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. To have your event listed here, e-mail details to no later than one week prior.
First Friday Roundup 093009 AE 1 Capital City Weekly 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. To have your event listed here, e-mail details to no later than one week prior.

Photo Courtesy Of Jacob Higgins.

Above, "Stump" by Jacob Higgins is on display this month at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center, with an opening reception Oct. 2.

Photo Courtesy Of One Aisle Over

After the First Friday opening, the Canvas will host live music by One Aisle Over.

Photo Courtesy Of Donna Jane Griffin

Above, "Cats" by Donna Jane Griffin is on display this month at the Canvas.

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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Story last updated at 9/30/2009 - 11:34 am

First Friday Roundup

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. To have your event listed here, e-mail details to no later than one week prior.

Alaska State Museum, 395 Whittier St.

On Friday, Oct. 2, from 5 to 7 p.m., there will be a series of presentations about "Our Place Among the Planets," led by Dolly and John Kremers, volunteers with Juneau's Marie Drake Planetarium. This will be the first time the museum's 3-dimensional Science on a Sphere exhibit has been used to feature extra-terrestrial geography since its installation this past spring. The Sphere will also play a sampling of the 300 available images and animations about Earth's ecology and geology.

On Saturday, Oct. 3, the museum is offering a free Yup'ik Traditions Family Festival from noon to 3 p.m., led by "Ossie" Kairaiuak, a Yupik Eskimo raised in the subsistence village of Chefornak, Alaska. Kairaiuak is a member of the renowned Alaska Native pop music group "Pamyua." The festival is geared toward students in grades K - 8 but the whole family is encouraged to attend and participate.

The festival is based around the exhibit "Yuungnaqpiallerput: The Way We Genuinely Live," and provides an exciting opportunity for Juneau youth to learn about the survival technologies that allowed the Yup'ik people to thrive in the harsh sub -Arctic climate.

Kairaiuak will teach storytelling and drumming techniques. Multiple activity centers will allow youth to participate in cultural traditions and ways of learning and create their own dance fans, work with gut and grass, and replicate bentwood hats and snow goggles.

The other temporary exhibit, on display until Oct. 24, is "Self Constructions," recent contemporary works of art by Da-ka-xeen Mehner, an artist of Southeast Alaskan Tlingit ancestry who teaches Alaska Native art at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Winter hours at the museum are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $3. Visitors 18 and under are admitted free of charge.

Annie Kaill's, 244 Front St.

There will be an opening reception for Paintings by Rob Roys, from 4:30 to 7 p.m on Oct. 2. New work by Juneau abstract artist Rob Roys will be on display through October at Annie Kaill's.

Roys is a popular abstract artist in the Juneau area who has developed a loyal following. His work shows a unique style, and his paintings can be both thought-provoking and serene. While Roys titles some of his paintings, many times he prefers to leave them untitled so as to fully leave interpretation of the work to the viewer.

"Whenever asked I always said I would be an artist," Roys says. "Now I am a clerk in a cubicle by day and a painter by night. I show my work often."

"I think art is for the people. Everyone should be able to afford contemporary art. To that end my paintings are generally small (11x 14 inches is the most common), framed simply, and priced cheaply. The important thing is that a person gets a piece of beauty of their own. Original art has an essence that cannot be duplicated. We all deserve to have that essence in our lives, not just the rich and well off."

The Canvas, 223 Seward St.

"Call and Response": Visual Art and Writings by Donna Jane Griffin and Rick Morrison will be on display Oct. 2 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The show runs through October. Following the opening, the Canvas will host live music from One Aisle Over from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m.

The exhibit is a succession of two distinct art forms (visual art and creative writing) carried out by two different artists where one part is created as a direct commentary on, or response to, the first. Donna and Rick started out working on the show by creating roughly thirty pieces each of writing and drawing, and then they swapped them and created more writings and drawings based on the pieces they each received.

Donna's art typically has a doodle feel to it and has cartoon-like distortions. Rick's writing is characterized by a focus more on the characters and moments in life than on actual story plot. Rick and Donna have both been Juneau residents for many years and pursue life creatively.

"One Aisle Over," consisting of Josh Lockhart, Naomi Hooley and Chris Fanning, will perform an exclusive acoustic set at the Canvas before heading to Portland to work on their first album.

Hearthside Books, corner of Front St. & Franklin St.

Hearthside Books will host a book signing with Juneau author Marge Hermans Osborn from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Oct.. 2.

Marge Hermans Osborn has just published a new book, "Four Walls against the Wind: Finding our Alaska Dream." Written as an on-the-spot journal, the story unfolds over a period of 12 years, as the author and her husband work to build their dream cabin on a remote waterfront site in Southeast Alaska.

