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First Friday to feature juried, glass, fiber art

Posted: Friday, February 06, 2009

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Courtesy Of Kari Groven
Courtesy Of Kari Groven

244 FRONT ST.

The Front Street gallery will feature a collection of recent works in marble dust by Juneau artist Karen Suderman. Titled "Holding onto Juneau," the works are atmospheric, abstract representations of Juneau's myriad landscapes. An opening reception runs from 4 to 7 p.m.

FRANKLIN GALLERY

BARANOF HOTEL

A solo exhibit by Alan Munro will open 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. tonight at Franklin Gallery in the Baranof Hotel. This exhibit represents roughly 40 years of Munro's selected works, except for a 1967 self-portrait, otherwise, the work being shown was done in Juneau from 1971 to 2009.

"It is a mixture of the past, present and future," Munro said. "Future work provides the most excitement for me, as they exist only as a concept in my mind."

Munro's work will be exhibited through March.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS CITY MUSEUM

FOURTH AND MAIN

The Juneau-Douglas City Museum will open its fifth annual "12x12" community art installation exhibit on Friday with a reception beginning at 4 p.m.

The original idea for the 12x12 exhibit was inspired by "an inch of art" program at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wis. Ellen Carrlee, former curator of collections and exhibits, heard about the program and the museum adapted it to create the 12x12.

In addition to the 12x12 pieces, a 6x6 activity table will be open to any visitor who wants to create a piece of art on the spot. Finished pieces are added to the wall, so the exhibit will grow throughout the month.

In 2008 the museum teamed up with MK MacNaughton of the Canvas Community Art Studio and Gallery to offer a class for youth to create 12x12 artwork. Last year, MacNaughton worked with several kids to create Andy Warhol style artworks; this year the focus shifted to working with found objects.

ALASKA STATE MUSEUM

395 WHITTIER ST.

The state museum will open its 32nd All Alaska Juried Art Exhibition with a reception hosted by the Friends of the Alaska State Museum from 4 to 7 p.m. The exhibit gives Juneau residents and visitors an opportunity to view current and cutting-edge Alaska art.

Encompassing a variety of works, from paintings and sculptures to photographs and embroidery, the biennial exhibit will be on view through March 21.

Organized and mounted last fall by the Anchorage Museum, the Juried Art Exhibition was chosen by curator Jari-Pekka Vanhala of the Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art in Helsinki, Finland. Vanhala selected the exhibition from 573 pieces submitted by 177 artists from around Alaska. The final selection included 67 works by 34 artists. Of these, 38 artworks are in the Juneau show.

Vanhala gave the $1,000 "Best Of Show" award to Stron Softi of Ketchikan for a large photographic work titled "Not for Sale Poster 1, Sliver Hand, Silver Spooner Organ Grinder." Additional awards of $500 each went to Deland Anderson of Homer, Anne Aube of Palmer, Samantha Elliott of Palmer, Denise Heimel of Wasilla, Bonnie Landis of Anchorage, and David Rosenthal of Cordova.

Winter hours at the museum are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

JUNEAU ARTS & CULTURE CENTER

350 WHITTIER ST.

The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council will exhibit a group show in February featuring the work of four local glass studios. The group includes Tasha Walen and Lincoln Farabee from Basement Studios, Heidi Johnson from Raven's Eye Studio, Scott Feldmann from Blasted Dimensions, and Nell McConahey from Spiral Studios.

Walen and Farabee will show their new collaborative multimedia work, which fuses encaustic painting with glass panels and glass panel carvings.

Johnson will display work that uses traditional stained-glass paints in combination with fused glass. In this installation she is also exploring the use of Vitri-fusaille in functional pieces such as lighting and tableware.

Feldmann will display his glass etchings and carvings, which are accomplished by using different abrasives and pressures during the sand blasting process.

McConahey's work will include her stained-glass mirrors, which incorporate local shells or stones and other found objects that evoke memories, happiness or just a desire to gaze. Her kiln-worked glass will also be on display.

An opening reception will be held Friday from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

JUNEAU ARTISTS GALLERY

175 S. FRANKLIN ST.

The featured artists at the Juneau Artists Gallery in February will be Keith and Jackie Garnick of Lighthouse Glass. A First Friday opening reception will be held from 4:30 to 7 pm.

The Garnicks will feature their signature pieces, lighthouse kaleidoscopes, as well as many other items that fall into the "usable art" category, including monocular kaleidoscopes, jewelry boxes, night-lights, candleholders, and sun catchers, hand-mirrors and business card holders.

At this show, the Garnicks will celebrate the crafting of their 200th lighthouse kaleidoscope by giving this creation to one lucky person through a drawing at the gallery. No purchase is required to enter the drawing, and entry is limited to one per person. The drawing will be held Feb. 28 and the winner will be notified March 1.

THE RUBY ROOM

EMPORIUM MALL

The Ruby Room will host Jeaneil Johnson, an artist who has been working in watercolors and oils for the past 30 years. An opening reception will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the gallery, located behind Heritage Coffee in the Emporium Mall.

Johnson and her husband, Bruce, raised three daughters in Atlin, British Columbia, and their remote lifestyle gave them access to some of the most isolated and scenic parts of Alaska and Northern Canada. Johnson says she finds beauty in the small things in nature, as well as the vastness of the Last Frontier.

THE GLORY HOLE

247 S. FRANKLIN ST.

The Glory Hole will present "Out of the Cold," an exhibit featuring Glory Hole patron art as well as work by Juneau artists, including Phoebe Roerbacher, Rob Roys, Rosie Milligan and others.

The Glory Hole is now under the direction of a new executive director, Mariya Lovishchuk.

THE CANVAS

223 SEWARD ST.

Leslie Vianne's exhibit "Introspect vs. Retrospect: A Life of Fiber Works" will be featured at the Canvas during the month of February. Vianne, an avid knitter and fiber artist, will display examples of many different types and patterns of knitting, including lace, aran, felted knits and intarsia. Some pieces are made with handspun, hand-dyed yarns and are the product of many years spent studying and teaching these techniques.



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