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Here’s what’s opening for First Friday this week

  • Author: Caleigh Jensen
  • Updated: May 2
  • Published May 2

Downtown

Akela Collective — Contemporary photographer and lifelong Alaskan Kerry Tasker explores landscape as a subject utilizing drone imagery and artificial light. Opening reception 5-9 p.m. On view through May 31. (320 W. Sixth Ave. #132F)

’Cloud Chamber ’ by Kerry Tasker, an Alaska photographer featured in this month's opening reception from Akela Space

Alaska Center for the Performing Arts — 1% for Art and Backstage Tours will feature artists whose works are in the collection of the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, there will be behind-the-scenes sessions with the Alaska Youth Orchestras and games with prizes. Opening reception with small bites from Glacier Brewhouse from 5:30-7:30 p.m. (621 W. Sixth Ave.)

Anchorage Museum — Arctic Portals provides an immersive experience in arctic research. On view through Oct. 13.

• Learn about the overview of how indigenous people have been represented in the media with “The Culture of Media: Representation from Nanook to Molly.” On view through Oct. 13.

• Alaskans and Salmon celebrates salmon culture in Alaska in its many forms. On view through Jan. 19. Polar bears and walruses offer insight into the culture of the “North in Aiviq and Nanug: Sea Horse and Sea Bear of the Arctic.” On view through May 12.

• 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 a series of public programs that look at how Alaskans connect and share through food. On view through Jan. 12, 2020. (625 C St.)

Aurora Fine Art — Alaskan artist Chip Brock displays his original oil paintings on linen. Opening reception with live music from 6-9 p.m. (737 W. 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. Opening reception 5-9 p.m. On view through June 28. (419 G St. Ste. 200)

“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.

Cabin Fever — Northwest Pewter will display traditional designs on pewter platters, bowls and trays created by Native American inmates. Opening reception 5:30-8 p.m. On view through the month of May. (650 W. Fourth Ave.)

Captain Cook Coffee Cubby — Longtime Alaskan and self-taught artist and photographer Dan Twitchell presents his newest collection of original oil paintings influenced by Alaska wildlife. The gallery is located inside the Hotel Captain Cook. Opening reception 5:30-8 p.m. (939 W. Fifth Ave.)

’Last Dance ’ by self-taught artist and photographer Dan Twitchell, who will present his newest collection of original oil paintings.

The Crest Gallery — Welcome spring with a burst of color in glass by local artist Amy Keyser. Since 2005, Amy’s whimsical Christmas ornaments have become collector’s items for locals. Inside the Hotel Captain Cook. Opening reception 5-9 p.m. On view through the month of April. (939 W. Fifth Ave.)

Crush Wine Bistro & Cellar — Michelle Xiao, an artist from Beijing, presents paintings influenced by both the Eastern and Western world, including Alaska’s landscapes. Opening reception from 5-8 p.m. (328 G St.)

’Alaska Home Sweet Home ’ by Michelle Xiao. Work by Xiao will be on display at Crush.

Double Shovel Cider Company — A collaborative exhibition with Roaming Daughter and Tanya Val. Opening reception 3-8 p.m. (502 W. 58th Ave. Units C and D)

International Gallery of Contemporary Art — In the Center Gallery, Elizabeth Eero Irving presents “A Place to Call Home.” In the North Gallery, Shoko Takahashi explores motion picture books with “The Illusion of Motion in the Accordion Book.” In the South Gallery, Mikhail Siskoff’s “Dollar Cinema” found inspiration from the low-budget exploitation films of the 1970s. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. On view through June 1. (427 D St.)

’Night Driving ’ by Shoko Takahashi. Takahashi explores motion picture books with ’The Illusion of Motion in the Accordion Book. ’

Midnight Sun Cafe — Opening reception 5-7 p.m. On view through the month of May. (245 W. Fifth Ave. Ste 106)

Sevigny Studio — Oil canvas paintings by Yuliya Hegelson. Opening reception 6-10 p.m. On view through the month of May. (608 W. Fourth Ave.)

Snow City Cafe — Alaska artist Rebecca Tremont explores the symbolism of the octopus in “Call of the Kraken.” Opening reception 5:30-8 p.m. On view through June 6. (1034 W. Fourth Ave.)

Alaskan artist Rebecca Tremont explores the symbolism of the octopus in ’Call of the Kraken. ’

Sparc: A Creative Space — “The Yellow Show” celebrates all things yellow with paintings by Sparc artists demonstrate the vibrancy of color. Opening reception with refreshments from 5:30-8 p.m. 425 D St.

Steam Dot — Alaska artist Christina Wilson features thick texture and vibrant colors in her series of Alaska mountain scenes. On view through the month of May. (609 F St.)

Stephan Fine Arts — A new series of original paintings by Nikiski artist Andy Hehnlin. Opening reception with live music by Blaze & Eric 5-11 p.m. (939 W. Fifth Ave.)

’Morning Climb ’ by Andy Hehnlin. Original paintings by Nikiski artist Hehnlin will be on display at Stephan Fine Arts.

SubZero Microlounge — Featured artists model Mademoiselle M and photographer Josh Lowman created a rare collection of seductive and erotic print art depicting Japanese-inspired Kinbaku scenes. Opening reception 6-9 p.m. On view through the month of May (612 F St.)

Tiny Gallery — Carol Jones of FireBear Designs presents new jewelry. Opening reception 4-8 p.m. (706 W. Fourth Ave.)

