Annie Kaill's, 244 Front St.
First Friday Roundup 090209 AE 1 Capital City Weekly Annie Kaill's, 244 Front St.

"Trees At Jubilee Cabin" by Mary Pat Wyatt will be one of several paintings on display at the Plein Rein Painter's exhibition at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center Gallery. Courtesy photo

Oil paintings by Rick Clair will be on display at Annie Kaill's for the month of September. Courtesy photo

The work of Alan Munro will be on display at The Canvas Community Art Studio and Gallery during the month of September. Courtesy photo

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The Juneau Artists Gallery will feature the tiles and prints of Carrie Talus, creator of Talus Tiles and Prints. Each tile is individually drawn and hand painted with low fire glaze. The glaze is applied thickly in order to get bright, vivid colors.

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First Friday Roundup

Annie Kaill's, 244 Front St.

Michael Reid Hunter will be the featured artist at Annie Kaill's for the month of September. He has previously exhibited his work in Juneau and Skagway and has taught jewelry at the University of Alaska Southeast for 10 years.

Described as a goldsmith and wondermonger, Hunter creates jewelry pieces out of one-of-a-kind materials such as tribal trade beads, ancient coins and treasures of various sorts.

In January of 2008, Hunter underwent cataract surgery, which subsequently increased his vision's sensitivity to colors. His recent wall pieces have come out of his new fondness for color.

"Beads are perfect for playing with color," Hunter said. "They come in every color, shape and texture, are opaque or transparent and often have long histories of use."

First Friday will also feature the artwork of oil painter Rick Clair. Clair describes his paintings as the intersection of the real and the metaphysical. He uses imagination and bright colors to give an otherworldly twist to his work.

Hunter and Clair have exhibited together in the past and they are fans of each other's work. An opening reception will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday.

Silverbow Back Room, 120 Second St.

During the month of September, the Silverbow Back Room will feature the "Art of Recovery," a group showing of art created by people in recovery from addiction disorders and mental illness. The pieces are inspired by and reflect a celebration of recovery rather than the darkness of addiction and illness. Contributors include artists from Gastineau Human Services, Polaris House, Rainforest Recovery, JAMHI and Juneau Youth Services.

An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. on Friday. Unsold work will be moved to the Juneau Arts and Culture Center during the Soberfest celebration from 5:30 to 11 p.m. on Sept. 25.

Juneau Arts & Culture Center, 350 Whittier St.

The Plein Rein Painters will display work during the month of September at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center gallery. "Changing Landscapes: Seeing with New Eyes" is a result of Juneau painters exploring changing landscapes in Juneau and around the world.

"En plein air" is a French expression which means "in the open air" and is particularly used to describe the act of painting outdoors. The Juneau group calls their version of painting on location "Plein Rein," pronounced "Plain Rain."

The Plein Rein Painters meet weekly to share ideas and information about local art opportunities, then choose a suitable location to paint. The group welcomes all intrepid painters in any media.

Artists in the show will include Nancy Brown, Jay Crondahl, Barbara Craver, Cristine Crooks, Pat Dobbins, James Heumann, Timi Johnson, Jane Lindsey, Pua, Maunu, Sherrie McDonald, Michelle Morrell, Monica O'Keefe, Magil Pratt, Jane Stokes, Paul Voelckers, Steve Winker, and Mary Pat Wyatt. Many of the artists will be at an opening reception from 4:30 to 7 p.m on Friday.

Juneau Artists Gallery, Senate Building, 175 S. Franklin St.

Carrie Talus, creator of Talus Tiles and Prints, will be the featured artist at the Juneau Artists Gallery.

Talus began printing tiles in New Mexico before moving to Juneau six years ago. Self taught, she sold tiles for the first time at the 2004 fall Public Market and was thrilled when people were interested. Since then she has been refining her technique and use of different types of glazes and designs. She joined the Juneau Artists Gallery in the spring of 2007.

Besides tiles, Talus also occasionally makes silkscreen prints, woodblock prints, linoleum prints and Gyotaku fish prints. Her newest of these prints is a Red Squid caught by a biologist friend. Talus was amused to note that this squid gave his life to both art and science since a genetic sample was taken and later it may be dissected in a UAS science lab as well.

Talus' tiles and prints are available at the Juneau Artist's Gallery along with the work of 25 other local artists. An opening reception will be held from 4:30 to 9 p.m. on Friday.

Alaska State Museum, 395 Whittier St.

The museum will be open and free to the public from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday.

Artifact materials recovered recently from the wreck of the Torrent, Alaska's oldest known locatable shipwreck in Alaska, will be available for viewing. The museum is hoping Civil War artillery buffs or sailing ship enthusiasts will stop by and participate in an informal discussion about materials and technology of that period.

The Torrent, a U.S. Army supply vessel, was wrecked and sank in July of 1868 near Port Graham, on the Kenai Peninsula. In 2006, a team of four investigators led by Steve Lloyd started an expedition to find the remains of the shipwreck. In October 2007 the team announced that it had found the remnants of the ship. Numerous metal objects were found on the wreck, and some are currently being conserved at the State Museum.

"Yuungnaqpiallerput (The Way We Genuinely Live): Masterworks of Yup'ik Science and Survival," and "Self Constructions," recent contemporary artworks by Da-ka-xeen Mehner will also be on display. Both exhibits close on Oct. 17.

The Canvas, 223 Seward St.

Alan Munro is well known in Alaska as one of the state's premier artists and the former curator and director of the Alaska State Museum. This Friday, Munro will bring his art back to where he started painting, over 60 years ago.

Munro retired from the Alaska State Museum in 1986 and has been painting full time ever since, except when he has commercially fished for halibut.

Munro works mostly in acrylics, in the second floor studio room of his house in downtown Juneau. Crammed with the work of a lifetime, Munro continually revisits themes he has worked on since childhood.

"That connection to nature is vital for me. Even as my work has become more abstract in recent years, the inspiration is always organic," Munro said. "To this day, nature and birds affect me the same as they did when I was eight years old and painted my first one. I think it's pretty apparent in my work."

"Commedia dell'Arte" will be on display at The Canvas during the month of September. An opening reception will be held Friday from 4:30 to 7 p.m.