Call for 2016 Cabin #13 Artists

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What is Cabin 13?

Located within Pioneer Park, Cabin #13 is believed to have been part of the original homestead owned by Dr. Young, one of the first dairy farmers in Fairbanks. It was eventually moved to Pioneer Park, host to many tourists worldwide looking for uniquely Alaskan art, from 11th Avenue. The original cabin was in such rough shape that a few years ago the current Cabin #13 replica replaced it.  As much of the old cabin was saved as could be (notice the log beams) and is incorporated in this cabin.

Fairbanks Arts Association offers a unique opportunity for artists of all types to promote their art in Cabin #13 at Pioneer Park during the summer. Cabin artists share the space with other artists to display and sell their works and are obligated to work at the cabin one day per week (days can be split between artists, if you arrange such a situation).

Art objects are sold on consignment through the Fairbanks Arts Association, with the artist retaining 80 percent of the sale price. In prior years we have had artist selling jewelry, ceramics/pottery, stained glass, wool fabric products, prints, photos, books, and wearable art. Cabin #13 is open from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day seven days per week from Noon to 8:00 PM. We have few open days that could be filled, and we would love to have you!

If you are interested in being a Cabin #13 artist for 2016 or would like more information about this opportunity, please contact David McDowell at Fairbanks Arts Association; 456-6485 x223 or by email at

Register to Support Fairbanks Arts in the 2016 Fairbanks Visitor Industry Walk for Charity

2016 Fairbanks Visitor Industry Walk for Charity 

Raise money for your favorite charities as you feast on fabulous food on this fun 4k walk!

Charity Walk FB Event 2016

WHEN: Friday, May 13, 2016 6PM
WHERE: Walk for Charity begins in downtown Fairbanks at Immaculate Conception Church and ends at Morris Thompson Cultural and Visitors Center.

It’s that time of year again! Mark your calendars to funraise for Fairbanks Arts Association at this year’s Fairbanks Visitor Industry Walk for Charity! Registration begins on Monday, April 4th with online registration live through Sunday May 8th.

Adults must raise a minimum of $25 and children $15. Make sure to designate Fairbanks Arts Association as your charity of choice when registering, and let the fundraising begin!

Walker registration is now open online at

**THIS WEEKEND** Arti Gras Costume Fundraiser

Arti Gras

Arti Gras Costume Party, a new fundraiser from Fairbanks Arts Association, will take place at the University Of Alaska Pub on Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 8pm-midnight.  The event will feature an active membership drive, craft booth to make your own Arti Gras-themed mask,  costume contest and live music from local band Barcelona Boys Choir. Arti Gras goers who become Fairbanks Arts members at the event will be entered in drawings for prizes generously donated by local businesses. A costume contest will decide the King and Queen of Arti Gras, and a rousing dance party will cap of the evening’s festivities!

So what is Arti Gras? This first-time event for Fairbanks Arts is an opportunity for the Fairbanks community to exhibit their costume-making prowess by dressing like an artist or work of art & giving it a Mardi Gras twist.

30th Annual Interior Artisans First Friday Reception

Opening reception: April 1, 2016 5 – 7pm

 On Display in the Bear Gallery April 1-30, 2016

Interior Artisans is the annual Juried Arts and Artisans Exhibition of Interior Alaska. This years Juror, Don Decker our of Anchorage, considered technical and creative merit of artwork from the categories listed: Wood, Ivory, Clay, Glass, Metal, Stone, Fiber and Skins.

Juror’s Statement

I very carefully considered all entries into the exhibit, and I appreciated the effort and the heart that went into the creation of each one.  The argument could be made that all entries should be included, but that is not the intent of juried exhibitions and it is not in keeping with the assignment given this, or any, juror.

I looked for elements of innovation and imagination: the avoidance of clichés.  I wanted to know what the artist had to say: political or personal, social, in humor or metaphor. Art is about ideas.

Craftsmanship and presentation are important: skill, attention to detail, workmanship, and evidence of pride in the construction.  I considered whether the choice of materials suited the subject matter or intent, whether there were unresolved technical problems, and if sculpture bases, fasteners and containers were appropriately considered by the artist.

I looked to see if design elements were utilized effectively. If traditional “rules” of design were broken, was it with purpose or effectiveness.  A basic consideration is whether or not the visual impact is esthetically appealing. I wanted to see if the work provoked a positive “gut reaction” that held up under close scrutiny.

The purpose of art is to uplift us, to add some element of heart or soul to our human existence, to express an idea or ideal that resonates with us as living beings. I looked for that human touch: the sensitivity to form, the choice of color, and the traces of a human hand across a surface.

Almost anything goes in our postmodern art world, and I appreciated the range of materials, techniques and styles. From the sensitive choice of subtle colors for a weaving, to the meticulous refining of silver and stone, to beading and sewing and sanding, the mark of an artist is apparent in these pieces.

So, keep the faith. Keep working and with pride. Thank you for letting me be a part of your art community if for only a day.

Don Decker



Morning Rain, by Don Decker

EGO Third-Year Reading


The University of Alaska Fairbanks’ English Graduate Organization annual reading will highlight fiction and poetry of third-year MFA students before they forge their own literary paths in Alaska and beyond.

Come support these great writers in the Bear Gallery on March 26 at 7pm!

A little about this year’s readers:

Chelsey Zibell was raised in the village of Noorvik in northwest Alaska. She obtained her BA from UAF in English and Inupiaq Eskimo. She is working on an MA/MFA in Poetry. Chelsey’s goal is to teach high school English in rural Alaska.

Craig Sanders is a candidate for the MFA in fiction at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where he serves as fiction editor for Permafrost. He received his BFA in creative writing and BA in political science at Penn State Erie, the Behrend College, in 2012, and you can find his fiction in The Carolina Quarterly and Monkeybicycle. He loves dogs, punk rock, and bowling, and his biggest influence as a writer is “I Shall Be Free No. 10” by Bob Dylan: “He’s a weird monkey, very funky.”

Regan Campbell is a Fiction MFA finishing his third year at UAF. His work has appeared in Fading Light: An Anthology of the Monstrous and nowhere else that sounds even half as metal. When the whole writing thing doesn’t pan out, he’s thinking about taking up a different hobby, like becoming a race car driver on outrageously perilous Brazilian rally circuits.

Maeve Kirk is originally from the blink-and-you’ll-miss-it town of Bonners Ferry, Idaho. After graduating from Lewis-Clark State College in 2013 with a BA in Publishing Arts, she journeyed north for an MFA and some inspiration. After graduating in May, she’ll return to the lower 48 with a collection of short stories, a new appreciation for thick socks, and much gratitude toward everyone who has helped her become a stronger writer and better person over the last three years. Her work has been published in Talking River, Permafrost, and Passages North.

Parka Parade 2016 WINNERS

parka parade red

This year we had four (4) categories in which the parkas were judged, with a great turnout for each category! Winner are listed Below:
Adult Fabric Parka
Sarah McConnel & Janie Snyder (Winner Tie!)
Adult Fur Parka
 Merna Wharton (Winner) & Jesse Hensel (Runner-Up)
Children’s Parka 
Helen Wharton (Winner) & Kinlee Roberts (Runner-Up)
People’s Choice Award
Miranda Wright (Winner)

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CONTACT: Fairbanks Arts Association for more information; Email:, Phone: 456-6485