Community Mini-Library in Town Square

Supported by Anchorage Public Library, visit the new Community Mini-Library in Town Square Park this summer. There will be books for all ages and genres! Enjoy a book in the park this summer! The library will be available from 9-3pm. (Town Square Park, 551 6th Avenue)

The Culture of Media: Representation from Nanook to Molly

An exhibition on the museum’s fourth floor provides context for the PBS Kids series Molly of Denali, the first nationally distributed children’s TV series in the U.S. featuring an Alaska Native lead character – 10-year-old Molly who lives in the fictional village of Oyah, Alaska. The Culture of Media: Representation from Nanook to Molly presents brief historical overview of how Indigenous people have been represented in media throughout the 20th century, including introducing audiences to Athabascan cultures and the production process behind Molly. Follow the TV series on Facebook and read about its development here. Learn more about the history and culture of the Athabascan people from the book Dena'inaq' Huch'ulyeshi: The Dena'ina Way of Living available in the Museum Store. Discover more about the first people of Alaska by visiting the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center and the exhibition Living Our Cultures, Sharing Our Heritage: The First Peoples of Alaska and watch a video about the exhibition. Explore Athabascan cultural objects in the museum’s collection. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

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 (Peratrovich 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. The tutorial begins promptly at 10:15am. (Petrovich Park, 500 W 4th Avenue)

Sherry Chonka

Sherry is a self-taught artist. She started painting about 30 years ago. For her, inspiration is all around. Now that she is retired, she has the time to really enjoy her craft. (Midnight Sun Café, 245 W 5th Avenue, Suite 106)


Summer Docent Tours at the Anchorage Museum

Learn about the Anchorage Museum with a guided tour led by docents and staff. Each tour is approximately 45 minutes and focuses on the museum’s range of exhibitions. The schedule of specific tours changes daily so please check with Visitor Services for the schedule for the day. Tours meet in the Museum Store. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)


Capcom Go! The Apollo Story

This historical documentary showcases the achievements of the Apollo program, culminating in humans setting foot on the moon. Relive the excitement or learn about the historical accomplishments for the first time. Either way, this show is sure to inspire the next explorers, designers, engineers, thinkers and dreamers of the future. Please use the museum's 7th Avenue entrance. $6 plus museum admission. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)


3D Printing Design & Manufacturing: Moving from Idea to Reality

Small businesses and entrepreneurs can learn about 3D printing during a brown-bag lunchtime talk. Build an understanding of what it takes to move from idea to prototype manufacturing, factors determining additive and or subtractive manufacturing process, and key decision points. (ACS Business Technology Center, 600 36th Avenue, Suite 100)


Meg Smith

Meg Smith will be showcasing pieces all month and will have prints for purchase from 3-8pm. (Double Shovel Cider, 502 W 58th Avenue)


First Friday with Artful Jules at Tiny Gallery

Join the Tiny Gallery for First Friday in June when Julia Belarde will be on hand with her beautifully crafted, adorable, and functional tote bags, clutches, crossbody bags, and her new Artful Companion bags! (Tiny Gallery, 706 W 4th Avenue)

Alaska Sisters at Hotel Captain Cook Art Walk

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 fine art, furniture, felted work, fashion, and home furnishings are offered each month. (Hotel Captain Cook, 93 W 5th Avenue)

Jason Lewis

Enjoy wildlife carvings and paintings by Alaskan artist Jason Lewis from 4-8pm. (6th Avenue Outfitters, 520 W 6th Avenue)


Global Soundscapes at the Thomas Planetarium

Global Soundscapes takes you on an ear-opening journey into the science of sound and the exciting new field of soundscape ecology. Experience basic acoustics through interactive activities and slow-motion footage of pulsating musical instruments, vibrating vocal cords and slobbering raspberries. Learn how animal sounds occupy distinct sonic niches in orchestral soundscapes. Discover how soundscape ecology can be used to assess the biodiversity and health of global ecosystems. Please use the museum's 7th Avenue entrance. Tickets are $6. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)


