Volume 21, Issue 1 fairbanksarts.org
I hope you have all had a wonderful start to 2020! If you have not yet had the opportunity to visit our new, temporary space, Wandering Bear Gallery, it is a must-visit location. If not, don't worry– you will have opportunity to see more exhibitions in this beautiful space.

Wandering Bear Gallery is the product of some serious community love and I want to thank the nearly 40 volunteers who put in 170 hours over 2.5 weeks (including on New Years Day), the many individuals who made donations, and Fountainhead Development, Inc. for the tremendous feat of pulling it all together. There were over 800 people at our grand opening on January 3! I also want to thank the many folks who wrote us encouraging messages, offered us space, showed up and said, "I'm here to do whatever" (all those hours of doing whatever really add up), and were just generally present. Thank you all for showing up in whatever way you were able, it has meant so much to us.
You may notice that this newsletter looks a little different to previous ones. :)

In addition to transitioning to a new look, we are working on modifying how we share Fairbanks Arts News. From here on out we will send a quarterly newsletter that offers a snapshot of Fairbanks Arts events and opportunities, along with general updates. In addition to this quarterly newsletter, we will send monthly, targeted Fairbanks Arts News for specific interests. If you are wanting to read more about an event while perusing this newsletter, be sure to visit our website – there are direct links to fairbanksarts.org at the top and bottom of the newsletter. Also remember to click 'view entire message' in your browser so you don't miss any content.

Here is where we need your help: click the button below and check any boxes for news updates you are interested in receiving. Please note, we will continue to share information about artist opportunities, but they will only be included in the monthly updates. So if you are a visual artist looking for opportunities, make sure to get signed up for the Visual F.A.N. (Fairbanks Arts News, ha). Don't worry, checking boxes will not result in you getting duplicate instances of any given update if you have already signed up for it once before.
I am looking forward to a great year and brightening up your inboxes with the arts!

JP

Jess Peña
Executive Director
ON VIEW: February 7 - February 29, 2020
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, February 7 from 5:00-8:00 PM
Pressed

by Anvil Catlin Williamson
It is with pressure that truth is often revealed, and transformation occurs. 

Pressed  represents a collection of narratives about existing in an increasingly inflammatory culture where modern expectations create more opportunities for failure and image is more easily valued over reality.


Pictured: Zealot by Anvil Catlin Williamson
Through Our Eyes

A group exhibition organized by
Sarah Manriquez
Through Our Eyes is a nation wide project that encourages participants to tell their own stories the way they want them presented in the world.

Pictured: Photograph by a Through Our Eyes participant
- ARTIST TALK: - Monday, February 10 at 7:00 pm
at the Wandering Bear Gallery

Featuring Sarah Manriquez and Jason Williamson, the founder of the nation-wide
Through Our Eyes project.
These events are free and open to the public
- GIFT SHOP ARTIST OF THE MONTH: -

Brianna Reagan
Pictured: The Keeper of Wisdom by Brianna Reagan
ON VIEW : March 6 - March 27, 2020
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, March 6 from 5:00-8:00 pm
Pictured: Starry Trees by Kathy Eanes, Gr. 3
Up With Art

FNSB School District
Annual Student Art Show
March is Youth Arts Month! Up With Art is an annual celebration of the creativity, artisanship, and talent of K-12 FNSBSD students. This large exhibition features numerous young artists and a diversity of subject matter and media.
This event is free and open to the public
- GIFT SHOP ARTIST OF THE MONTH: -

Doug Sims
MARCH LITERARY READING FEATURING:
Leah Aronow-Brown

Originally from Boston, Leah Aronow-Brown has been in Alaska since 1976. She has a BA in Psychology and Metaphysics from Harvard University and an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Alaska Fairbanks. 

