January 2017 First Friday roundup

“Finding My Voice”


Alaska Robotics Gallery

220 Front Street

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

A statement from artist Christine Carpenter: “In April of 2007, my life changed in an instant when a man I met in an Italian bar drugged and raped me. The following days are a blur to me, and in the years that have passed, I have struggled with finding my voice again. Recently, during a particularly dark time, I opened my journal from my time in Italy and was astounded by the the words I had etched on the paper: the days following my attack were some of my strongest. My voice — though often dark, pained, angry, and shattered — was clear, wise, and, most importantly, hopeful. As if the words were written for the lost woman I would become, I had found clarity and inspiration in the most unlikely of places.

The show features is a series of eight 8x10 digital prints. It is a marriage of the words from a girl nearly 10 years ago and the woman I have evolved into today, taking some of those passages from my journal and combining them with my contemporary visual interpretations. It is a celebration of the journey I have taken to find my voice again, the necessary courage to share my story, and the freedom that will come with it.”



Portraits by M.K. MacNaughton

Northern Tea House

9310 Glacier Hwy

Reception: 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

A statement from MacNaughton: “I’ve loved drawing portraits with charcoal and pencil from photographs for years now, and I’ve just started practicing painting with oils from a model. Having a model pushes me in positive ways; it forces me to work through whatever struggles arise, since the time is limited and someone else is present in the studio to witness if I were to get off task. It’s a great learning process.

The paintings [in the show] were created in two hours each. They’re studies in structure and color, and while they don’t always turn out as I’d like, I’ve enjoyed painting every one. So I’ve given myself the goal of painting a portrait a week in 2017.”

MK MacNaughton is a teaching and exhibiting artist working out of her downtown studio, Sketch.


Exhibit openings

Juneau-Douglas City Museum

Fourth and Main streets

4:30 - 7 p.m.

The Juneau-Douglas City Museum will open three new exhibits on First Friday. They are:


North Douglas Highway Mailboxes: Photographs by Pol Corvez. In July 2011, during his first visit to Juneau, Corvez was struck by the richness and variety of mailboxes on North Douglas Highway. He decided to photograph them, trying to achieve an identical point of view for each photo. To him, the mailboxes reflect the values of each household as well as the community. Corvez considers the photographs to be “in absentia portraits of the resident families,” revealing a story about the residents, their history, their daily newspaper, hobbies, values, esthetics, and sense of humor. The exhibit will be on display in the Murray Gallery and will run through Jan. 28.


A Braided Way: Poetry, Parenting and Place, by Aleria Jensen and Jonas Lamb.

During January and February, local poets Aleria Jensen and Jonas Lamb will exhibit a collection of original broadside poems on parenting and place, paired with montages of artwork by their children, in the Video Room Gallery. A broadside is “a single page with text, intended for hanging on a wall, which may be paired with art work, either by the poet or in collaboration with a visual artist.” The broadsides in the exhibit will explore the experience of raising a family in Southeast Alaska. While many of the poems in the exhibit were written earlier, a few came out of the collaborative art-making process at the kitchen table. Lamb states “My hope in creating this exhibit was to share my work with my kids, to let them know how important their curiosity, growth and wildness is to me.” The broadsides will be on display in the Video Room Gallery until Feb. 26.

It’ji Shaanáx: The Glowing Valley. It’ji Shaanáx (the glowing valley) is the Tlingit name for Perseverance Valley located at the base of Mount Juneau or yadaa.at kalé (beautifully adorned face). This exhibit looks at one of our most majestic landmarks, Mount Juneau, through art and recreation. Thirteen paintings and photographs featuring Mount Juneau will be on view, along with four pieces of hiking gear, in the Map Case Gallery, all from the City Museum’s permanent collection. The exhibit will be on view through the end of 2017.

More information about these exhibits can be found on the City Museum’s website at: http://www.juneau.org/library/museum/.


Juried Art Exhibit

JAHC Gallery

Juneau Arts & Culture Center

Reception: 4:30–7 p.m.

January hosts the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council’s juried art exhibit, judged by Ketchikan artist Evon Zerbetz.


Alaska Positive

Alaska State Library

395 Whittier Street

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

The Alaska State Museum will be open until 7 p.m. with free admission starting at 4:30 p.m. This will be the last First Friday to see the 2016 Alaska Positive juried photography exhibit before Ben Huff’s photography lecture on January 20. The exhibit will then travel to the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka. The Alaska Positive Retrospective and a selection of fine art from the Alaska State Museum’s permanent collection will also be on display.


Attic sale

Annie Kaill’s

244 Front St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

No featured artist; goods from throughout 2016 will be on sale.


Artist search

Juneau Artists Gallery

175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

The Juneau Artists Gallery is looking for new co-op members. Come by to meet some of the co-op’s artists and find out about joining the Juneau Artists Gallery as a member artist. There will be information and applications on hand. Customers are all invited to come and enjoy treats while checking out new creations.


Sculptures of Shared Souls

Salon Cedar, Senate Building

Reception: 4:30 - 6 p.m.

A unique showing of wood and stone sculptures by Patti Hutchens Jouppi, “depicting the soulless of the medium.” More information at pattihutchensjouppi.com


Featured artist: Jim Fowler


917 Glacier Ave., #102

Coppa will continue to show works from Juneau artist Jim Fowler. First Friday will see the release of a new ice cream flavor - peanut butter brownie.


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