Encaustics, watercolors featured at joint Bear Gallery exhibit

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Welcome September with a visit to the Bear Gallery for First Friday! Admire the play of colors in the abstract mixed media works by Nancy Burnhan and immerse yourself in gorgeous scenery via the watercolors of Deb Horner.

“Nancy’s show is going to be really, really interesting,” said Beth Grassi, Communications and Event Coordinator at Festival Fairbanks. Burnhan is an encaustic artist, which means she uses pigments mixed with hot wax that are then burned into a piece as an inlay.

Burnhan’s pieces are sculptural and will be displayed across the Bear Gallery on pedestals, as opposed to most First Fridays in which the artwork on display is mounted onto a wall. Her show will have a real museum quality to it, Grassi added.

Horner’s work showcases realistic Alaska landscapes via the medium of watercolor. She was a Bureau of Land Management 2015 Winter/Spring Artist-in-Residence and spent a week in the White Mountains north of Fairbanks. While there she spent her time hiking, sketching, doing watercolor studies and taking hundreds of photos.  

“Her work is really quiet lovely,” said Grassi. “Deb’s art has a lot of depth and she has shows an amazing attention to detail.” 

“The show is going to be a really neat mix of more abstract art from Nancy and then more realistic landscapes from Deb,” Grassi said. “It will be a nice contrast and balance between the two of them.”

The Bear Gallery Gift Shop highlights the jewelry of Carol Wilbur, the September Gift Shop Artist of the Month. The work of Betsy Bear is featured in the Watercolor Corner.

The evening will also include a live piano performance by visiting musician Miki Sawada.

Gallery patrons can RSVP to the event on Facebook.


First Friday at the Bear Gallery


September 1, 5-7PM


Bear Gallery
(inside Pioneer Park)