EVENTS BEGINNING AT 10AM

Pic Tours Alaska Photography Lessons

Pic Tours Alaska is partnering with Anchorage Downtown Partnership, Ltd. to host free photography lessons at Old City Hall Park (Petrovich Park), daily May 30th-Sept 13th. These lessons are short, 15-minute tutorials on how to use a camera and smartphone to capture the beauty of Alaska! Meet by the Blue Bear next to Visit Anchorage's Log Cabin on F Street and 4th Avenue. "Capture a better vacation". Smartphones welcomed. (Petrovich Park, 500 W 4th Avenue)

First Friday at the Museum

Open galleries. Open minds. Open late. Tonight: Ten Dollar Bet plays contras, rags, polkas, swing and Old-World classics. Rapid Space Shorts in the planetarium. Atrium kiosk and Muse restaurant open. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

EVENTS BEGINNING AT 12PM

Proud Raven, Panting Wolf

In Proud Raven, Panting Wolf: Carving Alaska's New Deal Totem Parks, Ketchikan-native Emily Moore examines the origins of totem parks at Saxman, Totem Bight, Wrangell and Prince of Wales Island. Built between 1938 and 1942 as part of a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) program, Alaska's totem parks arose out of a controversial set of compromises between New Deal efforts to preserve "American heritage" and Tlingit and Haida efforts to assert their own heritage and claims to the Tongass National Forest. Emily Moore is currently Assistant Professor of Art History at Colorado State University. Her book Proud Raven, Panting Wolf: Carving Alaska's New Deal Totem Parks is published by University of Washington Press. At this event, questions concerning the purpose of the totem parks and motivations governing the restoration of the totem poles will be addressed. (UAA Bookstore, 2901 Spirit Drive)

EVENTS BEGINNING AT 1:30PM

See and Taste Alaska

Meet an Alaskan Native storyteller, sample local foods, & tour our local art gallery. (E Street Theatre, 315 E Street)

EVENTS BEGINNING AT 2PM

Tara Horton

Free opening reception and one-night-only pop up shop showcasing photography by local artist Tara Horton. She will be selling signed framed work, unsigned prints and cards. Come enjoy some great nature photography and amazing cider! (Double Shovel Cider, 502 W 58th Avenue)

EVENTS BEGINNING AT 4PM

10 Cups of Tea

Ferchu Waddoups began exploring Alaska in 2008 and, after living in several areas of the state, decided to settle in Anchorage and establish 10 Cups of Tea - a crafting bookbindery with a focus on the art of books. Ferchu has been an artist for many years; working with watercolors, digital arts, and web design. She has a Graphic Designer degree from Universidad Abierta Interamericana in Buenos Aires, Argentina. It was at university she taught herself to bind and customize books to her needs. Mastering these skills brought her immense joy and nurtured a love for classic bookbinding techniques. Rather than mass production of books, at 10 Cups of Tea, Ferchu is focused on maximizing diversity in classic binding styles, cover art, and materials (Tiny Gallery, 706 W 4th Avenue)

EVENTS BEGINNING AT 5PM

Joe and Martha Senungetuk

APU Elder Artists-in-Residence, Joe and Martha Senungetuk, will exhibit a retrospective of Joe’s artwork spanning from the 1960’s to current. Joe Senungetuk is an Iñuipaq artist from Kiŋigin (Wales) Alaska. His prolific artwork is known for expressing contemporary and often controversial topics though both traditional and non-traditional Alaska Native art forms. (Alaska Pacific University, 4101 University Drive)

Mark Stewart

Mark Stewart takes over the walls of Midnight Sun Brewing Company this August. Check out his hangable and wearable art all month long. Mark will kick off his residency with us in true style with a firkin of Worst-Case Ontario Hazy IPA cask conditioned with honeydew. Check out the art, meet the artist and sip on this one of a kind firkin. (Midnight Sun Brewing, 8111 Dimond Hook Drive)

