On the first Friday of each month, Juneau galleries, museums and shops open their doors for show and exhibit openings, artist meet-and-greets and more. Following is information about events available as of press time. All events and openings listed are on Friday, April 6 unless otherwise noted.
First Friday - April 6 040412 AE 1 For the Capital City Weekly On the first Friday of each month, Juneau galleries, museums and shops open their doors for show and exhibit openings, artist meet-and-greets and more. Following is information about events available as of press time. All events and openings listed are on Friday, April 6 unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

Story last updated at 4/4/2012 - 11:34 am

First Friday - April 6

On the first Friday of each month, Juneau galleries, museums and shops open their doors for show and exhibit openings, artist meet-and-greets and more. Following is information about events available as of press time. All events and openings listed are on Friday, April 6 unless otherwise noted.

To have your event listed here next month, send details to no later than one week prior.


114 W. 4th St.

Recepton: 4:30-7:30 p.m.

April First Friday at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum will include hand turned wood bowls by Chris Frary and a wood turning demonstration by fellow wood turner Kevin Miller.

Frary mainly uses local woods such as alder and rowan, also known as mountain ash, and semi-local woods such as aspen or birch to create salad bowls, potpourri dishes, candle holders, small candy dishes and wine stoppers.

Each of his pieces is built up from dozens to hundreds of individual pieces of wood that are glued together, then turned.

Frary's piece "In a Pinch Woodworking" is available for purchase in the Museum's gift shop until the end of April. It is made from alder, cottonwood, hemlock, willow cherry, maple, birch, walnut and exotic woods.

Miller will be conducting a wood turning demonstration from 5:30-6:30 p.m.


Third and Franklin Streets

Extended hours: Open until 7 p.m.

Wild Oven will feature new artwork in addition to fresh bread in conjunction with the First Friday gallery walk. Live music will be performed outside the bakehouse's entrance, weather permitting.


230 Second St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

This Friday, B's Bakery and Bistro is partnering with AWARE for Sexual Assault Awareness Month by displaying artwork made during AWARE's healing arts workshops at the Canvas Community Art Studio and Gallery in March. The healing art workshops were held to provide a safe and gentle place where women could create art in an open setting and give meaning to non-violence, to support loved ones an/or creatively express one's own unique self,

In addition to hosting the workshop art, B's will donate $1 for every cupcake sold during the month of April to AWARE in honor of survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence.


216 Second St.

Reception: 4-7 p.m.

The work of Kent and Julie Crabtree will be on display at the café during the month of April. The paintings exhibited will be the second of a two-part show, called "Cathexis." The first series of paintings hung at The Rookery Café during the month of March. "Cathexis" is defined as "the investment of mental or emotional significance in an activity, person, object or idea." Paintings included in the show are large-format acrylic paintings in both representational and abstract styles.


228 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Photographer Courtney Wendel will be displaying her exhibit "These Wild Ecstasies" which showcases a playful and detailed side of life in Southeast Alaska.

At 6 p.m. "Power of Words: Spoken Word and Performance Poetry", by CARES program students will be performed. Chapbooks with the poetry collection will be for sale.


223 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

The work of Nicole Bauberger will be on display during the month of April. With humor and insight, Bauberger explores the many personalities of ravens.

Bauberger writes: "When I look at a raven, the raven looks back. I feel like we're gazing at each other as equals. I can't fly, but the bird can't drive stick. If I'm stealing something from a raven by using its image it's nothing a raven wouldn't be perfectly willing to steal from me. When I paint a raven, the paint has to include some of the wildness intrinsic to the bird. Encaustic is a medium which also has a mind of its own, so it's great to paint ravens in."

Bauberger will also create a "See Through" installation between noon and 2 p.m. April 9-11. The installation will feature dresses built from cling wrap, packing tape and paper mache. She will give an installation and craft talk at 5 p.m. on April 12, and dresses will be on display April 12-4 at Bishop Michael Kenny Memorial Peace Park on Third and Seward Streets.


111 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-6 p.m.

The Rookery will be featuring new paintings by artist Kathleen Wayne.


219 S. Franklin St.

Beer tasting and live music: 4:30 p.m.

The Alaska Brewing Depot will feature live music accompanying the store's collection of brand new beer gear. Handcrafted truffles made with Alaskan Smoked Porter will be served, as well as samples of the new Freeride American Pale Ale and the season's first batch of the Alaskan Summer Ale. Taps open at 4:30 p.m. and live music by the Hillbilly Honies will begin at 5 p.m.


175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 5-7 p.m.

