Other First Friday art exhibits and events around town

Posted: Thursday, October 02, 2003

EMPIRE GALLERY: Champions of the abstract, the Empire Gallery will stay in its space at 235 Second St. through at least October, despite a pizzeria's plan to take over the property.

Local artist Jim Heumann has temporarily taken over the reins from vacationing manager Heidi Reifenstein and has organized a show highlighting works from the Empire's Thursday evening life-drawing sessions.

Artists include Barbara Craver, Jamie Foley, Lila Graham, Heumann, Pua Maunu, Jerry Smetzer, Jane Stokes, David Woodie and others. Media will include acrylics, pencils, charcoals and pastels.

The show opens at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, as part of the First Friday art walk.

"You have everything from people who are very much beginners to what I would call real seasoned artists," Heumann said.

The Thursday drawing sessions, 7-9 p.m., are open to all artists and all media. The sessions have drawn six to 12 artists on average, Heumann said. Participants pay $10 for one night or $20 for four nights. The models are nude and pose for 30-second, five-minute, 10-minute and 25-minute poses.

Heumann has painted for three or four years and began figure painting one year ago while taking an oil painting course at University of Alaska Southeast taught by Jane Terzis.

"It's the ultimate landscape in a sense," Heumann said. "You can paint a picture of mountains or a lake, and most people will realize what it is. With a picture of a person, you have to devote a certain amount of concentration to get it right. Otherwise you're not going to recognize a person."

ROCK PAPER SCISSORS: Christian Racich, a 33-year-old photographer who captains a fast-ferry catamaran at Allen Marine in the summer, will display a collection of still-lifes, portraits and black-and-white images at Rock Paper Scissors, 245 Marine Way.

The show opens at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, in conjunction with the First Friday art walk.

Racich lives in Juneau in the summer, and in Bellingham, Wash., in the winter. His photos have been published in the Juneau Empire, the Anchorage Daily News and various snowboard magazines and Web sites.

He was unavailable at press time.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS CITY MUSEUM: The museum's Hands-On History Children's Room will reopen from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, with a public reception and a pinwheel construction workshop. Refreshments - licorice, jelly beans, taffy and apple juice - will be served.

Children's activities continue Saturday with a quilting workshop from 1-3 p.m. Kids can sew a heart ornament. There's a $3.50 materials fee.

Saturday, Oct. 4, continues Children's Room activities with the opportunity to learn about quilts by sewing a simple heart ornament from 1-3 p.m. A $3.50 materials fee is required.

The museum will offer a mixed-media art class, Altered Books, with instructor Gretchen Barnes, from 12:30-3:30 p.m., Oct. 4, 11 and 25. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.

For more information call 586-3572.

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