First Friday: Bright colors and Alaska motifs on display at December Gallery Walk

Posted: Thursday, December 01, 2005

Here is a comprehensive look at all the shows, available at press time, that are planned for Friday night's Gallery Walk:

• AD LIB, 231 S. Franklin St.: Juneau architect Pua Maunu will show more than 20 new oil paintings of Southeast Alaksa scenes; longtime resident Hali Denton will display her handcut greeting cards, and University of Alaska Southeast senior Daniel Buck will present 25 to 30 of his latest photographs of the natural world.

Tom Locher will play piano at the opening night reception, 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. The store will also be open 11-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, and 12-5 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4.

• ALASKA STATE MUSEUM, 395 Whittier St.: The museum will host a free opening reception for "The Best of Alaska Positive: 35 Years of Award-winning Photographs," a retrospective of the now-biennial statewide photography competition.

The juried event was held every year when it was started in 1970, but switched to every two years in 1987. More than 70 photographs, from 1971 to 2004, will be in the show. The exhibition will be on display through Jan. 28, at which point it will travel throughout the state.

• ALASKAN HOTEL AND BAR, 167 South Franklin St.: Jazz band Tres Feles has played the Alaskan during the last few First Fridays and will be back at the bar in the evening.

• ANNIE KAILL'S, 244 Front St.: The store will host some of its regular artists, including: Rob Roys, paintings; Karen Beason, nature prints on handmade paper; Yukon artist Nathalie Parenteau, widlife and landscapes; Brenda Schwartz, navigational charts with watercolors; and Sandra Greba, birdhouses and watercolors.

• BARANOF HOTEL, 127 N. Franklin St.: The University of Alaska Southeast students return, with their latest semi-annual art show at the hotel, 4:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. As usual, the exhibition will include a colection of acyrlics, oils, drawings, etchings, silkscreen and relief prints, silk fabric paintings, batiks and three-dimensional work in sculpture, clay, jewelry, Northwest Coast basketry, carvings and collage.

• CENTENNIAL HALL: Lucid Reverie presents the Best of the Northwest Film Festival at 8 p.m.

• CHA, FOR THE FINEST, 289 S. Franklin St.: John Svenson's original watercolors, David Mirabile's latest knives and Cha's forays into ivory, bone, gold and glass work will be featured at the store.

• CHANGING TIDES, 175 South Franklin St., second floor: "Tools of the Trade," new paintings by Juneau artist Charity Green inspired by working Alaskans.

• FIRE & ICE, 495 S. Franklin: Includes original watercolors by Fairbanks artist Nikki Kinne and new abstract and scenic images from Brent Keeney.

• GALLERY OF THE NORTH, 147 S. Franklin St.: Includes new work by Scott McDaniel, Arnie Wiemer, Ann Miletich and Jason Ford.

• HANGAR BALLROOM, Merchants Wharf: Kennicott employee Charles Whipple, known for his oil paintings hanging in the Hangar on the Wharf and the hallway that runs through the building, has reserved the ballroom for his first commercial show, 4-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2. Expect about 40 new and old works, as well as a selection of fine wine and cheese.

• HEARTHSIDE BOOKS, 254 Front St.: Jack Hermle and Elton Engstrom will be at the downstore from 12-2 p.m. Friday to sign copies and discuss "Life on the Nugashak." From 5-8 p.m., Jean Rogers will sign "King Island Christmas" and Nick Jans will have copies of "Grizzly Maze."

• HERITAGE COFFEE, 174 South Franklin St.: Lahna Deering and the Rev. Neil Down, formerly based in Southeast Alaska and now operating out of Memphis, Tenn., stop at the coffee shop from 5-8 p.m.

• JUNEAU ARTISTS GALLERY, 175 South Franklin St., suite 111: Amanda DeTienne, a Juneau resident since 1996, will display her latest pencil drawings of animals and Alaska wildlife as December's featured artist at the gallery. Self-taught, DeTienne began her career in Montana, following her grandfather on his horse ranch. She has also learned from her great-uncle, longtime Juneau photographer Jack Hermle.

DeTienne has a series of drawings at Bacar's on Seward Street. Her gallery show may include clay models, fashion drawings and paintings and portraits of werewolves and vampires.

• JUNEAU ARTS AND HUMANITIES COUNCIL, 206 North Franklin St.: Juneau artist Heidi Reifenstein will display a collection of new paintings, embroidery and requilaries in "Simple Mindfulness," her first solo show in more than two years.

