First Friday: A Day of Art

Anchorage boasts a thriving and eclectic art scene. Perhaps with all that natural beauty, it shouldn't be a surprise that the visual arts are big in Anchorage. Alaskans celebrate the arts on the first Friday of every month with the First Friday Art Walk in Anchorage. Local galleries, restaurants and other shops each host the works of an artist. The walk gets going after 5 p.m., but it's easy to make a whole day in Anchorage look like a masterpiece.


Start the day with a stroll through the Anchorage Museum. Uncover the past of this great state and city with a tour through the historical galleries. Then view works by modern masters from Alaska and around the globe. Kids (and adults) will enjoy the hands-on exhibits at the Discovery Center. Create your own work of art or learn about the science and physics of the world we live in. On the way out the door, stop in the museum gift shop for a vast selection of art to purchase and take home!


Check out the more than 400 pieces of public art in Anchorage. From the “52 Faces” at the corner of Mountain View Drive and Commercial Boulevard to the Whaling Wall, a giant mural near the intersection of Fifth Avenue and E Street. Art is everywhere. In summer, the Alaska Native artists make and sell their works at the Alaska Native Heritage Center. Take home an intricately beaded purse or basket as a reminder of your Alaska vacation.


The First Friday Art Walk takes off. Meet local artists while nibbling on hors d’oeuvres. Grab a copy of the Anchorage Press publication for a map of participating galleries. Painters, photographers, fiber artists, and others display their work and discuss technique. There is bound to be something that appeals to your tastes. Wrap up the day with a local brew or cocktail and dessert to savor all the sights you’ve seen.

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