Downtown Association of Fairbanks – Fairbanks Alaska
First Friday

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

ART GOES VICTORIAN @ LADY LEES EMPORIUM

Lady Lee's Bath House (credit Stephen Cysewski and www.wanderinginfairbanks.com)

Lady Lee’s Antiques Emporium invites guests to join them on First Friday for a show and sale of antique Victorian Art highlighting “Angels Among Us”.

Most of these original framed illustrations were first published in about 1890.  Many of the artists are unknown.  In the late 1800’s the theme of “guardian angels protecting little children” (both a Victorian and Judo-Christian concept) became a very popular one.  This innocent view of how children were protected was a very popular belief throughout the Victorian Era.  Because of the higher mortality rate in those days, children were greatly cherished.  Looking back at this era, the vendors at Lady Lee’s are very much enchanted by these illustrations.

“For me, it gives us a chance to look at our past and to appreciate a style of art that we don’t see any longer,” said Kathy Lee, who manages the emporium. The art also has a distinctive Christmas feel, said Lee.

The illustrations vary in size and are all priced under $300. Proceeds from the sale will go to residents of the Pioneer Home.

Lady Lee’s is located in the Lathrop Building at 519 1st Ave.

When:

Friday – Dec. 5, 2014

5:00PM – 8:00PM

Phone:

907-452-2013

LOCAL BONE CARVER HOLDS FIRST SHOW SINCE 1996

This vessel feature fossil mammoth bone with a mammoth ivory topper created by Chuck Leake.

Alaska House Art Gallery is excited to announce a First Friday exclusive featuring artist Chuck Leake. Leake works with bone and antler and creates one-of-a-kind pieces. He has been collecting bones in the Alaskan Tundra for more than 30 years.

“His use of rare mammoth bone and antler is unique and imaginative,” said Yolande Fejes, owner of the Alaska House Art Gallery. Leake first developed an interest in sculpture while working in a bronze foundry in Prescott, AZ.

“It will be his first show in almost two decades and we hope that everyone gets a chance to come and see his work during the month of December,” said Fejes.

All pieces will be for sale.

Alaska House Art Gallery is located at 1003 Cushman St, on the corner of 10th Ave. and Cushman St.

Photo Caption: This vessel features fossil mammoth bone with a mammoth ivory topper created by Chuck Leake.

When:

Friday – Dec. 5, 2014

5:00PM – 8:00PM

Phone:

907-456-6449

IF ONLY HOSTS CELEBRATION OF HANDMADE BOOKS

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If Only will host “Celebrating Handmade Books”, a November First Friday event, which features works by members of the Northwoods Book Arts Guild.

Members will begin demonstrating binding stitches beginning at 5 PM and will include demos by Susan Campbell, Mary Maisch, Margo Klass, and Laurel Herbeck.  If Only invites guests to come by and learn the difference between Coptic, Long Stitch, and other bindings. Other guild members whose books will be featured include Corlis Taylor, Linda Adamson, Connie Stricks, Sue Cole, and Oralee Nudson.

Handmade books will be on display and available for purchase.

“Celebrating Handmade Books” is on November 7 from 5-8 PM.

For more information, click here.

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