March First Friday Art Walk

Openings this month include Rachael Juzeler’s mixed media show “Favorite Things” at the JAHC Gallery, an exhibit of watercolor paintings by High Tide Tattoo artists at Heritage Second Street Cafe, and a student art show at Coppa. Read on for more.




“Favorite Things,” by Rachael Juzeler.

JAHC Gallery

Juneau Arts & Culture Center

Reception: 4:30–7 p.m.

The latest multi-media exhibit by local artist Rachael Juzeler brings together work inspired by some of her favorite things — from a piece inspired by Ryan Cortez’ Taku Wind Chimes on Sandy Beach, to a chandelier inspired by a recent trip to Italy that incorporates a grouping of the artist’s glass and metal tools. Juzeler lives and works out of her historical home, formerly of the Treadwell mining complex, on Douglas Island, finding endless fascination in the antiquity and ruins of her surroundings. She’s also driven by a desire to avoid adding to Juneau’s garbage problem, focusing her efforts on re-cycling, or up-cycling, old glass: cutting, fusing and embedding elements into a differently purposed piece. 


“Coffee Stains” artwork by High Tide Tattoo artists

Heritage Second Street Cafe

216 2nd St.

Reception: 4:30–7 p.m.

Artists from High Tide Tattoo will present a series of watercolor paintings on coffee-stained paper -- a traditional combination that goes back as far as electric tattooing. Designs were painted with watercolor because the transparent pigments are the closest representation of what a tattoo would really look like, and staining the paper with coffee provided a more accurate representation of how the design would appear on the skin. Tattoo artists’ method of painting with watercolors is unorthodox in that usually watercolors are painted in a loose and open fashion, whereas painting for tattoo design is usually very controlled and saturated. The end result is often a very vibrant and high-contrast design.

High Tide’s history with Heritage Coffee predates High Tide Tattoo itself. Every single artist that has worked at High Tide, past and present, has also worked for Heritage Coffee in some capacity.


“Feeling blue,” cyanotypes by Chris Peloso

B’s Bakery and Bistro

230 2nd St.

Reception: 4:30–7 p.m.

Cyanotypes are photographic prints made using the “cyanotype” process, first invented in 1842. Cyanotypes are noted for their unique, vivid deep-blue color -- cyan -- which is easily distinguishable from other early photographic processes that rendered images in sepia tones.

Chris Peloso describes his exhibit of cyanotypes as a “whimsical and melancholy collection of prints featuring a quirky cast of characters.”


“Art for Breakfast,” works by Juneau Douglas High School advanced studio art class


917 Glacier Ave, #102

Reception: 4–7 p.m.

Coppa will feature recent works by the Juneau Douglas High School Advanced Studio art class.The exhibit, “Art for Breakfast,” will feature paintings in acrylic and oils  as well as drawings in charcoal and graphite.


New original paintings by Barbara Craver

Annie Kaill’s

244 Front St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Juneau artist Barbara Craver will show a selection of her latest paintings, with a focus on landscapes from around the Juneau area. Craver works primarily with acrylics, often returning to her first medium of pastels for studies and life drawings.


Woodwork by artist Les Howard

Juneau Artists Gallery

175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Juneau Artists Gallery member Les Howard uses mostly Alaskan woods and a handful of exotic species such as ancient Kauri, from New Zealand, to create his one-of-a-kind pieces. He creates kitchen items, such as steak knives and pizza cutters, as well as wood-stemmed wine, champagne and cordial glasses, platters, pepper grinders and other items.


“Secrets,” portraits by MK MacNaughton

Juneau-Douglas City Museum

Fourth and Main streets

Local artist MK MacNaughton will show her latest body of work, a collection of large-scale charcoal portraits of Juneau residents, accompanied by short statements from the models that explore the pros and cons of keeping, carrying and sharing secrets. Her exhibit will be on view through March 22.

In conjunction with her solo artist exhibit, MacNaughton will share slides and tell stories about this project and her work in general as part of the Museum’s Coffee & Collections series, on Saturday, March 8, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon.


“Places, People, Things,” paintings by Teri Gardner Robus

Silverbow Backroom

120 Second St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Teri Gardner Robus will open her solo exhibit of paintings at the Silverbow Gallery.


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 for First Friday, hosted by Douglas doll artist Mary Ellen Frank. In addition to the museum’s permanent collection, a revolving display area features figures from Native areas of Alaska, Canada and Russia. Frank’s doll-making studio, located within the museum, will also be open with current projects on view.



“Pal•ette: Representational Paintings by Timi Johnson” at The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery, 223 Seward St.

Photography by Kaley McGoey at The Rookery Cafe, 111 Seward St.




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