Downtown Association of Fairbanks – Fairbanks Alaska

STORM DRAIN ART CONTEST

The Downtown Association of Fairbanks invites local artists to submit art proposals for storm drains in downtown Fairbanks. At least 15 storm drains from 1st to 12th Avenues on Cushman Street will be painted. The goal of the project is to provide opportunities for artists to create works of art downtown while contributing to public awareness that stormwater drains into the Chena River. This art will be displayed for one year prior to the reconstruction of Cushman Street in 2015. The project is a partnership between the City of Fairbanks and the Fairbanks Stormwater Advisory Committee, Festival Fairbanks, Tanana Valley Watershed Association,... [Read more]

FIRST FRIDAY IN APRIL

“Grandma Raven” by Amy Reisland-Speer. Oil on canvas. On display at the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center. If you’re searching for the best First Friday in Fairbanks then look no further than downtown! Our guide and map will give you the skinny! For April, downtown brings you the best in photography, art, music and more. From the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center to If Only…a fine store, we’ve got something for everyone! It’s expected to be 43F and partly sunny, which means a light jacket is probably in order! Top Pick: ART SHOW – Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center (101... [Read more]

CHELSEA STEELE JOINS DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION AS NEWEST BOARD MEMBER

Chelsea Steele, of MAC Federal Credit Union, has joined the board of the Downtown Association of Fairbanks. She is the Executive Assistant to the CEO at MAC and has worked in the credit union industry for a decade. “I love our community and would enjoy making a difference in it,” Steele said. Steele is currently managing the new branding campaign for MAC, “A Financial Partner For Every Life.” In 2011, Steele moved to Fairbanks from Oregon. She enjoys knitting and gardening, which she says is “a perfect mix for our cold winters and extraordinary summers.” Steele is also finishing a degree in business. Steele’s addition to the Downtown... [Read more]

MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: ALASKA UNIVERSAL PRODUCTIONS KEPT LIGHTS ON FOR HOLLYWOOD HORROR FILM

Jonathan Huff is used to working long days. In March, Huff helped prepare the Carlson Center for the Arctic Winter Games opening ceremony. His work day started late Saturday night and went well into the early hours of Sunday morning. Huff owns Alaska Universal Productions, an audio/visual multimedia production company based in Fairbanks. From providing sound and staging equipment for the Midnight Sun Festival to rigs and lighting for Hollywood films, Huff does it all. During a twenty-two day film shoot in January, Huff really did do it all. As the Key Grip for “Unnatural,” a horror film shot in Fairbanks, Huff ensured that scenes were well-lit,... [Read more]

WINNER ANNOUNCED FOR 2014 MIDNIGHT SUN FESTIVAL LOGO CONTEST

The Downtown Association of Fairbanks announces Aaron Worley as the winner of the 2014 Midnight Sun Festival Logo Contest. The public chose Worley’s design from among seven finalists. It received 169 votes out of 724 cast. Official festival t-shirts, banners and maps will feature his logo. “The apex of Fairbanks’ whimsical spirit is Summer Solstice and its epicenter is downtown Fairbanks during the Midnight Sun Festival,” Worley said. His design features a moose standing along 2nd Ave., with people and local landmarks in the background. “The bold cross-hatching and choice of buildings represents our frontier spirit, while the... [Read more]

COOKIES AND QUIRK: DOWNTOWN BOUTIQUE HOLDS INAUGURAL FIRST FRIDAY

“Quiet as Death” by Trista Crass On display at Rock Valley Boutique Every shop has its debut First Friday. On March 7th, Rock Valley Boutique in downtown Fairbanks will have its artistic cotillion. It will be a first for both the shop and the artist being showcased. “The whole thing’s going to be quirky and adorable,” said Adrienne McGee, Rock Valley’s owner. McGee opened her shop late last year which specializes in high-end women’s fashion. It will be the debut event for McGee’s boutique, as well as for artist Trista Crass. While they’ve been friends since they were teenagers, McGee jokes that her and Crass are actually long-lost... [Read more]

FIRST FRIDAY IN MARCH

“Quiet as Death” by Trista Crass On display at Rock Valley Boutique If you’re looking for the best First Friday events in Fairbanks then look no further than our guide and map, giving you the low-down on First Friday downtown. This March, downtown brings you the best in art, photography, food, music and more. From Rock Valley Boutique’s first-ever art show, to the Fairbanks Rollergirls’ “Happily Ever Afterlife Zombie Prom” fundraiser downtown offers something for everyone! While the weather is expected to be 16F and sunny, make sure to bring a coat if you plan on walking between shows! Top Pick: ART... [Read more]