Amy Cotting

Just when it seemed our Alaska weather couldn't figure out her mood, she calms down and reveals her true summer beauty. Rain or shine, Williwaw Social and SteamDot Coffee are thrilled to host local artist and industry hustler: Amy Cotting, as their June's resident artist. Her delicious choice of colors and creamy blends will help kick start your summer and lift your spirit! (Williwaw, 609 F Street)

Studio 223

A new community space/studio, located at 223 East 5th Avenue in Downtown Anchorage, and we’re opening our doors June 7th, 2019 when they host a First Friday group exhibit. The studios primary focus is an engagement of the creative and cannabis communities as well as doubling down on the revitalization of the downtown community east of A street. This is a group show will feature Drew Michael, Levi Werner, Enzina Marrari, Kerry Tasker and others. There will be a beer/wine bar, local DJ and food truck parked out front! The exhibit will run from 5-9pm. (Studio 223, 223 E 5th Avenue)

First Firkin Friday Scott Clendaniel

First Firkin Friday with local beer nerd, bike enthusiast and artist Scott Clendaniel. Scott draws from his surroundings all over Alaska to create one of a kind pieces. He will tap a firkin of Sloth Imperial Belgian Stout cask conditioned with tart cherries soaked in cabernet to kick things off. (Midnight Sun Brewing, 8111 Dimond Hook Drive)

Jamie Janko

First Friday at Enlighten Alaska means new art, exclusive deals, munchies, and good vibes. Join them and meet their featured artist, Jamie Janko. (Enlighten Alaska, 2600 Spenard Road)

Grand Opening of Hike Alaska

Hike Alaska is now open for the season! They are a guided hiking and backpacking company operating in Anchorage and are having an open house Friday, June 7th during First Friday from 5-8pm. There will be art, food, and you can enter a drawing for a free hike! Come meet the crew and check out some local art at the same time. (Hike Alaska, 737 W 5th Avenue)

Rooted: Photography by Julie K. Jessen

Trees are poems that the earth writes upon the sky. Join local photographer Julie Jessen for the First Friday opening of her show "Rooted" at Side Street Espresso from 5-7pm. Rooted will be on display through July 27. (Side Street Espresso, 412 G Street)

Robert Barenz

Featuring the works of local artist Robert Barenz in acrylic, graphite, watercolor and alcohol ink. (Turnagain Brewing, 7924 King Street)

First Friday at Georgia Blue Gallery

Sitka artist Norman Campbell presents large, intricate pen and ink drawings in his exhibit "CLOSE BY... Drawings from the Forest." His work will be in the Gallery through July 3. Jane Niebergall will show 25 activity dolls by Yup'ik artist Martina Oscar that she has collected over the past 50 years. (Georgia Blue Gallery, 3555 Arctic Boulevard, Suite C5)

2 Friends Gallery

Summer sun brings out all the color and light! Join us for our June First Friday with some of Alaska's most prized local artists. Long time Alaskan legend, Marianne Wieland has been working on original oil Plein Air paintings for her show that will detail all of Alaska's beauty! Additionally, super talented Alaskan mixed media artist, Anna Morgenthaler Sobolesky will be creating some of her pieces using acrylic, paper collage and other media that focuses primarily on ravens, people and other animals. Both artists have created a limited number of original pieces so please come in early to see it all! As always, there will be live music by Jeannie McLeod and snacks for your belly. (2 Friends Gallery, 342 E Benson Boulevard)

Birds on the Edge: Dynamic Boundaries

The theme and title of the Birds on the Edge: Dynamic Boundaries exhibition is the same as the theme of the 137th Annual Meeting of the American Ornithological Society held in Anchorage from June 24-28, 2019. The exhibition features art that addresses the many challenges currently faced by birds in the North and worldwide, particularly in areas where ecological boundaries are shifting rapidly, dynamically, and often unpredictably, and as such highlights the ongoing connection between art and science. This invitational group exhibition is curated by Sandra Talbot, Ph.D., Colleen M. Handel Ph.D., and Lee Tibbitts, M.Sc. (IGCA, 427 D Street)

Nathan Perry

Nathan is an Alaskan artist who creates intricately crafted drawings and paintings. His subject matter includes portraiture, wildlife, landscape, Abstract Expressionism and spiritual themes. (Zip Kombucha, 3404 Arctic Boulevard)

