July First Friday Roundup 070109 AE 1 Capital City Weekly THE RUBY ROOM, EMPORIUM MALL, 171 SHATTUCK WAY

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New work by Linda Miller will be on display at the Ruby Room.

Photos Courtesy Of Barb Mitchell And Carol Burrows

The Bag Ladies, Barb Mitchell and Carol Burrows, will have their work on display at the Juneau Artists Gallery for the month of July. These fiber artists will be at an opening reception on Friday at the gallery.

Photos Courtesy Of Barb Mitchell And Carol Burrows

The Bag Ladies, Barb Mitchell and Carol Burrows, will have their work on display at the Juneau Artists Gallery for the month of July. These fiber artists will be at an opening reception on Friday at the gallery.

Photo Courtesy Of Joyce Payne.

Joyce Payne's pottery will be on display at The Canvas for the month of July.

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Lawrence Diggs stands in the Franklin Gallery at the Baranof Hotel where his work will be displayed during the month of July.

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Works by Fairbanks artist Sara Tabbert will be on display at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center Gallery.

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Works by Fairbanks artist Sara Tabbert will be on display at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center Gallery.

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Works by Fairbanks artist Sara Tabbert will be on display at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center Gallery.

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Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Story last updated at 7/1/2009 - 12:19 pm

July First Friday Roundup


The work of Linda Miller will be featured at the Ruby Room for the month of July.

Miller was born in Pierre, South Dakota on December 26th, 1986. She has lived in Juneau with her family for about fourteen years and considers it home. While attending high school at JDHS she excelled at drawing, and with the help of her peers she began to realize her capabilities as an artist. In her junior year, Miller was featured in the Statewide Student Juried Art Show, where she took second place with a portrait of a friend. Soon after high school Miller was back in the classroom at UAS, taking lessons in drawing and painting. Although she had never been interested in painting before, she took a painting class in the fall semester of 2007 and fell in love with the medium.

Miller has a unique style of painting which is impressionistic (visible brush strokes, focuses on light and movement, the impression of a moment in time), and yet realistic (one can clearly discern what the painting is portraying). Miller's paintings tend to be emotionally charged, and she has the ability to capture the energy of just about anything she chooses on a canvas.

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


To help kick off the Fourth of July festivities on Friday evening, the Alaska State Museum will be open until 9 p.m. and will be free to the public beginning at 4 p.m. In addition, The Friends of the Alaska State Museum will be selling popcorn outside the museum as a fundraiser. This is a chance for local residents to see four major new displays and to top it off with a bag of popcorn before the fireworks display. The museum will be closed on Saturday, July 4.

In addition to the permanent collection, current exhibits include "Self Constructions," Da-Ka-Xeen Mehner's solo exhibition, "Yuungnaqpiallerput (The Way We Genuinely Live): Masterworks of Yup'ik Science and Survival," and "Science On a Sphere," the museum's newest permanent addition.

Summer hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. seven days a week.


The fiber art of the Bag Ladies will be featured at the Juneau Artists Gallery for the month of July. The Bag Ladies are Barb Mitchell and Carol Burrows and they are the newest members of the gallery.

Mitchell recently retired after teaching in the Juneau School District's gifted and talented program since the early 1980s. Part of her responsibilities involved encouraging creativity in both academics and the arts, which sparked her own interests in the fiber arts. However, teaching left time only for a few family gifts.

As Mitchell neared retirement, her daughter, Lonnie Anderson, gave her a book of crochet projects, with some suggested birthday gifts cleverly marked. Anderson's friends admired the purses and urged Mitchell to make more to sell. Her son, Christopher, encouraged her to sell her things online, so she opened a shop, PlayingHookyinAlaska, at in the fall of 2008.

Burrows began her journey in the world of fiber arts with the Busy Bee Stitchers 4-H Club. Since an early age, she has worked with fiber construction in a variety of modes, including weaving, spinning, sewing, knitting and crocheting. A few years ago, she retired from her job as a special education teacher, a position she had filled for over 30 years. Her retirement has allowed time to finally study and use all the materials and supplies she accumulated over that period.

Mitchell specializes in one-of-a-kind crocheted handbags. Her day bags frequently use blends of as many as six different yarns for texture and color interest. She particularly enjoys updating vintage patterns from the 1940s and 1950s and creating her own designs with asymmetric flaps, vintage button closures and surprise linings. Since she once lived in Japan, Asian fabrics and themes are a favorite and inspiration often comes from topics she used to study with her classes. Most recently, she has begun creating collage panels for her felted bags using the techniques of needle felting and fusing fabrics with a soldering iron. Since she has done beadwork, and many kinds of embroidery in the past, she often adds those embellishments.

