The series “Credible, Idiot Strings” features cotton fabric, nylon thread and steel wire to draw attention to the high rates of suicide in Alaska Native and Indigenous communities. The series is a part of the new exhibition “Visceral: Verity” on display at the Alaska State Museum and featured during the April First Friday. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)

The series “Credible, Idiot Strings” features cotton fabric, nylon thread and steel wire to draw attention to the high rates of suicide in Alaska Native and Indigenous communities. The series is a part of the new exhibition “Visceral: Verity” on display at the Alaska State Museum and featured during the April First Friday. (Clarise Larson / Juneau Empire File)

Here’s what’s happening for First Friday

New exhibitions, live music and more

This First Friday is going to be a busy one in downtown Juneau and Douglas.

New artistic exhibitions, open houses and more are planned for this month. Here’s a rundown of the events.

Juneau Arts & Humanities Council: “UAS Student Art Exhibition,” 350 Whittier St., Juneau Arts & Culture Center 4:30-7 p.m.

The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council presents the “UAS Student Art Exhibition,” an exhibition that features a variety of mugs, bowls and sculptures made by UAS ceramics students during this semester. The students will be in attendance during the event’s opening reception, and the exhibition will be up for viewing throughout the month.

Alaska State Museum: Sonya Kelliher-Combs — “Visceral: Verity” and Jannah Sexton Atkins — “Prayer Markers – Ecological Relics,” 395 Whittier St., Andrew P. Kashevaroff Building 4:30-7 p.m.

Artist Sonya Kelliher-Combs’ mixed-media work employs both natural and synthetic materials and draws attention to questions of authentic experience, truth, abuse, transparency and credibility. Kelliher-Combs is one of the few artists who work in the endangered art of marine mammal gut. “Visceral: Verity” is the first of three interrelated exhibitions which explore contemporary and historical Alaska Native issues, spotlighting gut as a material used to express Indigenous voices. It runs through Oct. 9.

This first Friday will mark the final weekend to take a look at the “Marker Series,” a solo exhibition of works by artist Jannah Sexton Atkins which chronicles “humanity’s impact on Earth’s complex natural ecosystems by exponentially disrupting the elegant inter-relational web of organic life forms and their natural sustainable habitat critical for life itself.” Each of the 20 Prayer Markers in the exhibition includes a portrait of an insect, bird, fish or plant. Sexton Atkins playfully combines these portraits with salvaged, societal waste. The resulting Markers encourage connection and responsibility to our planet. It runs through April 9.

Friends of the Alaska State Museum: Full Circle Music Mary DeSmet and Greg Burger with students Shea Post and Finnan Kelly, 395 Whittier St., Andrew P. Kashevaroff Building 5-6 p.m.

Friends of SLAM will feature music at the APK performed by Full Circle Musicians Mary DeSmet and Greg Burger along with students Shea Post and Finnan Kelly.

Juneau-Douglas City Museum: Live Music, History and Art at the City Museum, 114 W. Fourth St., 4-7 p.m.

A new exhibition will be on display this Friday, titled “Inspired by Ice: Descriptions & Interpretations of Southeast Alaskan Glaciers.” The exhibition features a selection of paintings and historic photographs from the museum’s collection that relate to glaciers in Southeast Alaska.

Also on display is the museum’s 19th Annual 12×12 Community Art Exhibition “ Opposites,” an exhibition that invites members of all ages to create works within the parameters of a square or a cube, measuring 12 inches by 12 inches including the framing. This year, artists were encouraged to create on the theme, opposites.

Enjoy live music by local music students (ages 10 to 20) and local music teachers during the reception The 12-minute sets will include piano, violin and guitar pieces throughout the evening.

Sealaska Arts Campus – Corinne James (Tlingit aesthetics), Tara Rodrigeuz (Beaded earrings), 2 Sealaska Plaza, 4:30-7 p.m.

Sealaska Heritage Institute will host artists Corinne James (Tlingit aesthetics) and Tara Rodrigeuz (Beaded earrings) at the Walter Soboleff Building where the pair’s respective handmade clothing and beaded jewelry will be featured.

First Friday opening only.

Marie Drake Planetarium: Open House, 1415 Glacier Ave, 5:30-7 p.m.

Residents will have the opportunity to learn about astronomy and space exploration via full-dome movies projected on the planetarium’s 30-foot dome.

Hearthside Books and Toys: Linda Buckley, Juneau Poet Book Signing and Tom Crestodina art prints on display, 2 Marine Way, Suite 119, 4:30-7 p.m.

Juneau poet Linda Buckley and artist Tom Crestodina will be featured at the bookstore this Friday evening with Crestodina’s artwork set to be on display and Buckley set to host a poetry book signing.

First Friday opening only.

In Bocca al Lupo: “The Delicatessen Series”: Oil Paintings by Jacob Higgins, 120 Second St. Suite B, 4-5:30 p.m.

In Bocca al Lupo will present a new installation of oil paintings by Jacob Higgins which explores the world of the delicatessen, where meats are prepared, presented and enjoyed.

Exhibit up through the month.

