Originally published in The Spenardian

Spenardian photographer Darcy Stein will be showcasing her work for the first time from 5-8 p.m. Feb. 2 at Enlighten Alaska. The show will mark the first anniversary of the Spenard marijuana dispensary and their inaugural First Friday.

“It’s exciting to have so many firsts all wrapped up in one event,” Leah Levinton, owner of Enlighten Alaska said.

The show, titled “Wandering,” is a display of eight framed, 12 x 18 prints, and a collection of unframed prints that follow the theme.

“It’s snapshots of my journey over the last couple years, starting with when I found photography and where it’s led me,” Stein said. “I really like that word [wandering] because it’s vague, but it’s not vague. The viewer can really interpret it how they want. It’s accessible. It’s not an obscure artsy word. Everyone can kind of come together and understand that we are all on a journey and are all wandering.”

All of the photos were taken with 35mm film and are unedited.

Two photos were taken from Long Beach, New York, Stein’s hometown. The rest were taken in Alaska.

“There’s two shots that I chose… from when I was there visiting when my grandmother was very ill. It was a super emotionally charged time for me. So I was just wandering through that,” Stein said.

Stein connected with the owner of Enlighten, Leah levington, through Anchorage Yoga, where Stein’s husband works and Levington teaches.

“Darcy [Stein] is a fellow Spenardian, and she has a very captivating way of capturing the heart of Alaska through her lens,” Levinton said.

“I was very intentional about where I wanted to have this. I thought about it for awhile. It’s a good space, I love where it’s at,” Stein said.

Enlighten Alaska plans on hosting more First Friday events in the future.

Due to the nature of the venue, only those 21 and older, with an I.D. will be permitted into the event.

Find more work from Stein at her print shop and through her Instagram.

Photo by Darcy Stein

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