November First Friday offers wide range of art, photography events

Museums, boutiques and restaurants are once again hosting works of art and events in Anchorage for the First Friday of November.

Events at the Anchorage Museum, 625 C St., will start around 6 p.m. From 6:30 – 7 p.m., “Close-Up: The Photographer’s Lenses” will be exploring the “Art of the North” gallery in the Museum’s new Rasmuson wing. Space is limited for this particular event and preregistration is encouraged.

Battle of the Breweries this month will have three draft beers to try: Blue Moon Belgian Wit, Kenai Brewing Honeymoon Hefeweizen and Glacier Brewhouse Hefeweizen. The beer flight is paired with an appetizer for $20. The event is held in Muse, the Museum’s restaurant, and is 21-and-over only.

Artist Mikey Huff will hold a class on iPhone photography from 7 – 8:30 p.m. A smartphone is needed to participate in Huff’s class. The class costs $5, a ten-percent discount for Museum members is available. Preregistration is encouraged for this class and can be done online at at www.anchoragemuseum.org.

The 501st Legends of Star Wars will also be at the Museum, as part of the Art of Fandom exhibit, from 6 – 9 p.m. Cosplay is encouraged this First Friday.

Designing “apartments” will be held as part of The Future of Anchorage Housing to help promote the potential projects of Anchorage housing. It will be open from 6 – 9 p.m.

Portraits of attendees at the museum, “Faces of First Friday,” can be taken from 6 – 8 p.m. Photographer Jody Overstreet, owner and operator of jodyo.photos and Alaska Photo Treks will be taking the photos.

Less than a mile from the Museum, Heart of the City will be celebrating Native American Heritage Month for their First Friday. Their event will host art, live Native American dances and pop-up booths. It will run from 6 – 9 p.m., 411 W. Fourth Ave. Heart of the City’s First Friday is appropriate for all ages.

A newer home for art, SSP Studio & Gallery, will host their first First Friday event this week starting at 5 p.m. SSP Gallery will host many artists’ work but a particular artist will be showcased for the night. The studio and gallery is located on 2217 E. Tudor Road, Suite 11.

“Our motto is, ‘We’re not your normal photography studio,'” Scott Stansbury, SSP Studio & Gallery owner, said. “So we want everything but the norm… we want that photo that reaches out and stops a person in their track and makes them think.”

2 Friends Gallery, 341 E Benson Blvd #3, will have a fundraiser art show at their gallery from 5 -7 p.m.

Blush Boutique will host a trunk show with Hudson, a jean company based out of Los Angeles, at their shop on 720 D St. C. Hudson representative, Alex Torres, will be flying up to Alaska to be at the boutique for the event. The event will have hors d’oeuvres and champagne to enjoy from Anchorage restaurant, Ginger.

“We really enjoy hosting First Friday trunk shows at Blush. It’s always filled with warm energy from the community coming out to support local stores and art galleries,” Haley Welsome, Blush Boutique owner, said.

Hotel Captain Cook’s bar and bistro, The Whale’s Tail, 939 W. Fifth Avenue, will feature AK Art Factory’s new clothing and accessories starting at 5 p.m.

Builders Bargains is hosting their first First Friday in November, too. Their event will host the works of Fairbanks artist Tammy Holland. Holland’s art uses oil colors on different materials to depict Alaskan wildlife and scenery.

“We have lots of First Fridays up here… but this will be my first time doing a featured First Friday [in Anchorage],” Holland said.

Builders Bargains will have snacks and drinks that will be served from 5 – 9 p.m. at 12150 Industry Way, Suite Q1.

Midnight Sun Cafe, 245 W Fifth Ave 106, will be featuring Heart Gallery of America from 5 – 7 p.m. Heart Gallery of America is photography which subjects foster care children to bring awareness about the children in need of forever homes. The event is family friendly.

Support and discover new art this Friday, Nov. 3., all starting around 5 p.m. in downtown Anchorage.