Downtown Association of Fairbanks – Fairbanks Alaska
First Friday

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.

FIRST FRIDAY IN AUGUST

It’s the end of July and the sun has finally made its appearance, turning a wet summer into an Alaskan summer! With August upon us, the best way to celebrate our new found warmth is by enjoying downtown’s thriving art scene.

From the Chena River to Airport Way, downtown provides the highest concentration of First Friday events in the city. With numerous venues within easy walking distance, let our handy guide show you the way. Afterward, we invite you to enjoy the restaurants and drinking establishments open throughout the evening.

We’ll see you downtown!

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 The Elder by Claire Fejes. Oil on canvas, 20” x 16”- dated 1984. Athabascan Indian Elder from Nenana, Alaska.

Alaska House Art Gallery
Opened in 1960 (and reopened in 2000), the Alaska House Art Gallery features one of the best collections of Alaskan art in the state. This month, the gallery features “Faces of the North,” an exhibit of portraits by renowned artist Claire Fejes. The exhibit will showcase handmade Native jewelry by Don Standing Bear. Jazz guitarist Ron Veliz will perform live music throughout the evening. The portrait exhibit will run through September 15. The Alaska House Art Gallery is located at 1003 Cushman St.

Co-Op Arts
After opening for the summer season, Co-Op Arts will host its last First Friday on August 1.  Reception and meet the artists is from 4-8 PM.  The theme is “Starving Artists”, which likely describes the whole group represented:  Becky Anderson, Karen Baker, Betsy Bear, Judie Harrison, Nikki Kinne.  Additionally, all work in the Gallery by Nikkinne will be offered at 25% off during the entire day of August 1, 2014.  Co-Op Arts will cease operation at the close of business, August 30. Co-Op Arts is located at 535 2nd Avenue inside the Co-Op Plaza.

River City Cafe and Espresso
Nestled on historic 2nd Avenue, River City provides its guests with art and ambiance. One of the cities most popular cafes, the eatery features sandwiches and desserts, with tea crafted by the Sipping Streams Tea Company. For August, the cafe features “Shelter Pets of Fairbanks,” a portrait collection of pets cared for at Animal Control. Studio 64° North Photography is working with the Fairbanks North Star Borough Animal Shelter to bring awareness to the numerous pets at animal control that need loving homes. Portraits of some of the pets that have been cared for at the shelter will be displayed at the event. River City is located at 543 2nd Ave.

2 Street Gallery Each August thousands of Sandhill Cranes begin their migration south. The artists at 2 Street relish the bird’s trilling calls as they glide through the sky, flapping their lengthy wings and trailing their slender legs behind. August at 2 Street Gallery is devoted to Sandhill Cranes beginning with their First Friday celebration. Discover what local artists have created in honor of these noble birds! 2 Street is located at 535 2nd Avenue inside the Co-Op Plaza.

Lady Lee’s Antiques Emporium
Downtown’s favorite antique shop will host a “Made in Alaska” product.  The family recipe is made and sold by one of the shops own, Drew Beguhl.  His Fairbanks Fish Fry Seasoning is gluten free with no added preservatives.  Manager Kathy Lee invites First Friday-goers to Lady Lee’s for a sample of this yummy seasoning. The emporium is located at 519 1st Avenue.

Forget-Me-Not Books
Forget-Me-Not Books is featuring their monthly “First Friday Family” event. This family-friendly First Friday will feature kid’s activities throughout the day, including arts & crafts and face painting. The bookstore will also give away one free children’s book to each child who participates. Forget Me Not Books is located at 517 Gaffney Rd. The event runs from 10 AM-6 PM. You can RSVP to the event here.

If Only…a fine store
One of the mainstays of Fairbanks’ First Friday community is If Only…a fine store. Opened in 1998, few shops purvey the “simple luxuries with Alaskan charm” as well as If Only. This August, the shop features the glass artistry of Jones Glassworks from Seattle. Friday’s theme is “The Salmon Are In.” If Only is located at 215 Cushman St.

[All shows are 5-8 PM unless otherwise noted.]

FIRST FRIDAY IN JULY

Are you thinking about celebrating July 4th with a little local art and culture? Then stop downtown for some of the best First Friday events in Fairbanks. For July, downtown offers you the best in art, music and more. From the Alaska House Art Gallery to If Only…a fine store, downtown has definitely got something for everyone!

