Busy Week for Fairbanks Arts Planned

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The science illustrations of Kristin Link will be on display inside the Bear Gallery all month.

August 3 | 7 – 8pm
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Visiting artist Kristin Link will discuss her artwork. Kristin has been working as a natural history artist in Alaska since she received a graduate certificate in Science Illustration from California State University Monterey Bay in 2010. Her ambition as an artist is to create images that explain and excite people about their natural surroundings. Her work may be found on interpretive signs, in books about national parks, and in museums. She has exhibited her illustrations and field sketches at the Alaska State Museum and received grants from the Rasmuson Foundation and the Alaska State Council on the Arts. She lives in a cabin outside McCarthy, Alaska.

This event is free and open to the public.


August 4 | 5 – 7pm
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Enjoy new artwork in the Bear Gallery during a special First Friday exhibit! Fairbanks Arts featured artists in the main gallery are Kristin Link and Colleen Firmin Thomas. The Gift Shop artist of the month is Veronica Martinez and the Watercolor Corner Artist is Sue Englebrecht. 

Kristin Link has been working as a natural history artist in Alaska since she received a graduate certificate in Science Illustration from California State University Monterey Bay in 2010. Her ambition as an artist is to create images that explain and excite people about their natural surroundings. Her work may be found on interpretive signs, in books about national parks, and in museums. She has exhibited her illustrations and field sketches at the Alaska State Museum and received grants from the Rasmuson Foundation and the Alaska State Council on the Arts. She lives in a cabin outside McCarthy, Alaska.

Colleen Firmin Thomas grew up in Fort Yukon and Fairbanks, Alaska. In her mixed media paintings she uses familiar materials such as beads, paper, porcupine quills, thread, and fabric in unconventional ways to better understand her individual and cultural identities, as well as how the two inform her view of the world. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. She lives in Fairbanks with her husband and two children.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. Link and Thomas’ works will be on view from August 4-26. 


August 5 | 7 – 8pm
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Join Fairbanks Arts for their monthly literary reading featuring local authors. August’s author is Leah Aronow-Brown who will read from her own work and that of LaVedi Roberta Lafferty, in memory of her longtime friend. 

Originally from Boston, Aronow-Brown has been in Alaska since 1976. She has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Leah is mainly a poet and lyricist, but also writes magazine articles and short fiction. She is currently working on several nonfiction books. She has won first place in the Alaska Statewide Poetry Contest and third place in the Helen Keller International Memoir Writing Competition.

LaVedi Roberta Lafferty came to Alaska in 1960, homesteading until 1971. She made Alaska her home and recorded much of her Alaskan journey in poetry until she passed away in 2014. She had a BA in Journalism from UAF and was the co-author, along with Bud Hollowell, of The Eternal Dance, a book about reincarnation.

This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided. 

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