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First Friday art openings: Personal, political, whimsical

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: August 1
  • Published August 1


Anchorage Museum — “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. 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. First Friday open galleries until 9 p.m. Free general admission. Live music, poetry and dance performance by Sunlight Collaboration in the museum lawn. The atrium kiosk and Muse restaurant will be open. (625 C St.)

Aurora Fine Arts — “New Vision Raku” by Marilyn Kaminsky Miller features large, hand-built wall sculptures. Opening reception with live music by the Rick Zelinsky Trio at 5-8 p.m. (737 West Fifth Ave. Ste. E)

“New Vision Raku” by Marilyn Kaminsky Miller

Bivy — “Breathing Both Sides” by Susan Joy Share reflects on her practice throughout the years including personal journals. Opening reception 5-9 p.m. On view through September 27. (419 G St.)

Crest Gallery — Original artwork by Duke Russell, Joel Loosli and Becky Stephan. Opening reception 5:30-9 p.m. On view through August. (939 W Fifth Ave.)

“Intrinsic Beauty” by Becky Stephan

Crush “And Suddenly I Saw You” by Indra Arriaga is a selection of artwork created during a period of time marked by accelerated change and are responses to social, political and personal situations. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. On view through August. (328 G St.)

International Gallery of Contemporary Art — Center and North Galleries: “What’s Not To Say” by Lloyd Cro focuses on topics that have the ability to divide people. South Gallery: “Wire Imagination” by Frank Marrari features a collection of whimsical sculptures. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. On view through August 31. (427 D St.)

Midnight Sun Cafe — Paintings by Nelson Guardo. On view through August. (245 W Fifth Ave. Ste. 106)

Resolution Brewing — Abstract and landscape paintings by Carlos Pereira. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. On view through August. (3024 Mountain View Dr.)

Sevigny — Landscape photography by Heidi Kroll. Opening reception with music by J. Wagner at 6-10 p.m. On view through August. (608 W Fourth Ave.)

Photography by Heidi Kroll

Side Street Espresso — Watercolor paintings by Karl Becker. Opening reception with the artist 5-7 p.m. On view through September 28. (412 G St.)

Snow City — “Friends and Anachronisms” by Tara Gildow shows a surrealistic exploration of Alaskan landscapes, portraiture and Victorian fashion. Opening reception 5:30-8 p.m. On view through September 5. (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, sculptures, jewelry, ceramics and more will be sold. Opening reception 5:30-8 p.m. Refreshments are provided. Exhibition will run throughout August. (425 D St.)

Stephan Fine Arts — Original paintings by Bret Roberts and Janusz Gilewicz. Opening reception 5:30-11 p.m. There will be live music throughout the night. On view through August 14. (939 W Fifth Ave.)

’True Love Story” by Bret Roberts

Tiny Gallery — Book bindings by Ferchu Waddoups. Opening reception 4-8 p.m. On view through August. (706 W Fourth Ave.)

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

Williwaw Social — “Dilapidated Details” by photographer Jennifer Fowler. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. On view through August. (609 F St.)


Alaska Pacific University — “Give or Take a Century: a Retrospective” by Joe Senungetuk, an Inupiaq artist who expresses certain topics through traditional and non-traditional Alaska Native art forms. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. Music by Elements Artist Group. On view through August. (4101 University Dr.)

Blaine’s Art — Original artwork from artists in Michele Usibelli’s outdoors workshop. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. Light snacks will be provided. On view through August. (1025 Photo Ave.)

Anchorage Distillery — Original artwork by Akonic and Seafoam.Saltwater. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. On view through August. (6310 A St.)

Clay Art Space — Feng Shui, animals and “quotable quotes” paintings by Salena Morrow. On view through August. (5861 Arctic Blvd. Ste. D)

Cyrano’s — “Chaos, Structure, and the Thread that Connects” by Graham Dane and James Temte, which features abstract paintings. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. On view through August. (3800 Debarr Rd.)

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

Georgia Blue — “Movement in Shape and Color” by Jessie Hedden displays paintings, drawings, woodcuts and sculptures. Opening reception 5 p.m. On view through September 3. (3555 Arctic Blvd.)

Hugh McPeck Gallery — “History of Nothing” by Levi Wener, a recent UAA graduate who showcases stories of human nature, place and humor through surreal imagery. Opening reception Monday 3-5 p.m. On view through month of August. (2921 Spirit Way)

SSP Studio & Gallery — Original photography by Alaska Premier photographers. Opening reception 5 p.m. (2217 E Tudor Rd. Ste. 11)

Uncle Leroy’s Coffee — Photos by Visuallygeorge. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. On view through August. (701 W 36th Ave.)

Zip Kombucha — Original artwork by Luke Nicholson. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. On view through August. (3404 Arctic Blvd.)

2 Friends Gallery — Original works from the Alaska Watercolor Society. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. Light refreshments and snacks will be provided and attendees can meet some of the artists. On view through August. (341 E Benson Blvd.)


Cafe D’arte — Paintings encapsulating the natural world by Gratia Kautek. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. There will be free samples and a dollar off beverages. On view through August. (223 E Dimond Blvd.)

Catalyst Cannabis — Original artwork by Mikhail Siskoff. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. On view through the month of August. (900 Old Seward Hwy.)

Midnight Sun Brewing — Hangable and wearable art by Mark Stewart. Meet the artist and sip on a firkin during the opening reception at 5 p.m. On view through August. (8111 Dimond Hook Dr.)

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

Outside Anchorage

Bunnell Street Arts Center — Mixed media paintings by Colleen Thomas and art representing the cycles of fish, planets and leaves by metalsmith Les Matz. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. On view through August. (106 W Bunnell Ave. Ste. A, Homer)

Expressions in Glass — Artwork made with wood, glass and acrylic paint by Kim Krinke. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. There will be snacks and light refreshments. (1922 Peger Rd., Fairbanks)

Fairbanks Art — “Wild Rivers” by Deland Anderson features artwork inspired by the rivers of Alaska. “Forbidden Garden” by Esther Hong shows colorful displays of mixed media. Reception 5-7 p.m. On view through August. (2300 Airport Way, Fairbanks)

Grace Ridge Brewing Inc. — Portraits of moose queens and other wildlife by Julianne Tomich, who has a background in children’s mural painting. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. On view through August. (3388 B St., Homer)

Hoarfrost Distilling — Original paintings and drawings focusing on sea life and outer space by Devante Owens. Opening reception 3-8 p.m. On view through August. (3501 Lathrop St. Ste. F, Fairbanks)

Homer Council on the Arts — Textiles, paintings and pottery by 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 August. (355 W Pioneer Ave.)

Kenai Fine Art Center — “Panta Rhei” by Joel Isaak delves into the idea of a funeral potlatch to move people through the various losses experienced in Alaska. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. Live singing and drumming by George Holly. (816 Cook Dr.)

Poppy Lane — Hand crafted bird houses by Cindy Byfield. There will be refreshments and giveaways. Reception 5-8 p.m. On view through August. (105 S Valley Way, Palmer)

Venue — “Tending Fire” featuring works by printmaker Megan Perra and poet Caitlin Scarano, which will be offered for sale. Opening reception at 5-10 p.m. There will be complimentary hors devours, as well as live music by Lexxi. (514 Second Ave., Fairbanks)

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