A sunny afternoon should bring out the crowds for the March 7 edition of First Friday art openings. Here are a few worth noting:
Alaska Native Arts Foundation gallery has a group show, "Paths of the Past," in which several contemporary and traditional artists explore Alaska Native mask forms.
Ward Hulbert and James Behlke are featured at APU. Behlke is showcasing paintings done from the coast of Kincaid Park. Hulbert has photos of his old barracks, the now-derelict Buckner Building in Whittier.
The International Galley has four different displays. The most-talked about is a series of photos of Afghan-Americans run in Alaska Quarterly Review and, we're told, in the New Yorker. Of greater local interest, however, may be the work by local artists, including abstract ceramic work by Andrew Bailey Arend.
Remember that admission to the Anchorage Museum is free on First Fridays, a great chance to catch the big "Plastic" exhibit, the Anchorage School District student art show and Margo Klass's fabulous book and cabinet creations.
By MIKE DUNHAM