The Red Chair Cafe

Sit. Sip. Eat.

The Red Chair Cafe

A locally owned restaurant in downtown Anchorage, Alaska serving breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Sunday.

We also offer an extensive beer and wine menu

Closed Monday

7am - 3pm Tuesday-Sunday

Community through Artistry
Enjoy the journey

Sit. Sip. Eat.


First Friday with William Murphy
Nov
4
to Nov 30

First Friday with William Murphy

Join us to welcome our December First Friday Artist William Murphy

"William Murphy is an Alaskan based music, landscape, and portrait photographer who has been featured by True North Magazine, Societer Mag, Crated.com and numerous social media collectives for his work. His art thus far has mostly been landscapes featuring Alaska's natural features and collaborative projects with some of our local artists around here. A lot of William's work is centered around nighttime photography, including long exposures showing the aurora, milky way, star trails, etc. Combining an urban or human subject with the northern lights or stars is a very common theme, as shown in his piece 'Exposure', featuring a car driving by leaving a trail of light illuminating the scene and a backdrop of stars in the sky.

William also works with a few colleagues in NYC banding together under the name Kollective Productions. Kollective Productions is a music and visual based event production and creative services company with roots in hip-hop that is committed to documenting the underground music scene and building a platform for under seen, and under heard creatives in the greater NYC area, Anchorage, and more. He has plans to move down to NYC and dive fully into music photography among other things with this group of colleagues during the next year."

 

View Event →
Nov
6
5:00 PM17:00

"What Was I?" An art show by Amy Hunt

Join us Friday November 6th for Our First Friday Event Featuring the Art of Amy Hunt

'What Was I' is a collection of things used up and thrown away, found itself in a junk store or antique shop.  These objects were functional at one time and now have been re-purposed as a piece of whimsical art for your enjoyment. Amy works with various mediums and finds art fascinating with relentless possibilities.  Most of this collection is constructed in multi mediums with an encaustic background (Hot Wax).

I have always found variety to be stimulating and a tool to unblock the mind.  In my youth I wrote and directed plays, coordinated fashion design shows, design clothes and doll clothes, made dolls and paper dolls, built tree houses and go carts and later when we returned to the South I became passionate with dance. In my twenties I experienced the fast lane life as a competitive international ballroom dancer and instructor.  In my thirties I received a bachelor degree in Science of Occupational Therapy. I pursued a fulfilling career as an occupational therapist up until retirement 2007. I launched a jewelry line 2011 and my first collection, The Love of Turquoise is on display in Arizona and Colorado.      ~Amy Hunt
View Event →
October First Friday Featruing Sam Wasson
Oct
2
5:00 PM17:00

October First Friday Featruing Sam Wasson

Join us at The Red Chair Café for Our First Friday Event Featuring the Photography of Sam Wasson

A commercial and editorial photographer, Sam started out shooting sports action photography in New Mexico in 2006 and moved into shooting landscapes after an inspirational hike to Raven Glacier along the Crow Pass trail shortly after moving to Alaska in 2009. You can see more of Sam's work at www.samwassonphotography.com

 "...after moving to Alaska in the fall of 2009 it was hard to ignore the beauty that surrounded me." "Throughout my travels for both work and pleasure, I’ve taken the opportunity to capture all sorts of different scenery whether it was the ocean views of Hawai’i or the desert landscapes of New Mexico and Arizona and everything in between."
"I have a particular fondness for shooting sunsets and I’m always on the lookout for a good sunset shot. I’m not a particularly patient person (which is why I shoot a lot of sports) so shooting sunsets and waiting for that perfect snapshot in time really helps me expand my comfort zone. One of the main goals of my photography, whether it’s one of my sports photos or one of my landscape photos, is to make you the viewer want to be there where the photo was taken."
View Event →
First Friday Featuring Rivka Zorea
Sep
4
5:00 PM17:00

First Friday Featuring Rivka Zorea

Join The Red Chair Café for a First Friday Event Featuring the Paintings of Local Artist Rivka Zorea

Rivka Chana Zorea, a transplanted Californian has lived in Anchorage, Alaska with her husband and children for over 30 years.

