Juneau's annual Gallery Walk, a highly anticipated event held the first Friday of December, will feature a wide variety of local and regional art to admire and procure this holiday season. From paintings to prints to photography, dozens of original art pieces will be on display throughout downtown and beyond. Below is a roundup of exhibit openings.
Juneau Artists Gallery
175 S. Franklin St.
Ceramic artist Gordon Harrison, the featured artist for the month of December at the Juneau Artists Gallery, will present several new glazes and designs, including sushi plates and Christmas platters. He has also created framed fish prints in the Japanese "gyotaku" tradition.
Harrison is a sport fisherman, and his art has been inspired by the abundance, diversity and beauty of marine life in Southeast Alaska. He began making plates and platters decorated with images of local fish and crab some years ago, initially for his own use and for gifts, and he has been selling these items at the gallery for more than two years. He also makes ceramic fish from a plaster mold taken from a real fish.
Making fish prints was the next step for Harrison. Instead of taking an impression in plaster, the artist dries the fish thoroughly, fixes it to a board with its fins and tail flared, and inks it. Then he presses Japanese paper or fine cotton cloth over the fish. Harrison says for him, the artistic appeal of these images is their expression of both realism and ethereal abstraction.
The work of the 25 other member artists of the gallery also will be on display during Gallery Walk and the month of December.
Valentine's Coffee House & Bakery
111 Seward St.
"Hunting for Color - New Plein Air Landscapes" by artist Jim Fowler will be the featured work at the downtown coffee shop for the month of December. An opening reception will be held from 4 to 8 p.m.
Rie Munoz Gallery
2101 N. Jordan Ave.
Celebrated local artist Rie Munoz will have her new tapestry titled "Bear in Town" on display during Gallery Walk. The tapestry, which sells for $25,000, was made in Aubusson, France, and measures 54 by 65 inches.
231 S. Franklin St.
A new collection of original oil paintings of the Juneau area by artist Puanani Maunu will be featured at the downtown gallery. The opening reception held from 4 to 9 p.m. will include live jazz music with Tom Locher.
Back Room at the Silverbow
120 Second St.
Juneau photographer Jason Soza will display a show titled "Kuvia Suomesta: Images of Finland" during December at the Back Room. An opening reception will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m.
With photos from Helsinki on Finland's southern tip to high above the Arctic Circle, Soza's exhibit captures similarities between Finland and Alaska - like reindeer roaming the streets of käslompolo, much like moose roam the streets of downtown Anchorage, and vast landscapes dotted with lakes and birch.
Soza's photographic style lends itself to bright, contrasting colors and minimalistic compositions, although a range of styles finds their way into his work every now and then.
Douglas Room at the Baranof Hotel
127 N. Franklin St.
Art students from the University of Alaska Southeast will exhibit their work from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the downtown hotel during Gallery Walk.
Students will exhibit work from various art disciplines including ceramics, painting, drawing, sculpture, mixed media, printmaking, photography and Northwest Coast Native art. Many pieces will be for sale. This exhibition is a one-night-only event.
171 Shattuck Way
The Ruby Room will have the new works of the Lucid Reverie crew on display during the month of December at the gallery located downstairs in the Emporium Mall downtown. Art enthusiasts are encouraged to stop by on their Gallery Walk journey for an opening reception from 4 to 8 p.m. to "sample some delicious food and buy some delicious art."
174 S. Franklin St.
Juneau artist Paige Bridges will show new oil paintings during the month of December at the downtown coffee shop. Bridges' paintings display a style she has spent the last 15 years developing. In addition to the singular style and colors, the texture is very carefully developed. The paintings are thick with paint - several of them have 15 years of applications of thin layers of oil paint.
Juneau Arts & Humanities Council gallery
350 Whittier St.
"Making Waves," an exhibition of new work with an aquatic theme by Doris Alcorn and Colette Oliver, is on view for the month of December at the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council. An opening reception will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the gallery located in the Juneau Arts & Culture Center.
Also, in the lobby, there will be a separate exhibit: "Technology & Fine Art," displaying University of Alaska Southeast student art pieces created using digital technology. Some of the artists exhibiting their work are Kent Crabtree, Linda Blefgen, Cathy Carney, Tom Bornstein, Antonia Elstad, Alan Baldwin, DK Skains and Rob Korpela.
During the reception, the Rendezvous will be selling Alaskan Amber and Winter Ale, donated by Alaskan Brewing Co. to benefit arts council. In order to reduce waste, pint glasses can be purchased along with the beer.
223 Seward St.
REACH artists will bring a bit of Juneau's outdoors indoors during the month of December. The community gallery will feature nature-inspired art from the REACH-affiliated artists during the Gallery Walk reception.
Raven's Journey Gallery
435 S. Franklin St.
Tlingit Master Carver Reginald B. Peterson Sr., of Sitka, will join Ray Watkins, of Juneau, and Duane Bosch, of Hoonah, for a carving circle and display of new work at the downtown gallery from 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday.
Everyone is invited to meet the artists, learn more about Northwest Coast-style woodcarving, and view work in progress as well as recent creations by these and other artists. Gallery owner Johnny Ellis has new fossil ivory jewelry in rarely seen colors and the gallery will also be showcasing newly arrived carved silver bracelets by Sitka artist Nicholas Galanin.
The Creating Place
175 S. Franklin St.
A crafter's showcase will be the featured work for the month of December with the focus on new crafters promoting a "Handmade Holiday." An opening reception will be held on Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. The showcase will feature handcrafted "cozy items" and more by Tanna Peters, original prints, paintings and gifts by Jenyfer Lewis, and original jewelry by Anji Gallanos.
Juneau-Douglas City Museum
114 W. 4th St.
Meet local Alaska Native artists and learn as they demonstrate techniques and sell their wares at the city museum. Silver, ivory and wood carvings, woven baskets, beadwork, halibut hooks and more will be displayed for sale from 4:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, and from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 6.
This event is co-sponsored by Sealaska Heritage Institute and the Juneau-Douglas City Museum.
244 Front St.
Several artists will be featured during the Gallery Walk at Annie Kaill's beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Friday. The gallery will host watercolor artist Sandra Greba, abstract artist Rob Roys, book and paper artist Sherri McDonald, and paper artist Karen Beason.