Downtown Association of Fairbanks – Fairbanks Alaska
First Friday

GRAND RE-OPENING EVENT @ FAIRBANKS COMMUNITY MUSEUM

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The Fairbanks Community and Dog Mushing Museum will celebrate its grand re-opening this Friday. The museum will be opening at its new home inside the Empress Theater.

For First Friday, the museum will feature a photographic tribute to musher George Attla, as well as an exhibit on the Iditarod and the Open North American Championship. The exhibits will include artwork, photographs and memorabilia from the trail. The grand re-opening will be a weekend-long affair, running from Friday through Monday. Admission to the museum is free on Friday.

Where:
Fairbanks Community and Dog Mushing Museum – 535 2nd Avenue

When:
Friday – March 6, 2015
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Saturday – March 7, 2015
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Sunday & Monday – March 8-9, 2015
11:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Contact:
Bob Eley at 457-3669

HANDCRAFTED JEWELRY DEBUT @ IF ONLY

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This First Friday, If Only will feature the handcrafted jewelry of Janine Gibbons. Gibbons draws inspiration from her island upbringing in Southeastern Alaska and her home in the mountains of Durango, Colorado. Working with metal and glass, she creates enameled earrings and necklaces as well as wire-wrapped glass earring drops. This event will be Gibbons debut at If Only!

Where: 

If Only – 215 Cushman St.

When:

Friday – March 6, 2015

5:00PM – 8:00PM

Phone:

Rebecca Morse at 457-6659

YUKON-CHARLEY RIVERS SHOW @ MORRIS THOMPSON CENTER

The Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center will host a First Friday highlighting the Yukon-Charley Rivers  National Preserve. Art lovers are invited to experience the preserve’s beauty through the eye of artists and writers as they share their stories. The event is free and open to the public.

Where:
Alaska Public Lands Information Center – 101 Dunkel Street (inside the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center)

When:
Friday – March 6, 2015
5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Contact:
Macy Possenti at 459-3730

ETCHED DRINKING GLASSES SHOWCASED @ IF ONLY

The team at If Only is featuring “Of Water and Sky” an event showcasing sand-etched drinking glasses designed by Kristin Koiv and Holly Wiley.

Their company, Raven Earth & Glass Work, is based in Kasilof on the Kenai Peninsula.  If Only will highlight seven unique designs, some of which include salmon, halibut and frogs!

Where: 

If Only – 215 Cushman St.

When:

Friday – February 6, 2015

5:00PM – 8:00PM

Phone:

907-457-6659

CLASSIC IDITAROD PHOTOGRAPHY @ MORRIS THOMPSON CENTER

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In anticipation of the 2015 Iditarod, February’s First Friday at the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center features Icons of the Iditarod, a photo exhibit by legendary Iditarod photographer Jeff Schultz.

Schultz has been photographing the Iditarod since 1981 and has been the official Iditarod photographer since 1982. He has photographed every checkpoint, every musher, and all trail conditions across the years. Schultz selected the particular images for this exhibit based on his knowledge of the races “icons,” including well-known mushers, trail locations, checkpoints, food, events, dogs, and volunteers.

“To me these images are not only icons but in many cases legends,” said Schultz, who has more than 50,000 historical and contemporary Iditarod photos in his collection. Some of these photos can be seen here.

During an average race, Schultz will take as many as 10,000 individual photos.

The photo exhibit is sponsored by ExxonMobil and will be on display at the visitor center through April 2015.

The Iditarod kicks off March 7th.

Where: 

Alaska Public Lands Information Center – 101 Dunkel Street (inside the Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center)

When:

Friday – February 6, 2015

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Contact:

Macy Possenti at 459-3730

FIRST FRIDAY AND READING CONNECT @ FORGET ME NOT BOOKS

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If you’re looking for a First Friday event for the kids, then look no further than Forget-Me-Not Books. During this month’s First Friday, staff and volunteers will be reading their favorite children’s stories. Story times will run throughout the day, on the hour, starting at 11 AM. After 3 PM there will be a story every half hour, with the final story being read at 5:30 PM.