Annie Kaill’s Gallery: Rick Clair, visual artist, and Jenna O’Fontanella, jewelry artist, 124 Seward St., 4-5:30 p.m.

Annie Kaill’s will host visual artist Rick Clair’s paintings alongside jewelry artist Jenna O’Fontanella’s jewelry.

First Friday opening only.

Shoefly Alaska: Meditations Jewelry by Tana O’Leary and Magnolia Pearl Collection, 109 Seward St., 4-7 p.m.

Shoefly Alaska is set to host “Meditations Jewelry” by Tana O’Leary alongside a debut collection of new Magnolia Pearl Garments which will remain in the store until mid-May.

First Friday opening only.

Bustin’ Out Boutique: Sharon Price of Mudchild Ceramics, 234 Front St., 4:30-7 p.m.

Bustin’ Out Boutique will feature the recent works of Sharon Prince of Mudschild Ceramics. Price, who has been creating functional pottery for more than 10 years, is described to incorporate her own “witchy whimsical style” into each piece and is inspired by the wilderness of Juneau.

First Friday opening only.

The Imperial Bar: Juneau Softball Association Registration Roundup, 241 Front St., 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Interested residents can stop by and chat with Juneau Softball members who can help answer questions.

First Friday opening only.

Barnaby Brewing Co.: “Brush + Brayer” by Salt Water Press, Bering Sea Designs Pop-Up Shop, 165 Shattuck Way, 4:30-8 p.m.

Barnaby Brewing Co. will host new print works by Meghan Chambers of Salt Water Press, and a sea otter fur jewelry pop-up shop by Carley Thayer of Bering Sea Designs.

“Brush + Brayer” is a mixed-media show combining the Chambers’ work using watercolor painting and printmaking. Chambers, who is a commercial letterpress printer, is described to employ a colorful array of works and often features animals and plants seen in Southeast shores and forests in her pieces.

Thayer makes jewelry using sea otter fur and mixed metals. Her work is described to be inspired by the ocean and the traditional practices of harvesting sea otters.

Exhibit up through the month.

Rainforest Yoga: Kristin McTague teaching free Pilates class, 71 Shattuck Way, Suite. 202B, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Residents are welcomed to an hour-long Pilates class hosted by Kristin McTague who will teach a basic series with a deliberate pace intended to strengthen the core and an extra emphasis on shoulders and hips, followed by mindful relaxation.

First Friday opening only.

Devil’s Club Brewing Co.: Kristin Vantrease, print artist, 100 N. Franklin St., 4-8 p.m.

Devil’s Club Brewing Co. will feature a collection of prints by Vantrease which are described to be a celebration of coastal Alaska derived from her time spent seining Kodiak, camping at Caines Head in Seward, wandering the beaches of Homer and skiing at Eaglecrest in Juneau.

Exhibit up through the month.

Kindred Post: Wooshkindein Da.Áat Lily Hope, 145 S. Franklin St., 3:30-6 p.m.

Kindred Post is set to host Wooshkindein Da.Áat Lily Hope for its April First Friday event, which is described as recognizing the interconnected nature of social categorizations, such as race, class, gender, nationality, disability, age, sexuality, etc. through button making. Limited to three buttons per person.

First Friday opening only.

Juneau Artists Gallery: Jonathan Swinton, 175 S. Franklin St., Suite 111, Senate Building, 4:30-7:30 p.m.

Jonathan Swinton is the featured artist for the month of April at the Juneau Artists Gallery. “China in Monochrome,” is the name of his show featuring images taken on several trips to China and Taiwan. (Courtesy Photo / Jonathan Swinton)

Jonathan Swinton is the featured artist for the month of April at the Juneau Artists Gallery. “China in Monochrome,” is the name of his show featuring images taken on several trips to China and Taiwan. (Courtesy Photo / Jonathan Swinton)

Photographer Jonathan Swinton is the featured artist for the month of April at the Juneau Artists Gallery. His show, “China in Monochrome,” features images taken on several trips to China and Taiwan. His new show will be displayed on the featured artist wall and Swinton will be in attendance to meet residents interested in hearing more about his work.

Exhibit up through the month.

Perseverance Theatre: “Little Women” by Kate Hamill, 914 3rd St. Douglas, 7:30- 10 p.m.

Perseverance Theatre presents Little Women by Kate Hamill, based on the novel by Louisa May Alcott, Directed by Cara Hinh. Residents are welcome to join the March sisters in the classic coming-of-age story on Perseverance’s mainstage from April 7-23.

University of Alaska Southeast Tidal Echoes: Chloey Klawk Shaa Cavanaugh, graphic designer, and Lin Davis, writer, 11066 Auke Lake Wy, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

For the 2023 edition of Tidal Echoes, Chloey Klawk Shaa Cavanaugh and Lin Davis will be the featured artist and writer and will present at the launch. The launch event will be hosted by UAS at the UAS Juneau Campus Egan Lecture Hall and will include beverages, food and journals that can be purchased at the event. This event is open and free to all, and will also be live-streamed.

First Friday opening only.

• Contact reporter Clarise Larson at or (651)-528-1807. Follow her on Twitter at @clariselarson.

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