Art, in one form or another has been a part of her life since she received her first set of oil paints and canvasses for her 10th birthday. A self taught artist in numerous mediums, she has always been curious and excited to learn about a new way of creating art. Oils, watercolor, encaustic, acrylic, art quilting and alcohol inks and digital art  are just some of the media she has tried and enjoyed, finally emphasizing and concentrating on mixed media and encaustic hot wax painting.

She received a Bachelors Degree in History and Political Science from The University of Puget Sound, Tacoma, Washington and applied for her secondary Teaching certificate shortly afterward. 

Realizing, that teaching in the public school was not fulfilling her goals, she opened Guardian Angels Daycare from 1990 until retiring from teaching in 1998 to pursue art full time.

Her work has appeared in numerous First Friday shows and for several years she had her work at the Upstairs Studios where she had her own studio.  

She views her art as a form of language without written words. Her aim is to awaken in the viewer an emotional experience that she feels is like poetry. A good poem says so much more to the reader than words can describe painting a story and an experience. The rhythm of light and shadows, color and form create a symphony of poetic dance across the canvass. A painting, no matter the medium employed flows from the brush in an eternal song.

View Event →
August First Friday Featuring Victoria Peterson
Aug
7
5:00 PM17:00

August First Friday Featuring Victoria Peterson

Join us for Victoria Peterson's first Anchorage show entitled Dauntless featuring works in acrylic and spray-paint on canvas. 

Alaskan born art instructor and artist , Victoria Peterson, announces the release of her newest series titled, Dauntless, in her first Anchorage exhibit at The Red Chair Cafe' for the month of August. Known for her painting parties which she instructs at businesses, schools, and homes as owner/instructor of Canvas Cafe' (formerly Doodles art studio) in the MatSu Valley, Victoria can be reached through her website at: thecanvascafe.blogspot.com

"I'm really excited to introduce myself to the Anchorage community, this body of work reflects my process of letting go of the pressures to fit into the typical Alaskan artist mold; letting go of fear. I had a lot of fun experimenting with different techniques and styles."

Victoria Peterson has been teaching art classes in the Valley since 2009 to organizations that serve the differently-abled, foster care children, at risk youth, homeschool and public school students, and to adults looking for a creative social experience; Victoria has a passion for helping others heal and realizing their worth through creative expression. She trained at UAA in art and elementary education, She loves painting in acrylic and getting messy with charcoal and pastels, accompanied by music.

View Event →
July First Friday Featuring Vonnie Gaither
Jul
3
5:00 PM17:00

July First Friday Featuring Vonnie Gaither

July Art Show Featuring Vonnie Gaither

Join The Red Chair Café in welcoming local painter Vonnie Gaither for her July First Friday show opening event

"A splash here, a line there, maybe a background, maybe a foreground, or maybe not, in all honesty, I just don’t know.  This is my style.  Each canvas, board, or paper carries its own story.  Each has its own emotions and uniqueness.  Like Jackson Pollock, I lay my surfaces flat on the floor, covering them with rhythmic colors of acrylic paint.  Different from Pollock is that my pours become forms, not just splatters, and my drips are whimsical, somewhat controlled lines.

Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, I moved to Alaska in 1970 and attended the University of Alaska, Anchorage.  In 1990 I began professionally displaying my paintings in various Alaska coffee shops, offices, retail stores and selected galleries.   In 2002 I participated in a First Friday Exhibit at October Gallery in Philadelphia and Ninth Life Gallery in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. My love for art is as long as the days God has allow me to awaken.   Even though I have no idea what the future holds, I do dream of the day when I can just be me, an “Artist”.  My eventual goal is to experience the excitement of showing my work in larger galleries, nationally and perhaps internationally.

