June First Friday rundown

Summers first First Friday is on June 3. Get out and enjoy the sunshine in downtown Anchorage as you walk through the streets exploring what art in Anchorage has to offer.

The cornerstone of all First Friday happenings in downtown Anchorage starts at the Anchorage museum.

The museum is presenting local author Brendan Jones, where he will present his new novel, “The Alaskan Laundry.” The novel is set in Southeast Alaska, where Jones once lived on a tugboat. The event is running at 7 p.m. and is free of charge.

In addition, the museum is presenting a gallery talk on an international contemporary art exhibit known as the View From Up Here: The Arctic at the Center of the World. The exhibit is the arctic seen through the eyes of artists. The event is also at 7 p.m. and is free of charge.

Saunter down to the Sunshine Plaza to Anchorage’s newest gallery, Heart of the City. Every First Friday from 6 – 8 p.m., local art, music and light refreshments are offered as well as a small bar on site.

First Friday is more than just galleries. First Friday gives Anchorage locals the opportunity to explore all kinds of art from music, dance, crafts and more.

“I love that first Friday is a designated evening for boutiques, galleries and other venues to entertain the public. There’s a strong sense of local pride and community and it’s just an all around good time. I also love the added perk of being able to walk so easily from once place to another.” Annie Obrochta, sociology student at UAA, said.

Brown Bag Sandwich company is showcasing artist Britt McLeod and her line of jewelry known as Errangs and Thangs.

“I’ll be set up, working on new pieces throughout the evening. People should come out to First Friday to see all the wonderful local artists. I’m still learning, and it’s awesome to see all the different styles of art,” McLeod said.

Getting downtown on First Friday is an excellent way to see art by local Anchorage residents.

“It gives Anchorage character and encourages people to appreciate art and culture,” Savannah Wilmarth, a UAA a physical education and fitness leadership student, said.

Explore and discover First Friday in downtown Anchorage to find your next favorite local artist.

Written by Victoria Petersen