We watch as they struggle with logistics, weather, and other difficulties of building and getting construction materials into near-wilderness. We watch the cabin slowly take shape. And we join the two as they engage with the wildlife and landscape surrounding them: bears, whales, birds, tidal life, and more. This is a modern Alaska adventure story, an inspiration to all of us to take up our dreams and bring them to life.

Osborn has published six books and numerous magazine articles under the name Marge Hermans, mostly in collaboration with fellow authors. Notable among them are "Southeast Alaska's Natural World" and "Life around Mendenhall Glacier"" with Robert H. Armstrong, and "Alaska in Maps: A Thematic Atlas," edited with Roger W. Pearson and a team of Alaska teachers.

Juneau Arts & Culture Center, 350 Whittier St.

There will be an opening reception for new work by Jacob Higgins. Oct. 2, 4:30-7 p.m.

Higgins will be the featured artist at the JAHC gallery throughout October. The show will feature new paintings, sculpture, and mixed media pieces.

The 34-year-old artist grew up in Juneau. He first learned to paint at age 15 under the tutelage of his father Arthur Higgins, MFA. He continued his art education at the University of Alaska, Anchorage and at the University of Alaska, Southeast.

Jacob Higgins has been a practicing artist in a variety of capacities for the past 10 years. He has hosted five previous solo art shows, the first of which was at the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Gallery in October, 2000. He has also been featured in numerous group shows. He has been commissioned locally, nationally and abroad, to create stage props, album covers and t-shirt designs. He co-founded the theatrical metal band Old Goat (2000 to 2007), where aside from musical responsibilities he was in charge of the art direction for both the stage and merchandise.

Higgins has a reputation for exploring the macabre, and for this reason is often slated for showings around Halloween. His past work has ranged in style from classical portraits and traditional sculpture to the folk art aesthetic of masks and puppetry. While his latest material has not entirely abandoned references to Halloween and pop counterculture, there is a distinct and noticeable shift into uncharted territory. His mixed media work includes dioramas of sprawling landscapes and urban decay; that almost appear to be designed as theaters to host his unique creatures. There are also a few nods to his Southeast Alaskan home with the use of jagged mountains, swarming crows, and grey clouds.

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

The Juneau Artists Gallery will host a "Locals Appreciation Event" Friday, Oct. 2, from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturday, Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. A number of the artists will be at the gallery on Friday evening. To celebrate the end of the tourist season and the start of the autumn rainy season, everything in the gallery will be on sale at least 15 percent off.

The gallery wishes to welcome their local customers, some of whom may stay away from South Franklin Street during the busy cruise ship season. The gallery is open all winter, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.

The Juneau Artist's Gallery is Juneau's only artist's cooperative, and features the work of 26 local artists working in a wide variety of media. The locally created work includes paintings, drawings, photography, etchings, prints, pottery, hand painted tiles, metal and beaded and glass jewelry, stained glass and art glass, woodworking, and fiber arts.

Nell McConahey, the current president of the gallery, has been a member since 1998. Current members of the gallery are Dianne Anderson, Patti Baumgartner, Laurie Ferguson Craig, Lincoln Farabee and Tasha Walen, Anji Gallanos, Jackie and Keith Garnick, Gordon Harrison, Jack Hermle, Karen Housley, Les Howard, Ella Johnson Bentley, Mark Kelley, Sue Kraft, Rowan Law, Sharron Lobaugh, Merridy Magnusson, Nell McConahey, Barbara Mitchell and Carol Burrows, Michelle Morrell, Michael Murray, Monica O'Keefe, Colette Oliver, Leanne Pilcher, Thyes Shaub, Carrie Talus, and Mark Vinsel. The gallery is always interested in finding prospective new members, and invites all artists and craftspersons to come by and find out about becoming a part of the gallery.

Theatre in the Rough, Alaska TERRITORIAL HALL (OLD ELKS HALL), 117 S. Franklin

Theater in the Rough will host their first-ever First Friday event on Oct. 2., beginning at 4:30 p.m. as a silent auction and culminating at 7:30 p.m. in the opening night of their season opener, "The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)."

All are welcome to come by to have some delicious and complimentary food from Latinos Restaurant, enjoy the no-host bar put up by the Baranoff Hotel, bid on a wide variety of art, and then buy a ticket for a hilarious hour-and-a-half long comedy celebrating the works of the Bard.

The auction will feature paintings, prints, curios and collectibles donated by various Roughians. For example, David and Maureen Crosby have generously donated over 25 pieces from their collection. Much of the art is Alaska-themed or by Alaskan artists. Artists include Rie Munoz, Rob Roys, Edwardo Romero, Debbie Newbauer, Jane Stokes, Lori Stenberg, Tisket Seslar, Barbara Craver, James Angaiak, Peter Goll, Dale DeArmond, Byron Birdsall, Barbara Lavallee, and Asha Falcon.

This silent auction will continue through the run of "Complete Works." All proceeds will go toward building Theatre in the Rough's new home, the New McPhetres Hall.