Second St. across from the Silverbow Bakery

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

Bauer/Clifton will be displaying photography of their recently completed projects taken by local photographers Inua Blevins and Alan Corbett. The photos will feature local home remodels including kitchens, bathrooms, and living rooms here in Juneau. They will also be offering gallery walkers a selection of baked goods made in their own studio display kitchen, and displaying their recently decorated Christmas tree.


Live-feed photo stream of Gallery Walk

Gold Town Nickelodeon

Emporium Mall

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

For the first time, the Gold Town Nickelodeon will host a live-feed photo stream of Gallery Walk, via instagram, fed by gallery walkers who use the hash tag #gallerywalk13. The photos will play in a loop on the big screen throughout the event, so those who submit pictures can come by later to see them play. Anyone can participate.


Free First Friday yoga and live music with the Kuhars

Rainforest Yoga

Emporium Mall, above the Gold Town Theater

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

Bridget Kuhar will lead a free hour-long yoga class while her husband, George Kuhar, plays a variety of acoustic and electronic instruments. Rainforest is located above Gold Town Theater in the Emporium Mall. Each First Friday features a different teacher and style. All levels are welcome.


Chef Stef’s shoe cookies


109 Seward St

Reception: 5-8 p.m.

Cookies shaped like shoes created by Chef Stef (Stefani Marnon) will be available at Shoefy. Art walkers can also check out Shoefly’s AWARE Charity Tree.


Gingerbread house silent auction for Red Cross

B’s Bakery and Bistro

230 Second St.

Reception: 5-8 p.m.

B’s will host a gingerbread silent auction to benefit the Red Cross and disaster relief in the Philippines.


Kids movies and cocoa


Miner’s Mercantile Building, second floor

Grumpy’s, located upstairs in the Miner’s Mercantile Building, will be showing kids Christmas movies during Gallery Walk and serving free candy cane hot cocoa, as well as their regular menu items.


Live music from Pat Henry and Saturday booksigning with Richard Carstensen

Rainy Retreat Books

Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Juneau blues artist Pat Henry will perform during Gallery Walk from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Warm beverages will be served.

And on Saturday, naturalist Richard Carstensen, a founding member of Discovery Southeast, will be signing copies of “Natural History of Juneau Trails: A Watershed Approach,” a book he co-authored with UAS Professor of Geology Cathy Connor. The booksigning will take place between noon and 2 p.m. at Rainy Retreat.


Live music by Irene Muller

Red Dog Saloon

278 S Franklin St,

Reception: 5-8 p.m.

Irene Muller will be performing at the Red Dog during Gallery Walk. Hot cider, cookies and local crafts will also be available.


Live music by Traveler Duo with Vicki Van Fleet

Zephyr Restaurant

200 Seward St.

Music: 6-9 p.m., Zephyr.

Zephyr will host Live jazz with Doug Bridges (tenor sax) and Jim Noel (piano), and special guest Vicki Van Fleet on vocals.


Live music by the Shawn McCole Trio

Alaskan Hotel & Bar

167 S Franklin St.

Music: Beginning at 8 p.m.


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