My original medium was water based tempera.  Presently I use an assortment of various textures of acrylic paint.   My art is forever changing, it has gone from Peter Max’s hard-edge style to the seemingly uncontrolled Pollock drips, to my quick, bold whimsical lines and forms, which may appear to be dense layers of color topped with uneven strokes and drippings.  Some may classify my art as being contemporary, others as abstract.  What really matters to me is that my art is enjoyed.   To know my art is to know me.  It is through my art I find joy. ~Vonnie Gaither

View Event →
First Friday Featuring the Art of Alison King
Jun
5
5:00 PM17:00

First Friday Featuring the Art of Alison King

Join The Red Chair Café for a First Friday reception of local artist Alison King

Alison King is an Anchorage artist and musician, and a 30+ year Alaskan resident who began drawing when she was 3 years old, playing piano at 4 and attributes her creative talents to previous generations of musicians and artists in her family history. “It seems to be in my genes, and I honor those previous generations by continuing the legacy. I was always encouraged to follow my heart in these matters”.   Alison has been able to balance a satisfying career with equally satisfying avocations as a professional musician and part-time artist. Her pen and ink sketches, paintings and beaded jewelry designs have won local fans for many years and others as far away as California, Wisconsin and Ecuador.

View Event →
First Friday Featuring Sydney Daniels
Jan
2
5:00 PM17:00

First Friday Featuring Sydney Daniels

Join us for the First Friday Reception of local artist, Sydney Daniels.

Taking inspiration from fairy tales, comic books, and tattoos, Sydney Daniels loves experimenting with different mediums to create surreal portraits and designs. She currently works mainly with water color, enjoying the different textures that can be achieved with the paint. 

As a 20-year-old artist, Sydney hopes to continue to develop her skills and inspire others with her work. She is currently looking for a tattoo apprenticeship, as she hopes to one day be able to make art permanent through tattooing. 

View Event →
Dec
31
4:00 PM16:00

A evening of music and dance with The Rockti Wallahs, Kirtan band

Join us for an early family friendly New Years Eve celebration of music and dance with The Rockti Wallahs

Kirtan is a style of devotional chanting that originated in India and is associated with yoga traditions. The chants are simple, call and response expressions of love, harmony, peace and truth. For this event, the emphasis is on danceable tunes, lots of instrumental breaks and audience participation.

View Event →
Eagle Academy Art Showcase @ The Red Chair Cafe
Dec
12
5:30 PM17:30

Eagle Academy Art Showcase @ The Red Chair Cafe

Pablo Picasso Said "All Children art artists, the problem is how to remain an artist as they grow up." Come celebrate Art Education with us at this months Red Chair Art Showcase.

Eagle Academy Charter School is in Eagle River Alaska,  it educates students grades Kindergarten through 6th Grade. For this exciting art show 28 pieces are being displayed. Four pieces from each grade.  The artwork the students created are self portraits in their outdoor gear.  The beauty of this project is that you can see the way the students view themselves and how that perception clearly changes as they get older.  A Kindergarten has a very different awareness of self then a 6th grader.  The students had a very fun time creating this project.

Live at The Red Chair, Diane Hall and Sandra Calvillo!

6-8pm

Diane Hall and Sandra Calvillo started performing together just three short months ago, and are having a blast mingling their styles and playing gigs together.  Sandra has lived from Texas to Brazil, with a long stay in Nome, and has become a preeminent musician in Anchorage and all over the world, a true Universal Percussionist.  Diane first came to the AK with The Automatics to play at Chilkoot's and never looked back.  She has been lucky to be able to entertain at many different venues, from roadhouses to concert halls, and to get to see Alaska by traveling to play.

Diane Hall and Sandra Calvillo started performing together just three short months ago, and are having a blast mingling their styles and playing gigs together.  Sandra has lived from Texas to Brazil, with a long stay in Nome, and has become a preeminent musician in Anchorage and all over the world, a true Universal Percussionist.  Diane first came to the AK with The Automatics to play at Chilkoot's and never looked back.  She has been lucky to be able to entertain at many different venues, from roadhouses to concert halls, and to get to see Alaska by traveling to play.

