First Friday November 110409 AE 6 Capital City Weekly ALASKA STATE MUSEUM, 395 WHITTIER ST.

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"Arty Party" by Barbara Lavallee. Lavallee and her prints and originals will be on hand at a book signing from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday at Annie Kaill's.

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A turned wood vase by Neil Slotnick will be on display at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center Gallery.

Student artist Anna Satre will display work at the University of Alaska Southeast bookstore.

Alice Tersteeg's series, "Chrome and Other Reflective Surfaces" will show at Annie Kaill's.

A wooden face by Dan Branch will be shown at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center Gallery.

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Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Story last updated at 11/4/2009 - 12:40 pm

First Friday November


Three solo exhibits will open at the museum this Friday, each of which will be on display through Jan. 15. Artists include Stephen Gray, Dan Fruits and Hall Anderson.

A selected grouping of images will be displayed from Gray's ongoing project, "Billy Adventures" series. The series is an exploration of the dialectic between the "good little boy" and the dark boundaries of the human psyche.

Fruits will display oil paintings and mono-prints exploring Alaskan landscapes, villages, flora and fauna. Fruits will also give a lecture and host a walkthrough of his exhibit at 2 p.m. on Nov. 14.

A selection of photographs will be displayed from Anderson's 23 years of work as staff photographer for the Ketchikan Daily News. The images are from a soon to be published book of his work.

The museum will hold a special event, "Exploring With Paint and Color," from noon to 3 p.m. on Nov. 7 for children and families. Local artists will host multiple centers focusing on a variety of painting techniques and styles.

Admission to the museum will be free of charge on Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. The museum's winter hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 465-2901.


Barbara Lavallee will back for her annual book signing this Friday. She will also have prints and originals on display.

Lavallee's whimsical paintings depicting Alaskan life have made her one of the most celebrated artists in the state. She has illustrated several children's books, including the incredibly popular bestseller, "Mama, Do You Love Me?" Lavallee lived in Sitka for 12 years teaching art to students before moving to Girdwood, where she now resides.

Juneau artist Alice Tersteeg will also exhibit a series of pastels titled "Chrome and Other Reflective Surfaces." The series features images of shiny objects such as cars, motorcycles and fire engines.

Tersteeg has been painting and studying Alaskan wildlife and habitats since her arrival in Alaska in 1973. She was the 2008 recipient of the Mayor's Award for Innovative Applications of the Arts for her years of dedication and advocacy for the arts, in particular her work to establish a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Alaska Southeast. She recently retired after 35 years of teaching at UAS, where she was a professor of art.

An opening reception will take place from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday.


The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Gallery will feature the work of wood carvings and turnings by Dan Branch and Neil Slotnick.

Slotnick turns Alaskan wood on a lathe to produce bowls, vases and jewelry. The Juneau area supplies him with mountain ash, red alder and some yellow cedar driftwood. Each year he drives to the state's interior to harvest aspen burls.

"I like classical, simple shapes that show the figure of the wood," Slotnick said.

Branch carves free hand creating various forms including ravens, the human face and figure, salmon and things inspired by a Picasso line drawing or Archipinko cubism. He holds the wood when carving in the manner of the master Northwest Coast artists that taught him in Ketchikan and Juneau. He also uses wood from Alaskan forests.

An opening reception will be held Friday from 4:30-7 p.m. Both artists will donate half of proceeds from any sale to the AWARE shelter.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and 12-4 p.m. Saturday.


A new exhibit at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum tells the story of the USS Juneau in the battle of Guadalcanal, the vessel's loss and the search for survivors. Compiled by Glenn L. Smith, Mayor of Orrstown, Penn., retired naval officer and stamp collector, the exhibit will feature stamps and envelopes collected by Mr. Smith as well as items from the museum's collection. The exhibit will also be available as a virtual exhibit on the museum's Web site at

An opening reception will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday. Museum hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Thanks to generous sponsors, admission to the museum is free of charge.


The Juneau Artists Gallery will not have a featured artist for the month of November, but work by the gallery's members will be on display. The gallery will be be open until 7 p.m. on Friday.

The gallery is owned and operated by a number of Juneau artists who share the responsibilities of running the gallery. For more information, call 586-9891.


UAS art student Anna Satre and various ceramics students will have work on display at the bookstore by the bay during the month of November. An opening reception will be held from 4:30-6:30 p.m. on Friday.

Satre is working towards her Bachelor of Art degree with a studio emphasis in painting and drawing.

"The small classes are great, and being in Auke Bay with all the gorgeous scenery is making my college experience an enjoyable one," Satre said.

Satre said she always carries a sketch diary with her and she enjoys sitting in public venues and drawing scenes from life, many of which make their way to become more finished paintings and drawings. After graduating, she plans to continue drawing and painting as well as pursuing digital arts.


A fundraiser will be held for the Five Finger Lighthouse from 6 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday at the Hangar Ballroom. Tickets are $25 at the door. The event will feature a wine tasting, appetizers, a silent art auction and raffle for prizes. Tom Locher will provide live music. All proceeds will benefit the restoration of Five Finger Lighthouse. Call 209-4280 for more information.


"Seldom Seen Silks and Newly Fired Ceramics" by David Riccio will be on display at The Canvas during the month of November.

Riccio's artistic style is intentionally eclectic in format and subject. He enjoys experimenting with techniques and materials.

"Art is my play time, a time for the other side of my brain to get its chance to be creative," he said.

Riccio's work ranges in style and media from pure abstraction to digital realism. Recent work has centered on abstractions derived from thinking about the nature and implications of water and streams. These musings have resulted in a series called "Stream Dreams," the images in which combine the techniques of traditional printmaking, painting and digital technology in their creation.

An opening reception will be held on Friday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. For more information, call 586-1750.


This month, the Ruby Room will feature art quilts by Carol Suring.

Suring’s wall hangings feature various techniques including appliqué, hand dyed fabrics, thread and ink drawing and traditional piecing.

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