Nelson Guardo

Nelson Guardo is a retired 20-year military vet, originally from New York. Nelson was a graffiti artist, until he joined the army at age 18. After retiring in Alaska to be a full-time single parent of his 3 daughters, he started painting again. (Midnight Sun Café, 245 W 5th Avenue)

First Friday SSP Studio & Gallery

SSP Studio & Gallery is not your normal photography gallery. Here you will find some of Alaska's top talent pushing the envelope of their cameras and taking the lens to new depths. Thought provoking, intriguing and mind-blowing art. Get ready to have your mind accelerated to new levels. (SSP Studio, 2217 E Tudor Road, Suite 11)

2 Friends Gallery

45th Annual Alaska Watercolor Society Juried Exhibition. (2 Friends Gallery, 341 E Benson Boulevard)

Anchorage Distillery

There will be a short-curated cocktail menu for you to enjoy as you explore art from Akonic Art Studio and Seafoam Saltwater. (Anchorage Distillery, 6310 A Street)

Caffe D’arte Presents Gratia Kautek

From the artist: “Born 1989 in the colorful city of Berlin, Germany - a year of movement and change - I grew up with the thrive to create, visualize and illustrate the world around me. The animal and natural world had been my focus and fascination since early childhood. It soon was to become my life dedication. In my teenage years I was moved to the city of art, Vienna, Austria. There, I went to university and studied Zoology. My artistic creations developed on the side and appeared in forms of paintings, sculptures, drawings and illustrations. Inspired by people’s curiosity in my skill I attended a couple of art galleries around the world and got experienced in commission work. With moving away from Berlin, I started exploring and travelling the world by myself. This life experience not just nourished my mind but also formed the person I am now. My art has travelled with me and developed in its own way. Eventually, my anchor dropped in Alaska and it became my new home. This inspiring place, its people and the surrounding beautiful nature inspires me. It is my wish to illustrate the beauty and fascination of this remarkable life up here and bring joy to people.” (Caffe D’arte, 4000 Ambassador Drive)

And Suddenly I Saw You

"And Suddenly I Saw You" is a selection of artworks that were created in a period marked by accelerated change and multidirectionality. The pieces selected for this exhibit are responses to social, political, and personal situations that create tensions, instability, and afflictions. Their creation provides a respite and a way to cope with the hardships and allows for a broader sharing of these experiences; by doing that, "And Suddenly I Saw You" is a way for the artist and the viewer to find one another.

Indra Arriaga is a Mexican artist, writer, and researcher working in Alaska. Indra’s art has shown internationally in Germany, Oman, Bulgaria, France and Armenia. Nationally, she has exhibited in Portland, OR, San Francisco, CA, Camarillo, CA, New York, NY, San Antonio, TX, Miami, FL, and in various cities in Alaska. In addition to her work in the visual arts, Indra works for the State of Alaska, and is also a freelance writer. Indra is on the Board President for Out North. She recently received an Individual Artist Award from the Rasmuson Foundation. (Crush Bistro, 328 G Street)

EVENTS BEGINNING AT 5:30PM

Tami Phelps and Sue Sutton

Alaska Sisters are back at Hotel Captain Cook! Join Tami Phelps and Sue Sutton in the “Lobby Art Salon” by the Whale’s Tail this First Friday and every First Friday through September. New selections of cold wax paintings, furniture, hand-felted pieces, and Alaska chic home décor are offered each month. Make Hotel Captain Cook part of your sunny summer First Friday art walk, 4:00-9:00pm. Located inside the Hotel Captain Cook. (Captain Cook Hotel, 939 W 5th Avenue)

Carlos Pereira

Join local master oil painter Carlos Pereira at Resolution Brewery on August 2nd for First Friday! The artist will be featuring brand new works of abstracts and landscapes, along with some new additions to his Northern Lights Series featured at carlospereiraart.com. (Resolution Brewery, 3024 Mountain View Drive)