Caffe D'arte Dimond

Free samples, free admission, $1 off beverages, and beautiful local art by Chris Judd and Levi Werner. (Caffe D’arte Dimond, 223 E Dimond Boulevard)

To Each His Own

Bivy presents "To each his own", an ongoing living catalogue and exhibition of personal collections, souvenirs, memorabilia, inheritance and collectables. (Bivy, 419 G Street, Suite 100)

First Friday at SSP Studio

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 level. (SSP Studio, 2217 E Tudor Road, Suite 11)

Anchorage Distillery

First Friday will feature Rustic Clay AK , book signing of "Learning the Ropes" by Mike Gordon, as well as usable art in the form of cups and bowls from Ben Rousculp. (Anchorage Distillery, 6310 A Street)


Book Signing by Author Adrienne Lindholm

Welcome the author of “It Happened Like This; a Life in Alaska”. Adrienne Lindholm was dead set against having children. She felt parenthood would force her to give up the things she loved most in life. Eventually, however, she was presented with an ultimatum by the love of her life to either start a family or lose her relationship. Adrienne wrote a memoir called 'It Happened Like This; A Life in Alaska'', where she celebrates the many ways in which Alaska inspired self-discovery, as well as revealing her difficult and intimate journey into motherhood." Books available at the show...Adrienne will be signing books 5-8pm at The Crest Gallery inside the Hotel Captain Cook. Live music by The Spenerds. (The Crest Gallery, 939 E 5th Avenue)

Annual Staff Show

Featuring the work of art teachers from Sparc and other staff members from The Arc of Anchorage. Paintings, sculpture, jewelry, ceramics and more will be represented. 50% of all sales will directly support programs and classes at Sparc. (Sparc: A Creative Place, 425 D Street)

35mm: Impressions on Film by Justin Hall

35mm: Impressions on Film" is a noir experience created by Alaskan photographer Justin Hall. The exhibition ranges from the ethereal mountainous landscapes to abstract portraiture. The pieces he produces expose the contrast of feeling between black and white while capturing the essence of Alaska and adventure. Opening First Friday reception, 5:30-8pm. The show runs through July 3. (Snow City Café, 1034 W 4th Avenue)

New Original Oils by Robert Clayton

Meet Nikiski artist, Robert Clayton, at his new originals exhibit. The artist spent much of his boyhood in the high deserts of Mexico where he worked summers on his family’s cattle ranches. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from BYU, and a master’s degree from the University of Utah, School of Art and Architecture. Robert has won numerous awards locally for his representational works. Enjoy refreshments and live music by The Spenerds from 5:30-10pm. (Stephan Fine Arts, 939 W 5th Avenue)

Captain Cook’s Voyages

In 1768 James Cook began the first of his three famous voyages to the Pacific. Now, come sail with us into the 250th anniversary of these voyages with an extensive body of works by artist Charles Gause. View these rare and wildly popular reproductions at the Coffee Cubby at the Hotel Captain Cook. 5:30-8pm. Enjoy beer, wine, Kaladi coffee, and refreshments provided by Cook Catering. (Captain Cook Hotel Coffee Cubby, 939 W 5th Avenue)


Nelson Guardo

Originally from New York City, Guardo joined the U.S. Army to make a change in his life. After 20 years, the father of three girls retired from active service and turned back to the graffiti style he once used to mark his turf in Yonkers to process the emotions and memories of his journey. He found that he was also able to begin to tap into his struggles with PTSD. Join them for a reception as you enjoy this artist for his first show, and experience the dark, witty, heartbreaking, and often humorous creations that come from his mind. (The Avenue Bar, 338 W 4th Avenue)

The Narwhale

Join The Narwhale as they host their first First Friday! Expect art, fun and all that Jazz! (The Narwhale, 600 W Northern Lights, Suite B)

Devin Deuel

First Friday featuring the paintings of Devin Deuel. (Uncle Leroy’s Coffee, 701 W 36th Avenue)

Romney Designs Gallery

An evening of art and conversation at the working studio and gallery of Romney Dodd. She will join the Anchorage Downtown art community in opening her doors for a fun first Friday event. Come kick of the summer with Romney Designs! (Romney Designs Gallery, 420 G Street)