Mitchell's evening and bridal bags frequently feature an unusual yarn, rayon corde', chosen for its pearl-like sheen. She lines them with silk, satin or brocade and embellishes them with beads and crystals. The corde' is available in more than 25 colors, so the bags also make great bridesmaid gifts. Another specialty bag features vintage handkerchiefs and flowers she makes of silk and organza ribbon, creating a special wedding keepsake from "something old." She welcomes special orders for personalized handbags as well.

Playing with yarns, fabric, buttons and beads and experimenting with different stitches and techniques provides Barb much satisfaction and enjoyment, though her husband, Phillip, is rapidly running out of living space. Though she misses working with young people, she has been delightfully surprised by how many former students and their families she sees in the gallery.

Mitchell says that the biggest bonus is having the time to share and learn from her friend and Bag Ladies partner, Carol Burrows.

Overlooking Auke Bay, Burrows' home resembles a fiber arts studio with living quarters added in. The constantly changing scenery outside is an inspiration for design as well as enjoyment and relaxation. Family and grandchildren are also a welcome source of inspiration. They share a love for sparkles, jewels, color, and glitz with Grandma.

Burrows makes a variety of fiber articles such as Alaskan luggage tags, scarves, knitted & crocheted children's hats, and purses constructed from all kinds of fabric and materials. Styles span from whimsical to elegant to items reflecting nature. She believes that what we use to accessorize reflects a part of who we are. Thus, people change what they wear depending on their moods.

This fall, Burrows will begin studies at the Gail Harker Creative Studies Center in Oak Harbor, Wash. This experience will offer training in surface design and embellishment, among many other skills. Being a "Life Long Learner," Burrows greatly anticipates this training that she hopes will lead to new artistic pathways.

Mitchell and Burrows will be at the gallery to discuss their work during a reception on Friday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Their work is available along with the work of two dozen other member artists of the gallery. Summer hours are from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. seven days a week.


Potter Joyce Payne will have new work on display at The Canvas for the month of July. The show will present unique serving vessels, wall tiles, flower frogs, and other hand thrown vessels.

The artist statement:

"I am a potter because I am mesmerized with clay. I knew the first time I worked with clay that this was the medium for my work. Being a potter satisfies multiple facets of my inner self; I am a designer, an artisan, an engineer, a chemist, a geologist, and a physicist all rolled into one. I pay special attention to how my functional pottery can be used every day to bring art into people's lives; enhancing their experience with food and drink, adorning homes and working areas, and providing a necessary ritual to nourish the soul and mind as well the body.

Making pottery is a quiet and personal experience that is reflected in the pots themselves; forms with life. My experience and vision flows through my hands into the clay; a natural expression of self, an unforced genuine flow of person to pot. My goal is to produce forms that are successful in several ways: functional/comfortable to use, visually appealing/interesting, and whose expression extends beyond function to transform the pots into objects of ritual esteem.

It is the idea that my pottery has a purpose in someone's life that means something to me. When a patron says, "I have a cup of yours and I drink my tea from it on those rare times I have a moment to myself to relax," it gives me a sense of having an effect, a positive effect. That my work can enter into the ceremonies of people's lives is very important to me."

An opening reception will be held on Friday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Gallery hours are Monday from 12 to 8 p.m. and Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.


The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council Gallery will feature work by Fairbanks artist Sara Tabbert.

Tabbert is primarily a printmaker. She also works in carving, collage and mosaic, though she said these other media end up feeding back into her printmaking. Her work has appeared in various galleries and museums around the country and she has had several solo exhibitions in Alaska and Washington. She has also created commissioned installations, appearing in spaces around the Interior.

Tabbert's work explores the natural world, including water forms, rocks, trees and other elements of her surroundings in the Interior environment. In this exhibit, she will be showing color woodcut prints, collage panels and carved wood panels with an emphasis on showing the relationships between the three processes. She said the show has evolved to focus on wood, water and rock.

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


The Franklin Gallery's featured artist for July will be Lawrence Diggs. Diggs is an artist and professional tour guide in Juneau. He is known for being on the experimental edge of art forms. He focuses on microbial fiber, "vinegar" ceramics and digital painting.

The exhibit, which will include some old and some new works, focuses on digital painting and celebrates the beauty of Juneau. It is a series which, like Juneau, will be in a constant state of change, so viewers will need to stop in often to see the whole range of the series.

A reception with the artist will be held on Friday beginning at 3 p.m. Diggs will also be in the gallery during the day of Saturday, July 4.