TOP FORTY UNDER 40 LIST HONORS TWO DOWNTOWN ASSOCIATION MEMBERS

The Alaska Journal of Commerce nominated two members of the Downtown Association of Fairbanks to the 2014 Top Forty Under 40 list: Brenda Riley and Andrea Bean. Riley is the Executive Director of the Fairbanks Children’s Museum. The museum is located at the University of Alaska Museum of the North. Bean is the Regional Coordinator for JL Properties, a real estate development and management company. The award surprised Riley. “I know there’s a lot of stiff competition out there,” she said. “There’s a lot of people out there who are doing amazing things.” While flattered, Riley feels she hasn’t done anything... [Read more]

FINALISTS ANNOUNCED: 2014 MIDNIGHT SUN FESTIVAL LOGO CONTEST

The Downtown Association of Fairbanks announces the finalists for the 2014 Midnight Sun Festival Logo Contest. Seven entries were selected from more then two-dozen submitted. The finalists are: Kathryn Everson, Lauren Hatty, Aaron Worley, Brianna Reagan, Isaiah Mangum, Hannah Foss and Teal Rogers. The public can vote for their favorite at downtownfairbanks.com. The Downtown Association will announce the winner on March 11. The winning design will be printed on official festival t-shirts, light pole banners, advertisements and print guides. The winning designer will receive a $250 cash prize and five complimentary festival t-shirts. The... [Read more]

‘FIRST FRIDAY’ ART AUCTION WILL HELP MUSEUM MAKE HISTORY

  On Feb. 7, the Fairbanks Community & Dog Mushing Museum will host a fine art auction as part of First Friday. The museum will also officially unveil the Century Club, a new endeavor to help the organization raise funds. “Fairbanks has a very rich history and to be able to keep it in a building with historic significance is important,” said Bob Eley, a volunteer at the museum which is housed in Historic City Hall. Membership fees from the Century Club will provide funds to upgrade the facility and computer system, as well as aid in the construction of new exhibits. If the auction and Century Club membership drive are successful,... [Read more]

FIRST FRIDAY IN FEBRUARY

Are you looking for the best First Friday events in Fairbanks? Look no further than our quick guide, giving you the skinny on First Friday downtown. Top Pick: ART AUCTION – Fairbanks Community &  Dog Musher’s Museum (410 Cushman) [5-9PM] First Friday: ART SHOW – Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center (101 Dunkel St.) [5-8PM] ART SHOW + SHOPPING – 2 Street Gallery (535 2nd Ave.) [5-8PM] ART SHOW + SHOPPING – If Only…a fine store (215 Cushman) [5-8PM] ART SHOW + FOOD – Co-op Market (526 Gaffney Rd.) [5-8PM] ARTS + CRAFTS – Forget-Me-Not Books (517 Gaffney Rd.) [10AM-6PM] ART SHOW + SHOPPING – Stone Soup Cafe (507... [Read more]

FIRST FRIDAY IN JANUARY

10 AM – 6 PM: Forget Me Not Books hosts a kids day on the First Friday of each month and features arts and crafts activities for kids throughout the day. Forget Me Not Books/517 Gaffney Rd./456-6212 2 PM – 5 PM: Book signing with author Claudia Lively of the Vole Family series. Alaskana Raven Bookstore/535 Second Ave. – Co-Op Plaza/ 378-2835 5 PM – 7 PM: Book signing with author Libbie Martin at the Morris Thompson Center. Chat with Martin and grab an autographed copy of her book “Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race,” which explores every aspect of the grueling 1,000-mile long race. Morris Thompson Center/101 Dunkel St./459-3700 5 PM... [Read more]

PHOTO GALLERY: 2013 WINTER SOLSTICE FIREWORKS

Did you miss the Winter Solstice fireworks downtown? Do you want to relive the show in pictures? Peruse through our  photo gallery and enjoy colorful shots from atop the historic Northern Lights Hotel during our Dec. 21, 2013 fireworks show. Several hundred people turned out for the display, lining sidewalks, roadways, parks and bridges to see the lights. Those gathered oooh’d and ahhh’d for close to twelve minutes as the display lit up downtown Fairbanks. The 2013 Celebration of Lights fireworks display was produced by Fire Art Pyrotechnics. A big thank you to Alyeska Pipeline Service Company and Badger Towing for sponsoring... [Read more]

DOWNTOWN TO CELEBRATE WINTER SOLSTICE WITH FIREWORKS

The Alyeska Pipeline Celebration of Lights, a Solstice fireworks show, will light up the sky in downtown Fairbanks on Saturday, December 21st at 8 PM. “Fireworks are a great way to celebrate the Solstice,” said David van den Berg, Executive Director of the Downtown Association. “While this year’s fireworks show is set to go and boosted by a forecast of warm weather it is fun to reminisce that last year’s fireworks almost didn’t happen.  It was cold enough last year to have second thoughts.  We wondered who would come downtown to watch fireworks at -40? Would the show be visible? Would the smoke clear or would it linger in a... [Read more]

Downtown Association of Fairbanks – Fairbanks Alaska