Change is both the subject and the medium of this series by artist David Pettibone. A single tree becomes a constant against which change is measured. Each work is made on location; some over the course of days, some weeks and some months. The project takes the form of numerous watercolor and oil paintings which investigate, in detail, a single tree at the Eagle River Nature Center from May 11, 2016, to May 11, 2017, and how the changing of the seasons affects the tree. These works are composed in all types of weather so that the changing environment — from sunshine to wind, rain and snow — may affect the painter (and thus, the painting) as much as the tree itself. In addition to several small and medium sized works throughout, Pettibone is producing four large-scale paintings of the tree, one for each season.

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David Pettibone: Year with a Tree exhibition opening

6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6

Change is both the subject and the medium of this series by artist David Pettibone. Join the artist on the opening night of this exhibit recording change around a single tree in Eagle River Nature Center. Included with admission.

David Pettibone: Year with a Tree exhibition opening

First Friday at the Anchorage Museum

6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 6

Enjoy a live performance in the Thomas Planetarium, a lecture from award-winning Alaska photographer David Jensen in the auditorium, elevator music by Kenny Williams, and a Cuba-inspired dance performance by Katie O’Loughlin. Free museum admission from 6 to 9 p.m. thanks to ConocoPhillips. Thomas Planetarium tickets extra.

David Jensen Lecture: Adventures with Layla and Dogs on Alaska’s Trails
7 p.m.
Local photographer David Jensen, recognized by Alaska Dispatch News readers as “2016 Best of Alaska Photographer,” will provide a visual stroll along Alaska trails with hundreds of dogs. He will share engaging anecdotes from the trail and beyond, and talk about his newly released photo books. Joining him at this event is Jensen’s canine hiking companion, Layla. Free.

Dance Performance with Katie O’Loughlin: Untold Stories Are Still Alive
6:30 and 8 p.m.
Performance artist Katie O’Loughlin shares perspectives from a recent research trip to Havana, Cuba, in a dance performance. A recent graduate of the University of Alaska Anchorage Theatre and Dance Department, O’Laughlin visited Cuba to study the country’s dance community and how politics, culture, economics and environment has impacted its dance culture. Free.

Battle of the Breweries
6 to 9 p.m.
Muse features lager beers in this month’s Battle of the Breweries: Silver Gulch Fairbanks Lager, Anchor Brewing California Lager and Kenai Peninsula Brewers Reserve. Enjoy a choice a beer flight and an appetizer for $20. Ages 21 and older.

David Pettibone: Year with a Tree exhibition opening
6 to 9 p.m.
Change is both the subject and the medium of this series by artist David Pettibone. Join the artist on the opening night of this exhibit recording change around a single tree in Eagle River Nature Center. Included with admission.

First Friday at the Anchorage Museum

This exhibition is a part of the Anchorage Museum's Polar Lab.