First Friday Art Walk




Openings this month include a group show at the Four A’s office, the 14th annual Alaska Photographic Arts Association exhibit at KTOO, and a UAS student art show at the JAHC Gallery. Read on for details.


14th annual Alaska Photographic Arts Association exhibit


360 Egan Drive

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

The 14th annual APAA exhibit will feature the work of more than two dozen local photographers, including Marilyn Holmes, Alexander Kotlarov, Jeff Brown, Matt Brown, Bobby Lee Daniels, Shar Fox, Liz Gifford, Mark Gnadt, John Hagen, Don Hale, Kerry Howard, Pat Kalbaugh, Iris Korhonen-Penn, Laveda Loose, Joe McCabe, Michael Penn, Liam Penn, Linda Shaw, Jim Simard, David Riccio, Wayne Owen and Steve Winker.

This is the 12th year the event has been held at KTOO.

KTOO will also celebrate the recent release of Jeff Brown's satirical magazine “Real Alaskan” at the studios on First Friday. This is the fourth issue. On Saturday, Brown will be signing copies at Rainy Retreat Books, from 1-2 p.m.


“Red” group art show

Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association office (above Heritage Coffee)

174 S. Franklin St

Reception: 4-7 p.m.

The Alaskan AIDS Assistance Association (Four A’s) SE Office will host an Art Show and Open House entitled “Red.” The event will highlight the local artists’ work that ties into the mission of providing support services to people living with HIV/AIDS. The show will feature work by Terry Gallant, Andrew William Dubay, Christianne Carrillo, Jordan Reese and local teen artists


UAS Juried Student Exhibition, artwork produced by students at the University of Alaska Southeast

JAHC Gallery

Juneau Arts & Culture Center

Reception: 4:30–7 p.m.

The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council will present the UAS juried Student Exhibition, juried by Rachael Juzeler. This exhibition will include drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, ceramics and photography. All the work presented has been made in various UAS art classes and is representative of the university's current art offerings. Best in show will be announced the evening of the reception.


“Outpouring” by Andy Engstrom

The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery

223 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

“Outpouring” will feature a selection of teapots created by Andy Engstrom, a local musician and potter who has recently committed to honing his ceramic craft. The collection is called “outpouring” because, according to the artist, “when you are throwing clay on the wheel, now is all there will ever be … such is life.”


Last First Friday


237 Front St.

Reception: 4-7 p.m.

Chiton will host its Last First Friday prior to closing later this month. The store is scheduled to reopen as Artifacts under artist Jim Hopkins.


Metal work by Dave Stout

The Bear’s Lair

175 S Franklin St.

Reception: 4-7 p.m.

The Bear’s Lair will celebrate their 18th anniversary on First Friday, and will feature the metal work of Dave Stout. Stout makes copper ornaments and pins. The shop will also feature earrings made of XtraTuffs created on Prince of Wales Island.


New work by Johnny Ellis and Jessica Sullivan

Annie Kaill’s

244 Front St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Jewelry artist Johnny Ellis makes his jewelry out of fossilized ivory, collected from Saint Lawrence Island, creating necklaces, bracelets, earrings, and more.

In addition, the gallery will be featuring handmade flowers by Jessica Sullivan. These flowers were originally part of a dress in this year’s “Wearable Art” show. They are made of pistachio shells, glued together and dipped in bright colors of acrylic. Each flower is backed with felt and a magnet, then finished off with a spray of glossy acrylic.


“Everything and Small and Many”: Work by Sarah Conarro


917 Glacier Ave.

Reception: 4-7 p.m.

Coppa will feature works by Sarah Conarro in painting, drawing, collage, printmaking, woodworking and mixed media. The exhibit features works both old and new, from fully finished and framed pieces to small paper studies created in the last week. 


