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Take in a frosty First Friday this December

  • Author: Anchorage Daily News
  • Updated: December 4, 2019
  • Published December 4, 2019


Sandy Jamieson's ’Flying Down The Trail ’ at Aurora Fine Arts Gallery this December.

Aurora Fine Arts Gallery — Sandy Jamieson will personalize his new print release “Flying Down the Trail.” Live music by The Ricky Zelinsky Trio at reception 5-8 p.m. (737 West Fifth Ave.)

Anchorage Museum — Kerry Tasker will project the glacier photo and video series “Cloud Chamber" onto the museum exterior. On view for first Friday. Aslaug Magdalena Juliussen presents textile and sculpture installations in “Intersections.” There will be a launch party at 6:30 p.m. for the book “The Whale and the Cupcake” by Julia O’Malley. Meet the author and many people featured in the book’s essays and recipes. Books available for purchase at the Anchorage Museum Store. On view through March 15. “Alaskans and Salmon” celebrates salmon culture in Alaska in its many forms, from commercial, subsistence and sportfishing to processing, preserving and eating. On view through Jan. 19. “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. (625 C St.)

Bivy — “WORK / WEAR” is a group exhibition that explores the theme of labor, from the textile works of Amy Meissner and S. Hollis Mickey, a series of aprons that reflect on the female work in both domestic and artistic contexts, the shields of Keren Lowell, which symbolize a form of protection from the work world and its rules, to the speculation of Guido Segni about productive laziness and the reflections of collector Juan Sandoval on the artists’ right to be paid for their work. On view through Dec. 20. (2126, 419 G St. Ste. 100)

Cabin Fever — Duke Russell will feature his Spenard-themed plate collection. Mr. Whitekeys will present “The Whale Fat Follies” DVD. Cream puffs at reception 5:30-8 p.m. (650 W. Fourth Ave.)

Crush — Marianne Wieland will be showing her latest Alaska landscape oil paintings. Her newest raven collection of relief embossed prints will be on view. Reception 5-7 p.m. (328 G St.)

Cyrano’s — John Coyne is well known for his metal public art installations such as the one recently completed for Spenard. He is also a landscape painter working on a series of oil paintings that interpret man’s place within Alaska. Reception 5-7 p.m. (3800 DeBarr Road)

Elizabeth Place — Grand opening celebration of Elizabeth Place with artist Danielle Larsen. Reception from 4:30-7 p.m. (925 W. Seventh Ave.)

Hotel Captain Cook — Lynn Brautigam Boots presents oil paintings inspired by sights from abroad and at home in “Colorado, Croatia, & The Last Frontier.” V Rae will show her newest releases in paper, metal and canvas. Renate Martin, known for her watercolor textures and loose brush strokes, will display “Bold Water Runs Deep.” Live music at reception by SpeNerds. 5:30-10 p.m. On view through December. (939 W. Fifth Ave.)

International Gallery of Contemporary Art — Sarah Manriquez follows the life of a homeless woman through black and white photography in “Finding Home.” Joe Carr presents an experimental and ever-growing installation exploring disconnect, multiples and scale entitled “Automata.” Reception 5-8 p.m. (427 D St.)

Untitled piece by Marianne Wieland on view at Crush this December.

Middle Way Cafe — Group exhibition showcasing Alaskan indigenous artists. On view through Dec. 14. Experimental outdoor artwork using natural materials in “Elements.” Reception 6-8 p.m. (1300 W. Northern Lights Blvd. Ste. G)

Resolution Brewery — James Gaddis creates art with photographs of “Star Wars” action figures. Reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. (3024 Mountain View Drive)

Snow City Cafe — Hailey Morgan will return for a holiday show with paintings of creatures and landscapes. Light refreshments provided at reception 5:30-8 p.m. (1034 W. Fourth Ave.)

Side Street Espresso — Ed and Georgia Bennet present the culmination of 16 years’ worth of their rural Alaska photography on metal prints. A portion of the proceeds go to the Wilderness Society. Reception 5-7 p.m. (412 G St.)

Williwaw Social — Pang Phanni presents “Ever Dream.” The internationally recognized surreal pop artist will show her watercolor and ballpoint pen artwork. Reception 5-7 p.m. (609 F St.)


Alaska Bagel Restaurant — The Alaska Watercolor Society All-Members Show of paintings in a variety of media will be on display. No opening reception. 12-3 p.m. (113 W. Northern Lights Blvd.)

Clay Art Space — Jason Vukovich will show landscapes, nightscapes and seasonal animals in “Holiday Party Animals, Watercolors & Prints.” Reception 6-8:30 p.m. (5861 Arctic Blvd. Ste. D)

Georgia Blue Gallery — Kristin DeSmith maps out the journey through grieving with ceramic platters and tiles and even porcelain pieces made from molds of her own body in “Evolution: Three.” Reception 5-7 p.m. (3555 Arctic Blvd.)

Open Space — Art by Elizabeth Ellis, Hulin Alaskan Design, Sarah Burtner and Lynne Jablonski. Finger food and belly dance at reception 5:30 p.m. (630 E 57th Place)

Kimura Gallery — “Abstract Answers” brings together the work of four contemporary Canadian women artists in an exhibition exploring the limits of abstraction, representation and expression as a feminist political strategy. On view through December 20. (UAA Fine Arts Building, 3700 Alumni Drive)

Ellizabeth Ellis's ’Snow Covered Trees ’ on view at Open Space this December.


Caffé D’arte — Local art by Monica and Kent Devine. Free samples and $1 discount on drinks at reception. 5-7 p.m. (223 E. Dimond Blvd.)

Turnagain Brewing — Scott Clendaniel presents “Elevate Your Beer Art.” Meet the artist behind hundreds of beer-themed paintings. Reception 5-7 p.m. Saturday. (7920 King St.)