First Friday in May

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Metalsmith Meg B. Jones is featured at If Only…a fine store this First Friday.

Downtown will host numerous First Friday’s this week. All shows runs from 5-8PM unless otherwise noted. While there are no doubt going to be several other First Friday’s at venues not yet listed, this is what we know about as of Wednesday, May 3. So, what can you look forward to on First Friday, May 5?

Alaska House Art Gallery features Wild, a painting exhibit by Raven. The evening includes a book signing by Judith Boice, as well as music by Ron Veliz. Wild runs through May 30.

Alaskana Raven Books & Things includes a book signing by Jack Gwaltney, the author of Alaska Air Tales. 

Co-Op Plaza features live music by keyboardist Maya Cheydleur. This will be her first performance at the Co-Op Plaza.

Fairbanks Arts Association and Pioneer Park share the Bear Gallery to celebrate their 50th anniversaries. See a retrospective of a half-century of Fairbanks Arts’ service to Interior Alaska, as well as local history of Pioneer Park.

Fairbanks Community & Dog Mushing Museum, inside the Co-Op Plaza, displays Alaskan Art from the Heart, a collection of original paintings by Amy Reisland-Speer. The museum also features a new aurora slideshow by the late Warren Gammel.

Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce hosts Chelsea Roehl, the 2017 Artist of the Year. Her piece, “Arctic Firelight,” won her the 2017 Artist of the Year title. Refreshments and light appetizers are provided.

If Only…a fine store showcases Meg B. Jones, metalsmith from Eugene, Oregon. She will be in Fairbanks for First Friday, as well as on Saturday from Noon to 4. This is a very special First Friday and trunk show.

Lost and Found includes live music by CJ Boyd, as well as Amerlia Cooper, MISANDR and KNAVE. Doors open at 6PM. There is a $5 cover charge.

McCafferty’s features an evening performance with the café’s house band – Sand Castle. The band performs contemporary folk, rock and retro pop Friday and Saturday nights from 8:30 – 10:30.

Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors features Frances Schulz of Black Raven Pottery. Her work is both functional and artistic.

Rings and Things, inside the Co-Op Plaza, highlights the photos of Philene and Cory Rasmussen who specializes in printing on metal. Snacks will be provided.

Two Street Gallery, inside the Co-Op Plaza, displays Joe Paul’s newest collection of oil paintings. Paul’s work reinterprets the play of light and shade in the woods of the Goldstream Valley.

Venue features Renaissance Council of Tricksters, Alaskan sculptures of Mary Ann Fortune. Refreshments and HooDoo beer are on tap.