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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. The December Gallery Walk is the biggest First Friday of the year. Following is information about events available as of presstime. All events and openings are on Friday, Dec. 4. To have your event listed here next month, e-mail details to editor@capweek.com no later than one week prior.
First Friday December: Juneau's Gallery Walk 120209 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. The December Gallery Walk is the biggest First Friday of the year. Following is information about events available as of presstime. All events and openings are on Friday, Dec. 4. To have your event listed here next month, e-mail details to editor@capweek.com no later than one week prior.

Awolf ivory necklace by Donald Gregory, one of the artists participating in the Native Arts and Crafts Fair Dec. 4-5 at the City Museum.


Works by Alaska Blue Clay Studio are on display this month at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center. Right, a wolf ivory necklace by Donald Gregory, one of the artists participating in the Native Arts and Crafts Fair Dec. 4-5 at the City Museum.


Precious Metal Clay (PMC) pendant handmade and kiln-fired by Karen Housley. PMC is a Japanese product made with .999 fine silver and organic binders. It can be manipulated like other clay materials, then fired to burn off the binders and only fine silver is left. O'Keefe and Housley are the featured artists in December at the Juneau Artists Gallery. Photos courtesy of artists.


The painting "Whale Spouts" by Monica O'Keefe. Left, Precious Metal Clay (PMC) pendant handmade and kiln-fired by Karen Housley. PMC is a Japanese product made with .999 fine silver and organic binders. It can be manipulated like other clay materials, then fired to burn off the binders and only fine silver is left. O'Keefe and Housley are the featured artists in December at the Juneau Artists Gallery. Photos courtesy of artists.



Above, a fuzed glass piece by Grace Conrad is on display this month at the Canvas. Photo courtesy of the Canvas. Right, one of the watercolors by David Riccio on display this month at Bentwood and Bead Gallery. Photo courtesy of David Riccio.

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First Friday December: Juneau's Gallery Walk

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. The December Gallery Walk is the biggest First Friday of the year. Following is information about events available as of presstime. All events and openings are on Friday, Dec. 4. To have your event listed here next month, e-mail details to editor@capweek.com no later than one week prior.

ALASKA STATE MUSEUM, 395 WHITTIER ST.

The Alaska State Museum will be open with free admission from 4-7 p.m. during Gallery Walk. The museum is featuring three ongoing individual artist shows. Dan Fruits of Juneau is exhibiting oil paintings and mono-prints exploring Alaskan landscapes, villages, flora and fauna. Stephen Gray of Anchorage is showing a select grouping of images from his ongoing project, the Billy Adventures series - an exploration of the dialectic between the "good little boy" and the dark boundaries of the human psyche. Finally, Hall Anderson of Ketchikan has a show of a selection of photographs from his 23 years of work as staff photographer for the Ketchikan Daily News, documenting the small, culturally diverse Southeast community of Ketchikan. The images are from a soon to be published book of his work. The three exhibits will remain on display until January 15.

ANNIE KAILL'S, 244 FRONT ST.

For Gallery Walk, Annie Kaill's will feature their usual complementary cookies and beverages, along with several guest artists showing off their latest work and signing personalizations for holiday gifts. The opening will begin at 4:30 and last until at least 9 p.m. Marine artist Brenda Schwartz from Wrangell will show her prints as well as new original artwork. Sitka watercolor artist Sandra Greba will have her prints on display as well as original paintings. Her paintings are known for their depictions of Alaskan birds and flowers. Rob Roys, of Juneau, will bring his latest original artwork. Finally, Karen Beason, of Juneau, will be showing her block prints, sculptures and hanging creations. Karen's artwork features handmade papers and sealife subjects.

AUNT CLAUDIA'S DOLLS, 114 S. FRANKLIN ST., SUITE 105

Aunt Claudia's Dolls will be open to the public starting at 2 p.m. and for Gallery Walk. The dolls are located above Hearthside Books in the Triangle Building

Aunt Claudia's Dolls is a museum housing the collection of deceased local treasure, Claudia Kelsey. The museum is curated by Douglas doll maker Mary Ellen Frank and is currently housed in a storage space with some display opportunities. 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. The owner of the museum, Bea Shepard, will be hosting the opening from 2-5 p.m., and guest hosts will be available during Gallery Walk until 7 p.m.