A New York Perspective of Alaska

Bret Roberts was born and raised in Anchorage, went on to acting and directing in over 70 films, then took up painting five years ago when he quit drinking. He found a fast friend and mentor in New York painter, Janusz Gilewicz, who has painted murals in New York and has shown in galleries around the world. Together, this duo created "BlowMinding", a concept show incorporating art, music, and live performance that is local to the area. Stephan Fine Arts is located inside the Hotel Captain Cook. Live music by Bret Roberts and Fred Brosius. Visual artists include Joel Loosli, Duke Russell, and a first encaustic solo show by Becky Stephan. Portion of proceeds benefits local nonprofit, The West High Foundation. (Stephan Fine Arts, 939 W 5th Avenue)

Snow City Café

From the artist: The show is composed of portrait, landscapes, and illustrations. My work is a playful, surrealistic exploration of traditional portraiture and Alaskan landscapes, as well as Victorian fashion illustrations. All feature Mesozoic fauna introduced into unfamiliar times and places. Snacks and coffee provided, drinks for sale. (Snow City Café, 1034 W 4th Avenue)

EVENTS BEGINNING AT 6PM

Rapid Space Shorts

These quick planetarium experiences range from constellation tours of the night sky and cruising around the solar system to learning about light and the aurora borealis. 6pm, 6:30pm, 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm and 8:30pm. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

ASD Summer Muse Program Showcase

Explore themes of environmental and global issues through the artwork, poetry and multi-media projects of Academic English Learners who participated in the annual Anchorage School District Summer Muse program. Write an urban story using the genre of poetry and folklore at atrium stations or attend a "live pop-up magazine," where students share the stage and their work on global and environmental issues.(Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

Close-Up: Indigenous Identity in Contemporary Art

Meet in the Art of the North gallery for a facilitated, close-up viewing of a contemporary Indigenous artwork with Curator of Indigenous Art and Culture Melissa Shaginoff. Participants gain understanding of the artwork’s context and its relationship to Indigenous history, culture and identity. Free. Space is limited; registration recommended at AnchorageMuseum.com. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

Doing Doing

Bivy is thrilled to preset "Doing Doing" by Susan Joy Share. The exhibition invites the visitor to take a closer look into Share’s work process, reflecting on the artist’s labour-intense practice through the years. Featuring a selection of early works from the late 1970s to the mid-1980s, including personal journals and other book-oeuvre that recall the diary format, the exhibition reflects on the artist's work almost in an autobiographical sense. At the same time, in the recent print series "Doing Nothing", the artist ironically responds to the frequently asked question: What are you doing? (Bivy, 419 G Street)

Miranda Behnke

Miranda is a photographer born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. Miranda first entered the world of photography when her high school teacher, Mrs. Morel, first put a camera in her hands; and soon with her mother’s inspiring quote “Don’t think, just do it”, Miranda would expanded her portfolio to include community events, engagements, all the way to wedding photography. Miranda now is the founder of Lupine Photography, named after the lupinus plant which can be found throughout Alaska. She prides the brand of her company’s reputation by meeting with each one of her clients to understand their needs, personally editing, and delivering memories that will last a lifetime. Miranda believes that photography isn’t just a hobby or a profession; instead, her contribution provides clients a way to re-live special events in their hearts forever. To share this, Miranda has often donated photography sessions to local charities including; The American Heart Association, The Mayor’s Charity Ball, and Muscular Dystrophy of Alaska. (SubZero, 612 F Street)

A Different Story: Blackout Poetry and Collage

At 14 years old, Jesse stumbled upon an old 1975 Nikkormat EL in his grandpa's closet and decided to give it a try. Ten years later, Jesse still uses the same camera that sparked his interest. His curiosity has taken him to countries all over the world; Peru, Chile, Argentina, Canada, Vietnam, and Israel to name a few. Jesse believes photography and video is an important form of expression and allows stories to be told in a unique and creative way. Jesse was born in Baltimore, Maryland. He attended Drexel University in Philadelphia, studying PR & Marketing. He now resides in Anchorage, Alaska. (Akela Collective, 400 D Street)

