Here’s a look at what’s scheduled for the First Friday Art Walk this month in Juneau.
First Friday Art Walk 020316 AE 2 Capital City Weekly Here’s a look at what’s scheduled for the First Friday Art Walk this month in Juneau.

"Cloudscape" by Constance Baltuck

Ceramics by Mercedes Munoz

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Wednesday, February 03, 2016

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First Friday Art Walk

 Here’s a look at what’s scheduled for the First Friday Art Walk this month in Juneau.


Comic art by Anna Bongiovanni

Alaska Robotics Gallery

220 Front Street

Reception: 4:30-7 pm

Alaska Robotics Gallery will host queer activist Anna Bongiovanni in February. Bongiovanni’s comics explore queer community, body trauma and recovery, sexism, misogyny, homophobia and transphobia.

Bongiovanni’s visit to Juneau will include two free workshops, cohosted by Juneau Public Libraries. The first, The Nuts and Bolts of Zine-Making!, will be held Thursday, Feb. 4 at the Valley Library from 5-8 pm. The second workshop, Honesty in Comics, will be offered Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Douglas Library from 1-5 pm. See more details on page 3.


KINETIC: A Solo Exhibit of Paintings by Avery Skaggs

Juneau Douglas City Museu

Fourth and Main Streets

Reception: 4:30-7 pm

“KINETIC” is an exploration of mark making, created by Juneau artist and REACH client Avery Skaggs. The paintings are a representation of Avery’s physical presence as captured over the course of days and months of work on each piece.

Skaggs and his support team from the Canvas Art Studio and Gallery will talk on the topic of his art making and life as an exhibiting artist on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 10:30 am-12 pm.


Woodwork by Robert Fletcher and paintings by Constance Baltuck

Annie Kaill’s

244 Front St.

Reception: 4:30-7 pm

Annie Kaill’s will feature two artists for the month of February: Robert Fletcher and Constance Baltuck.

Woodwork artist Fletcher will show a selection of his wood bowls and other wood work items hand crafted from primarily local wood such as Alaskan Mountain Ash, Alaskan Sitka Spruce and Alaskan Red Alder. Nearly all of the trees that provided the wood were cut down for other reasons, such as landscaping, house building or windfalls. Fletcher has been involved in woodworking to some degree since middle school, and now that he’s retired, he’s been able to make it more of a focus of his daily life.

Painter Baltuck will show a selection of her latest original paintings, primarily acrylics on canvas. Her images include landscapes from around Juneau and from her travels around the world. Baltuck has been drawing, painting, and showing her work in Alaska since 1982. Her first show at Annie Kaill’s Gallery was in 1984.


“Good continuation,” new works by Mercedes Muñoz

The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery

223 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 pm

Juneau artist Mercedes Muñoz will show a selection of recent works at the Canvas, where she works as the ceramics studio manager. Her functional porcelain pieces tie in to her love of drawing through the use of decals, gold luster, and china paints.

Muñoz, granddaughter of highly regarded Alaskan artist Rie Muñoz, grew up in Juneau and Tenakee Springs and received her BFA in Studio Arts with an emphasis in ceramics at Montana State University, Bozeman.


New work by member artist Ella Johnson-Bentley

Juneau Artists Gallery

175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 pm

The Juneau Artists Gallery will feature long time member artist Ella Johnson-Bentley as the featured artist for the month of February. Johnson-Bentley’s artistic talents include beaded jewelry, beaded flower bouquets, miniature waxed linen baskets and fiber art.

At Friday’s opening, she will be presenting several new embellished and embroidered wall hangings. Find out more about the gallery at


“Have a Heart for SAIL” event

The Rookery Cafe

111 Seward St.

Reception: 4-6 pm

Southeast Alaska Independent Living will host a “Have a Heart for SAIL” event at the Rookery on First Friday. The event will include an artist reception and a silent auction from 4-6 pm, and a ticketed dinner with a select menu beginning at 6:30 pm. Dinner costs $65, with proceeds going to support SAIL’s mission to inspire independence for seniors and people with disabilities throughout Southeast Alaska.

