Dear NBG Community,

I recently returned from two months Outside, helping my family. As the plane descended over the Tanana River, I was filled with gratitude for this place and all the ways we find home here. On my first day back, I spent a few hours hiking the Skyline Ridge trails enveloped in the solace of the boreal forest. I noticed high bush cranberries tinged crimson, fireweed laddered with seed pods, yellow birch leaves littering the trail and I realized we are halfway between Summer Solstice and Autumnal Equinox. A time of change in the far north. Like me, I can imagine you are feeling a sense of urgency to make the most of these last days of summer’s warmth and light. 

July was a busy month for Guild instructors and I would like to thank Linda Adamson, Connie Stricks, Laurel Herbeck, Corlis Taylor, Katie Sanders, and Ashley Thayer for teaching classes at our studio and for the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. 

Coming soon, on August 20th, Corlis and Laurel will teach another Eco-Dyeing class. Details and how to sign up are shown below. 

An exciting exhibition will open on the first Friday in September in the Bear Gallery - In a Time of Change: Boreal Forest Stories. This collaborative exhibition encompasses work of artists, writers, scientists, and performers.  I think you will be delighted to see what individual Guild members have contributed to this show, along with the 3 volume Boreal Herbarium created by fourteen NBG members. The botanical drawings they created are stunning and truly showcase the talent suffusing NBG. The First Friday Opening for Boreal Forest Stories will be on September 2, 4-6pm. The show will run through September 30. ITOC: Boreal Forest Stories is sponsoring events throughout September in coordination with Arctic Fest. Please check their website for the schedule:

I am continually amazed at the collaborative energy Guild members generate to make our Guild a dynamic organization. We currently have an eleven member volunteer board. As NBG grows, we are seeking to expand our board. If you are thinking that you would like to be more involved, I would love to share information about what it means to be an NBG Board member (click on Contact button, below).

With warmest regards,
Susan Campbell
NBG President
July-August theme:

Email a photo of your completed work and a brief description to Ashley Thayer.
Participants will be featured on our website. Below is Stephanie Strandberg's "Teeny Tome" created for the May/June Challenge theme "Tiny".
Eco Printing and Dyeing on Paper
with Corlis Taylor and Laurel Herbeck

Saturday, August 20 - 10am to 4pm

Class fee: $60
Materials fee: $15

Location: Corlis Taylor's Studio #104
748 Gaffney Road

Join us in this fun and exciting opportunity to learn or expand your knowledge of Eco-printing with plant materials and Natural dyeing with dye extracts to make gorgeous, unique paper. Instructors will provide paper, dyeing equipment, plant material and dye extract; but feel free to collect from your own garden, or woods. Leaves, berries, bark, flowers and other plant materials, such as onion skins can be kept fresh for several days in gallon sized plastic bags. Rusty items such as nails and old metal objects make interesting design elements as they leave imprints on the paper. Recommend backyard plants include roses, marigold, delphinium leaf, birch, chokecherry leaves, geraniums, nasturtiums, fireweed (flowers and leaves), or any other colorful flower, plant, or berry.

Participants please provide the following:
Notebook or journal
Pencil or pen
Heavy rubber gloves
Personal face covering
Plastic grocery bags (to take home wet paper)
Plant materials (if available)

NOTE: Please email the instructor to indicate your preference regarding the wearing of masks by class participants. If one person feels more comfortable with masks on, all will wear masks. To allow plenty of personal space, this class is limited to six participants.
View NBG Members' Artist Books
Bear Gallery at Pioneer Park
September 2-30, 2022
NBG Members have been hard at work completing delightful artistic pieces to be displayed at In a Time of Change: Boreal Forest Stories. This Premiere Exhibit will be held at the Bear Gallery in Fairbanks, Alaska. Click the button below to view more about the ITOC program and its activities scheduled in September.

NBG Open Studio & Boreal Book Arts Showcase Hours
Wednesdays, noon-2pm

August 20, 10am-4pm

Chinese Thread Book
September 24-25, 10am-4pm

NBG Program Meeting
Sunday, September 18, 1-3pm

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