Luke Nicholson

Luke is a contemporary artist who creates custom pieces of art for anyone's style and interests. Join us for a fun night of Kombucha and beautiful art! Luke's pieces will be displayed in the TapRoom for the month of August. (Zip Kombucha, 3404 Arctic Boulevard)

Sevigny Studios

Sevigny First Friday, Displaying some of my creative Alaskan landscape photography. (Sevigny Studios, 608 W. 4th Avenue)

EVENTS BEGINNING AT 7PM

The Old Woman Who Lost Her Voice

It’s the 1960s and swinging bachelor Bernard couldn’t be happier: a flat in Paris and three gorgeous stewardesses all engaged to him without knowing about each other. But Bernard’s perfect life gets bumpy when his friend Robert comes to stay, and a new and speedier Boeing jet throws off all his careful planning. Soon all three stewardesses are in town simultaneously, timid Robert is forgetting which lies to tell whom, and catastrophe looms. Fasten your seatbelts for this riotous farce! Tickets are available at CenterTix.com. (Cyrano’s, 3800 Debarr Road)

Sunlight Collaboration Presents “Ours”

Sunlight Collaborate is thrilled to be in their second season and are diving into the concept of what makes us who we are today. Using moments, memories, and personal experiences, the company has been investigating these themes throughout the summer to find connections and create one story to share. While primarily a modern dance company, this show will also feature original music, physical art, and poetry. They are excited to share our personal story with you, see you in the sun! (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

Alec Lytle and Them Rounders

Alec Lytle and Them Rounders is on their pre-release album tour. Based in Northern California, this band has been touring with the likes of Jaymay, Amos Lee, Matt Costa, Travis Linville, Greg Laswell, and Norah Jones. Wonderful guys and beautiful music! This is a Magic Hat Production – no admission at the door, so be sure to throw some greens in when they tip the hat your way! (Spenard Writer’s Block, 3956 Spenard Road)

EVENTS BEGINNING AT 8PM

First Friday Comedy

Liven up your First Fridays with local laughs. Each month, Hard Rock Café features a new line-up of Alaska's best stand-up comedians. Hosted by Matt Jardin on the second floor. A $5 donation is suggested, and this event is 21 and up. (Hard Rock Café, 415 E Street)

Scared Scriptless

Scared Scriptless is Alaska's longest running improv comedy troupe, keeping audiences on their toes since 2000! Bringing theater and comedy together in energetic, fast-paced, and spontaneous games, Scared Scriptless creates each show on the spot, inspired by audience suggestions. Don't miss it! Doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $13 online at BrownPaperTickets.com. (49th State Brewing Co., 717 W 3rd Avenue)

EVENTS BEGINNING AT 9PM

Orion Donicht

Orion Donicht is made from the syrupy effluence of Fairview, Alaska. This tacky man has picked up eclectic dust and dogs, dew and mists and overall is a compendium of music you know, music you don't know, and music you thought you knew. A deft story telling creature, his feats of limber linguistics and quick wit keep this author trying to describe him truthfully, without sounding like a jack ass. (Van’s Dive Bar, 1027 E. 5th Avenue)

First Friday Dance Party: Girls Night Out

Grab your gal pals, head downtown, do the First Friday Art Walk, and then head over to Williwaw Social for a night of great dance music, craft cocktails, champagne, wine, drink specials, and 1/2 price apps! Featuring DJ Fan Service spinning the best mix of bangers, hits, and beats from the 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s to present guaranteed to get you and your BFFs grooving on the dance floor and (weather permitting) hitting the Roof for a cold drink to cool off or hitting the Speakeasy for craft cocktails! (Williwaw, 609 F Street)

EVENTS BEGINNING AT 10PM

Tropical!

The tropical heat wave is hitting the rooftop on Friday nights! Clint Samples is bringing some summer funshine house music for you to chill to. This event is from 10pm-1am. Subject to weather. (49th State Brewing Co., 717 W 3rd Avenue)

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