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A peek inside local artists' spaces

David Woodie sits in his painting studio in the Emporium Mall downtown prior to last year's event.  Courtney Nelson / For the Juneau Empire
Courtney Nelson / For the Juneau Empire
David Woodie sits in his painting studio in the Emporium Mall downtown prior to last year's event.

For the second year in a row, the Franklin Street Gallery at the Baranof Hotel has organized a month-long series of artists’ studio visits – it's a great opportunity for locals to learn more about their favorite artists and to introduce themselves to those they may not know yet. The list of those participating is impressive, and includes some of Juneau’s most prominent local artists. A total of 15 artists in all responded to the open call.

First Fridays are really fun, but there’s often not enough time or room to speak with artists personally. These studio visits can create that room, giving us a chance to talk with artists directly, ask questions, and get a look at works in progress, as well as to check out the artists’ creative environment. In some cases, visitors will be able to purchase art directly from the artists while visiting the studios.

The month-long event gets started on First Friday, with an opening reception showcasing the participating artists’ work. At the opening, you can pick up a copy of the flyer that lists the open studios for the month. Or go online to /sites.google.com/site/juneauopenstudios/home.

Here’s a look at what’s offered in the coming weeks.

This Saturday downtown, Rob Roys, well known for his abstract acrylic paintings, will be in his studio in the Valentine Building between 12 and 4 p.m. The door to his studio is just to the left of Lisa Davidson’s boutique, at 119 Seward St., up the stairs, in room #5.

Over in Douglas, Cristine Crooks, who paints in pastels and oils, will also open her studio from 12-4 p.m. Saturday. She is located on the beach, at 2124 Second St. in Douglas

Just down the road from Crooks, Timi Johnson, who paints in oil, will be inviting the public in between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday. She also lives at 1660 Second St. in Douglas.

In the Valley, Michelle Morell will open her doors between 12 and 4 p.m. Saturday, at 9205 Emily Way. Morrell does printmaking, painting and pottery.

And Mostapha Beya, who paints in acrylic on canvas, will open his studio on both Saturday and Sunday from 3- 7 p.m. He lives at 4032 Granite Drive in the Valley. Beya will continue to have open studio hours every weekend of October.

Next weekend, Oct. 13 and 14, offers three more visiting opportunities, two of which are in the same building.

Pua Maunu, who paints in oils, is available to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 13, in her downtown studio, located at 603 11th St. in the basement.

Nancy Rosel-Brown is also available at the same time, in the same space. Rosel-Brown works in oil.

A bit further afield, Sharron Lobaugh, at 3340 Fritz Cove Road, will open her studio on two Saturdays, Oct. 13 and Oct 20 from 12-4 p.m. Lobaugh works in watercolor.

The third weekend in October, Oct. 20 and 21, start downtown in the Arcticorp Building, with Barbara Craver’s studio, in room 406 at 418 Harris St. downtown. It will be open from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20,. Craver works in acrylics, oils and pastels.

In the same building, Jane Stokes and her watercolor paintings will be accepting guests from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 20, in room 401.

Out the road, Dan Fruits will be taking visitors from 12:30-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20, at his house at 19191 Randall Road, mile 19 of Glacier Highway. Fruits works in oils.

On Sunday, Oct. 21, David Woodie will open his downtown studio beginning at noon. Woodie, who works in oils, is located in room 212 in the Emporium Mall downtown. He will open his studio the following Sunday, Oct. 28, during the same hours.

Also downtown on Sunday, Oct. 21, Jerry Smetzer will be at 226 Troy Ave., in the highlands. Smetzer, who works in oil, will open his studio from 12-4 p.m.

During the final weekend of the month, MK MacNaughton, who works out of her downtown studio called Sketch at the corner of Front and Main Streets, will show her latest work, including oil paintings, charcoal drawings, and repurposed sculpture, She’ll be there from 12-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 28.

David Riccio will open his studio during the same period, 12-4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 28. out in Lemon Creek, at 5750 Glacier Highway. His work includes ceramics, paintings and digital art.  

For more details pick up a flyer at the Franklin Street Gallery, go online to sites.google.com/site/juneauopenstudios/home or email juneauopenstudios@gmail.com.

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