Pressed plants, National Coloring Book Day and lots of local artists: Here’s the First Friday schedule

Pressed plants, National Coloring Book Day and lots of local artists: Here’s the First Friday schedule

Happy First Friday, Juneau.

JAHC: “Creating Conversations” with Rudolph Isturis, Alaska Native Arts, 350 Whittier St, 4:30-7 p.m.

The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council presents works by Rudolph Isturis, of Alaska Native Arts. Isturis is a master of many media. He thrives in creating pieces that speak of Alaska’s beauty, history, inspirational settings, nature and people.

Exhibit up through the month.

JAHC: Jerry Smetzer, Painter and Writer of Historic Fiction, 350 Whittier St, 5:30-7 p.m.

Jerry Smetzer’s latest published edition of his collection of 10 short works of historic fiction, “Cassiopeia’s Quest,” will be available for sale at the JACC and Hearthside during First Friday at the JAHC Summer Block Party. An earlier edition is also available on Amazon as an eBook download or in paperback. Smetzer is serializing each of the 10 stories into three volumes to be released on future First Fridays.

First Friday only.

The Davis Gallery: JACC Artist Spotlight, Centennial Hall 101 Egan Drive, 4:30-7 p.m.

The Davis gallery will be featuring artwork from some of the JACC’s Lobby Shop Artists and vendors. Swing by to check out what’s new this First Friday and get 10 percent off.

Exhibit up through the month.

Alaska State Library, Archives and Museum: Back to School/National Coloring Book Day, 395 Whittier Street, 4:30-7 p.m. The Alaska State Library, Archives and Museum; Alaska Department of Education and Early Development; and the Juneau School District are celebrating National Coloring Book Day and helping students get ready to head back to school. People can earn about programs and services a student may be eligible for, pick out coloring pages and relax at a coloring station. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum. There will be free admission to the museum and the continuing summer exhibit, “Cruisin’ the Fossil Coastline.”

First Friday only.

Sealaska Heritage: Featured artists Wilma Stokes Leslie, Jayne Dangeli and Della Cheney, and free exhibit admission, 105 S. Seward St., 4:30-8 p.m. Sealaska Heritage Institute will host featured artists Wilma Stokes Leslie, Jayne Dangeli and Della Cheney in the lobby of the Walter Soboleff Building. SHI will also offer free admission to its exhibits, “Yéil Yádi – Raven Child: A Nathan Jackson Retrospective” and “Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land” and the SHI Store will offer 10 percent off all salmon products.

Exhibit up through the month.

Phyllis Hackett’s artwork will be featured at Annie Kaill’s for First Friday. (Courtesy Photo | Annie Kaill’s )

Phyllis Hackett’s artwork will be featured at Annie Kaill’s for First Friday. (Courtesy Photo | Annie Kaill’s )

Annie Kaill’s: Laurel Messerschmidt, Robin Mikkelsen and Phyllis Hackett, 124 Seward St., 4:30-8 p.m. Annie Kaill’s August 2019 featured artists are Juneau artists, Laurel Messerschmidt and Robin Mikkelsen and Phyllis Hackett from Sitka.

Goldtown Nickelodeon: Alaska Independent Musicians Initiative “South(east) by Southwest: Juneau Bands Bound for Austin, TX”, 171 Shattuck Way, Suite 202B, 9-11 p.m. This is a First Friday concert at the Gold Town Theater, featuring four acts headed to Austin for an international music conference. Annie B, Thistle & Myth, Radiophonic Jazz and Marian Call play a fundraiser show from 9-11 p.m. It is an all-ages show, tickets online and at the door.

First Friday only.

Barnaby Brewing Company: Cammie May, 165 Shattuck Way, 4:30-8 p.m. BBC will host Cammie May, an artist out of Craig, Alaska. May’s show, “Fresh Air,” is mostly inspired by Alaska nature. She uses watercolor, ink and some acrylic ink on panels.

Exhibit up through the month.

SKETCH Studio: MK’s New Art Puzzles!, 122 Front St., 4-7 p.m. MK’s new jigsaw puzzles and memory matching games will be featured. There will be new oil paintings, greeting cards, hand-painted T-shirts,and other unique gifts at Sketch Studio this month too. Join for popcorn and puzzles.

Exhibit up through the month.

The Juneau-Douglas City Museum offers free admission for First Friday and will display its continuing exhibit “The Rhythm of Winter.” (Courtesy Photo | Juneau-Douglas City Museum)

The Juneau-Douglas City Museum offers free admission for First Friday and will display its continuing exhibit “The Rhythm of Winter.” (Courtesy Photo | Juneau-Douglas City Museum)

Juneau-Douglas City Museum: The Rhythm of Winter, continuing exhibit, 114 W. Fourth St., 4:30-6 p.m.

There will be free admission for First Friday. Continuing summer exhibits will be on display.

Exhibit up through the month.

Devil’s Club Brewing Co: Morgan Johnson / Pressed Plants, 100 N. Franklin St., 5-8 p.m. As summer fades to autumn and winter months near, keep around the flora and fauna from your favorite time of year. Curb the impending nostalgia for summer in Juneau with one of Morgan Johnson’s handmade, locally sourced pressed plant creations.

Exhibit up through the month.

Rainforest Custom Gallery: Dean Graber and Rainforest Custom making Halibut, 406 S. Franklin St., 4:30-7 p.m. Gallery owner Dean Graber of Rainforest Custom will show the many steps that go into the building of a big-seller, the halibut board. Made of many colorful strips of fine hardwoods from around the world, glued, surfaced and painstakingly sanded and oiled to become a Juneau household favorite. There will be a 10 percent off sale on everything Rainforest Custom in the Gallery during the First Friday event.

Exhibit up through the month.

Kindred Post will host a Bronze Betty Finery pop-up shop for First Friday and highlight the work of local maker Sarah Ritter. (Courtesy Photo | Kindred Post)

Kindred Post will host a Bronze Betty Finery pop-up shop for First Friday and highlight the work of local maker Sarah Ritter. (Courtesy Photo | Kindred Post)

Kindred Post: Bronze Betty Finery Pop-Up Shop, 145 S. Franklin St., 4:30-7 p.m. Local maker Sarah Ritter is drawn to juxtapositions of color and texture. Bronze Betty Finery wants people to make a statement without saying a word. There will be new leather wearables, natural components with glam accents and more fun mixed metals.

Harbor Tea & Spice: Website Launch Party, 175 S. Franklin St., 4:30-7:30 p.m. Harbor Tea & Spice is happy to announce a new online store launch party. Celebrate with them as they enter the modern age with a website full of product information and the opportunity to shop from your own homes. There will be 15 percent off through the month of August with the coupon code: WELCOME

First Friday only.

Juneau Artists Gallery: Merridy Magnusson, Senate Building, 175 S. Franklin St. 4:30-8 p.m. Photographer Merridy Magnusson is the Artist of the Month of August for the Juneau Artist Gallery. Magnusson’s new work includes new and old photographs processed on metal in Juneau. The technique actually infuses the ink at 410 degrees right into the metal.

Exhibit up through the month.


• Contact reporter Ben Hohenstatt at (907)523-2243 or bhohenstatt@juneauempire.com. Follow him on Twitter at @BenHohenstatt.


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