Swing into spring with new art in spring colors at the Juneau Artists Gallery. The artists at the gallery are confident that the season's first skunk cabbage will be peeking out by April's first Friday.


175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.


244 Front St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

April's featured artist will be jewelry artist John Ellis. Ellis makes jewelry using fossilized ivory.

Since the early 1970s when he first picked up a piece of ivory and a carving tool, Ellis has focused on transforming fossilized ivory into small masterpieces of wearable art. Working to highlight the unique beauty of each individual piece of ivory has continued to challenge and inspire him.

In May of 1991, Ellis opened the Raven's Journey Gallery with his wife, Kathy. Through many transformations of the Raven's Journey Gallery, his fossil ivory jewelry was always a huge draw, popular with tourists and locals alike. Since closing The Raven's Journey in October of 2009, Ellis has continued to spend time each year in his workshop, producing his unique jewelry. His work includes pendants, bracelets, and also earrings, hair clips and more.


114 S. Franklin St. (upstairs)

Reception: 2-7 p.m.

Aunt Claudia's Dolls, a museum, will be displaying the large collection of Claudia Kelsey's dolls and miniatures. In addition to this permanent collection, the revolving display area features figures from an extensive holding of Alaska Native dolls as well as others from Siberia, Canada, Lapland and Iceland.

Mary Ellen Frank's doll-making studio is located with the museum and will also be open for viewing. The Kelsey collection owner, Bea Shepard, will host the event.


127 N. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-6:30 p.m.

The Franklin Street Gallery will feature paintings by Constance Baltuck. Baltuck spent two weeks as the artist-in-residence in Kobuk Valley National Park, a remote area in Northwest Alaska. Her paintings from that experience will be displayed through the month of April.

Working in the wilderness required keeping materials simple and easy to carry in a backpack. Canvases were rolled for easy transport and were painted using just three colors. All the paintings in the show began in the Park. Despite challenges presented by constant wind, frequent rain showers, flying sand, bears and mosquitoes, Baltuck had a wonderful time and concluded her experience by leading a painting workshop in Kotzebue. The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council awarded Baltuck an Individual Artist Grant to help with travel expenses.

Other artists exhibiting at the gallery this month include: Cristine Crooks, Barbara Craver, Pua Maunu and Colleen Goldrich. A wine tasting is also available for a small cover charge.


350 Whittier St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

J. Kevin Burchfield will be present during the reception, signing copies of his recently released novel, "Full Moon Over Juneau."

The Juneau Arts and Culture Center is also hosting an opening reception for the 10th Annual University of Alaska Southeast Juried Student Art Exhibition. This year's guest juror is Juneau resident and artist Patrice Helmar. Work in the exhibition will include paintings, drawings, printmakings, sculptures, ceramics, photography and Northwest Coast artwork. The reception will showcase UAS artwork created during the current academic year.

The UAS singing group Alaskapella will perform in the JACC main hall at 6:30 p.m.


395 Whittier St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Margo Klass will exhibit "An Alaskan Book of Hours," a series of box constructions influenced by Alaska's natural environment. These constructions contain compositions of found objects - old tools, discarded game pieces, twigs, rocks - that re-interpret the medieval "Book of Hours" in terms of the 49th state. Here, the hours of the day become reflections on the changing light and rhythms of the seasons.

Cordova landscape painter David Rosenthal's new solo artist exhibit, "Landscapes," will also be on display. In the exhibit, Rosenthal presents a voluminous collection of work from all his travels since a 1987 show, as he says, "all the extraordinary places landscape painting has taken me." This includes the polar regions of Alaska and other Arctic areas, as well as six austral summers and winters at various locations across Antarctica.

"Earth, Fire and Fibre XXVIII," the biennial craft exhibition organized by the Anchorage Museum, will be on display through April 21. This is one the state's longest running juried exhibitions, showcasing Alaska artists working with traditional materials such as fiber, clay and wood.

Local artists featured in this year's show include Kay Field Parker of Douglas, whose "Haida Lightning Dance Apron," a traditional weaving with abalone buttons and deer hooves, was selected as one of the exhibit's six $500 awards.

Juneau sculptor Rachael Juezeler, whose work has appeared at various locations throughout Juneau but never at the Alaska State Museum, will also have a piece displayed.

the jewel box

248 Front St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

The Jewel Box is featuring jewelry designs by artist Meira T. Inspired by nature, she believes that nature is often at its best untouched, and uses rough gemstones and diamonds in her designs.

She has created her own gold colors in soft satiny yellow, white or rose gold jewelry, shimmering with tiny showers of diamonds. The collection is chic, sophisticated and feminine.