April First Friday listings

Mike Dunham
Piece from "The Color Show" at Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center
Digital illustration by Lucas Elliott, showing at Snow City Cafe


2 Friends -- "My Winter Refuges" is a show of nature photography by Susan Serna. Opens with a reception, 5-7 p.m. 341 E. Benson Blvd. On view through April. (277-0404, 2friendsgallery.com)

Alaska Humanities Forum -- Photographer Clark James Mishler's show is titled "Point Hope: 2,000 Years of Whaling Culture." See this exhibition documenting the ancient traditions of Point Hope. Opens with a reception, 5-8 p.m. On view through April at 161 E. First Ave., Door 15. (272-5341, akhf.org)

Alaska Native Arts Foundation Gallery -- A solo exhibition and reception featuring Alutiiq artist Linda Infante Lyons. Her paintings illustrate coastal landscapes, tidal flats and estuaries. She believes observations and experiences of her youth in Kodiak and the genetic memories of her ancestors inform and inspire her work. This solo exhibit is a tribute to her grandmother, Mary Reft. Opens with a reception, 5-8 p.m. Free. On view through April at 500 W. Sixth Ave. (258-2623, lindainfantelyons.com)

Anchorage Museum -- Enjoy National Geographic's room-size map of the Pacific Ocean. Opens with a reception. 6-9 p.m. Free. 625 C St. (929-9201, anchoragemuseum.org)

Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center -- "The Color Show" is an exhibit of colorful originals and prints by gallery artists. Opens with a reception, 5-8 p.m. On view through April at 423 W. Fifth Ave. (279-3911, arctic-rose-art-center.com)

Artique Ltd. -- "It's All About Green" is a show of mixed media celebrating spring, featuring works by Byron Birdsall, Robert Clayton, Guitta Corey, Christine Fortner, Jim Fowler, Ayse Gilbert, Steven Gordon, Eleanor McMahon, Scott Switzer, Michele Usibelli, Rod Weagant and Marianne Wieland. Opening reception, 5-7 p.m. Continues through April at 314 G St. (artiqueltd.com)

Blue.hollomon Gallery -- A show of works by Jannah Sexton Atkins, "Moon Relics." Reception, 2-4 p.m. Free. 3555 Arctic Blvd. (563-2787, facebook.com/bluehollomon-gallery)

International Gallery of Contemporary Art -- First Friday reception is 5:30-7:30 p.m., and the shows continue through April 26. Center Gallery: Scott McDonald, "Now and Then." North Gallery: UAA sculpture students in a show titled "Northern Sculpture". South Gallery: Gretchen Weiss, "Axe." Guest Room: Whitney Carr, "A Collection of Lines." 427 D St. (igcaalaska.org)

Octopus Ink Gallery -- "Trap Door" is a collection of mixed-media paintings by Whaley Schmoyer of WHL Designs LLC. The First Friday show will be accompanied by a piano and blues guitar performance by Kat Moore from the Super Saturated Sugar Strings and Bubon Jon. Opens with a reception, 6-9 p.m. 410 G St. (octopusinkclothing.com)

Sevigny Studio / Gallery -- A show of encaustic art by Joyce Coolidge embraces the idea that all that we encounter on life's journey shapes our lives. Sax player Johny Jones will playing soothing songs. Opens with a reception, 6-9 p.m. Free. 608 W. Fourth Ave., Suite 101. (258-2787, katiesevignystudio.com)

Snow City Cafe -- Lucas Elliott has a show of digital illustrations, pen-and-ink and acrylic mediums. The majority of his images are unified by Alaskan themes, including wildlife, wilderness and adventure. Opens with a reception, 5 p.m. 1034 W. Fourth Ave. (snowcitycafe.com)

Stephan Fine Arts -- Minimalist white-on-white impasto paintings by Edward Hutchinson are on display. Color is added just enough to emphasize the various northern animals. Stark, yet surprisingly full and textured, these paintings mimic the naturally occurring patterns in nature. Reception, 4:30-9 p.m. Enjoy live music and refreshments and meet the artist. 939 W. Fifth Ave. (274-5009, stephanfinearts.com)

Cafes & Bars

Alaska Cake Studio -- Works by metal artist Alexandra Cronquist are on display. Opens with a reception, 6-9 p.m. at 608 W. Fourth Ave. (258-2787, katiesevignystudio.com)

Cosmic Cafe -- First Friday with photographer Brian Montalbo, 5-7 p.m. Complimentary appetizers and smoothie samples. 701 W. 36th Ave. (345-5000)

Hotel Captain Cook Coffee Cubby -- See spring florals by Marlee Mitchell. Meet the artist during the opening reception, 4:30-7 p.m. Show continues through the month of April inside Stephan Fine Arts, located next to the front desk. 939 W. Fifth Ave. (274-5009, stephanfinearts.com)

Kaladi Brothers Coffee -- "Random Encounters in Time" is a show of paper lithography by Shoko Takahashi and Sharon Trager. Opens with a reception, 5-8 p.m. 6901 E. Tudor Rd. (250-7114)

Midnight Sun Cafe -- Metal artist Dan Wright shows works, 7 p.m. On view through April at 245 W. Fifth Ave.

Red Chair Cafe -- Joshua Demain, an alumnus of the Ringling College of Art, explores the use of photographic reference, which he translates into his paintings. For a deeper explanation of his work, visit theredchaircafe.com. Reception, 5-9 p.m. On view through April at 337 E. Fourth Ave.

Terra Bella Bakery Cafe -- Amber Webb is an Alaska Native artist from Dillingham. "Roots" is an exploration of the complex connection between traditional and contemporary Yup'ik culture. She employs recycled cardboard and ink portraits, paintings, woven mats made using unconventional materials and traditional weaving techniques, crocheting and embroidery. Opens with a reception, 5 p.m. Free. 601 E. Dimond Blvd.

Other Venues

Bailiwick -- Andrea Benge is a traditional artist who works mostly in watercolor and acrylic surrealism. Enjoy Mercedes' gourmet cupcake creations and meet the artist at the reception from 5-9 p.m. 245 W. Fifth Ave., No. 110. (facebook.com/bailiwickAK)

Heart of the City -- Featured artists include Nancy Angelini Crawford,with a collection of her latest oil paintings, and metal sculpture artist Cody Duryea. Also, live music with Rich Irwin and Jeremy McKinney. Opens with a reception, 5-8 p.m. 420 W. Third Ave. (351-9419, facebook.com/heartofthecityak)

House of Harley-Davidson and Buell -- Enjoy the art, live music, finger foods and beer and wine by the Pioneer Bar. This event is a one-night art show devoted to the photography of Hog Chapter 66 members. There will be a silent auction on most prints and all proceeds benefit the chapter. Reception, 6-9 p.m. 4334 Spenard Road. (248-5300, harleyalaska.com)

Open Space Alaska -- "Jewelry for the Yogi" is a First Friday art opening of works by Catherine Stewart. See her handcrafted sterling silver and fused glass necklaces, rings and earrings. Food and drink served. Reception, 5-8 p.m. 630 E. 57th Place, Unit. A2. (openspacealaska.com/calendar/)


Mike Dunham