Artists who created work for the show at the Rookery include Joel Abbott, Patti Baumgartner, Jeff Brown, Fabienne Peter Contesse, Julie Crabtree, Jay and Judy Crondahl, Electra Gardinier, Claire Geldhof, Jeanette St. George, Lily Hope, Laura Hosey, Jordan Kendall, Lilly Killibear, Rhonnie McMaster, Jorden Nigro, SueAnn Randall, Elizabeth Spence and Linda Vallie.

To find out more, visit


Featured artists Doug Chilton, Renee Culp and Rhonda Butler

Walter Soboleff Building

105 S. Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-8 pm

Sealaska Heritage Institute and the Sealaska Heritage Store will host featured artists and give away a Valentine’s Day gift basket at the Walter Soboleff Building for First Friday. Artists will include Doug Chilton, Renee Culp and Rhonda Butler. During the First Friday reception from 4:30-8 pm, SHI will offer free admission to Shuká Hít (the clan house), and the store will offer special discounts, including 40 percent off chocolates and coffee and 20 percent off selected apparel. SHI will pick the gift basket winner by drawing names at 8 pm. The winner does not have to be present at the drawing to claim the prize.


Mixed Media work by Alexandra Bookless

JAHC Gallery

Juneau Arts & Culture Center

Reception: 4:30–7 pm

Juneau artist Alexandra Bookless will show a selection of mixed media pieces at the JAHC Gallery. She is a 2010 graduate of Juneau Douglas High School and a current Bachelor of Art candidate. Bookless' first-ever solo exhibit will include pieces inspired by her time traveling and living in Alaska and the Yukon, and reflects her interest in how the environment in the Pacific Northwest shapes people, and vice versa. The exhibit includes paintings, drawings, and ceramic work.


Abstract landscapes by Monica Daugherty


917 Glacier Highway

Reception: 4:30–7 pm

Juneau artist Monica Daugherty will show all new paintings inspired by walks around Juneau in this exploration of place through memory.


“Words From the Heart” photo booth by Janelle Quimpo and jazz by Tom Locher

Kindred Post

145 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7:30 pm

Kindred Post will host a “Words From the Heart”-themed live photo booth installation from local photographer Janelle Quimpo, and live jazz by Tom Locher.


Continuing: “Walkabout” by Jerry Smetzer


360 Egan Drive

Reception: 4–7 pm and mini-seminar from 6-7 pm

Jerry Smetzer’s 10 oil-on-canvas paintings depict ‘a young woman’s journey through time, and her exploration of events which describe and illuminate our humanity,” according to the artist.

As part of the First Friday event, there will be a mini-seminar and question and answer from 6 to 7 pm. Smetzer will discuss the theme and development of the panels, and will demo some of the images and multi-media techniques used. The mini-seminar will be held in the downstairs conference room at KTOO.


Photography by Kent Chastain

GCI’s downtown store

118 Seward St. 

Reception: 4-6:30 pm

Kent Chastain is a photographer who recently moved to Juneau from tropical Kauai with his wife Deborah. A photographer for the past 30 years, he is now living on Fritz Cove Road. His show is entitled “From the Porch and Beyond.”




Tasting of three new beers and live music by Soul Review

Alaskan Brewing Co. Depot

219 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 pm

The Alaskan Brewing Company Depot will be featuring three new brews: SMaSH Mosaic, Jalapeno Imperial IPA, and Hopturn IPA. There will be light snacks, as well as the R&B sounds of Soul Review.


Free First Friday yoga class

Rainforest Yoga

Emporium Mall

Free class: 5:15-6 pm

Rainforest Yoga is offering 45 minutes of yoga led by Rainforest’s Lindsey Kirchhoff. This is a class for all levels. Rainforest is located above Gold Town Nickelodeon Theater in the Emporium Mall.