View Event →
CANCELED - Georgia O'Keefe Drink and Draw @ The Red Chair Cafe
Nov
11
6:00 PM18:00

CANCELED - Georgia O'Keefe Drink and Draw @ The Red Chair Cafe

Creating inspired artwork surrounded by friends while savoring delicious food and drink is at the heart of every Drink and Draw event.  The Red Chair Café has partnered with Master Illustrator Stephanie Woods to bring you a night of drinks, food, and artistic exploration. 

The evening will start with a Southwest inspired pre-fixe menu crafted by the culinary team at The Red Chair Café and inspired by still-life painter Georgia O'Keeffe.

Once dinner is finished, it will be time to create your own piece of artwork inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe during a convivial and encouraging guided art experience led by local artist and instructor Stephanie Woods.

Get your tickets in advance by stopping by The Red Chair Café or calling 270-7780

$125 in advance $150 at the door as room permits; ticket price includes the pre-fixe dinner with wine/beer parings, all art supplies, guided art lesson, and the piece produced by you. This is a 3-hour event and all participants under the age of 21 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.

All art supplies need for the class will be provided and all ability levels are welcome and encouraged to attend. You will leave the 3-hour event with a greater appreciation of art history, a piece of artwork you have created, and a wonderful dining experience full of laughter and fun.

Stephanie works predominantly in the area of mixed media, but is well known for her work in painting, drawing, illustration and mural work.  She is completing her Masters of Fine Arts Degree in Illustration from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco and was just awarded the title of Master Illustrator.  Her current work is centered on the question “What inspires creativity?” and is writing and illustrating book called Me and Jean that is expected to be published in the Spring of 2016.
View Event →
Red Chair Anniversary Night Dinner and Concert
Nov
8
5:30 PM17:30

Red Chair Anniversary Night Dinner and Concert

Red Chair Fans! You've waited so patiently and finally, Everything's Ready for Everything Red!

Come Celebrate with us Saturday November 8, from 5:30-9pm. Brand new art will be on the walls and live music will be playing.  Please call for reservations*.  270-7780

Due to circumstances outside our control, we have dropped tonight's pre-fixe menu.

*no reservations available for 8 or more people

Live at The Red Chair, Diane Hall and Sandra Calvillo!

Saturday November 8th 6-9pm

Diane Hall and Sandra Calvillo started performing together just three short months ago, and are having a blast mingling their styles and playing gigs together.  Sandra has lived from Texas to Brazil, with a long stay in Nome, and has become a preeminent musician in Anchorage and all over the world, a true Universal Percussionist.  Diane first came to the AK with The Automatics to play at Chilkoot's and never looked back.  She has been lucky to be able to entertain at many different venues, from roadhouses to concert halls, and to get to see Alaska by traveling to play.
Diane Hall and Sandra Calvillo started performing together just three short months ago, and are having a blast mingling their styles and playing gigs together.  Sandra has lived from Texas to Brazil, with a long stay in Nome, and has become a preeminent musician in Anchorage and all over the world, a true Universal Percussionist.  Diane first came to the AK with The Automatics to play at Chilkoot's and never looked back.  She has been lucky to be able to entertain at many different venues, from roadhouses to concert halls, and to get to see Alaska by traveling to play.
Diane Hall & Sandra Calvillo.jpg
View Event →
First Friday Reception Featuring the Paintings of Benny Chalmers
Nov
7
5:00 PM17:00

First Friday Reception Featuring the Paintings of Benny Chalmers

Join us at The Red Chair Café for the November First Friday Reception kicking off Benny Chalmers show.

Come by between 5 and 6 for a glass of wine, a touch of food and meet Benny or stop in later for dinner, drinks, and a conversation with Benny about his art. 