The Whale’s Tail — Alaska sisters Tami Phelps and Sue Sutton are back at the Cook with "Lobby Art Salon,” exhibiting their fine art, fiber art, felt work, furniture and fashion. Opening reception 4-9 p.m. (939 W Fifth Ave.)

’Fluffy Tuffet ’ by Tami Phelps and ’Traveler's Note ’ by Sue Sutton. Sisters Tami Phelps and Sue Sutton present their fine art, fiber art, felt work, furniture and fashion.

Williwaw Social — Karen Padgett shares her playful works of art. Opening reception 5-7 p.m. On view through the month of May. (609 F St.)

Southside Caffe D’arte Dimond — Works by photographer Joanie Havenner. Opening reception with free samples and $1 off beverages 5-7 p.m. (223 E. Dimond Blvd.)

Turnagain Brewing — Works by Katie Segvigny. On view through the month of May. (7924 King St.)

Beyond downtown

Anchorage Distillery — Nature-inspired watercolor works by Ashley Seabolt Originals and Art by Hailey Morgan. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. (6310 A St.)

Alaska Bagel Restaurant — Alaska Watercolor Society artists Beth Bauer, Crystal Gronnestad and Lura White will exhibit a show of their work. Opening reception 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. On view through June 6. (113 W. Northern Lights Blvd. #2)

APU ConocoPhillips Gallery — Fairbanks-based artist Lynn Larsen presents “She’s in the Brooks - Portraits of Arctic Mountains.” Opening reception 5-7 p.m. On view through May 31. (4101 University Drive)

’She's in the Refuge ’ by Lynn Larsen. The Fairbanks artist will present ’She’s in the Brooks - Portraits of Arctic Mountains. ’

APU Leah J. Peterson Gallery — Danielle Larsen, contemporary illustrator and painter, is best known for her colorful, graphic, large-scale paintings of jarred, smoked salmon inspired by her father, and will present her work in her exhibition “The Can Factory.” Opening reception 5-7 p.m. On view through May 31. (4101 University Drive)

ARC Gallery — “Woven Homes” explores the meaning behind bird’s nests and asks why the nest might be such an intriguing artistic subject. Featured artists are Carol Lambert, Melanie Lombard, Holly Nordlum and Sara Tabbert. On view through May 7 (3211 Providence Drive)

Bartlett High School — Young visual arts students explore social justice themes through creative practice at Bartlett High School. This month, students have chosen to highlight issues surrounding gun violence and global climate. Opening reception from 5-7 p.m. (1101 Golden Bear Drive)

The Bicycle Shop — Midnight Sun Brewing Company kicks off a month of bike events with a First Friday Bike Edition. Join them for the musical stylings of local bicycle legend Orion Donicht, a beer garden from Midnight Sun and the big reveal of the Midnight Sun Bicycles, hand painted by local tattoo artists Reed Leslie and Kevin Harden from The Hole Look. Opening reception from 4-7 p.m. On view through the month of May (1801 W. Dimond Blvd.)

Clay Art Space — Lynne Jablonski, Penny Panlener and Thais Thomas will be showing alongside Jenny Ditto, Isaiah Chevalier and various potters from the studio with an emphasis on Mother’s day gifts. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. On view through the month of May (5861 Arctic Blvd. Ste. D)

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

Georgia Blue Gallery — Steve Gordon presents 13 varied oil paintings in his exhibit “New Work.” Opening reception with a book signing of “Learning the Ropes” by Mike Gordon from 5-7 p.m. On view through the month of May (3555 Arctic Blvd.)

Kimura Gallery — The BFA Thesis Exhibition II features “One Thread Is Strong Enough” by Alyson Kennard, “The Human Saiki (psyche)” by Jessica Saiki and “Anonymous Misogyny” by Barbra Medcoff (3700 Alumni Drive)

Midnight Sun Brewing — Girdwood’s Malia Skriloff will showcase her art and a cask conditioned firkin of Berserker, Termination Dust and Sloth blend. Malia’s work is heavily influenced by her Alaskan surroundings. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. (8111 Dimond Hook Drive)

SSP Studio & Gallery — Alaska photographers have taken their passion from photos and turned them into art (2217 E. Tudor Road, Ste. 11)

Resolution Brewery — Keren Lowell uses textile processes to create pieces that move freely between the realms of sculpture, installation, performance and wearable art. Opening reception 5:30-8 p.m. (3024 Mountain View Drive)

Uncle Leroy’s Coffee — Born and raised in Alaska, Justin Parsons, or C.ON.A.H., creates artworks from mediums including traditional lettering to spray painting. Opening reception with live music by Bob Parsons and light refreshments provided by Fromagio’s, 5-8 p.m. (701 W. 36th Ave.)

Zip Kombucha — Local oil painter Carlos Pereira will feature new abstract works. Opening reception 6-9 p.m. (3404 Arctic Blvd.)

2 Friends Gallery — Find earrings, enamel pins and one of a kind seed bead art jewelry by Beadwitched jewelry. Opening reception from 5-7 p.m. (341 E. Benson Blvd.)

Outside Anchorage

Girdwood Center for Visual Arts — New originals by Gina Edwards in a “mini show.” Opening reception 5:30-7:30 p.m. On view through the month of May (194 Olympic Mountain Loop)

Poppy Lane Mercantile LLC — Featured vendor Abbas Acres presents her Alaska-made baby clothing and more. First 20 shoppers through the door will receive a spring plant and planter pot, two $50 gift certificates will be given away and refreshments will be available. Opening reception 5-8 p.m. (105 S. Valley Way)

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