~ by Maria Benner
This Friday, May 4 is the first Friday of the month, which means that most local art galleries will have new art shows and will be hosting receptions. The artists are normally present at these events, and often there is live music and complimentary refreshments. Most of the action happens downtown, but there are many venues around town that host First Friday events. The Anchorage Press is a good source for event listings. Scott and I usually open our studio to the public for First Friday Art Walk, but not every month. This one in May will be the last one we’ll host at the studio until October. Scott will have an art opening in June, but it will be at Midnight Sun Brewing Company. In preparation for an open studio event, we always have to do quite a bit of cleaning and rearranging of paintings and studio equipment. Work mode and open studio mode are very different. We completely clear my desk to make room for prints and greeting cards, put away all the painting stuff and scrub the floor. Here are some pictures to give you an idea of what the studio looks like in work mode, versus how we make it look for visitors during open studio events. We hope you’ll stop by this First Friday from 5:00 – 7:30 pm. We’ll have cookies that Scott will bake from scratch, and new paintings that have never been shown before. The address is 333 W 4th Avenue, Suite 4 (inside the 4th Avenue Market Place).