Last Friday, December 5, was First Friday, the night art galleries around Anchorage stay open a little later to showcase new art for the month.
My daughter and I like to get together and visit the galleries on these nights. It's become something of a mother-daughter night out - an inexpensive form of entertainment - plus we both get some "culcha." Some of these openings are fun, with live entertainment and refreshments. We try to go on the early side before it gets too crowded so we can really see the art.
So on our rounds this First Friday we stopped in at Charlie's Club 25 Coffee Gallery at the corner of 4th and D Street, because I noticed that artist Carol Lambert was going to be there.
I've been a fan of Carol's still-lifes since my cousin brought home a lovely painting of green apples a few years ago. I'd begun to notice her work in other galleries, especially her still-lifes of fruits, flowers and vegetables.
Carol was at Charlie's, set up with easel and oil paints just inside the door. She's a friendly woman, with cropped gray hair, glasses and a sweet smile. She was working on one of her "daily paintings" - a small painting she tries to complete, from start to finish, in just one day. Carol told me she often goes to Saturday markets during the summer to pick up something to "paint first, eat later." Found objects and familiar household items also find a way onto her canvases.
She'll be there at Charlie's with a display of her paintings on Friday's throughout December and on First Fridays in January, February and March plus some Fur Rondy and Iditarod days. She's usually set up at opening and stays till the gallery closes most times.