First Friday February fun | Juneau Empire

Those who made it out of the Groundhog Day time loop will have an array of arts-and-culture-connected events to enjoy on Friday.

A photography exhibit, Wearable Art retrospective artist spotlights and more are planned for the monthly First Friday event organized by Juneau Arts & Humanities Council.

Scheduled events include:

Juneau Arts & Humanities Council: Romeo Photography Exhibit, 350 Whittier St. 4:30-7 p.m.

The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council and Orpheus Project present “Romeo: The Wolf Who Came to Juneau,” a photography exhibit curated by Kerry M. Howard and Matthew S. Brown. Proof of vaccination and masks are required to attend.

The event features a collection of 20 photos by five photographers that showcase Romeo’s life in Juneau. All 20 photographs can be purchased through an online auction that goes live on Friday and runs through Feb. 26. Books will also be available to purchase during the opening reception.

The exhibit will be up through the month of February.

This exhibit is part of a month-long series of events organized by Orpheus Project:

— Feb. 4: First Friday at the JACC

— Feb. 11: 7 p.m., Fireside Lecture with Nick Jans at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center.

— Feb. 18 and 19: 7:30 p.m. at TMHS, “Wolf Songs”—A large-scale musical offering with works by Emerson Eads, Dave Hunsaker, William Todd Hunt and Nick Jans.

— Feb. 20: 2 p.m. matinee.

— Ongoing through 2022: A children’s musical tale about Romeo with music created by Elena Levi and Joel Bennett.

Juneau Arts & Humanities Council: Wearable Art Retrospective, 101 Egan Drive – Centennial Hall Davis Gallery.

The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council invites you to a pop-up exhibit at the Davis Gallery in Centennial Hall during February First Friday. Masks and proof of vaccination are required to attend during First Friday.

Enjoy a Juneau Wearable Arts Retrospective with a special tribute to the years 2003-2008 when former director, Deborah Smith, was running the show. The exhibit will look all the way back to 2001, featuring photographs, posters, programs, Wearable Art pieces, newspaper articles, video footage, and more.

There will also be original artwork by local artist Patti Hutchens Jouppi on display in the lobby.

This year, they’re celebrating 22 years of Wearable Art in Juneau. In partnership with the Downtown Business Association, they’ve hidden 21 posters around Downtown Juneau. We challenge you to find as many posters as you can, take selfies or a photo, tag us in a post or a story @wearable_art_juneau & use #juneauwearableart for a chance to win tickets to the Sunday (Feb. 13) show & other fun prizes.

The scavenger hunt begins during First Friday and will run through Feb. 11.

Juneau-Douglas City Museum: Kristen Shelton, 114 W. Fourth St., 4:30-7 p.m.

Kirsten Shelton illustrates the natural world through a detailed lens, finding interest in the textures, and seemingly infinite subtleties, that surround us. In this exhibit, Kirsten’s work draws attention to temperate rainforest life. Through pen and ink, Shelton details the flora under our feet, the matrix of moss and tree limbs above our heads, animal characters who see us (and we sometimes glimpse as well), and other subtleties in our local landscape.

For First Friday, 2022, from 4:30-7pm, the city museum will host an opening reception for an art exhibition by Shelton titled, “Quilled: Close Encounters in the Temperate Rainforest.” Then, on Saturday, beginning at 10:30 a.m., the museum will host an artist talk with Shelton at the museum. Masks are required to attend both events at the city museum. “Quilled: Close Encounters in the Temperate Rainforest” will be on display at the city museum from Feb.4-26.

Barnaby Brewing Company: Lanie McCarry, 165 Shattuck Way 4-8 p.m. Barnaby Brewing Co. will feature local illustrator and painter, Lanie McCarry. McCarry works primarily in oils and was inspired to create a large piece featuring Romeo the wolf, as well as supplemental pieces in acrylics and ink.

The brewery has also collaborated with the Orpheus Project to create a Romeo Beer. The beer will be released alongside McCarry’s Romeo-inspired art. A portion of proceeds will be donated to The Orpheus Project.

Devil’s Club Brewing Company: Jolene Smith, Fiber Artist: “Petrichor Muses”, 100 N. Franklin St. 4-8 p.m.

Macrame fiber artist, Jolene Smith, is an Aleut Alaska Native, born and raised in Juneau, where she makes her home with her husband and three small children. Her fiber art incorporates themes of nature, rich texture and often include various natural elements such as wood, metal and stone. Each item is hand-knotted and designed by Smith, created with gratitude and intention. She is thrilled to share her work with the community in this exhibit titled “Petrichor Muses.”

Juneau Artists Gallery: Dorolyn Alper, multimedia artist, ground floor of the Senate Building, 175 S. Franklin St. 4-6 p.m.

Dorolyn Alper is the featured artist for the month of February at the Juneau Artists Gallery. Dorolyn creates unique wall art and fabric creations. Her current series features ravens inspired by her observations of the eagles and ravens along the Juneau Seawalk. One of her popular items are fabric boots that come with a glass vase inside.

This photo shows artwork by Dorolyn Alper. Alper creates unique wall art and fabric creations. Her current series features ravens inspired by her observations of the eagles and ravens along the Juneau Seawalk. (Courtesy Photo)

This photo shows artwork by Dorolyn Alper. Alper creates unique wall art and fabric creations. Her current series features ravens inspired by her observations of the eagles and ravens along the Juneau Seawalk. (Courtesy Photo)

Marie Drake Planetarium: Fulldome Films at Planetarium, 1415 Glacier Ave. Marie Drake Building 4:30-7 p.m.

An immersive experience watching 360-degree movies on our 30 foot dome. Varied short films on astronomy, space exploration and art. Must be fully vaccinated, wear masks and socially distanced. The event is free and all ages welcome. Attendance is limited and no reservation required. MarieDrakePlanetarium.org to learn more.

Annie Kaill’s: Swallow’s Journey/Abby Focht, Jewelry, 124 Seward Street 4:30 – 7:30

Annie Kaill’s is featuring new work by local jewelry designer, Abby Focht! Abby has been working on many new earring and ring designs. Her latest pieces are from her newest line, “The Botanical Collection” and has not been shown before. Abby’s work makes perfect Valentine’s Gifts! Her jewelry features mixed metals, semi-precious stones and found objects. No two pieces are exactly alike and many are one of a kind. Join us for the opening reception on Friday. We regularly carry Abby’s work so come by Annie Kaill’s and find your favorites.


Robert G. Mull

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