January First Friday art walk

 Openings this month include two new artists at Annie Kaill’s; a community participatory exhibit based on utilitarian objects at the city museum; a Wearable Art retrospective at the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council gallery; and a last glimpse of three current exhibits at the Alaska State Museum.

Also hosting openings are Coppa and the Juneau Artists Gallery.

Read on for more.


Wearable Art Retrospective

JAHC Gallery

Juneau Arts & Culture Center

Reception: 4:30–7 p.m.

The gallery show at the JAHC will celebrate 14 years of the Juneau Wearable Art Show with a Wearable Art Retrospective. Art pieces from past shows will be featured, including work by Kathy Kartchner, Charity Green, Bobbi McCutcheon, Temple Joanna Jackson, Heather Harris, Michelle Morris, Amy and Olivia Fletcher, Laura Gregovich, Mary Ellen Frank, Amy Lloyd, Jenna Smith, Teresa Busch, Jane Stokes, Donna Powell and Sue Bushnell. Also on display will be photos, posters, programs, and videos from previous shows. Previous artists and models of the Wearable Art Show are invited to sign posters from the years they participated.

Wearable Art is artwork specifically created to be worn on the human body. Outfits in past JAHC shows have incorporated materials including airplane parts, human hair, silicone implants, shells, seaweed, XtraTufs, trolling gear, books, coffee cup lids, shotgun shells and porcupine quills. More than 200 volunteers contribute their time to produce the Juneau event every year, which includes a silent auction featuring donated artworks, jewelry, and numerous and varied items and experiences. This year’s Wearable Art show, “Technicolor,” is scheduled for February 8 and 9.


“Ordinary Things, Extraordinary Tales,” a community participatory exhibit

Juneau-Douglas City Museum

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

Fourth and Main streets

The Juneau Douglas City Museum will host their first “Ordinary Things, Extraordinary Tales” community participatory exhibit, featuring 13 guest “curators” from the community. Each of the guests worked with Curator of Collections Jodi DeBruyne and Curator of Public Programs Marjorie Hamburger to select a utilitarian object from the museum’s collection (not currently on exhibit). They then wrote a 250-word personal response to their object, with the idea of increasing its meaning to the audience or illuminating the way it shapes our existence. The objects will be on display along with the written responses at the opening. The Portland Art Museum’s “Object Stories,” a similar show that began in 2010, was part of the inspiration for this project.

Participating community members are Art Rotch, Alida Bus, Annie Calkins, Ernestine Hayes, Aaron Elmore, Shgen George, Ross Soboleff, Rhona Gardinier, Emily Wall, Amy Fletcher, Tony Newman, Paul Gardinier and Tom Cosgrove.

Community participation in this exhibit will continue on Friday, Jan. 17, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., when the museum will host an open “show-and-tell” event where people can bring in their own objects and share their story about them.


New work by Susie Griffin and Kelsey Fagan

Annie Kaill’s

244 Front St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Annie Kaill’s will welcome the new year with two new artists: Susie Griffin and Kelsey Fagan.

Multimedia artist Griffin will be showing her whimsical, original acrylic paintings. She has a background in floral design, interior decorating and scrapbook design, but specializes in paintings and large installation displays.

Fagan, a Juneauite who has spent the past several years living in Hawaii, will show expressionist paintings created with ink and watercolor, combined with poetry. Fagan works mainly as an art therapist, but can also be found building houses, officiating weddings, surfing, practicing yoga, making art, and getting lost in the woods.


“Kal-Eyed-O-Scope Visions” by Joe McCabe


917 Glacier Ave.

Reception: 4-8 p.m.

Local photographer Joe McCabe will open his new show, “Kal-Eyed-O-Scope Visions: Multiple Exposures & Intentional Camera Movements: A Photographic Venture” at Coppa.


Call to Artists First Friday Event

Juneau Artists Gallery

175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

The Juneau Artists Gallery’s First Friday opening will be an open house for prospective new co-op members, and a show of recent work by gallery artists. Information and gallery applications will be available for those who are interested in joining the gallery as member-artists, and current members will be on hand to answer questions.


Last chance for three temporary exhibits

Alaska State Museum

395 Whittier St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

January First Friday will be the last opportunity to view two solo exhibits on display at the museum: Juneau painter Dick Benedict’s “From Out,” and Ketchikan painter David Rubin’s solo exhibition.

Also closing is the museum’s exhibit, “Ten Years of Alaskan Art: a Decade of Works Acquired through the Rasmuson Foundation Art Acquisition Fund,” which features a selection of pieces from the museum’s permanent collection.


Free Tai Chi class

Rainforest Yoga

Emporium Mall, upstairs

First Friday class: 5:15-6:15 p.m.

Rainforest Yoga will host a free First Friday Tai Chi class led by Glen Ray. Ray will introduce a standing form of taiji/qigong meditation with patterns from a set of silk reeling qigong. All levels are welcome.



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