Top Pick:


ART + MUSIC – Alaska House Art Gallery
(1003 Cushman St.) [5-8 PM]
Join Alaska House Art Gallery for a First Friday reception featuring artist Bill Brody. Brody’s exhibit – “In wilderness the truth comes out to play” – will be on display and features paintings and sketches of the Alaska wilderness. There will also be live music performed by jazz guitarist Ron Veliz!

First Friday:

ART + MUSIC – If Only…a Fine Store
(215 Cushman) [4-8 PM]
Steam Punk designs by featured artist Rich Kolb.  Rich designs his metal sculptures with found objects and scrap metal.  Live accordion music performed by Rebecca Morse.

ART SHOW – 2 Street Gallery
(535 2nd Ave – Inside the Co-Op Plaza) [5-8 PM]
Northern Pike? Arctic Graying? Silvers? Kings? Summer is our time for fishing, and July is when we celebrate fish! Come to Two Street Gallery to see what our artists reel in. We’ve been catching new prints and paintings, fused glass fish, ivory scrimshaw, and maybe even some sterling silvers! Come net your own art catch on July 4th during our First Friday celebration!

First Friday Evening:

MUSIC by Sand Castle – McCafferty’s
(408 Cushman) [830-1030 PM]
The McCafferty house band “Sand Castle” will play live during First Friday Evening.

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A Steam Punk metal art piece made from found objects and scrap material by Rich Kolb.

FIRST FRIDAY IN JUNE

If you’re looking for the best First Friday in Fairbanks then look no further than downtown. For June, downtown brings you the best in art, music and more. From Dance Theatre Fairbanks to the 2 Street Gallery, we’ve got something for everyone!

Top Pick:

DANCE – Dance Theatre Fairbanks
(656 7th Ave) [7PM]
Join Dance Theatre Fairbanks for their original production of Yellow Brick Road.  Written by the theatre’s own Jay Howe, this original production tells the story of Dorothy and Toto as they grow up, move to Alaska, and meet some interesting characters!

First Friday:

FOOD – Ken Murray Insurance
(300 Barnette) [5-8PM]
Join the Ken Murray team as they celebrate their 75th anniversary in Fairbanks! There will be drinks and food by Bad 2 the Bone BBQ with live music by the Fairbanks Red Hackle Pipe Band.

BAKE SALE – Coffee Time
(535 2nd Ave – Inside the Co-Op Plaza) [3-8 PM]
Beads & Things will host a bake sale and chili sale to benefit Brian Tumbleson. His wife, Nan, runs Custom Leather & Gifts inside the Co-Op Plaza. Brian recently had two cancer surgeries and the funds raised from the sale will go toward his medical bills.

ART SHOW – If Only…a Fine Store
(215 Cushman) [4-8 PM]
Celebrating Blueberry, featuring the hand crafted jewelry of Tlingit/Athabaskan artist, Crystal Worl.  Also showcased are other blueberry related items including handmade jewelry.  Alaskans dream in Blueberry!

ARTS + CRAFTS – Forget-Me-Not Books
(517 Gaffney) [10 AM – 6 PM]
Forget-Me-Not Books is featuring a “Kids Planting Day” at their downtown location. There will be a planting activity for the kids, sponsored by Risse’s Greenhouse. The bookstore will also be giving away one free children’s book to each child who stops by.

BOOKS – Alaskana Raven Books & Things
(
535 2nd Ave – Inside the Co-Op Plaza) [5-8 PM]
Alaskana Raven Books is celebrating their One Year Anniversary. Author Ray Bonnell will be on-hand to sign books.

ART + MUSIC – Jade Boutique
(729 1st Ave.) [5-8 PM]
Jade Boutique will be showcasing Romona Henry’s exquisite handmade beaded jewelry.  A reception will be from 5-8 pm with entertainment by Marc Brown and the Blues Crew.

MUSIC + ARTAlaska House Art Gallery
(1003 Cushman St.) [5-8 PM]
Featuring “Summer Solstice”, an art show of color woodcuts by Glenna Gannon. The event will also feature live music by Sabe Flores.

ART SHOW – Fairbanks Community and Dog Mushing Museum
(410 Cushman) [5-8 PM]
Join Matt Moberly in his annual exhibit at the Fairbanks Community Dog Mushing Museum. There will be an artist reception, as well as a show featuring  new watercolors. Some prints will be available.

