The American Art Awards, with an intent to introduce the 25 best American galleries to unknown artists worldwide, selects their top 25 picks for remarkably proficient and accomplished galleries each year in March. President of www.AmericanArtAwards.com, Thom Bierdz, shares, “We at American Art Awards scrutinize thousands of galleries each year and are thrilled to name Annie Kaill’s Premier Fine Art Gallery as the Best Gallery In Alaska, 2015.”
Bierdz explains, “Annie Kaill’s has succeeded to meet the community’s art needs for forty years! For four decades this hot spot has been jam-packed even in blizzards, buzzing with tourists and Juneau locals as colorful as the art. The mood is relaxed and warm, with excitement in showing commercial regional art by both emerging and mid-career artists, as well as the Northwest’s most famous painters. Paramount is the gallery’s history, work ethic and devotion to the authentic Alaskan landscape.”
“Annie Kaill’s offers traditional and nontraditional art, and every natural artifact interpreted by contemporary painters, drawers and wood-carvers. A worldwide base of collectors knows this is the one place in Alaska you can see all of Alaska.”
Current owner Colleen Goldrich adds, “Annie Kaill opened her gallery in Juneau’s historic downtown district in 1975, as a showcase for the finest artists from Alaska and from around the Pacific Northwest. Over the years, we have evolved and expanded, though our mission remains the same – to showcase the finest artists from this region. Some of our first artists included Byron Birdsall, Barbara Lavallee and John Fehringer; we still represent these fine artists today.
“Visitors choose Annie Kaill’s for its unique, handcrafted collectibles and fine artwork that has set our gallery apart from others in this state. Annie’s personal touch and the love she put into the store can be seen in every corner.”
Goldrich first became associated with Annie Kaill’s through selling her handmade jewelry which featured pearls, semiprecious stones, gold and silver. When Goldrich took over the gallery, she pledged to keep Kaill’s vision to represent the finest examples of Alaskan art and support local artists.
Annie Kaill’s hosts a First Friday exhibit each month, featuring a collection of work by a specific artist and offering an opportunity to meet the artist.
IMAGE: Gallery owner Colleen Goldrich, with Juneau’s famous Mendenhall Glacier in the background.
Annie Kaill’s Premier Fine Art Gallery / 244 Front Street / Juneau, Alaska / 99801 / (907) 586-2880
Written By: Tommy Garrett