First Friday sans tourists belongs to Juneau

Posted: Thursday, September 30, 2010

The last cruise ships have left the harbor, and now Juneau can bask and rejoice in a First Friday that officially is sans touristas - well, aside from the few who have missed the boat, have decided to winter in the capital, are lost or are traveling by a less scheduled form of transportation.

Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire
Klas Stolpe / Juneau Empire

At any rate, Juneauites walking downtown will be treated to an exciting evening of art this Friday, one that includes a public opening for a new Sydney Laurence painting at the city museum and two group art shows supporting longtime local artist Alice Tersteeg, at the Canvas and Annie Kaills. There's also a strings-and-suds pairing at the Alaskan Brewing Co.'s downtown satellite featuring musicans from the Juneau Symphony, and a Lynn Schooler booksigning at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center lobby.

Also at the JACC building is an opening by Charity Green, "True Story," her first local show.

At age four Green became aware of colors, lines, shapes, and elements... things most youngsters walking the halls of a grade school would notice. But Green noticed them for reasons that eclipsed simple recognition, interpreting them onto paper, cardboard, in the sand, in the air, and in her mind - anywhere she could imagine a canvas she could imagine a painting.

Now in her early 30s, Green, although known for fine detail, has approached her latest showing with an enthusiastic and more broadly stroked interpretation of how "awesome and challenging" life in Alaska is.

"I think I am known for more traditional and naturalistic oil paintings," Green said. "My works featured in "True Story" depart into a more colorful, design-based and multi-media realm."

Green's works are memories of her adventures, stories shared by friends and loved ones, and the quiet times in between. Green stated she did not choose her final designs for commercial success but ones that she fell in love with and then mentally organized in a surf shack in Yakutat.

"These are nothing like what folks have seen me do before," Green said. "They are new and challenging but they do tell my true story, an Alaskan lifestyle I hope others relate to that is adventurous, wild, troublesome and amazing."

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