Downtown arts walk growing each month

Posted: Thursday, February 06, 2003

This First Friday Art Walk could be the biggest yet, according to organizer Leah Sturgis.

"It's so great to see people supporting our arts community and having fun with this," Sturgis said. "Every month more and more people tell me, 'Oh, this is my first time doing this.' "

The walk is a monthly event in which downtown galleries stay open late and hold receptions for newly installed exhibits. Galleries, businesses and restaurants mark their participation by stringing red balloons outside their shops.

Sturgis, Amy Fletcher and several other Juneau artists run the Rock Paper Scissors gallery. This month Rock Paper Scissors will show the work of Juneau-Douglas High School students Sarah Joy Elliott and Phoebe Rohrbacher. Elliott and Rohrbacher will show pieces done primarily for their studio art class in oils, charcoal and watercolors with subjects that include themselves, Lou Reed and imagined landscapes.

"My artwork has a lot of cityscapes in it. I like the strength in city shapes and the little bit of change from the landscapes we see here every day," Elliott said. "A lot of my ideas for paintings come out of little doodles I make - pretty much whatever is in my subconscious comes out on the page."

The Juneau-Douglas City Museum, which has been closed for a month for some electrical upgrades, will have a first Friday opening reception for an exhibit of wearable art. The show will feature "Waste," a cotillion dress artist Bridget Milligan made completely from discarded plastic packaging materials. "Waste" won in last year's Wearable Art Exhibition. Guest curator Susan Arnold calls the creation "a style of the past with the waste of future."

Wearable art creators Lila Ann Krohn, Miah Lager, John Leo, Emily Windover, Percy Martin, Pua Maunu, Heidi Refenstein, Lavena Sargent, Judy Shuler and Joe Ellen Traylor have pieces in the show.

This Friday is the last day to catch solo shows "Rescued and Resuscitated," by Carol Hilgemann and "... is this not an urgent matter?" by Don Mohr at the Alaska State Museum. The artwork can be viewed online at

Other new exhibits include a show by David Woodie opening at the Empire Gallery called "Self portrait with stumps and body parts," and an exhibit of glass hearts at Cha, watercolors and prints by Alice Tersteeg at Annie Kaill's, and "Art and Eros" at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council gallery.

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