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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, May 4, unless otherwise noted.
Juneau's First Friday round-up for May 4 050212 AE 1 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, May 4, unless otherwise noted.

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"Playing Dead" by MK MacNaughton, one of the pieces on display at Sketch Studio this month.

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Story last updated at 5/2/2012 - 1:02 pm

Juneau's First Friday round-up for May 4

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, May 4, unless otherwise noted.

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

"Sydney Laurence: Reflections of the Great Northwest," 13 original paintings

"A Klondike Tale: A Juneau Perspective" by Averyl Veliz

Juneau-Douglas City Museum

Fourth and Main streets

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

"Sydney Laurence: Reflections of the Great Northwest" explores the life and art of Alaska's foremost landscape painter. This exhibit contains 13 original paintings by Sydney Laurence, including two from the City Museum's collection, three from the Alaska State Museum's collection, six from the Juneau Empire's collection, and the remainder from private collections.

"Sydney Laurence: Reflections of the Great Northwest" will be on display through Nov. 17.

"A Klondike Tale: A Juneau Perspective" is a continuation of local artist Averyl Veliz' idea for an animated film project about the contact between Westerners in search of gold and the Tlingit. A combination of history, tall-tale and myth, the pieces in this exhibit all relate to Juneau.

Originally from Healy, Veliz now lives in Juneau with her family. Her grandfather worked at the AJ mine and her mother grew up in Juneau. As a young child, Veliz visited her grandparents each summer and developed a strong interest in Tlingit culture, formline design, and the Klondike Gold Rush. Her life experiences and historical research have inspired her to write and visually develop this original tale.

"A Klondike Tail: A Juneau Perspective" is on display in the audio/visual gallery through Sept. 29.

New work by the Franklin Street gallery's contributing artists

Franklin Street Gallery, Baranof Hotel

127 N. Franklin St.

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

The Franklin Street Gallery will feature a new display of work by local painters Constance Baltuck, Barbara Craver, Cristine Crooks and Puanani Maunu.

Grand opening

Adorn

Located in the courtyard behind Paradise Bakery, between Marine Way and Franklin Street

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Adorn's first First Friday event will feature original works by the boutique's five contributing artists: Dresses by Bridget Milligan and Dani Byers, jewelry by Deb Gregoire and Amy Fletcher, and ceramics by Louise Kuntz-Tadda.

Grand opening

Alaska Robotics Gallery

220 Front St., next to the Gross Alaska Theatre

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

This new gallery will feature work by the Alaska Robotics crew (Pat Race, Aaron Suring, Lou Logan and others), Sarah Asper-Smith, and other artists, with a focus on animation, film and comics.

The shop will also carry a wide selection of graphic novels.

Summer store hours for the Alaska Robotics Gallery are Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Friday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m.-4 p.m.

"Light of a Clear Blue Morning," new oil paintings by Elise Tomlinson.

JAHC Gallery

Juneau Arts & Culture Center

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Douglas artist Elise Tomlinson's new series of paintings was inspired by photographs Tomlinson has taken around the Juneau and Douglas area over the past year. Paintings inspired by these photos include skunk cabbage in the spring, devil's club and fireweed in the summer, russet-colored mountaintops in the fall, and a view from the Black Bear lift at Eagle Crest mid-winter.

Around half of the pieces include women enjoying solo outdoor activities, such as reading in a hammock, playing the guitar in a rainforest, or stopping to feel the warmth of the sun.

Tomlinson said it's sometimes hard to work directly from photographs, especially when she's painting places she knows intimately. "I've had to make compromises, choose between remaining faithful to the source material or creating paintings that are more visually balanced, in the end I usually go for balance. Ultimately I'd rather capture the essence of a place than create an exact replica."

"The Subtext of Being Good," a joint show by MK MacNaughton, Sarah Newsham and Christy NaMee Eriksen

Sketch Studio

Corner of Front and Main Streets

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Local artists MK MacNaughton, Sarah Newsham and Christy NaMee Eriksen have joined forces in this exhibit to create art that explores what it means to behave and who has the power to define it.

Abstract paintings by Rob Roys

Jewelry by Colleen Goldrich

Annie Kaill's

244 Front St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Annie Kaill's will feature two artists for May, Rob Roys and Colleen Goldrich.

Local painter Rob Roys will show his newest work from this past winter. Roys' original paintings use bold lines with abstract figures and draw on a Southeast Alaska-based color palate.

Colleen Goldrich will be unveiling her summer collection at this First Friday event. She makes one-of-a-kind necklaces, bracelets, and earrings, some of which include freshwater pearls, semiprecious stones, and hammered silver.

Photography by Cam Brynes

Juneau Artists Gallery

175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Photographer Cam Brynes will have new photographs and products on display, including, for the first time, art in 3D.

Meet the artist and enjoy some refreshments at the First Friday reception.

Jewelry by Lisa McCormick

Caribou Crossings

Franklin St. (across from the tram)

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Kodiak silver jewelry artist Lisa McCormick will be in town to show her new work for Caribou Crossings' first First Friday event of the summer season.

McCormick, a retired commercial fisher woman, finds inspiration for her creations while kayaking, fishing and skiing near her remote cabin on Kodiak Island. Her work has been featured at Caribou Crossings for the past 15 years.

Continuing exhibits:

Alaska Photographic Arts Association's annual Spring show

KTOO

360 Egan Drive

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

This exhibit, which opened last month, showcases the work of more than two dozen local photographers, including Shar Fox, Jim Simard, Marilyn Holmes, Michael Penn, Iris Korhonen-Penn, Pat Kalbaugh, Jason Soza, Merrill Jensen, Steve Winker, David Riccio, Flip Nicklin, Jeff Brown, Matthew Brown, Joe McCabe, Mark Gnadt, Brian Wallace, Bob Armstrong, Buddy Ferguson, Michael Dobson, Toby Harbanuk and John Nylen

This exhibit will be on view in the KTOO halls through May 31.

Paintings by Jay Crondahl

Silverbow Backroom

120 Second St.

Reception: 4-8 p.m.

Longtime local Jay Crondahl will continue his exhibit of acrylic paintings at the Silverbow this month. The show includes both abstract and representational works.

Aunt Claudia's Dolls museum

114 S Franklin Suite 105, above Hearthside Books

Open hours: noon-7 p.m. Friday, noon-5 p.m. Saturday

Aunt Claudia's Dolls, a Juneau museum displaying the large collection of Claudia Kelsey's dolls and miniatures, will be open on First Friday. The collection curator, Douglas doll artist Mary Ellen Frank, will host the event with the collection's current owner, Bea Shepard.

Summer hours for the museum are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m.

Student art exhibit

The Rookery Cafe

111 Seward St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Art students from Juneau Douglas High School and Thunder Mountain High School will show their paintings and drawings at the Rookery this month.

"8-Bit Empire," art by Chad Medel

Figment Contemporary Gallery and Gifts

175 S. Franklin St.

Reception: 4:30-7 p.m.

Figment co-owner Chad Medel will show a new collection of work, "8-Bit Empire," this month at the downtown gallery, located across from the Juneau Artists Gallery in the Senate Building.


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