The First Friday of fall preview

There are more events and art pieces to be experienced this First Friday, Oct. 6, in downtown Anchorage where local artists and patrons will be celebrating community.

In the bright Sunshine Plaza, the art gallery and church Heart of the City will continue their First Friday events starting at 6 p.m. With a pumpkin-themed bake-off and Glacier Bowl’s Japanese-Hawaiian cuisine food truck, something yummy can be found to snack on while admiring Amanda Petumenos’ watercolor or oil paintings and listening to Alex Parsons’ jazz music. Pop-up booths featuring sea glass jewelry and acrylic knits will also be at the event.

Heart of the City’s special event coordinator, Crystal Tillman, stated that starting in January 2018, Heart of the City will start gearing their First Friday events toward the adult crowd. For the rest of 2017, First Fridays at HOTC will continue to include everyone.

“This coming month, you should attend as a fun outing for the family. Not all First Friday events are child-friendly, but this event will be one where all ages are welcome,” Tillman said.

At the Becky Gallery on 36th and Arctic Boulevard, two artists will be featured from 6 – 8 p.m. Rosemary Redmond’s art is a collection of mixed media titled, “Opposites Attract,” and William Bittner’s first photography exhibit captures nature and unusual surroundings, titled, “Hidden in Plain Sight.”

Artist representative, Kimberley Hase, mentioned that there will be an opening reception for the artists, along with some light refreshments.

“[The Becky Gallery] is really modern and clean. It’s a great place to see a show because the space is really nice in there,” Hase said.

Artist Kay Haneline will have her paintings featured at the new art gallery, Elevation 314, on East International Airport Road, from 5 – 7 p.m.

The Midnight Sun Cafe will host a “Horror Show,” featuring detailed pencil art from local artist, Thomas Noonan. It will be open from 5 – 7 p.m.

Dos Manos Gallery on West Northern Lights Boulevard will have Cheryl Lyon’s oil, wax and encaustic art inspired by the waters of Alaska on display from 5 – 8 p.m.

Out in Eagle River, the coffee shop Jitters will be holding a reception from 5 – 7 p.m. for Sanjana Greenhill’s photography. Capturing Alaskan landscapes and cityscapes, the exhibit entitled “Carpe Diem” will be on display for the whole month of October.

At the Anchorage Museum — one of the most buzzing places during First Fridays —events will kick off at 6 p.m., and admission to the museum is free for the night. From 6 – 9 p.m., the Year with a Tree exhibit will be open. The exhibit will show the recording of a single tree from the Eagle River Nature Center, conducted by David Pettibone.

Also happening from 6 – 9 p.m. is the Battle of the Breweries. The 21+ event in the Museum’s restaurant, Muse, will feature lager beers this month from Fairbanks’ Silver Gulch Brewing, San Francisco’s Anchor Brewing and Soldotna’s Kenai Peninsula Brewing.

At 7 p.m., there will be a lecture by local photographer, David Jensen. He will give his audience a look at his time spent on Alaskan trails with dogs, including his own companion, Layla, who will be joining him at the event.

At 6:30 and 8 p.m., special dance performances by recent UAA graduate, Katie O’Loughlin, will be held. O’Loughlin, along with another UAA student, Caroline Streff, had the opportunity to travel to Cuba on a research grant earlier this year. They studied dance and poetry, respectively, and are bringing their experience to the Museum through dance and poems. Two shows will be performed; each show will be around 20-30 minutes.

O’Loughlin said that the Museum is estimating around 1200-1600 visitors throughout the night. The number of Museum-goers does not faze O’Loughlin, though, and said she is looking forward to the “buzz of energy” that First Friday brings.

“I’m all about experiencing new culture. Whether that’s going to something in your community or traveling outside into a new culture. Just to get the opportunity to hear someone speak or perform, or if it’s seeing their art from a different place, is so important,” O’Loughlin said. “[Art] gives you a new perspective and allows people to communicate in a way they might not be able to, vocally.”

Take a night out downtown to be a part of all that Anchorage has to offer for the First Friday of the fall season.