April First Friday rundown

April’s First Friday may land on April fool’s day, but First Friday in downtown Anchorage is no joke. Come downtown to experience and discover Anchorage locals and the art they share with the community.

“I like going out to see new artwork at different places, and to hang out with friends! The food is a definite plus too.” said Nicole Sola, biology student at UAA.

Anchorage Community Works, known for their late-night First Fridays or “late salon”, is presenting Focus Art. There will be drinks provided by Spenard Roadhouse and food for sale by the food truck Boom Ba Laddys. The event is 21 and over and goes from 5-11 p.m. There is a $10 suggested donation.

Brown Bag Sandwich Co. will be hosting Britt McLeod and her line of jewelry, ‘errangs and thangs.’ Starting at 6 p.m., Mcleod will work on new jewelry throughout the night as she sells it.

”I’m hoping First Friday will help put my line, ‘errangs and thangs,’ more out there. When I am set up at these events I bring my supplies with me and am working on new pieces,” said McLeod.

McLeod is one of many who first participated in First Friday as a step in the door in the hopes of making a career with her art.

“I’m hoping to turn ‘errangs and thangs’ into a boutique, selling clothing along with jewelry,” McLeod said.

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This is McLeod’s fourth First Friday event at Brown Bag Sandwich Co.

In the heart of downtown Anchorage, Sevigny Studio is hosting art by Ingrid Eng. Starting at 5:30 p.m., the artist will showcase her project “Ridgeline ink.”

Down the street on Fourth Avenue, Cabin Fever Gifts will be showing off Romney Designs’ new spring collection from 5-8 p.m.

Behind the bright yellow Sunshine Plaza at Anchorage’s newest art gallery, Heart of the City, Northern Vistas will display their art from 6-9 p.m.

“It’s cool to find new places that occasionally pop up that you haven’t seen before, on First Friday.” said Jon Mobley, an avid First Friday participant.

Over at the museum, a First Friday classic, one can find themselves enjoying elevator music or sipping beers in the battle of the breweries.

In the museum’s elevator music series, Kill Bill Sax will be redefining elevator music in the museums extra-large elevator. The event runs from 6:30-8:00 p.m. and is free of charge.

For a journey through space and time, visit the Astronomy Alive show, a guided tour through the universe. The event is at both 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., and costs $6 at the museum planetarium.

Take a trip to the Muse where you’ll find the battle of the breweries. Get hoppy with Indian Pale Ales from a handful of local breweries. This is a 21 and over event, running from 6-9 p.m. Flights are $5.

Explore downtown Anchorage for more local artists expressing themselves. From gift shops to bakeries no venue is off limits for locals to display their art. Discover your new favorite artist this April 1 in downtown Anchorage.

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Photo credit: Kelly Ireland