The volunteer team behind the annual Crab Festival Art Show never knows what they have to put on exhibit until the evening before the big opening.

"We usually have a variety of art from carving to quilting and everything in between," local artist Antoinette Walker said. "It's really exciting."

The show opens Friday with a reception from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Kodiak Inn Harbor Room, featuring hors d'oeuvres and a no-host bar.

Contributing artists can drop off their work between 6 and 7:30 p.m. today. For a $25 fee anyone can show up to four pieces and offer them for sale.

In some years, Walker and about five other volunteers had to work mounting the show until minutes before the doors open, giving them little time to change clothes and great the visitors. They enjoy the challenge of crafting a cohesive exhibit in limited time out of a wide range of pieces in different media.

"We've been doing it pretty much the same way for 13 years," Walker said.

Other chief organizers include  Jackie Madsen and Cathy Cordry. They and other local artists were part of the Dancing Salmon Co-op in Kodiak when the group stopped running their downtown location. They decided to put the co-op's remaining bank balance into organizing the annual Crab Festival show.

As usual, Walker will have some of her own work in the show. Her large encaustic near the new Kodiak Public Library fireplace has been a hit with visitors. She is also preparing for a solo show in July.

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