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George Kuhar will display works of various media at The Ruby Room in the Emporium Mall. Photos courtesy of Ellen Anderson and George Kuhar.


Ellen Anderson's fiber works will be on display at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center gallery.

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Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Story last updated at 3/4/2009 - 11:02 am

First Friday March 6
This month's exhibits range from traditional to unique

ANNIE KAILL'S, 244 FRONT ST.

The March First Friday event will feature painter Pia Reilly of Petersburg, Alaska. Reilly will be showing her latest original paintings, which feature bright, cheerful layers of color using a thick watercolor technique. Also featured for March First Friday will be Juneau jewelry artist Colleen Goldrich. Colleen will be presenting new jewelry she has been working on over the winter: a mix of metals, beadwork and pearls worked into affordable one-of-a-kind pieces. The work of Colleen's son, Max Goldrich, will also be introduced. Max has been honing his metalworking craft and will be showing metal rings and other jewelry items.The event will take place from 4:30-7 p.m. on Friday.

JUNEAU ARTS & CULTURE CENTER, 350 WHITTIER ST.

The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council will feature the work of fiber artist Ellen Anderson. A transplant from California in 1990, Ellen Anderson has continued to pursue her interests in nature and needlework. Trained as a biologist, but secretly a fiber art enthusiast, Ellen designed and stitched pieces for herself and others. Ellen uses fabrics and stitching as her "paints" to portray the natural world. By experimenting with surface design, manipulation, layering and stitching, she tackles the challenge of achieving the color, texture and essence of her subjects. Most of her work has been representational, but lately she has also been exploring the realm of more abstract interpretations.

An opening reception will be held Friday from 4:30-7 p.m. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 12-4 p.m. Saturday.

ALASKA STATE MUSEUM, 395 WHITTIER ST.

Two artists whose creations are rooted in very different aspects of American culture will each have solo exhibitions at the Alaska State Museum. The Friends of the Alaska State Museum will host an opening reception for the artists from 4-7 p.m. The artists will be in attendance.Stron Softi is a Ketchikan-based artist who is blurring the distinctions between traditional Northwest Coast art and fine art in general, while Jeremy Kane, from Juneau, comments on folksy, blue-collar Americana through his colorful ceramic creations. The Kane exhibition is on display through April 11, the Softi show until April 18.

CITY MUSEUM, 4TH & MAIN

This Friday from 4:30-7:30 p.m., the museum will highlight the "Quest for Statehood" digital stories that were created by students from Floyd Dryden Middle School during the 2007/08 school year. The Juneau-Douglas City Museum ventured into this new realm of exhibits with the help of 92 local middle school students.

JUNEAU ARTISTS GALLERY, 175 S. FRANKLIN ST.

Les Howard is the featured artist at the Juneau Artists Gallery in March. He will be at the gallery to discuss his treenware and other woodturnings during opening reception on Friday. Howard describes the term "treenware" as being derived from the Middle English "treen," which meant small wooden object, which came from "treowen," which meant tree or wood in Old English.

New for this year are his round, lidded treen boxes turned from Southeast Alaska woods including Douglas Maple, Mountain Ash and Red Alder. At the larger end of treenware is a pair of cereal or small soup bowls turned from Mesquite, each with a hand-carved spoon of Southeast Alaska Douglas Maple.Les has also created a selection of pens and pencils turned from Alaska woods and exotic or domestic woods.

THE RUBY ROOM, EMPORIUM MALL

A solo exhibit by George Kuhar will open this Friday with a reception from 4:30 to 7 p.m.

Kuhar transplanted to Juneau from Austin, Texas, a few years ago. Upon his arrival, he underwent kidney failure, an experience that would influence the title piece of this show. "Covered," a dress made of $530,000 worth of insurance claims, was worn by Bridget Cross in the 2009 Juneau Wearable Art show and will be on display. The other works include photographs, paintings of spray paint and stencil infused landscapes, and gospel influenced mash-up music.

THE CANVAS, 223 SEWARD

"PULSE," a group invitational exhibit will feature local artists. The only rules for the exhibition is that the work be finished recently and previously unshown. The show hopes to give a glimpse of what Juneau artists have been doing over the dark winter months. An opening reception will be held Friday from 4:30-7 p.m.

The Canvas will also be hosting a bowl throwing marathon to benefit the Glory Hole's Empty Bowl fundraiser. Students currently enrolled in Canvas classes are donating their time to make bowls from 1-7 p.m. The public is welcome to stop by and watch.

Gallery hours are Monday from 12-8 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m


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