Mercedes Muñoz pottery show. Food festival and farmer’s market. The Southeast Cooperative Extension Service’s summer tour is coming to an end.

Mercedes Muñoz’s formula is simple: Function + Art = Joy (Photo courtesy of Mercedes Muñoz).

Mercedes Muñoz has had many pottery exhibitions, but this one is different because it gives her the opportunity to connect with the legacy of her great-grandmother, Rie Muñoz, one of the most important painters. known from Alaska.

This Sunday will be the first time Muñoz has exhibited his work in his grandmother’s gallery, now the new home of his pottery studio.

On Wednesday Juneau afternoon, Muñoz talks about this milestone in his artistic journey.

Also on this show:

  • Saturday Food Festival and Farmer’s Market, an extravaganza of home-grown vegetables and local produce.
  • The Cooperative Extension Service ends its summer tour.
  • Garden Talk: Greenhouse Bounty

Sheli DeLaney hosts Wednesday’s show. You can catch Juneau Afternoon, Tuesday through Friday, live at 3:00 p.m. on KTOO Juneau 104.3. The replay airs at 7:00 p.m. on KTOO. You can also listen online at

For more information on Juneau Afternoon or to schedule the show time, email [email protected] Please plan early. The show is often booked one to two weeks in advance.

Guests: Mercedes Muñoz, ceramic artist and illustrator.
Art for Mercedes Muñoz is a family affair, which includes dogs (Photo courtesy of Mercedes Muñoz).

Mercedes Muñoz says the inspiration behind her latest pottery collection is simple – bright colors, patterns and things that make her happy. It’s also the first batch produced in his new studio, which doesn’t sound too exciting at first glance – a repurposed storage room. But again, it’s a space carved out of his late grandmother’s showcase, the Rie Muñoz Gallery, a family business run by his father, to showcase his mother’s art.

For Muñoz, the gallery will always be a place filled with childhood memories, but now it also houses his hopes for the future. In this conversation with Sheli DeLaney, Muñoz talks about the intimate connection between his art and his family life.

Guests: Laura Mikko, Juneau Arts and Humanities Council. Ed Buyarski, master gardener.

Even in the pouring rain, the Juneau Arts and Humanity Council’s annual Food Festival and Farmer’s Market will draw a crowd. Such is the thirst for local food. Ed Buyarski – host of KTOO’s Garden Talk and also a vendor at the festival – can personally attest to this. But Laura Mikko, who is helping organize the event, says there are plenty of other attractions, such as the beer garden, which will feature “beer floats”, served with a scoop of ice cream.

Guests: Sarah Lewis, UAF Cooperative Extension Service
The Pacific Sapphire is not just transportation for Sarah Lewis, but it carries all the equipment she needs to teach canning and food preservation classes (Photo courtesy of Sarah Lewis ).

While some cooperative extension programs are on the road, Sarah Lewis is taking hers on the water. Every summer, she cruises the waters of Southeast Alaska in her family boat and stops in remote communities to teach classes in food conservation and small business development. Although it’s an adventure, Lewis says his maritime extension program also helps reduce travel costs.


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