First of July Brings With it First Friday

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Today is the first of July, and that means it’s also First Friday. It’ll be a bright night for driving, walking, and biking between the various locations that’ll host the local artists of Kodiak. Two crafters who work with Kodiak driftwood as a medium will exhibit their pieces at the Baranov Museum starting at 5 p.m.

Diane Million and Ashley Tinsley create wood burnings of local wildlife on wood they’ve carved into various objects, like candle holders and key hooks.

Erin Starr-Hollow, Programs Coordinator for the Kodiak Arts Council, which organizes First Friday, says it’s valuable for residents to find inspiration through nature.

Both for artists and the people who enjoy their art.

“I think we’re all probably in agreement that the thing that makes Kodiak so special is our access to nature and natural beauty, so if we can take art that makes human life so unique and find inspiration in nature, I just think it has the potential to really enrich our lives here no matter what we do.”

Some other participating locations this month are Fly-By, the Frame Shop, and Northern Exposure Gallery, which will be holding a going-away party for pottery artist Elizabeth West.

You’ll get the chance to meet the potter and enjoy some refreshments.

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