Downtown Association of Fairbanks – Fairbanks Alaska
First Friday

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

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

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