First Friday openings include Jacob Higgins, Rob Roys

Posted: Thursday, October 01, 2009

Here's a look at what's going on around town for this month's First Friday.

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Call & Response: Visual art and writings by Donna Jane Griffin and Rick Morrison

Where: The Canvas community Art Studio and Gallery, 223 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7:30 p.m., with live music beginning immediately afterward

Details: Call and Response is a collaboration of two distinct art forms (visual art and creative writing) carried out by two different artists, Griffin and Morrison where one part is created as a response to another piece. The artists each created about 40 pieces and exchanged them in this joint creative project.

Also, One Aisle Over's Josh Lockhart, Naomi Hooley, and Chris Fannin will perform an acoustic set at the Canvas before heading to Portand to work on their first album. They will be introducing new music as well as sharing stories from their summer tour.

The concert is pay as you can with money going to band.

Locals appreciation event

Where: Juneau Artists Gallery, 175 South Franklin Street

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Details: The Juneau Artists Gallery's Locals Appreciation Event, held Friday and Saturday, celebrates the end of the tourist season and the start of the autumn rainy season. Everything in the gallery will be on sale at least 15 percent off, with many items reduced even more. Extended hours will run from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday.

Book signing with Juneau author, Marge Hermans Osborn

Where: Hearthside Books, downtown, Franklin and Front streets

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Details: Juneau author Marge Hermans Osborn has just published a new book titled "Four Walls against the Wind: Finding our Alaska Dream." Written as an on-the-spot journal, this modern Alaska adventure story unfolds over a period of 12 years, as the author and her husband work to build their dream cabin on a remote waterfront site in Southeast Alaska.

For more information, contact: Katrina R. W. Pearson at or 789-2605.

New work by Jacob Higgins

Where: Juneau Arts & Humanities Council Gallery at the JACC, 350 Whittier St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Details: Higgins, who grew up in Juneau, has been a practicing artist in a variety of capacities for the past 10 years. He has hosted five previous solo art shows, the first of which was at the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council Gallery in October of 2000. He has also been featured in numerous group shows. He has been commissioned locally, nationally, and abroad to create stage props, album covers, and T-shirt designs. He has a reputation for exploring the macabre, and for this reason is often slated for showings around Halloween.

New work by Rob Roys

Where: Annie Kaills, 244 Front St.

Reception: 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Details; Roys chose to focus on the human form for his latest collection of paintings. He painted every possible stage of life, from baby-on-the-way to the 'Imaginary Burial' where Rob ponders his own demise on canvas.

Roys has been working on this collection throughout the summer and into this fall. So about half of the paintings are bright and happy, featuring references to ancient mythology with whimsical flourishes such as splashes of color and gold stars. The other half were obviously painted after fall set in, featuring a more pensive mood and painted solely in black and white.

Presentations and exhibitions

Where: The Alaska State Museum, 395 Whittier St.

Reception: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.,

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, there will be a series of presentations about "Our Place Among the Planets," led by Dolly & John Kremers, volunteers with the Marie Drake Planetarium.

Saturday, Oct. 3, the museum is offering a free Yup'ik Traditions Family Festival from 12 noon to 3 p.m. and will be led by "Ossie" Kairaiuak, a Yupik Eskimo raised in the subsistence village of Chefornak, Alaska. Kairaiuak is a member of the renowned Alaska Native pop music group "Pamyua."

The festival is geared toward students in grades K-8 and is based around the current exhibit "Yuungnaqpiallerput: The Way We Genuinely Live."

Other events

Theatre in the Rough's Friday in the Rough (see details on page C1).

UAS Evening at Egan's series "Rogue Cops, Elegant Criminals, and the Popular French Crime Novel" in the Egan Lecture Hall. (see page C3).

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