• JUNEAU-DOUGLAS CITY MUSEUM, 114 W. Fourth St.: The annual Native Arts and Crafts Fair, now in its ninth year, returns to the museum from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and 12-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3.

The show includes silver, ivory, soapstone and wood carvings; regalia; beadwork; woven baskets; halibut hooks and more. Wrangell's Ria Swanson, a Tlingit gold and silver carver, is the featured artist.

• KTOO COMMUNITY ROOM, 360 Egan Drive: Dick Adams, executive director of the Zimbabwe Artists Project, will be on hand to share applique work from 60 to 70 women of the Weya communal village, a 100-square-mile area in the northeast part of the country. Preview and presentation: 4:30-6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1; reception and show: 4:30-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2.

• LITTLE CITY GALLERY, 171 Shattuck Way, upstairs Emporium Mall: Little City will have new work by eight artists. Russ Haight, city police officer, will show his oil depictions of small airplanes. Lauren Yocom will display her abstract expressionistic oils. Dorinda Skains, a well-known muralist in town, will show her latest small acrylics.

The exhibition also includes Rebecca Canaday's oil pastels; Devita Stipek Writer's oils; Monica O'Keefe's watercolors and acrylics; Liz Stahl's photography; and Rob Korpela's acrylics and oils.

• MINER'S MERCANTILE MALL, 255 Front St.: Members of the Alaska Photographic Arts Association will be showing their work from 4:30-10 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, in the group's latest semi-annual show.

The photographers include: John Hyde, Shar Fox, Matt Moorlag, Lance McVay, Iris Korhonen, Bob Armstrong, Brent Keeney, Jason Grove, Merrill Lowden, Marilyn Holmes, Michael Penn, Jason Soza, Steve Christianson, Buddy Ferguson, Michael O'Hollaren and Joe McCabe.

• PARADISE CAFE, 245 Marine Way: Yukon artist Nicole Bauberger will show small 2-by-2-inch acrylics, and Jane Stokes will display her latest watercolors.

• RAINY DAY BOOKS, 113 North Seward St.: Juneau artist Deb Munsell will display a collection of her pastels at the store during the Friday walk.

• THE RAVEN'S JOURNEY, 435 S. Franklin St.: Sitka artist Reggie Peterson and a group of carvers will be featured in the store's annual Gallery Walk carving circle. The complete list of carvers was unavailable at presstime.

• RIE MUNOZ GALLERY, 2101 North Jordan Ave.: Alaska artists Rie Muñoz and Dale DeArmond will show new and old paintings and wood blocks at Munoz's gallery in the valley.

• RUBY ROOM, 171 Shattuck Way, downstairs Emporium Mall: Jay Crondahl, 70, born in Juneau in 1935 and a resident for all his life, will have his first solo show. Crondahl paints abstracts and Juneau scenes and also dabbles in woodcuts. An opening reception will be held from 4-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, and the space will also be open Saturday and Sunday. Call 586-3440 for hours.

• SILVERBOW INN, 120 Second St.: Juneau jazz band Fleet Street (Vicky Van Fleet, vocals; Jim Noel, piano; Tom Meyer, drums; Doug Bridges, saxophone; and Sandro Lane, guitar) returns to the Back Room from 5:30-9 p.m. for a night of blues, jazz, originals and Christmas tunes.

Admission is free, the bakery will be open and wine will be served.

• SOUTHEAST ARTWORKS, Nugget Mall: The store's brand new location in the Nugget Mall will feature Arnie Weimer, John Hyde, Herb Bonnet, Buddy Ferguson from 5-9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2, and 12-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 3.

• STUDIO 154, 154 S. Franklin St., second floor: Chris Beanes and Jason Donig will display an exhibition of their paintings and photography in

their studio, accessed by the door to the right of Alaska Liquor Cache. The space will be open to the public through Sunday.

• TWO CROW STUDIO AND GALLERY, 245 Marine Way, above Paradise Bakery: Jacob Higgins, lead singer of Juneau death-metal stalwarts Old Goat, will show a recent collection of anguished demon-scapes, surreal fantasy and bizarre still-lifes. The month-old studio is open during Gallery Walk, as well as Saturday.

• VALENTINE'S COFFEE SHOP, 111 Seward St.: Jim Fowler will show a collection of his new landscape paintings. A reception is planned for 4 p.m.

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