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First Friday art openings on July 5

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: July 3, 2019
  • Published July 4, 2019


Akela Space — “Nothing” by Mikey Huff, which features a collection of his images showcasing the abnormality in the mundane. Opening reception 6 p.m. On view through the month of July available by appointment. (320 W Sixth Ave. Ste. 132 F)

Anchorage Museum — Open galleries until 9 p.m. on First Friday. Free general admission and live music from Ten Dollar Bet, who plays contras, rags, polkas, swing and Old World classics. The atrium kiosk and Muse restaurant will also be open. “Death in the Ice: The Mystery of the Franklin” tells the story about one of the most mysterious ship expeditions to date. On view through September. “Arctic Portals” provides an immersive experience of arctic research (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" (through Oct. 13). “Alaskans and Salmon” celebrate salmon culture in Alaska in its many forms (through Jan. 19). The four dance masks in “Kegginaqut: Yup’ik Masks” are together for the first time in more than a century (through Sept. 8). “What Why How We Eat” is an exhibition looking at how Alaskans connect and share through food (through Jan. 12, 2020) (625 C St.)

Aurora Fine Art Gallery — Original artwork from various artists. Live music by the Rick Zelinsky Trio from 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 July. (419 G St. Ste. 200)

’To each his own ’ is an ongoing, living catalog and exhibition of personal collections from the two Bivy founders and other visitors.

Captain Cook Coffee Cubby — Collection by Rhonda Shelford-Jensen, who paints and photographs fish, nautical scenes and native culture. Opening reception 5:30-8 p.m. On view through July. (939 W Fifth Ave.)

International Gallery of Contemporary Art — Center Gallery: “Angry Cookie” by Anna Widman compares physical encounters in nature to the landscape of body by mapping the artist’s diagnosis and recovery from anorexia nervosa. North Gallery: “Under the Same Sky” by Emma Reynolds, which features open skies created with silk screen printing. South Gallery: “I Don’t Know” by Federica Bruni, which explores the concept of coincidence. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. On view through July 27. (427 D St.)

Midnight Sun Cafe — Wildlife photography by Grant Klotz. On view through the month of July (245 W Fifth Ave. Ste. 106)

Wildlife photography by Grant Klotz.

Sevigny Studio — Original artwork by Zeen. Opening reception 6 p.m. featuring live music by Jonathan Cannamore (608 W Fourth Ave.)

Side Street Espresso — New photos by Julie Jessen in her show “Rooted.” On view through July 27. (412 G St.)

Snow City — Anthropomorphic animal drawings by Naomi Zurba and photographs by Sebastian Ulz. Opening reception 5:30-8 p.m. Snacks and coffee will be provided. On view through July (1034 W Fourth Ave)

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. Opening reception 5:30 p.m. Exhibition will run throughout July. (425 D St.)

Stephan Fine Arts — Original oil paintings by Michelle Xiao. Opening reception 5:30-10 p.m. Enjoy refreshments and live music by the SpeNerds. On view through July. (939 W Fifth Ave.)

’Leading the Way ’ oil painting by Michelle Xiao.

Tiny Gallery — Watercolor paintings by Karen Garcia, whose work pays homage to her homeland, culture and ancestors. Opening reception 4-8 p.m. On view through July (706 W Fourth Ave.)

Williwaw Social — Photography by local artists Kevin Bennett and Travis Smith. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. On view through July (609 F St.)

Whale’s Tail — Original cold wax paintings, furniture, hand-felted pieces and home decor by Tami Phelps and Sue Sutton. 4-9 p.m. (939 W Fifth Ave.)


Alaska Bagel Restaurant — Original watercolor and acrylic paintings by Karen Crandall. On view through August 1 (113 W Northern Lights Blvd Ste.2)

Clay Art Space — Feng Shui, animals and “Quotable Quotes” paintings by Salena Morrow. Opening reception 5:30-8 p.m. (5861 Arctic Blvd. Ste. D)

Painting of an Arctic Warbler on a birch tree in Autumn by Salena Morrow.

Dos Manos — “Mountains & Maps” illustrations by Sarah Glaser. On view through August. ( 1317 W Northern Lights Blvd. Ste. 3)

Double Shovel Cider Company — Original alcohol ink pieces by Deb Lestenkof from Deb’s Creative Paws. On view through the month of July. (502 W 58th Ave.)

Hugh McPeck Gallery — “Simple Modern Traditional” by Britt’Nee Brower, an Inupiaq artist who draws awareness to Indigenous cultures of Alaska through sculptures, paintings and drawings. On view through July 24. (2921 Spirit Way)

Resolution Brewery — Original nature-inspired artwork by Annie Brownlee. Opening reception 5:30-7 p.m. (3024 Mountain View Drive)

SSP Studio and Gallery — Photos by Alaska Premier photographers. Opening reception at 5 p.m. (2217 E Tudor Road Ste. 11)

Uncle Leroy’s — Original and colorful artwork from Hope Studios, which celebrates the human spirit through creativity and ingenuity. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. (701 W 36th Ave.)

Zip Kombucha — Paintings by self-taught artist Sherry Chonka. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. (3404 Arctic Blvd.)


Turnagain Brewing — Graphic art by Rudy Romano. On view through July. (7924 King St.)

12100 Coffee — Acrylic paintings by Chantelle Marie, whose work reflects nature with a whimsical twist. Come get a coffee and meet the artist. Opening reception 4-7 p.m. (12100 Old Seward Highway)

Outside Anchorage

Black Spruce Brewing Company — Original drawings by Elizabeth van Lent. Opening reception 3-8 p.m. On view through July (3290 Peger Road Ste. B, Fairbanks)

Bunnell Street Arts Center — Needle felt and bead artwork by Beth Blankenship and art by Antoinette Walker. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. Afterwards see a screening of an hour-long program by Homer-based artist Michael Walsh. On view through July. (106 W Bunnell Ave. Ste. A, Homer)

Fairbanks Art — Art by the Elements Artist Group, which works in a variety of media with each member creating their personal response to the music. The exhibit was curated by Margo Klass and is on view in the Bear Gallery through July. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. (2300 Airport Way, Fairbanks)

Hoarfrost Distilling — Photography by Tim Newton, whose work has been featured in National Geographic. Opening reception 3-8 p.m. (3501 Lathrop St. Ste. F, Fairbanks)

Homer Council on the Arts — Varied work of Latvian-born artist Gundega Šnepste, who found new roots in Homer and continues to expand her horizons. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. On view through the month of July (355 W Pioneer Ave.)

Poppy Lane — Original paintings and glasses by 14-year-old artist, Kylie. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. There will be rock painting activities, refreshments and giveaways. (105 S Valley Way, Palmer)