Two new venues host First Friday artists

Posted: Thursday, June 04, 2009

The First Friday Art Walk just got a little longer. This month marks the first time that two established local businesses, the Bentwood and Bead Gallery on Third Street and the Plant People on Seward, will host guest artists as part of Juneau's monthly cultural event.

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Courtesy Of David Riccio
Courtesy Of David Riccio

Here's a look at what's happening all along the route.

Bentwood and Bead

315 Third St.

Bentwood and Bead Gallery will feature their first guest artist, David Riccio, as well as new works by gallery owners James and Salty Hanes. An opening reception will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Riccio's work includes ceramic sculptures and vessels, digitally manipulated etchings and photographs, embossed paper, batiks on silk and wood-block prints.

"We are honored to exhibit various new works of the talented David Riccio in our gallery," said Salty Hanes.

Beadwork and fiber are Salty Hanes' media. She has on display moccasins, beaded bags, semi-precious stone jewelry, beaded pictures and, her most recent work, a baby belt in the Athabaskan style.

James Hanes, a luthier, will show violins, relief and reduction prints, wood boxes with carved lids and two new wood sculptures. He will also show a sculpture that incorporates a Tlingit copper mask by David Galanin and another with a Tlingit silver mask by Nick Galanin, both of Sitka.

The gallery, which opened in December 2008, is open six days a week (closed Fridays) from 10 a.m. -5 p.m. throughout the summer or by appointment, 463-1277.

The Plant People

224 Seward St.

The Plant People will also host their first-ever First Friday at their new location, 224 Seward St. The Plant People, a plant-care service provider as well as a full-service florist, will feature landscape photographs by local photographer Damon Stuebner. An opening reception will run from 4:30-7 p.m.

For details, call 523-9825.

The Canvas Community Art Studio and Gallery

223 Seward St.

Seven artists from the Arc of Anchorage will exhibit new work at the Canvas in June in an exhibition titled "Heart Songs." The Arc, founded in 1957, is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting community integration and quality of life for those who experience developmental disabilities, behavioral health issues or deafness. The artists featured in the show were all inspired by music in creating their work, and express their process of transcending disability through art.

For more information call 586-1750 or visit

Annie Kaills

244 Front St.

Candice Christie will be the featured artist at Annie Kaill's this month, in her first appearance at the Front Street gallery, and will show her collection of mixed-media collages. Christie's work is paint-based but also contains elements of collage, including paper, found objects and acrylics, as well as gold, copper and sliver foil or leaf.

For details, call 586-2880 or visit


350 Whittier St. (old Armory)

The Second Biannual Juried Art Show opens with a reception from 4:30-7 p.m.. at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Twenty-two local artists were selected by juror David Mollet to exhibit their pieces in the show, with media that ranges from oil paintings to photography to glass work.

The Juror's Choice award went to Jim Fowler, for his painting "Blowdown-Fish Creek."Honorable mentions were awarded to the following pieces (in no particular order):

"Jon on Big Chair" by Jane Terzis; "I Dream of Ships" by Margo Klass; "Shanlee & Kayla, Yupik Goddaughter and child" by Mary Ellen Frank; and "Reveler" by Patrice Helmar

Other artists in the show include Karen Beason, Linda Blefgen, Candice Christie, Barbara Craver, Christine Cooks, Tom Doran, Chris Grabowski, Rachael Juzeler, Sandra Mander, Monica O'Keefe, Magil Pratt, Rob Roys, Barbara Shepherd, Paul Voelckers, Tasha Walen, Mary Pat Wyatt, Richard Zagars.

For details, call 586-ARTS.

Ruby Room

Emporium Mall

Phoebe Rohrbacher will be the featured artist at the Ruby Room, and will display both painting and mixed media pieces. An opening reception runs from 4:30- 7 p.m.

Baranof Hotel

127 N. Franklin St.

Lawrence Diggs' digital paintings will be featured at the Baranof. Diggs is a professional tour guide in addition to an artist and is known for his innovation experimentation.

For details, call 586-2660.

Juneau Artists Gallery

175 S. Franklin St.

Nature photographer Michael Murray will feature a series of new landscapes at the Juneau Artists Gallery. Murray's work focuses on animal portraits and atmospheric landscapes, and the series includes photographs of familiar local scenes transformed by dramatic light and weather conditions.

Murray will be at the gallery to discuss his work during the opening reception, from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

For more information call 586-9891 or visit


120 Second St.

Alan Munroe will show his latest paintings at the Back Room at the Silverbow.

"A painting, at its beginning, is an unknown to me and is capable of taking on various direction depending on mood and relationships between basics like color and shape," Munroe said in an artist's statement. "Then from this nebulous start it becomes all about chance, randomness, chaos and making empirical choices to achieve visual balance."

for more information call 586-4146.


The artwork of 14 local students will be featured at KTOO in an exhibit organized by Tisket Sesler called "Tisket's Students." An opening reception will be held from 4:30-6 p.m.

Works featured will include oil pastels and mixed media pieces. The young artists involved include: Padraig, Maire and Carraig New; McKenna and Logan Lesmann; Megan Sheufelt; Riley Goldrich; Sinead Scholl; Reid Willis; Cheyenne Siverly; Harmony Wentz; Ukiah Engen; Bethany Graves and Katie Janes.

For more information call 586-1670.

Continuing Exhibits

Alaska State Museum

The museum will be open for First Friday and is free from 4:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. This is a chance for local residents to experience the museum's two major temporary summer exhibitions -- Da-ka-xeen Mehner's solo show "Self Constructions" and the Yupik exhibit "The Way We Genuniely Live," both on display through Oct 18 - as well as a newly installed permanent science display, "Science on a Sphere."

Juneau-Douglas City Museum

Fourth and Main

"Hoop Time: Gastineau Channel Basketball Through the Years" will be on display through November 21.

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