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First Friday openings include new exhibits at state museum

Posted: Thursday, February 03, 2011

Here’s a look at the galleries and businesses hosting opening receptions for artists this week.

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Courtesy of Brandon Hauser
Courtesy of Brandon Hauser

“AFTER” by Tim Remick and “Sand and Snow” by Barry McWayne

Alaska State Museum

395 Whittier St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Two photography exhibits will open Friday: Tim Remick’s “AFTER” and the late Barry McWayne’s “Sand and Snow.”

Remick’s solo exhibition will feature large-scale portraits that aim to explore the intricacies of the human face. His subjects are climbers of Denali, North America’s highest peak. Remick used his camera to capture what he calls “a curious mix of adrenaline, reflection and exhaustion all in the same instant.” Remick currently works as an adjunct professor of photography at Alaska Pacific University and the University of Alaska Anchorage in addition to operating his freelance photography business. “AFTER” will be on display through March 12.

“Sand and Snow” will feature photographs by McWayne, a longtime artist and photography advocate who died in August. In his more than 40 years in Alaska, he created and oversaw the photographic department at the University of Alaska before retiring in 2007. His other accomplishments in the realm of photography are numerous, and his work appears in many collections throughout the country. The works in “Sand and Snow” juxtapose frozen scenes found in Alaska with images of the Southwestern U.S., where McWayne traveled annually with his friend Charles Mason. Mason, along with McWayne’s wife, Dorli, have curated the exhibition, which will be on display through March 26.

Continuing exhibits include “The Alaska Game Show,” which will be on display through Feb. 12, as well as exhibits in the museum’s permanent collection.

Mixed Media Exhibition by
Lissa Kramer and Kartikasari Klaresta

JAHC Gallery

Juneau Arts & Culture Center

Reception: 4:30–7 p.m.

Lissa Kramer and Kartikasari Klaresta, members of the ongoing group venture Studio 211, will show a range of mixed-media work that runs the gamut of what they’ve been up to in the past year, as well as a few pieces of earlier work.

Kramer and Klaresta’s work exposes the influences of their different life paths. Kramer uses imagery associated with text to explore different facets of language and culture. Her earlier work ponders word play and vocabulary while her more recent pieces mine the textures of etiquette through time. Klaresta, raised in Bali, is heavily influenced by traditional batik design. She uses seemingly morbid symbolism to open an underworld filled with promise and new beginnings.

Recent Works by Ed Parish

The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery

223 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Ed Parish’s art is an expression of his animated storytelling. His inked images depict both his reality and fantasy and include self portraits, drawings of familiar people, buildings, time, and food. Parish is uninhibited in his creation of both 2D drawings and theatrical arts, evoking his inner super hero when assuming the role of Clark Kent, Superman, or Spiderman.

His Canvas show includes recent drawings, paintings, mixed media, and a short film. His creative process and work is an inspiration to discover and embrace the superhero that lives in each of us.

Alaska Living History and Photo Exhibit

Alaska Litho at Copy
Express

228 Seward St.

Reception: 4-7 p.m.

Alaska-history storyteller John H. Venables, dressed in character as William Henry Seward, will be signing his new book “Journey to Statehood.”

In addition, wilderness photographer Ron Gile, the grand-prize winner of Alaska Litho’s 2010 photo contest, will display photographs of Southeast Alaska.

Jewelry by Colleen Goldrich

Annie Kaill’s

244 Front St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Goldrich will feature handmade jewelry in sterling silver, gold, bronze, as well as freshwater pearls and semiprecious stones including a number of pieces following the Valentine’s Day theme... heart pendants, red and pink beads and pearls, and more.

“People and Places,” photography by Aaron Jacobs and Mary VanderJack

The Plant People

224 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Photographer Aaron Jacobs will show landscape photography, and Mary VanderJack will display a selection of portraiture and fine art photography.

Dark beer and chocolate tasting

Alaskan Brewing Depot

219 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

The downtown depot will feature a First Friday sampling of select Alaskan Beers — including Amber, Stout and Smoked Porter — paired with chocolates.

New work by Basement Studios artists Tasha Walen and Lincoln Farabee

Juneau Artists Gallery

175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Tasha Walen and Lincoln Farabee, of Basement Studios, will show their recent glasswork.

Dreams of Silken Seas and Floating Microbes: Exploring the Boundaries of Order and Chaos,” silk paintings by David Riccio

Franklin Street Gallery, Baranof Hotel

127 N. Franklin St.

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

Riccio’s silk paintings are made by painting fiber-reactive dyes on stretched silk, using a wet-on-wet painting technique.

“I am intrigued by abstraction and abstract art,” Riccio says in his artist statement. “The process of making abstract art for me involves creating a tension between intentional images and pure unstructured abstractions. I like to work somewhere between the pure randomness of chaos and the obvious tensions of recognizable image. Over the years I have investigated the use of computer algorithms in making images and fractals. I have looked at the fractal-like structures that appear in nature, like rivers, aerial photos, cloud formations, veins in trees, water drops hitting a pond’s surface and tried to learn from all of them. “

The show honors the passing of one of Riccio’’s personal heros, Benoit B. Mandelbrot, who died in October.

The Franklin Street Gallery will continue to show the work of Constance Baltuck, Barbara Craver, Cristine Crooks, Pua Maunu and Jane Stokes.

“Memories of What Will Be,” recent work by Phoebe Rohbacker

Juneau-Douglas City
Museum

Fourth and Main streets

Solo artist Phoebe Rohrbacher explores the importance of trying to understand the past with regard to its affect on the future in her exhibit “Memories of What Will Be,” a collection of paintings that looks at past, present, future and irrevocable loss.

Rohrbacher was awarded a Project Grant in 2010 from the Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Grant program. This grant provided for a new studio space, which allowed her to try bigger canvases, models for figurative drawings and more flexibility with using oil paint. “Memories of What Will Be” runs through Feb. 26.

Booksigning with Toby Harbanuk’s “10,000ft: Aerial Photos of Southeast Alaska”

Hearthside Books downtown

First Friday booksigning: 4:30-7 p.m.

A life-long Alaskan, Harbanuk’s outdoor photography reflects his passion for Alaska’s glaciers, mountains, waterways and wildlife, especially as viewed from above, inside, or underneath. He is an avid kayaker, climber, hiker, and artist. His work has been exhibited in Southeast Alaska and in Anchorage.

In addition to photography, Toby’s professional background is in information technology, aviation, and tourism. He is also a volunteer firefighter and EMT in Juneau.

“Harmony within the Unexpected,” photography by Brandon Hauser

The Rookery Cafe

111 Seward St .

Reception: 4-8 p.m.

Brandon Hauser’s latest collection of color photography includes images from Chile, Peru and Juneau.

The Rookery kitchen will be serving food, including pizza by the slice, through 8 p.m.

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 is a Juneau museum displaying the large collection of Claudia Kelsey’s dolls and miniatures.

In addition to their extensive permanent collection, the museum will show figures from the sunny southern climates, including the Reed Schonfeldt collection of Arizona kachinas, fetishes, miniature rugs and pottery. Mary Ellen Frank’s doll making studio, located with the museum, will also be open for viewing.

Frank, the collection curator, will host the event with the Kelsey collection owner, Bea Shepard.



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