These dolls have been featured in three holiday shows at the Alaska State Museum and another in the City Museum annex at the Davis Log Cabin. A doll and doll book exhibition in honor of and from the collection will be featured in the display window of the Douglas Public Library in December and January.

BENTWOOD AND BEAD GALLERY, 315 THIRD ST.

Bentwood and Bead Gallery presents Carl Clasmeyer's watercolors and sculpted jewelry as well as new works by David Riccio and James Hanes. An opening reception will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Clasmeyer has been described as a 21st century Renaissance man. A lifelong artist, Carl began his professional career as an illustrator, soon expanding his expression of ideas into gallery art of varied media: watercolor, oil, acrylic paintings and custom jewelry, from murals to miniatures. Carl will be showing his new watercolors of Southeast Alaska and some of his fine art jewelry. Chains made of silver and gold links are intricately sculpted interlocking dragons, motorcycles and mermaids.

Riccio will be showing new ceramic embossed vessels, paintings, etchings and digital prints. Hanes will exhibit new wood sculpture and relief prints.

The gallery will be open the month of December, Monday-Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. For more information call 463-1227.

THE CANVAS, 223 SEWARD ST.

There will be a reception for "Family," featuring artwork by 34 REACH artists, at the Canvas gallery from 4:30-7:30 p.m. The show features works in glass, fiber, clay, paint, and mixed media, and runs through January. For more information call 586-1750.

CAPITAL BARBERSHOP, 128 SEWARD ST.

Capital Barbershop is presenting a private collection of Alaskan photographer Chris Beck of Photography by Beck. As a local photographer, Chris specializes in wildlife and scenic photos. Starting in December the collection can be viewed during normal business hours Monday 1-6 p.m., Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Meet Chris Beck in person on First Friday from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Call 586-8686 for more information.

CAPITAL CITY WEEKLY, 134 N. FRANKLIN ST.

The Capital City Weekly will host free photos with Santa from 4 to 8 p.m., with cookies and cider provided. Photos will be available for free download on Spotted. Donations will be accepted for the Racheal MacLeod Christmas Box Project, which uses the donated funds to assemble hundreds of boxes of food for holiday meals for our friends and neighbors needing assistance in Juneau. Capital City Rotaract Club is now accepting donations, which are tax deductible, for the project. For more information, call 789-4144.

HEARTHSIDE BOOKS, 254 FRONT ST.

Hearthside Books will host some of the brew crew from the Alaskan Brewery Company at Gallery Walk from 4:30 to 8 p.m. Sample treats from the Alaska Brewing Company's new cookbook, "Cooking with Alaska Beer," and win some great prizes.

JUNEAU ARTISTS GALLERY, 175 S. FRANKLIN ST. AND THE BARANOF HOTEL, 127 N. FRANKLIN ST.

Juneau Artists Gallery will be open late for Gallery Walk and is featuring "Crystal Moon" jewelry by Karen Housley and "Fine Days in Southeast Alaska" paintings by Monica O'Keefe. Karen creates earrings and necklaces with sterling silver and sparkling crystal beads, and Monica paints landscapes and flowers of Southeast Alaska with fine details and sparkling colors.

Gemstones, vintage and contemporary glass, Austrian crystal, and freshwater pearls go into Karen Housley's jewelry. She combines these with sterling silver and gold-filled findings and wire to create her unique Crystal Moon line of earrings and necklaces.

As a child in Oregon, Karen developed an interest in rocks and jewelry primarily because her grandparents owned an agate shop. While visiting them she assembled jewelry from their huge inventory of findings, cabochons, and beads. Karen moved to Alaska after college and spent several years living on various remote islands in Southeast Alaska before moving to Juneau in 1978.

Like Karen, Monica O'Keefe is also interested in rocks, but she portrays them with paint and colored pencils. She paints both distant vistas and close-up views of the natural world, using color and detail to illustrate her feelings about the outdoors around us. Her new paintings include misty coastal scenes, whale spouts, Eldred Rock Lighthouse, blueberries, a Steller's jay, and a beach campfire at sunset. A new painting and giclee print, "Fine Day on the Ferry," shows happy passengers relaxing in the sun on the white plastic chaise lounges on an Alaska Marine Highway System ferry while watching the beautiful Southeast scenery go by.