Leah writes poetry, nonfiction memoir, and fiction. She is currently foolishly attempting to finish seven book manuscripts. She has won first place in the Alaska State Poetry Contest and third place in the Helen Keller Memoir Writing Competition.
- EVENT DETAILS: -

Saturday, March 7 at 7:00 pm at the Wandering Bear Gallery

This event is free and open to the public

- OPPORTUNITY -
ON VIEW: April 3 - April 24, 2020
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, April 3 from 5:00-8:00 PM
RESILIENCE
Fairbanks Arts Association's Spring Juried Exhibition

Juror: Keren Lowell (Anchorage)
For this juried exhibition, Interior Alaskan artists are asked to respond to the concept of RESILIENCE , which was chosen through public vote.

Merriam-Webster defines RESILIENCE as:

1: the capability of a strained body to recover its size and shape after deformation caused especially by compressive stress

2: an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change

What does RESILIENCE mean to you?
This juried exhibition is open to Interior Alaskan artists

- ARTWORK INTAKE: -
Saturday, March 28 from 12:00-6:00 pm
Sunday, March 29 from 12:00-6:00 pm
at Wandering Bear Gallery
Attending this exhibition is free and open to the public. To participate as an artist, read more below about fees and guidelines below.
- GIFT SHOP ARTIST OF THE MONTH: -

Printworthy by Macy Possenti
- OPPORTUNITY -
APRIL LITERARY READING FEATURING:
Winners of the Statewide Poetry Contest
 The Statewide Poetry Contest invites participation from writers of all ages, elementary school and up. Join Fairbanks Arts and the winners from each category at this celebration of poetry!
Judge: Ishmael Hope
I shmael Hope, an Inupiaq and Tlingit poet, actor and Indigenous scholar, served as the lead writer for the video game  Never Alone  (Upper One Games).

He has published two poetry collections including  Rock Piles Alone the Eddy  (Ishmael Reed Publications) and played the character Atka in a feature film,  Frontera Azul: The Blue Frontier  (Patria Productions).

Recent publications include  Poetry Magazine, Indian Country  magazine and  Native Voices: Indigenous American Poetry, Craft and Conversations  (Tupelo Press).
- EVENT DETAILS: -

Saturday, April 4 at 2:00 pm, Location TBA

This event is free and open to the public

VISUAL ARTS

ARTWORK INTAKE: MARCH 28 & MARCH 29, 2020

Artists must respond to the concept : RESILIENCE
LITERARY ARTS

DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 14, 2020

ENTRY CATEGORIES & FEES:
Adults: $4 per poem
Elementary, Middle, and High School: $3 per poem
Class Entries (minimum of 10 poems): $1 per poem
PERFORMING ARTS

GAZEBO NIGHTS DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 21, 2020
Gazebo Nights is a nightly summer performance series that takes place in Pioneer Park June-August.

T.I.P.S. DEADLINE: ONGOING
The Totally Impromptu Performance Series (T.I.P.S.) is a busking program in Pioneer Park.
- STANDING FOR ARTS IN EDUCATION -
Fairbanks Arts would like to give a big THANK YOU to Design Alaska and Golden Heart Community Foundation for sponsoring 2019-2020 Fairbanks Arts & Cultural Education performances for students of the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District!
Art of Powerful Questions Facilitation Training - OPPORTUNITY -
from Alaska Humanities Forum

Friday, February 28, 2020
JP Jones Center, 2400 Rickert St, Fairbanks
8:30am-5:00pm |$175
Fairbanks Arts Members receive $50 discount!

Described as "the one conversation tool that will make you better at absolutely everything", the art of asking questions is too important to leave to instinct. Click here for the event flyer and to learn more about this upcoming opportunity.
3501 Lathrop St. Unit B
(corner of Lathrop & Van Horn)

Monday-Friday, Noon-6:00 pm

The Fairbanks Arts office is on the top floor of Wandering Bear Gallery.
Fairbanks Arts Association is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization; all donations are tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Contributions support the programs and efforts of Fairbanks Arts Association.

Programs are made possible by the City of Fairbanks Hotel/Motel Bed Tax, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska State Council on the Arts, Fountainhead Development, Inc. and individual and corporate contributions from Fairbanks Arts supporters like you.