The exhibit “Visceral: Verity, Legacy, Identity – Alaska Native Gut Knowledge and Perseverance” will feature four final days of closing events starting with First Friday and ending on Indigenous Peoples’ Day at the Alaska State Museum. (Alaska State Museum)

The exhibit “Visceral: Verity, Legacy, Identity – Alaska Native Gut Knowledge and Perseverance” will feature four final days of closing events starting with First Friday and ending on Indigenous Peoples’ Day at the Alaska State Museum. (Alaska State Museum)

Here’s what’s happening for First Friday in October

Monthly lineup includes start of multiday events for Alaska Native, Filipino communities.

Four days of closing events for an Alaska Native exhibit are scheduled at the Alaska State Museum starting on October’s First Friday and ending on Indigenous Peoples’ Day at the Alaska State Museum.

First Friday will also mark the start of another multiday cultural tribute, with an opening reception for an exhibition at the Juneau Douglas City Museum celebrating Filipino American History Month.

More information about all of the events is available at

Robert “Bo” Anderson: Cut it Out/Amanda Faith Thompson: “Stickered North”, 4-7 p.m., Juneau Arts & Culture Center, 350 Whittier St.

Opening reception for two solo exhibitions featured by the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council for the month of October: Robert “Bo” Anderson: “Cut it Out” & Amanda Faith Thompson: “Stickered North.” Robert “Bo” Anderson was raised in Lingít Aaní in Juneau, and since 2021 has placed more than 400 art pieces in the Juneau-Douglas City Museum’s Free Little Art Gallery. This show “Cut It Out” is a smorgasbord of his scrap wood sculptures, large and small. Amanda Faith Thompson’s work is based in wonder about natural phenomena of northern light, land and wildlife and how painted brushstrokes unearth the deeper realities below the tactile and visible. “Stickered North” seeks to rethink her perception of stickers, creating them from her existent paintings with integrated foreground/background.

Exhibit up through the month.

Visceral Closing Weekend w/ Melanie Brown/Maureen Gruben/Sonya Kelliher-Combs, 4:30-7:30 p.m., Alaska State Museum, 395 Whittier St. Andrew P. Kashevaroff Building

“Visceral: Verity, Legacy, Identity – Alaska Native Gut Knowledge and Perseverance,” closes with a series of events Oct. 6-9. Visceral explores contemporary and historical Alaska Native issues, spotlighting gut as a conduit for Indigenous voices. Musician Melanie Brown will perform at 5:00 pm in the atrium. Inuvialuk artist Maureen Gruben will give a talk at 6:30 p.m. Sonya Kelliher-Combs is an Iñupiaq/Athabascan artist who grew up in Nome, and creates mixed-media installations combining natural and synthetic materials.

Continues with events through the exhibit’s closing on Monday.

Mga Kuwento Exhibition Opening Reception, 4-6 p.m., Juneau-Douglas City Museum, 114 W. 4th St.

Mga Kuwento is an exhibition which celebrates the history and contributions of Filipinos in Juneau. Mga Kuwento will be on view at the city museum from Oct. 6 through Nov. 22.

In Alaska almost 20,000 people identify as Filipino, the largest concentration of Filipinos per capita of any state. KTOO, Filipino Community Inc. and the Juneau-Douglas City Museum are collaborating on the exhibition and other activities.

Exhibit up through the month.

Open House, 5:15-6:45 p.m., Marie Drake Planetarium, 1415 Glacier Ave.

Short movies about astronomy and space exploration on the 30-foot dome, hosted by volunteers. Suitable for all ages.

First Friday opening only.

Aiden Key, author/Aaron Baldwin, artist/Ben Higdon, guitarist, 4:30-7 p.m., Hearthside Book & Toys: 2 Marine Way, Ste. Aidan Key, author of “Trans Kids in Today’s Schools,” Aaron Baldwin, a fisheries biologist and artist whose artwork originates from his nature photography, and guitarist Ben Higdon will appear during event.

First Friday opening only.

ArtistNatalie/First Friday Art Market, 4:30-7 p.m., The Crystal Saloon, 218 Front St.

First Friday Art Market featuring ArtistNatalie and other talented artists,. Market will be located upstairs in the Bearcade from 5-9 p.m.

First Friday opening only.

Bustin’ Out Boutique: The Cozy Crystal Cavern, 4:30-7 p.m., 234 Front St.

Featuring a variety of artwork and craft work by Juneau students Eava, Luci, Nerissa and Teagan as participants in Distance Schooling Discoveries. The program celebrates the tenacity, strength and creativity of children who made sacrifices during the COVID-19 pandemic to protect families and friends. The program also honors and recognizes children who live with visible and invisible disabilities and chronic illnesses, as well as those with neuro-diversities that prevent them from attending school in-person. Eava, Luci, Nerissa and Teagan got together as often as circumstances allowed through the waves of the pandemic, and spent hundreds of hours teaching themselves and each other how to draw, knit, crochet, nature and paper craft, fold origami and create all kinds of art. Creations include Luci’s drawings and Nerissa’s digital art, woven in Teagan’s crocheted hats and wrapped in Eava’s wizard wands. A total of 5% of proceeds from sales will go to Juneau Animal Rescue. Remaining proceeds will go towards a series of educational trips The Cozy Crystal Cavern Team will embark on with their moms, to further their artistic studies and commemorate their journey into adolescence.

Exhibit up through the month.

Kelsey Hoke Martin, 4:30-8 p.m., Barnaby Brewing Co., 165 Shattuck Way

BBC is hosting Kelsey Hoke Martin, a professional artist residing in Alaska. Her art captures the vibrant beauty of this majestic land, blending acrylics, watercolors, illustration, and murals.

Exhibit up through the month.

Photos by FuBao, 4:30-7 p.m., Kindred Post, 145 S. Franklin St.

Pop-up shop hosted by FuBao, a photographer with multiple disabilities who ventures around Southeast Alaska sharing his unique views. When he is not taking photos, he is an advocate for himself and others with disabilities. Mail services are not available during special events.

First Friday opening only.

Juneau Appreciation Sale, 4:30-7 p.m., Juneau Artists Gallery, Senate Building, 175 S. Franklin St., Ste. 111, Senate Building

The Juneau Artists Gallery will be having its annual “Juneau Appreciation Sale” from Wednesday through Saturday. Everything in the gallery will be at least 15% off including items already marked down. First Friday event will feature refreshments.

First Friday opening only.

”Stickered North” by Amanda Faith Thompson is one of two art exhibitions scheduled to debut during First Friday at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. Also featured during the month will be Robert “Bo” Anderson’s “Cut it Out.” (JAHC)

”Stickered North” by Amanda Faith Thompson is one of two art exhibitions scheduled to debut during First Friday at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. Also featured during the month will be Robert “Bo” Anderson’s “Cut it Out.” (JAHC)

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