Downtown Association of Fairbanks – Fairbanks Alaska
First Friday

BLUE DOOR ANTIQUES OPENS IN HISTORIC DOWNTOWN LOCATION

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On May 1, Blue Door Antiques will host its grand re-opening. The shop includes trinkets and vintage items, as well as Alaskana, clothes, jewelry, gifts, and other collectibles. Unique treasures can be found on all three floors of the building.

Formerly know as Lady Lee’s Antiques Emporium, Blue Door is managed by a cooperative of 18 antique dealers. In addition to a change in name, the store is now housed inside the historic Mapleton-Sexton House. The house was built in 1933 for the senior engineer of the Fairbanks Exploration Company. The vendors at Blue Door have an excellent habit of opening shop in historic downtown buildings. Their most recent home was inside the Lathrop Building on 1st Ave., which housed the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner in the 1930’s.

However, the store plans to be more than just a venue for excellent antiquing. According to Drew Beguhl, store manager, Blue Door will host flea markets throughout the summer. The shop will also feature classes on painting, scrapbooking and knitting.

Many of the store’s dealers will be available throughout Friday’s grand re-opening. The event will also include refreshments. Paved parking for 20 is available behind the building, off Erceg St.

“Just a short and scenic walk over the bridge from the heart of downtown will bring you to our beautiful historical building,” said Beguhl.

Where:
Blue Door Antiques

When: 
Friday, May 1 | 5–8 PM

CHOCOLATE AND ART FEATURED @ IF ONLY

Join the ladies of If Only…a fine store as they celebrate their annual Made in Alaska, You Bet! event.

This month, If Only features the works of more than 40 Alaskan artisans: from the botanical prints of IceWorm Studio to chocolate from Willit House, Fairbanks’ newest chocolate company.

See jewelry designed by Krystie DePue of Eagle and head bands and smoke rings from Qivuet Creations.

Where:
If Only…a fine store

When: 
Friday, May 1 | 5-8 PM

LOCAL ARTISTS INSPIRED BY NATURE @ MORRIS THOMPSON

The Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center will feature artists Jeanne Cannon and Mary Matthews.

Cannon will display works inspired by the beautiful landscapes of Alaska, including Gates of the Arctic National Park and Denali National Park. Her artwork will be on display on Friday evening only.

Artist and dressmaker Mary Matthews will showcase her latest piece, a larger-than-life dress made entirely of natural elements found in the woods of Interior Alaska. Matthew’s dress will be on display throughout the summer.

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

Where:
Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center

When: 
Friday, May 1 | 5-8 PM

NEW ARTWORK DEBUTS @ ALASKA HOUSE ART GALLERY

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For First Friday, Alaska House Art Gallery will feature “The Brooks: Arctic Refuge, Gates of the Arctic, and the Wild – Part 2″ a collection of new artwork by Lynn Larsen. Artwork from Larsen’s collection was showcased in March, as well.

The gallery is based inside one of downtown’s most historic and scenic buildings. Alaska House was originally founded by Claire and Joe Fejes and is Fairbanks’ oldest gallery.

Refreshments will be served. There will also be live music by guitarist Ron Veliz.

Where:
Alaska House Art Gallery – 1003 Cushman St.

When:
Friday – April 3, 2015
5:00PM – 8:00PM

Phone:
Yolande Fejes at  456-6449

MASTER WEAVER DESIGNS SHOWCASED @ IF ONLY

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For First Friday, If Only will feature floral designs from Ekelund master weavers of Sweden.  Established in 1692 and based in historic Göteborg, the woven kitchen and table linens of Ekelund are some of the finest in the world.  New floral designs, trays, and gift sets are available to help Fairbanks celebrate spring!

There will be refreshments and a door prize drawing!

Where:
If Only – 215 Cushman St.

When:
Friday – April 3, 2015
5:00PM – 8:00PM

Phone:
Rebecca Morse at 457-6659

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

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