Story last updated at 6/2/2010 - 12:15 pm
On the first Friday of each month, Juneau galleries, museums and shops stay open late and host show and exhibit openings, artist meet-and-greets and more. Following is information about events available as of presstime. All events and openings listed are on Friday, June 4 unless otherwise noted. To have your event listed here next month, e-mail details to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than one week prior.
ALASKA STATE MUSEUM, 395 WHITTIER ST.
Admission to the museum will be free of charge on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. for the viewing of continuing exhibits as well as the museum's permanent collection.
"Collecting Alaska" provides insight into the process of collecting, and includes over 100 of the approximately 500 objects acquired since 2004. Selected items will be on display through October 16.
The biennial "Alaska Positive" juried photographic exhibition features work by photographers from all over the state. Work will be on display at the museum through October 23, at which point it will tour the state.
The museum is open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Admission is $5.
ANNIE KAILL'S, 244 FRONT ST.
Juneau artist Candice Christie will have featured work at the gallery during the month of June. An opening reception will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday.
To fully appreciate the texturing and layering in Christie's mixed-media works, viewers must see the pieces in person.
Over the years, Christie's work has evolved into the process of creating non-representational collage inspired by the color and texture of the world around her. She could call herself a "layerist" as she combines elements of collage, papers and found objects, layers of acrylic mediums, fluid acrylics, gold, copper and silver foil or leafing into each piece.
AUNT CLAUDIA'S DOLLS, 114 S. FRANKLIN ST., SUITE 105
Aunt Claudia's Dolls will be open to the public from 2-7 p.m. each First Friday.
Aunt Claudia's Dolls is a museum housing the collection of deceased local treasure, Claudia Kelsey. There are over 500 dolls and miniatures collected from all over the world by the Kelsey family over a period of 80 years, with some from the 18th and 19th century.
BENTWOOD AND BEAD GALLERY, 315 THIRD ST.
New work by Yukon artist Shiela Alezandrovich will be on display at the gallery during the month of June. Her works include willow weaving, raw wool felting and tread bead jewelry.
New work by gallery owners Salty and James Hanes will also be on display.
An opening reception will be held from 4:30-7:30 p.m. on Friday. Gallery hours are noon to 5 p.m. or by appointment.
THE CANVAS ART GALLERY, 223 SEWARD ST.
"A View of One's Own" will display 20 new oil paintings by local artist Elise Tomlinson. The exhibit will also display photos of alternate versions of many of the paintings including source photos and notes referring to specific changes made to the pieces over time.
An opening reception will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday.
"People's preference in art is incredibly varied." Tomlinson said. "Someone will love a painting when it's in a very early stage and then not like it as much when it's finished. I just have to go by what feels right to me. Each piece goes through many transformations before it makes it to the gallery wall and if it doesn't sell at the opening, I may continue to make changes to it for years to come. For me a painting is never really "finished" until it's no longer in my possession."
The show will also feature a multimedia piece Tomlinson created collaboratively with REACH artists. She started by painting a large canvas of an open window. REACH artist then created their own visions of the "views from their window" onto small sheets of canvas paper during a class she attended with the artists. These images were later scanned into a slideshow program and the finished pieces will be projected onto the painting of the open window during the reception.
"One of the central missions of the Canvas Community Art Studio and Gallery is inclusion...sharing the experience of creating and exhibiting art with people of all ages, skill levels and abilities" Tomlinson said, quoting loosely from The Canvas's mission statement. I hope more artists who display work at the Canvas will choose to include the REACH artists in their exhibits. They are a talented and inspirational group of people to work with." Tomlinson said.
JUNEAU ARTISTS GALLERY, 175 S. FRANKLIN ST.
Gordon Harrison is the featured artist at the Juneau Artists Gallery during the month of June. Harrison will display some new glazes, new designs and a new line of handmade tiles at the exhibit.
Harrison makes plates and platters with raised images of marine life and birds of southeast Alaska. He has added some colorful new glazes to his familiar crab, halibut, whale, and bear track plates. Also, he has applied his wildlife images to hand-made, decorative tiles for wall hanging.
Harrison said the part of his work he enjoys most is drawing new images for his plates, but he now has too many for his display shelves. So he decided to use his images - old standards as well as some new ones - on handbuilt tiles, both to add variety to his offerings and to keep him drawing.
Harrison will be at the gallery for a reception from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
JUNEAU ARTS & CULTURE CENTER, 350 WHITTIER ST.
Sealaska Heritage Institute (SHI) will open its fourth Juried Art Show on Wednesday, June 2 and announce winners of its biennial Native art competition.
There will be a First Friday Reception for the same exhibit from 4:30-7 p.m. on June 4.
SHI received applications from 33 Native artists who submitted 69 pieces for consideration. Forty-two pieces by 27 artists were chosen for inclusion in the show.
The awards ceremony is scheduled 4:30-6:30 p.m., Wednesday, June 2, at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. The show will run through June 27.