Born in Northfield, Minnesota, Benny began pursuing his interest in art at a variety of institutions after serving in both the Navy and Army. In 2012, he won the ‘Best Drawing’ award at the Arapahoe Community College art show in Littleton, CO.
Predominately working in oil, Benny also expands into ink, watercolor, and charcoal. The primary subject of his works consist of a fusion of life and his own imagination, Benny also holds a strong interest in figure drawing.
Benny currently lives and works in Anchorage.
View Event →
Think Saturday Art Reception
Oct
25
5:00 PM17:00

Think Saturday Art Reception

Featuring the photography of Mel Hilborn


Finding inspiration from the likes of Kandinsky, Monet and Pollock, Mel Hilborn is a Anchorage abstract photographer whose presentation of color and form tantalizes the imagination.

Come by The Red Chair Café for a chance to meet Mel and experience a beautiful selection of his work.

Also, enjoy the music of TLC North from 5:30-7:30

Tornfelt-Little-Carufel - TLC North - original acoustic music (with folk-rock flair) From Alaska.  TLC brings a unique acoustic sound to performances of hand-made songs, delivering harmony vocals and lively instrumentals. The guitar, acoustic bass and cello accompany vocals on original and fresh songs about life, love and living.

Mark Carufel (Songwriter / Guitar & Vocals); Suzanne Little (Songwriter / Acoustic Bass, Guitar & Vocals); Robert Tornfelt (Songwriter / Cello & Vocals)

View Event →
Irish Cultural Collective Red Chair Sessions
Oct
21
6:00 PM18:00

Irish Cultural Collective Red Chair Sessions

Join us in a wonderful night of Irish music and dance!

The Irish Cultural Collective, a loose knit group centered around an appreciation and celebration of the Irish culture of music and dance, will be at The Red Chair Café for a wonderful ceili on Tuesday the 21st!

Anyone attending under the age of 21 must be accompanied by and adult or legal guardian! (This is a VERY family friendly affair, but the State rules are the State rules)

https://www.facebook.com/groups/IrishCulturalCollective/

View Event →
Irish Cultural Collective Red Chair Sessions
Aug
19
6:00 PM18:00

Irish Cultural Collective Red Chair Sessions

Join us in a wonderful night of Irish music and dance!

The Irish Cultural Collective, a loose knit group centered around an appreciation and celebration of the Irish culture of music and dance, will be at The Red Chair Café for a wonderful session on Tuesday the 19th of August!

Anyone attending under the age of 21 must be accompanied by and adult or legal guardian! (This is a VERY family friendly affair, but the State rules are the State rules)

View Event →
Aug
1
5:00 PM17:00

First Friday Featuring Cara 'Faith' Mazurek

Join us for the First Friday opening reception for the August showing of the art of Cara 'Faith' Mazurek

The reception will run Friday the 1st of August 5pm to 6pm

Cara 'Faith' Mazurek uses watercolors to show that the delicate medium can still be bold, especially in her most recent abstract work. Her work serves as a visual diary of her life and everyday moments she draws inspiration from. Most recently, you might have seen some 'Pieces of Faith'  in a collaberative First Friday showcase, The 5th House, at Sub Zero. 

 

Cara is an Interior Designer at ECI Hyer Architecture, modern dancer and the Director at Larger for the American Society of Interior Design (ASID) Alaska.

 

For more information please visit http://www.piecesofcarafaith.com

View Event →
Deadhorse Hwy Concert with DL Johnston Opening
Jul
31
9:00 PM21:00

Deadhorse Hwy Concert with DL Johnston Opening

Catch Portland based band Deadhorse Hwy at The Red Chair Café Thursday July 31 for the first Anchorage concert of their Alaska tour at The Red Chair Café Thursday July 31 with Dylan Lee Johnston opening

There will be a $5 cover at the door. This is a 21+ event.

