First Fridays in Juneau Alaska

This was a fabulous trip and I’ve a lot to write about including: Juneau history, arts and peoples, ArtWalk and Artists in Juneau, Native Alaskans, Artists in Haines, Arts and Culture in Haines accompanied by some gorgeous videos and pictures. So come back to read this continuing travelogue.

As it was first Friday numerous art studios and galleries were open and there was an extensive listing and map which made it easier to make the tour.

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Donna Catotti (l) and Nancy DeCherney (r), JACC Director

Donna Catotti’s exhibition “Keeping the Tradition” was at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center (JACC), a local non-profit that is home to the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council and various local and regional artists. The facility offers a location for artists to show work in the gallery, sell work in the lobby shop, and rent space to offer a variety of workshops and performances. The exhibition was excellent and a success. Several pieces sold and future commissions lined up. There will be much more in future blogs about Donna, her work, her collaborations with husband Rob Goldberg and his work as an artist and luthier. Below a video of some of the work in Donna’s show.

 

The Juneau Artists Gallery is an artist co-op established in 1985 and has 23 artists who exhibit and work in the gallery. Open year round, it is a place where local people shop as well as the thousands of tourists that visit each day. While I was there speaking with Thyes Shaub, member and jeweler, several people came in and made purchases. The work in the gallery was excellent and beautifully displayed. The artist of the month while I was there was Chef Stef— Stefani Marnon featuring her spruce tip salted caramels and other delicious culinary delights.

As we got into conversation I learned that she was originally from Queens in a town not too far from where I grew up. She then introduced me to some friends and, perhaps it was because of their names, I asked about a Jewish community. There is a small Jewish Community Sukkat Shalom, with 35 families and is led by a visiting student Rabbi. There are services, a religious school, educational programs, Tot Shabbats, B’nai Mitzvah preparation and opportunities to have a destination B’nai Mitzvah service.

MK MacNaughton in her Studio

MK MacNaughton lives in Juneau. In addition to landscape paintings and charcoal drawings, MK makes giclée prints, cards, ornaments, and hand-painted t-shirts at her studio. Art catering classes are available by appointment (more info about art catering on website).

 

Della Cheney is a Tlingit & Haida artist. I met her at Sealaska Heritage where she was giving a demonstration of weaving traditional hats. She is a delightful woman who teaches weaving, writes and gives talks about the Native American experience and culture.

Della Cheney is a Tlingit & Haida artist.
I met her at Sealaska Heritage where she was giving a demonstration of weaving traditional hats. She is a delightful woman who teaches weaving, writes and gives talks about the Native American experience and culture.

 

 

Haa Shagoon Studio/ Gallery, featuring artists Ray Peck, John Evans, Rudy Isturis, and Don Morgan (seated) is a shared studio/ gallery space where you can see Native artists carving, painting, and drawing.Haa Shagoon Studio/ Gallery, featuring artists Ray Peck, John Evans, Rudy Isturis, and Don Morgan (seated) is a shared studio/ gallery space where you can see Native artists carving, painting, and drawing.
Work is mostly on consignment or by people who work at the gallery. As Don and I were speaking he told me he often goes to New York to visit his brother who lives upstate. Of course I asked where and as it turns out, his brother is a musician and lives in the same town I do near Woodstock, NY.

Arnie Weimer (l), featured artist at Annie Kraill’s, est. 1975, has Alaskan artwork, handmade pottery and stoneware, glassware and art glass, local jewelry paintings and sculpture. John Chapman (r) has the “Picture This” shop and was very helpful in telling me about the artscene in Juneau.

This phenomenon of one day of the weekend opening studios and galleries for an “art walk” can be found wherever there is a concentration of artists.

 

 

 

 

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