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Here is what you can expect for First Friday this week

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: June 5
  • Published June 5


Anchorage Museum — New exhibit “Death in the Ice: The Mystery of the Franklin.” Contemporary choreography by Alaska Dance Theater and elevator music with Fiona Rose. On view through September. “Arctic Portals” provides an immersive experience of arctic research. On view through Oct. 13. Learn about the overview of how indigenous people have been represented in today’s media landscape with “The Culture of Media: Representation from Nanook to Molly.” On view through Oct. 13. “Alaskans and Salmon” celebrate salmon culture in Alaska in its many forms, from commercial, subsistence and sport fishing to processing, preserving and eating. On view through Jan. 19. The four dance masks in “Kegginaqut: Yup’ik Masks” are together for the first time in more than a century representing the Yup’ik windmaker spirit. On view through Sept. 8. “What Why How We Eat” is an exhibition and accompanying series of public programs that look at how Alaskans connect and share through food, using themes ranging from recipes and the home kitchen to self-reliance and subsistence. On view through Jan. 12, 2020. (625 C St.)

Akela Art Collective — Original artwork by Maxine Fekete. Fekete explores three dimensional mediums including wood, steel and aluminum. Opening reception 5-9 p.m. On display through June 28. (320 W Sixth Ave.)

Rabbit sculpture made of rusted nails by Fekete.

Aurora Fine Art Gallery — New furnishings and lighting displays made from re-purposed materials by Clinton Brown as well as paintings and jewelry from Takenya Rosetta. Live music by The Rick Zelinsky Trio. Opening reception 6-9 p.m. (737 West Fifth Ave. Ste. E)

Bivy — “To Each his Own” is an ongoing, living catalog and exhibition of personal collections, souvenirs, memorabilia, inheritance and collectibles from the two Bivy founders and other visitors. On view through June 28. (419 G St. Ste. 200)

Cabin Fever — Original jewelry by Robert and Linda Cutler. Linda is Alaska Native and uses northwest woods, fossil walrus ivory and beads to create her one-of-a-kind earrings and necklaces. Robert is internationally known for his woodworking, silver-smiting and inlay and lamination work. Opening reception 5:30 p.m. On display through June. (650 W Fourth Ave.)

Captain Cook: Coffee Cubby — “James Cook’s Voyages:” Original reproductions of Cook’s adventures by Charles Gause. Enjoy beer, wine and coffee provided by Cook Catering. Opening reception 5:30-8 p.m. "Lobby Art Salon:” Join Tami Phelps and Sue Sutton and see new selections of fine art, furniture, felted work, fashion and home furnishings. Opening reception 4 p.m. On display through September. (939 W Fifth Ave.)

Painting, ’In Search of Passage, ’ by Charles Gause.

Crush — New paintings featuring the beauty in Alaska’s structures and weathered exterior from Robin Farmer. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. (328 G St.)

Painting of Alaska's weathered exterior from Robin Farmer.

International Gallery of Contemporary Art — New exhibit, “Birds on the Edge: Dynamic Boundaries” curated by Sandra Talbot, Colleen Handel and Lee Tibbitts. This artwork addresses many challenges faced by birds across the world and highlights the connection between art and science. First Friday opening 5-8 p.m. On view through June. (427 D St.)

Midnight Sun Cafe — Paintings by Sherry Chonka. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. On view through June (245 W Fifth Ave. Ste. 106)

Sevigny Studio — Enjoy new watercolors by Chris Zafren. Live music by Becky Kotter. Opening reception 6 p.m. (608 W Fourth Ave.)

Side Street Espresso — New photos by Julie Jessen. Join her for the First Friday opening of her show “Rooted.” Opening reception 5-7 p.m. On view through July 27. (412 G St.)

Snow City Cafe — See new photographs by Justin Hall. The exhibition ranges from landscapes to portraitures. Opening reception 5:30-8 p.m. On display through July 3. (1034 W Fourth Ave.)

Photo by Alaskan photographer Justin Hall.

Sparc: A Creative Space — Featuring the work of art teachers from Sparc and other staff members from The Arc of Anchorage. Paintings, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics and more will be represented. Fifty percent of all sales will directly support programs and classes at Sparc. Opening reception 5:30 p.m. Exhibition will run throughout June. (425 D St.)

