First Friday openings

Posted: Thursday, March 03, 2011


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courtesy of Marianne Manning
courtesy of Marianne Manning

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

Portraits & Landscapes by Marianne Manning

The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery

223 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Manning’s work includes portraits, landscapes and a mermaid series inspired by her granddaughter.

“People who view my paintings see my life,” she wrote in an artist’s statement. “My faith, family, friends, and places I have traveled. I love closing the door in my small studio space and being lost in my painting: taking a blank white canvas, and with a bit of oil paint, watching a child’s personality appear, a moment or feeling I have watching a sunset, or early morning wave captured in time.”

“Focus on Photos,” the seventh annual 12 X 12 Community Art Installation

Juneau-Douglas City


Fourth and Main streets

Reception: 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Exhibit runs March 4 - 26, 2011

This year’s community art installation centers on the theme “Focus on Photos.” Each entry contains a photograph, but how the photograph was used is up to the artist.

Leather coats from Kodiak Coat Company’s Bridget Milligan.

Paradise Cafe

245 Marine Way

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Kodiak Coat Company’s Milligan will be debuting an entirely new line of leather coats at this First Friday opening, which also celebrates the seasonal reopening of Paradise Cafe.

Opening: 33rd All Alaska Juried Exhibition

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

Alaska State Museum

395 Whittier St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

The 33rd All Alaska Juried Exhibition will be on display for the first time in Juneau. The 44 works were chosen were from a pool of 433 submissions, evaluated by juror Michael Darling, the Jon and Mary Shirley Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Seattle Art Museum.

Darling granted the Juror’s Choice Award to Anchorage artist Maria Shell for her quilt, titled “Colors Unfurled (aka, If Betsy Ross Had My Stash).” Winners of $500 awards included Maria Shell, Hal Gage and Bonnie Landis of Anchorage, Jessie Hedden, David Mollett and Rachel Mulvihill of Fairbanks, and Stron Softi of Ketchikan. Julie Decker of Anchorage received an honorable mention.

Media in the exhibition include textiles, paintings, photographs, ceramics, prints, video, encaustic and mixed media.

Also on display at the museum, Tim Remick’s “AFTER” and the late Barry McWayne’s “Sand and Snow.”

Photography by Cam Byrnes

Juneau Artists Gallery

175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4-7 p.m.

Cam Byrnes will be the featured artist for the month of March at the Juneau Artists Gallery. Byrnes will have a number of new local photographs along with his new line of photo magnets.

Alaska Native fine art

Ravensong Gallery

127 S. Franklin St., Suite B

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Gallery owner and Tlingit carver John Hughes will show bentwood boxes, and artist Kathy Rado will show a sea otter blanket and other works. This will also be the opening reception for the new gallery. 

Weaving Exhibit by Della Cheney and her students

JAHC Gallery

Juneau Arts & Culture Center

Reception: 4:30–7 p.m.

Cheney’s work includes red and yellow cedar bark weaving, Ravenstail weaving, and spruce root weaving. She teaches both traditional and contemporary styles, and has taught over 150 people from children to adults to weave. This show is a group exhibit featuring work by Cheney and some of her students.

Jewelry by Leah Sturgis

Annie Kaill’s

244 Front St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Jewelry artist Leah Sturgis, a former Juneauite, will be back in town for a trunk show One weekend only.

Pottery from nine potters including James Voelckers of Juneau

The Bear’s Lair

Senate Building, 175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7:30 p.m.

The Bear’s Lair will highlight its selection of pottery on First Friday, featuring the work of nine potters, including James Voelckers of Juneau. Pottery will be 15 percent off that night. The shop carries the work of 100 artists, 55 of whom are from Alaska.

6th annual Juneau School District Elementary Art Show

Nugget Mall

The Elementary Art Show is currently on display at the Nugget Mall and will be up through Sunday, March 6. The show is coordinated by the elementary art program and features two pieces of art from each elementary classroom in the district.

Photo Exhibit And Book Release for “Hidden Alaska: Bristol Bay and Beyond”

Silverbow Back Room

Recpetion: 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

National Geographic photographer Michael Melford and writer Dave Atcheson teamed up to produce “Hidden Alaska,” a compilation of Bristol Bay images and stories.

Atcheson will give a book-reading at 6:30 p.m. and will be available to sign book copies at the event.

Food, Fun and Photography

Alaska Litho at Copy Express

228 Seward St.

Reception: 4-7 p.m.

Meet Southeast outdoors photographer Scott Foster, who will have large format prints on display throughout the shop, and sample appetizers and desserts inspired by Cooking With Alaskan Beer, printed at Alaska Litho and available at the event.

Through the Eyes of a 3-year-old

The Plant People

224 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

My First Friday for March,

This month’s show at the Plant People features a father and son duo: 3-year-old photographer Thaine Sanders and his dad, painter and graffiti artist Colbe Sanders.

Spring Into Art

Franklin Street Gallery, Baranof Hotel

127 N. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

The Franklin Street Gallery invites visitors to try their hand at painting with a variety of mediums while enjoying the paintings of artists Constance Baltuck, Barbara Craver, Cristine Crooks, Puanani Maunu and Jane Stokes. Wine tasting available for a small cover charge.

Seasons of Subsistence: Native Life in Bristol Bay, photography by Nick Hall

The Rookery Cafe

111 Seward St .

Reception: 4-8 p.m.

Nick Hall’s photography exhibit on Native life Bristol Bay will be on display at the Rookery.

Aunt Claudia’s Dolls museum

114 S. Franklin St., 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.

First Friday sampling

Alaskan Brewing Depot

219 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Alaskan Brewing Depot downtown will be offering a First Friday sampling during the Art Walk.

They will also host a special showing of “Tailgate Alaska: The Movie” Last-minute registration forms for the High Gravity Games will be accepted!

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