All children who come into the bookstore can take home 1 free paperback Kids book.

Forget-Me-Not will also feature a bag sale on Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Paranormal paperback fiction.

Where: 

Forget-Me-Not Books – 517 Gaffney Rd.

When:

Friday – February 6, 2015

11:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Contact:

Erin Wahl at 456-6212

EXCITING NEW ARTWORK @ 2 STREET GALLERY

February at 2 Street Gallery will feature an art show titled “Habitats of the Heart” and will feature art by Jenifer Cameron. Cameron’s latest works celebrate a multi-faceted look at Alaska’s various habitats. In these pieces, Cameron uses natural materials, layers of pattern, and a lithography technique to create her unique images.  Her work includes shadow play as carved wood shapes perch on geometric shaped shelves.

Cameron’s art would also make the perfect Valentines Day gift!

The evening will also include light snacks and beverages.

Where: 

2 Street Gallery – 535 2nd Ave (inside the Co-Op Plaza)

When:

Friday – February 6, 2015

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Contact:

455-4070

SEE NEW LANDSCAPE ART @ MORRIS THOMPSON CENTER

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The Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center will feature an exhibition of landscape artwork by Sarah DeGennaro. The exhibition, “Winter in the White Mountains” is the result of a residency DeGennaro completed in April 2014 in the White Mountains National Recreation Area north of Fairbanks. Thanks to the Bureau of Land Management, DeGennaro was able to spend five days in the White Mountains sketching, painting, and drawing inspiration from landscape.

The artwork in this exhibit includes drawings and paintings that DeGennaro completed during her time in the mountains. Artwork that she created afterwards, using sketches and photos of the White Mountains as inspiration, will also be on display.

The event is sponsored by the Alaska Public Lands Information Center, Explore Fairbanks, and Alaska Geographic.

Where: 

Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitor Center – 101 Dunkel St.

When:

Friday – January 2, 2014

5:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Contact:

907-459-3730

FIND SPIRITED FIRST FRIDAY ARTWORK @ IF ONLY

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Are you ready for the first First Friday of 2015? The team at If Only…a fine store is!

For January’s event, If Only will feature Spiritiles by Houston Llew of Atlanta, Georgia.  Made of molten glass on copper, Spiritiles are faced with a unique design, then surrounded on the sides of the tile with a quotation appropriate to the artwork. If Only will have several tiles on display and available for purchase on Friday.

Each tile is made by hand using ground glass that is painted, then kiln-fired to copper and enveloped around a solid frame. Every Spiritile has its own story wrapped around the sides to match the inspiring moments drawn from life. 

These works of art are best enjoyed together in a collection that reflects the collectors unique style and story. According to the Llew website, the Spiritiles “are made to be gifted, collected, and treasured for years to come.”

Where: 

If Only – 215 Cushman St.

When:

Friday – January 2, 2014

5:00PM – 8:00PM

Phone:

907-457-6659

SHOP FIRST FRIDAY BY CANDLELIGHT @ IF ONLY

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If Only…a fine store, will host their annual candlelight shopping event at their downtown location this First Friday.

The shop will feature custom etched glass by Val Lord of Sweet & Cool Designs. The evening’s event will also showcase handcrafted jewelry by Meg Jones of Water’s Edge Studio and Rebecca Bashara.  If Only invites patrons to join them in an ambiance of glowing good cheer for an unforgettable evening.

If Only celebrates First Friday every month and was of the first downtown shops to hold such an event. The venue is known for its wide-selection of unique products, art shows, and outstanding customer service.

The evening will also feature live music by Lindy Raines, refreshments, and a door prize.

When:

Friday – Dec. 5, 2014

5:00PM – 8:00PM

Phone:

907-457-6659

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