Stephan Fine Arts — New original oils by Robert Clayton. Enjoy refreshments and live music by The Spenerds. 5:30-10:30 p.m. Friday (939 W Fifth Ave. Ste. D)

Tiny Gallery — New tote bags, clutches and crossbody bags by Julia Belarde. Opening reception 4 p.m. (706 W Fourth Ave.)

Williwaw Social — Original paintings depicting Alaska’s summer beauty by Amy Cotting. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. (609 F St.)


2 Friends Gallery — Original oil paintings depicting Alaska’s beauty by Marianne Wieland. Mixed media focusing on ravens and other animals by Anna Morgenthaler. Live music by Jeannie McLeod and snacks. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. (341 E Benson Blvd.)

Alaska Bagel Restaurant — The Alaska Watercolor Society will host its semi-annual, all-member show. 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. The show continues through July 4 (113 W Northern Lights Blvd Ste. 2)

Anchorage Distillery — Original wood bowls, plates and jars by Ben Rousculp, ceramic pieces from Rustic Clay AK, and a book signing of “Learning the Ropes” with author Mike Gordon. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. (6310 A St.)

Clay Art Space — Original artwork by Salena Morrow. Opening reception 5:30-8 p.m. (5861 Arctic Blvd. Ste. D)

Denali Graphics and Frame — Original watercolors by Karen Garcia. Garcia uses mixed media techniques to depict the Alaska environment and express its vibrant spirit. Enjoy an afternoon with lovely art and light refreshments. Opening reception 2-6 p.m. Saturday (700 W International Airport Road Ste. B)

Dos Manos — Original paintings by Justin Dewolf. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. On view through June (1317 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Ste. 3)

Double Shovel Cider — Original prints by Meg Smith, who splits her time working between graphic design and fine art. Opening reception 3-8 p.m. (502 W 58th Ave. Units C and D)

Enlighten Alaska — New psychedelic-themed artwork from Jamie Janko. There will be munchies and good vibes. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. On view through June (2600 Spenard Road)

Georgia Blue Gallery — “Close by… drawings from the forest:” pen-and-ink drawings by Norman Campbell. Yup’ik activity dolls: collection of dolls by Martina Oscar, Opening reception 5 p.m. (3555 Arctic Blvd.)

Hugh McPeck Gallery — “Enchanting Artistry: Virtues and Vices” by Rhiannon Fleener explores fairy tales and the lessons they teach. Opening reception Monday 3-5 p.m. On view through June 12. (2921 Spirit Way)

Uncle Leroy’s — Original paintings from Devin Deuel. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. (701 W 36th Ave.)

Zip Kombucha — New drawings and paintings by Nathan Perry, whose work focuses on portraitures, wildlife, landscapes and abstract expressionism. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. On view through the month of June. (3404 Arctic Blvd.)


Cafe D’Arte — Original prints by Levi Werner and drawings by Chris Judd. Cafe D’arte will serve drink samples and offer discounts. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. (223 E Dimond Blvd.)

Turnagain Brewing — See acrylic, graphite, watercolor and alcohol ink works by Robert Barenz. (7920 King St.)

Midnight Sun Brewing Co. — First Firkin Friday with local beer nerd, bike enthusiast and artist Scott Clendaniel. The artist will be there to tap a firkin of Sloth Imperial Belgian Stout cask-conditioned with tart cherries soaked in cabernet to kick things off. Opening reception at 5 p.m. (8111 Dimond Hook Drive)

SSP Studio & Gallery — First Friday at SSP Studio & Gallery features Alaska photographers. Opening reception 5 p.m. (2217 E Tudor Rd. Ste. 11)

Outside Anchorage

Bunnell Street Arts Center in Homer — See original paintings from Linda Infante Lyons and ceramics from Sarah Beaty. (107 W Bunnell Ave. Ste. A)

Homer Council On the Arts — See artwork by Karen Roush. Opening reception 5-7 p.m.. (355 W Pioneer Ave. Ste. 100)

Morris Thompson Center in Fairbanks — See original watercolors and acrylics on topographic maps by Betsy Bear. Sign up for a chance to win a free print at this First Friday event. 5-8 p.m. (101 Dunkel St.)

Poppy Lane Mercantile in Palmer — Works by Joyful Raven Creations. There will be chances to win a $50 gift certificate and vendor items. Refreshments will be served all evening. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. (105 S Valley Way)

Ptarmigan Arts Gallery in Homer — See paintings from the collection, “Life by the Water” by Abbey Road Designs. 5 p.m. Friday. (471 E Pioneer Ave.)

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