Artwork by the other members of the Juneau Artists Gallery will also be on display in the Senate Building. Larger artwork by several members and former members of the Juneau Artists Gallery will also be on display during December at the Baranof Hotel, in the room on the right as you enter the hotel. This space provides an opportunity to show work which does not fit into the gallery at 175 South Franklin. There will be an opening reception during Gallery Walk in both locations. The Senate Building gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily until Christmas, and Tuesday through Saturday the rest of the winter.

JUNEAU ARTS & CULTURE CENTER, 350 WHITTIER ST.

The JAHC Gallery presents "Recent Inspirations," new ceramic work by Blue Clay Studios with an opening reception from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 4. The works of Paul Voelckers, James Voelckers, Matt Voelckers, Dean Guaneli, Mary Pat Wyatt, and Janeanne Twelker are produced in their home studios in Juneau and Douglas, and at the University of Alaska Southeast.

In this show, the artists explore luminosity and abstract patterning in glazes, working in high-fired porcelain and stoneware. Work includes innovative wheel-thrown and hand-built forms, as well as carved pieces. The ceramic work ranges from warmly functional to more expressive works of art. Many pieces are inspired by a recent trip to Egypt, with much of the work extending Blue Clay Studio's lyrical "Arts and Crafts" focus. The show will extend through December, with provisions for gift pick-up before Christmas.

Also in the Main Hall of the JACC during Gallery Walk are the following:

4:30-7 p.m.: Juneau Artist Market (JAM) at the JACC.

4:30-10:30 p.m.: Pie Auction to support the Glory Hole

8-10:30 p.m.: Square Dance, with proceeds supporting the Glory Hole.

JUNEAU-DOUGLAS CITY MUSEUM, 4TH & MAIN

Stop by the Juneau-Douglas City Museum during Gallery Walk from 4:30-8 p.m. for the opening reception of "Line of Design" by Salty Hanes, "Heartfelt History" by Sara Lee and the 14th annual Natives Arts and Crafts Fair.

Hanes and Lee use different materials (beads and felted fibers, respectively) and together their work creates a dialogue about art and Southeast Alaska culture and history.

Salty Hanes' work will include gemstone jewelry, beaded bags, gloves and an octopus bag, inspired by Alaskan seaweeds and a retrospective of 15-20 pairs of moccasins that Hanes has made over the past 20 years.

Sara Lee is an artist, biologist and historical interpreter. Lee uses felted wool to explore personal and cultural history. Her work ranges from large functional furnishings to wearable clothing to decorative wall pieces.

Hanes and Lee will exhibit their work together in the Murray Gallery of the Museum through January 2, 2010.

At the Native Arts and Crafts Fair, meet the artists and watch live demonstrations. A variety of artists and craftspeople will be participating, including Percy Martin (beading), Florence Marks Sheakley (beading), Ed Kunz (silver), Annie Hurlbut (weaving and dolls), Barry Smith (ivory), Donald Gregory (silver and gold, ivory and trade bead earrings), and Benjamin Schleifman (copper jewelry and wood carving).

The Native Arts and Crafts Fair will continue on Saturday, Dec. 5 from noon to 4 p.m.

The Native Arts & Craft Fair is a free event co-sponsored by the Sealaska Heritage Institute and the Juneau-Douglas City Museum. For more information, call 586-3572.

The Plant People, 224 Seward

Sarah Conarro's show "J'taime mon petit chou" will be on display beginning at 4:30 p.m.

THE RENDEZVOUS, 184 S. FRANKLIN ST.

The Rendezvous will host "Building Our Future," an event to raise awareness and motivate individuals in this community, beginning at 5 p.m. on First Friday. Come support programs that promote respect, equality and healthy living while preventing violence for Juneau's youth. The event will include a silent auction, live auction, door prizes and a pledge drive, with live music with Brooke Morgan, Meg Mackey, and The House Band. The event supports DELTA - Domestic Violence Prevention Enhancements and Leadership Through Alliances. For more information, call 586-6623.

The Baranof Hotel, 127 N. Franklin St.

The University of Alaska Southeast's All-Student Exhibition will be shown in the Baranof and Douglas rooms of the Baranof Hotel from 4:30-7 p.m.


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