ART SHOW – 2 Street Gallery
(535 2nd Ave – Inside the Co-Op Plaza) [5-8 PM]
2 Street Gallery is featuring the newest ceramic tile work of Alaskan artist Nancy Hausle-Johnson in a show titled, “Birds of Alaska.”

ART SHOW – Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center
(101 Dunkel St) [5-8 PM]
The Morris Thompson Center will have two artist on hand for June’s First Friday:

  • Betsy Bear: An art tribute to Alaska’s great public lands, parks, and natural areas. Betsy will have original watercolor paintings, prints, and cards available for purchase, along with a free drawing for a print.
  • Joseph Geiss: Creating art in Ester, Joe has found a balance between his needs for function and appreciation of art through working with local and exotic hardwoods in his artisan cutting boards.

First Friday Evening:

MUSIC by Sand Castle – McCafferty’s
(408 Cushman) [830-1030 PM]
The McCafferty house band “Sand Castle” will play live during First Friday Evening.

 

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Check out Dance Theatre Fairbanks’ original production: “Yellow Brick Road!” For a complete list of show times, please see their website.

FIRST FRIDAY IN MAY

If you’re looking for the best First Friday in Fairbanks then look no further than downtown. For May, downtown brings you the best in photography, art, music and more. From Fairbanks City Hall to the World Eskimo Indian Olympics, we’ve got something for everyone! It’s expected to be 72F and partly sunny, which means grab the shorts and flip-flops – summer has arrived!

Top Pick:

ART SHOW – Fairbanks City Hall
(800 Cushman ) [4-8 PM]
City Hall will showcase the “Faces of Alaska,” a collection of oil paintings by Jean Lester. City Hall will also feature “Photovoice,” a pictorial perspective on the prevention of underage drinking and adult heavy/binge drinking.

First Friday:

ART SHOW – If Only…a Fine Store
(215 Cushman) [4-8 PM]
Made in Alaska, You Bet! features the work of several Alaskan artisans including Miriam Linder, Catherine Joan Petersen, Bob Merry, Connie Englelbrecht, Debbie Knight Kennedy and Pauline Lian.  It is an opportunity to see what is available prior to this summer’s visits by family and friends.

MUSIC – First Presbyterian Church
(547 7th Ave) [7:30-8:45 PM]
Featuring a spring concert performed by the Northland Youth Choir and the Aurora Women’s Chorale. Tickets are $15/adults and $10/children, seniors and military and are available at Mt. McKinley Bank on 4th Ave.

ART SHOW  World Eskimo Indian Olympics
(400 Cushman) [4:30-7:30 PM]
WEIO is excited to feature the works of Pamela Lipari, daughter of WEIO volunteer Flora Roddy. Her medium is paints and photography. Please stop by and support Fairbanks’ local artists!

ART SHOW – Fairbanks Community and Dog Mushing Museum
(410 Cushman) [5-8 PM]
In cooperation with Enep’ut Children’s Center and the Alaska Songbird Institute, the museum will host a celebration of bird migration with their show “Birds of a Feather.”  The Enep’ut children have been creating bird-themed art that will be on display. Visitors are encouraged to “see birds through the eyes of children.”

ART SHOW – 2 Street Gallery
(535 2nd Ave – Inside the Co-Op Plaza) [5-8 PM]
May is coming! We think of spring, flowers, Mother’s Day and graduation. Fairbanksans live to plant vegetable gardens, flowerbeds, and flower baskets. At Two Street we are celebrating May with cheerful, stunning Flowers in our Art. May First Friday 5-8pm snacks and beverages served. Join us in the flowers.

ART SHOW – Morris Thompson Cultural & Visitors Center
(101 Dunkel St) [5-8 PM]
Artist Sarah Holm enjoys using original graphic designs and imagery in her glass work and screen painting. She will showcase new work and designs. Joining Holm will be beautiful recycled sculptural artwork created by students at Effie Kokrine Charter School which will be on display all month long.

First Friday Evening:

MUSIC by Sand Castle – McCafferty’s
(408 Cushman) [830-1030 PM]

A collection of oil paintings by Jean Lester - "Faces of Alaska" - will be on display in Fairbanks City Hall during May 2014. Photo by Amber Courtney,

A collection of oil paintings by Jean Lester – “Faces of Alaska” – will be on display in Fairbanks City Hall during May 2014. Photo by Amber Courtney.

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