First Friday

An especially festive evening downtown

Posted: Thursday, July 02, 2009

Most galleries will be open and hosting opening receptions from 4:30-7 p.m. on July 3, as this month's first friday coincides with pre-july 4th activies around town. Here's a look at what's going on.

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Courtesy Of Sara Tabbert
Courtesy Of Sara Tabbert

Ruby Room

Emporium Mall

Paintings by Linda Miller will be featured at the Ruby Room at the Emporium Mall. An opening reception will be held from 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Linda Miller has lived in Juneau with her family for about 14 years and considers it home. While attending Juneau Douglas High School she excelled at drawing, and with the help of her peers she began to realize her capabilities as an artist. In her junior year, Miller was featured in the Statewide Student Juried Art Show, and took second place with a portrait of a friend. Soon after high school she was back in the classroom at the University of Alaska, taking lessons in drawing and painting.

Although she had never been interested in painting before, she took a painting class in the fall semester of 2007 and fell in love with the medium. Miller's paintings are described as impressionistic, and yet realistic.

350 Whittier St.

At the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, Sara Tabbert will show "Cut and Color, " a collection of woodcut prints, relief carved panels, and printed collages. An opening reception runs from 4:30 - 7 p.m.

Tabbert moved back to her hometown of Fairbanks nine years ago, and works out of her new studio in Goldstream Valley. She holds an MFA in printmaking from the University of Nebraska, and has exhibited actively in Alaska as well as outside of the state. She has completed several public art projects for the state's 1 percent for art program and Fort Wainwright, and is currently working on a series of carved panels for the Mat/Su Junior-Senior high school.

This past December, Tabbert exhibited in the solo artist series at the Anchorage Museum. Her work will be shown this summer in Fairbanks and Juneau, and a new set of prints go on exhibit at the Cullom Gallery in Seattle in November.

For details, call 586-2787 or visit

The Canvas Community Art Studio and Gallery

223 Seward St.

Potter Joyce Payne will exhibit new work at the Canvas Gallery during the month of July. An opening reception will be held from 4:30-7 p.m.

In an artist statement, Payne says "I pay special attention to how my functional pottery can be used every day to bring art into people's lives; enhancing their experience with food and drink, adorning homes and working areas, and providing a necessary ritual to nourish the soul and mind as well the body."

This show will feature serving vessels, wall tiles, flower frogs, and other hand-thrown items.

For details, call 586-1750 or visit

Juneau Artists Gallery

175 S. Franklin ST.

The fiber art of the Bag Ladies will be featured at the Juneau Artists Gallery for the month of July. The Bag Ladies, Barb Mitchell and Carol Burrows, are the newest members of the gallery, and will both be at a reception from 4:30-7 p.m.

Mitchell specializes in one-of-a-kind crocheted handbags. Her day bags frequently use blends of as many as six different yarns for texture and color interest. She particularly enjoys updating vintage patterns from the '40s and '50s or creating her own designs with asymmetric flaps, vintage button closures and surprise linings. Most recently, she has begun creating collage panels for her felted bags using the techniques of needle felting and fusing fabrics with a soldering iron. Since she has done beadwork, and many kinds of embroidery in the past, she often adds those embellishments.

Burrows makes a variety of fiber articles, from Alaskan luggage tags and scarves, to hats and purses constructed from all kinds of fabric and materials. Styles span from whimsical, to elegant, to items reflecting nature. This fall, Carol will begin studies at the Gail Harker Creative Studies Center in Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island in Washington. This experience will offer training in surface design and embellishment, among many other skills.

The Bag Ladies creations are available at the Juneau Artists Gallery, along with the work of the two dozen other member artists of the gallery, located in the Senate Mall Building downtown at 175 South Franklin.

Back room at the Silverbow

120 Second St.

Nan Lathrop will display her acrylic paintings, including landscapes, at the Back Room gallery. A reception will be held from 4:30-7:30 and will include appetizers . Beer and wine will also be available for purchase.

For more information, call 586-4146.


395 Whittier St.

To help kick off the Fourth of July festivities, the Alaska State Museum will be open until 9 p.m. and will be free to the public beginning at 4 p.m. In addition, The Friends of the Alaska State Museum will be selling popcorn outside the museum as a fundraiser. The museum will be closed on Saturday, July 4.

Four exhibitions are currently on display at the museum. "Yuungnaqpiallerput (The Way We Genuinely Live): Masterworks of Yup'ik Science and Survival" explores the ways traditional Eskimo culture developed tools and technology for living in the harsh sub-arctic environment of western Alaska. "Self Constructions" features recent contemporary artworks by Da-ka-xeen Mehner, an artist of southeast Alaskan Tlingit ancestry. "Creating Alaska" is an historical exhibition commemorating the 50th anniversary of statehood and the creation of Alaska's constitution. And "Science on a Sphere" is a room-size exhibit featuring a six-foot diameter suspended globe upon which can be projected various kinds of information about the Earth and solar system. This new permanent exhibit is presented with the support of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

For details, call the museum at 465-2901.

Annie Kaills will not have a July First Friday artist. The Juneau Douglas City museum will be closed.

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