Tara Horton

Selected photographs by Tara Horton will be on display the entire month of June. Opening reception will be Friday June 7, 2019 from 6 to 8pm. All the signed prints on display will be for sale as well a wide variety unsigned 5x7 inch and 8x10 inch prints. (Kaladi Bros, 6901 E Tudor Road)


Clinton Brown combines Art with Function in his seriously well-made whimsical home furnishings & lighting displays created from primarily reclaimed or re-purposed materials. From Fairbanks, we now host Alaskan painter & jeweler Takenya Rosetta. Takenya truly embodies thought into each piece she creates; be it a necklace, pair of earrings, or full-sized acrylic wall painting. Takenya is sure to invoke emotion & interpretation in her one-of-a-kind original works of art. Reception with Live Music by the Rick Zelinsky Trio. (Aurora Fine Art Gallery, 737 W 5th Avenue)

Chris Zafren

Come enjoy the watercolors by Chris Zafren , an Alaskan artist while listening to the dynamic Becky Kotter on guitar (Sevigny Studios, 608 W 4th Avenue)

Rapid Space Shorts at the Thomas Planetarium

6pm, 6:30pm, 7pm., 7:30pm, 8pm and 8:30pm. These quick planetarium experiences range from constellation tours of the night sky to cruising around the solar system to learning about light and the aurora borealis. $3 admission fee. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

After Hours at the Anchorage Museum

Opening tonight is Death in the Ice: The Mystery of the Franklin Exhibition(special exhibition pricing applies), contemporary choreography by Alaska Dance Theater, and elevator music with Fiona Rose. Snacks and beverages available for purchase at the atrium café kiosk and Muse restaurant is open for dinner. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

Alaska Dance Theater

Enjoy contemporary choreography presented by Alaska Dance Theatre, which has been training students of all ages in a variety of disciplines including ballet, modern, jazz and more for nearly 40 years. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

Live Music: Fiona Rose

Hop in and out of the lift with live elevator music. Fiona Rose's light original songs contrast innocent, sweet melodies with lyrics that speak to a cynicism with the human experience. Be prepared to shout, clap and sing along to feats of multi-instrumentalism and juggling. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

Author Talk + Book Signing: Day Hiking Southcentral Alaska

Lisa Maloney, author of the new guidebook Day Hiking Southcentral Alaska, shares her tales of hiking some of the best Southcentral trails, from the northern Mat-Su region to Kachemak Bay. Day Hiking Southcentral Alaska features the best 100 hikes with detailed route descriptions and color photos throughout. Maloney is a former outdoors columnist for The Anchorage Press, nationwide hiking and backpacking reporter for and past senior editor at Alaska magazine. Books available for purchase, which she will sign after the program. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)

Exhibition Opening & Tour: Death in the Ice

Join museum staff for a special opening night tour of the exhibition Death in the Ice: The Mystery of the Franklin Expedition. (Anchorage Museum, 625 C Street)


Spenard Song Circle hosted by Emma Hill

Spenard Song Circle is a listening room series hosted by Emma Hill. The event will always feature two special guest songwriters. The songs will be shared in the round. This series is meant to showcase songs, stories and themes from the artists inspired in the moment by sharing energy and time with each other and the audience. This means the artist might be inclined to share a very old song they haven't sung in years or debut a brand new one they haven't shared yet. Each song will be accompanied by the story of the song which will help the audience understand the artist and their creative process better. This month's artists are Emma Hill, Justin Boot and Roland Olayvar. (Spenard Writer’s Block, 3956 Spenard Road)


Scared Scriptless Improv

This is an improv group that uses audience participation to help develop the comedy act. Should be fun! Tickets are available at (49th State Brewing Co., 717 W 3rd Avenue)

First Friday Comedy Showcase

Liven up your First Fridays with free laughs! Each month, we feature a new line-up of Alaska's best stand-up comedians. 2nd floor of Hard Rock Cafe Anchorage, doors open at 7pm, show starts at 8pm, $5 suggested cash donation, 21 and up. (Hard Rock Café, 415 E Street)


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)

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