Deadhorse Hwy

Deadhorse Hwy

Deadhorse HWY is Dylan Lee Johnston, Galen Ballinger, Dusty Santamaria & Wyatt Wooding, together they make up a roots & blues based experimental rock n roll band formed in Portland, Oregon.

http://www.deadhorsehwy.com/home-1.html

https://www.facebook.com/deadhorsehwyxoxo

"D.L. Johnston music has a physically rough, unpolished quality. On his independent debut album, Hope and Hunger, Johnston keeps things simple. The album was recorded live with upright bass and guitar onto a single microphone, lending the album a living rawness that fits Johnston’s style. Tracks range from rueful to rockabilly, but Johnston’s poeticism is the centerpiece of each."
Jeri Kopet - Anchorage Press

http://www.dylanleejohnston.com/home.html

View Event →
Stephanie L. Bahner Art Show and Reception
Jul
11
5:30 PM17:30

Stephanie L. Bahner Art Show and Reception

She began drawing the moment she could grip a crayon and continued drawing as she grew up under her father’s tutelage, but didn't begin painting until 2005. Said to have a whimsical style, she draws inspiration from her faith, dreams and the beautiful mess of the world around her.

Stephanie is also an art teacher at Kaleidoscape Play Studio, writer, and mother of two rambunctious boys.

Stephanie L. Bahner is a local, self-taught artist who grew up throughout the United States. She has contributed to several murals in Anchorage while continuing her love affair with brush and canvas.

 
View Event →
Creative Chaos
Jun
6
5:30 PM17:30

Creative Chaos

What is Encaustic Art?

Encaustic painting is one of the oldest art forms found as early as Ancient Greece in which a mixture of resin, oil paint and beeswax fused one layer to the next with a torch or heat gun resulting in a shiny surface can be polished with a soft rag.

ColorsOfSpring_edited-7 (2).jpg

Rivka -Chana Zorea

Rivka was born in California and has lived in Alaska with her family for over 30 years. Art is a means of expression, a second language that has always been in her life. For the past three years, however, she has discovered the freedom involved in Encaustic medium. There can never be a duplicated encaustic painting, it flows with each brush stroke to its own rhythm and movement. From the bright colors and sensual fragrance of the hot wax, this way of expression contains no limits, no borders to the imagination. Each brush stroke can take on its own life separate from the intentions of the artist as it flows with the hot wax...this medium speaks to the soul of the artist.

“art is the elevation of the mundane to the spiritual”

 

Amy Hunt

Working out of her studio in her back yard, Amy’s love for Encaustic painting has grown.  Color is the essence of encaustic medium.  She starts a piece with an idea and concept in mind and begins on the background using a marbling technique where many colors are infused with the giving it the appearance of marble.  Another technique she uses, is to etch in the wax using an oil stick.  This gives her the opportunity to explore detail in her paintings finding inspiration everywhere and I gravitating towards beauty and humor.

 

Dot Tideman

Dot’s degree in art led her to working in many different mediums but she desired to find a process to combine all mediums into one piece. She found this in Encaustic painting. For fifty years she has traveled over the world poking into alleys, old shops and visiting homes, collecting ideas and art pieces to incorporate into her art. She impress these objects and ideas into the creamy bees wax creating a new surprise every time while choosing the overall design and colors, she lets the bees wax itself infuse, design, and control the painting by its flow.

“When we experiment with the unfamiliar, we stretch our understanding and access new areas of the painting process. How do we know what we are capable of doing if we limit ourselves only to familiar techniques? My paintings express the interconnection of life, experiences, a soulful presence, humor, and evolution into my spiritual life. I believe that we were born to create!”

 

Terisia Chleborad

Terisia’s paintings consist primarily of thin layers of cold wax medium mixed with oil paint in which layer upon layer are added them scraped and scratched away here and there with tools and solvents.  She likes to create a visual texture reminiscent of surfaces found in the environment such as earth, rocks, and foliage.

View Event →