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Anji Gallanos' jewelry will be on display at the Juneau Artists Gallery.

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Elise Tomlinson's paintings will be featured this month at Annie Kaill's.

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Sarah Asper-Smith will show prints and more at the Mainstay Gallery in Ketchikan.

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Story last updated at 4/29/2009 - 11:19 am

First Friday May 1


The Ruby Room will feature recent carvings by local glass artists Tasha Walen and Lincoln Farabee from Basement Studios.

Walen and Farabee have spent the winter capturing images from the Juneau area, which they have translated into carved glass panels. Walen began glass carving and engraving last year under the instruction of Jiri Harcuba and April Surgent at the Pilchuck Glass School in Stanwood, Wash. Walen has recently been awarded a scholarship to continue her studies with Harcuba this summer at the Corning Glass Museum in Corning, N.Y. Both Walen and Farabee will study at Pilchuck this summer pursuing interests in glass kiln casting, glass blowing and cold shop techniques.

An opening reception will be held Friday from 4:30 to 7 p.m.


May's featured artist will be Juneau artist Elise Tomlinson. Tomlinson paints landscapes paired with the female form.

Originally from Nebraska, Tomlinson earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Alaska Anchorage focusing mainly on printmaking and oil painting. She went on to receive a Master of Library and Information Science from the University of Hawaii Manoa. She has worked at the University of Alaska Southeast since 1999 where she is currently an associate professor of library and information science.

Color has become the central component of her compositions and an element she truly craves, Tomlinson said.

"For years I've set figures against a colorful yet nonobjective background which morphs slowly into an abstract landscape," Tomlinson said. "The landscapes, part of recognizable settings are even more apparent with the use of plant life local to our region. I have integrated the female form with the complementary shapes of the natural world."

An opening reception will take place from 4:30-7 p.m. on Friday. A reception with the artist in attendance will follow on Friday, May 8 from 4:30 to 7 p.m.


The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council will feature the work of Sharron Lobaugh. The show is titled "50 Years of Mendenhall" and will feature her work as well as photographs by Jack Hermle, Art Sutch, Ron Kline, Merridy Magnessen, David Geolette, Brian Wallace, Mindy Lobaugh and Tony Pope. The photographs have been taken over time and document the glacier's recession.

Lobaugh has been painting the Mendenhall for over 30 years. One of her watercolors of the glacier painted in the mid-1970s was accepted as the only watercolor in the Alaskan Smithsonian Exhibit in Washington, D.C. Last summer, she chartered a helicopter to fly her above the glacier so she could paint it from a bird's-eye view.

A special community forum will begin at 5 p.m. with members of the Mayor's Scientific Panel on Climate Change.

An opening reception will be held Friday from 4 to 7 p.m.


This Friday will mark the opening of a solo exhibit by Fairbanks artist Da-ka-xeen Mehner. Mehner's prints, photos and multimedia works will be on display. An opening reception sponsored by The Friends of the Alaska State Museum will be held on Friday from 4:30 to 7 p.m.


May's featured work at the gallery will be Ruby's Hill jewelry by Anji Gallanos. Gallanos' work features Alaskan sea glass, gemstones and hand-forged metals in modern and contemporary designs with a strong focus on organic line, shape and form. Gallanos describes her artwork as "inspired by nature and each piece is uniquely hand crafted with a story to tell."

Gallanos is committed to creating with reclaimed or found objects. The sea glass she uses has been reclaimed after being smoothed by the tumbling of the ocean. She also uses reclaimed silver and findings from vintage or restored jewelry. The name "Ruby's Hill" comes from her grandmother, who was a source of inspiration.

Ruby's Hill jewelry is available at the Juneau Artists Gallery along with the work of two-dozen other members of the gallery.

An opening reception will be held on Friday from 4:30 to 7 p.m.


For the first three Fridays of May, The Canvas will hold REACH art studio sales. All proceeds will go to support The Canvas. Each Friday, the sale will be open from 4 to 7 p.m. On May 15, the sale will be followed by a performance by One Aisle Over from 7 to 8 p.m.



The Mainstay Gallery's May exhibit will feature the work of Juneau artist Sarah Asper-Smith. The show will feature fine art prints of the herds, schools, gaggles and parades of the animal world. There will be an animal and its grouping for every letter of the alphabet, such as a "smack of jellyfish" and a "murder of crows." Also on display will be t-shirts, note cards, magnets and other goodies. An opening reception will be held on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.