“Once Upon Alaska,” book signing

Juneau Artists Gallery

175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Photographer Mark Kelley and author Nick Jans will celebrate the release of their new book, “Once Upon Alaska, a Kids Photo Book” at the gallery’s First Friday event. Kelly is an award-winning Alaskan photographer and his photos illustrate 13 books. Jans, now based in Haines, is a well known writer who has written 11 adult books including “Last Light Breaking.” His latest is “A Wolf Called Romeo” due to be released this spring. This is his first children’s book. “Once Upon Alaska” has already been chosen as a finalist in Foreword’s Book of the Year Awards. Both artists will be present at the opening.

On Saturday, Kelley, Jans, and designer Heidi Reifenstein will also be signing copies of the book at Hearthside Books’ Nugget Mall store from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.


Trays by local potter Joyce Payne


175 S. Franklin St

Reception: 4-7 p.m.

Potter Joyce Payne will present a one-night pop-up show of handcrafted porcelain and stoneware trays at Boheme.


A Series of Small Heartbreaks: Shadow boxes by Chris Peloso

Alaska Robotics Gallery

220 Front Street

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Works of sequential art, such as comic strips tend to be defined by a number of stereotypical characteristics. “A Series of Small Heartbreaks” is an attempt to push the limits of sequential art by removing these stereotypes. While the pieces aren’t two-dimensional and do not contain word balloons, humor, continuing characters, or drawings, they still retain the essence of sequential art.


“Nature of Southeast Alaska” booksigning with Richard Carstensen and Robert Armstrong

Hearthside Books downtown

254 Front Street

First Friday booksigning: 5-7 p.m.

Richard Carstensen and Robert Armstrong will be signing copies of their newly revised book, “Nature of Southeast Alaska: A Guide to Plants, Animals, and Habitats.” during the downtown art walk.

Armstrong will also be debuting his new book at the First Friday event, “Natural Connections in Alaska,” co-authored with Mary Willson.


Spoken word album release party

The Hangar Ballroom

Wharf Mall

Party: 7:30 p.m.

Spoken word artist Christy NaMee Eriksen will celebrate the official release of her first album, “How To Tell If A Korean Woman Loves You,” at an album launch party on First Friday at The Hangar Ballroom. The album features solo performances by Eriksen as well as musical collaborations with pianist Alex Marvel, bassist Guy Unzicker, guitarist JR Rosales, and hip hop producer John David a.k.a. DJ Judo. Special guests at the launch include DeeJay DeRego, Jacque Boucher, Grace Lumba, JR Rosales, Guy Unzicker, and Alex Marvel. For more on this, see this week’s Arts.


“Bears, Whales, People and Places”: paintings by Louise Miller and pencil sketches by Robert Hughes.

Miner’s Postal

145 S Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Two newcomers to the First Friday scene, Louise Miller and Robert Hughes, will show their work at Miner’s Postal. Miller will show a selection of oil paintings, mostly portraits and Alaskan wildlife, and Hughes will show charcoal and graphite drawings of animals and whales. Both artists have been interested in their art since childhood and strive for photorealistic results.



Final First Friday viewing for exhibits by Jeff Brown and Dale DeArmond

Juneau-Douglas City Museum

Fourth and Main streets

Two exhibits by Juneau artists Jeff Brown and Dale DeArmond that have been on display at the Juneau Douglas City Museum throughout the fall and winter are slated to close during the month of April.

Jeff Brown’s collection of humorous postcards, “Masterpieces of Merriment,” will travel to Haines where it will be on loan to the Sheldon Museum and Cultural Center. (Brown will also celebrate the release of the latest edition of his satirical magazine “Real Alaskan” at the KTOO studios on First Friday. )

Dale DeArmond’s pieces, 14 wood engravings from the “Hat Series,” will return to Museum storage.



Rainforest Yoga will offer an hour of Beginner’s Yoga, from 5:15 to 6:15 on April 4 led by Carol Race. All levels are welcome. Rainforest is located above Gold Town Theater in the Emporium Mall. Each First Friday features a different teacher and style.


Whale Project update

Whale Project Storefront

230 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Hear the latest news about the whale sculpture being created by R.T. “Skip” Wallen, see photos of his work in progress and enjoy refreshments.


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