50th Anniversary Gala: May 6, 2017

faa_50thGalawebA@2xFairbanks Arts has turned 50! Please join us to celebrate 50 years of service to Interior Alaska at the Fairbanks Arts Gala: Golden Anniversary Celebration fundraiser event on Saturday, May 6 2017. It will be an evening of food, friends, music and Fairbanks Arts and we ask two things of you: Come prepared to bid on fun auction prizes and to eat cake (bid on some cake and then share with friends).


Appetizers provided by: Jackie of All Trades

Refreshments provided by: Odom Corporation

Performances by: 

Ron Inouye

Great Land Sounds men’s barbershop group

North Star Ballet

Emily Anderson & Teal Rogers

Outcry Auction Featuring: 

  • A complete afternoon of Bookmaking, tea, and treats with Northwoods Book Arts Guild
  • A gorgeous quilt made by CJ Thomas, donated by Cabin Fever Quilters Guild
  • Dinner for four and studio tour with artist Sara Tabbert
  • Pair of Fairbanks Drama Association 2017/2018 season tickets
  • Tuition certificates to Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival
  • Pair of Fairbanks Concert Association 2017/2018 season tickets
  • Pair of 2017/2018 season tickets for Fairbanks Symphony Performances
  • Two round-trip airline tickets to anywhere Alaska Airlines flies
  • Portrait sitting with artist Todd Sherman
  • Klezmer Dance Party with Almost a Minyan Klezmer Band: A klezmer dance party at Ester’s Hartung Hall for you and 20 of your friends!  Almost a Minyan Klezmer Band (wielding clarinets, accordion, wind controller, fiddle, bass guitar, tambourine, vocals and a whole lot of chutzpah) will be yours for the evening.
  • Pair of Alaska Railroad tickets from Fairbanks to Denali
  • Four tickets to the summer Opera Fairbanks production of The Magic Flute
  • Karaoke party provided by Kohler Entertainment
  • Explore Chatanika Dredge: The history of the design and fabrication of the buckets for the gold dredges is as interesting and significant as that of the dredges themselves, but rarely known.  This event will include a history lesson and an examination of different bucket types, along with a time to walk among almost 100 buckets, photograph them and enjoy appetizers and drinks.
  • International dinner for four at the home of filmmaker Len Kamerling
  • Carve a small European wooden folkcraft with artist Phil Marshall and tour his studio, where a large selection of hand tools, books and creations are on display. Coffee and cake will be provided.
  • Four-hour bookmaking session for you and a friend with artists Klara and Mary Maisch. Delicious snacks and all the materials needed will be provided.
  • A Brianna Reagan original! Artist Brianna Reagan will be painting LIVE throughout the gala evening racing the clock to complete a painting and our guests get to see the process! The finished piece will be up for bid at the outcry auction and, being the Golden Anniversary Celebration, we can expect lots of gold in her work of art!

In addition to these fantastic outcry items, guests will also find gift certificates to favorite local businesses, a delicious dessert auction, silent auction featuring various goods and an art sale! 


Classes

Want to expand your artistic horizons? At the Gala, register for one of these interesting classes from local artists. Sign-up is first come, first served, so arrive early to have your pick!

Beginner Aerial Silks Adults

Instructor: Golden Heart Performing Arts
Class Date: Thursday, June 1, 6:45-7:45pm
Class location: 3501 Lathrop Street, Suite C (Inside of SunDog CrossFit)
Class Fee: $25
Maximum number of Students: 8
No experience necessary! This class is the perfect way to spark your aerial silks fire! We start with the basic maneuvers in a 1 Coach to 8 Student (max) hands-on course. You will get the “hang” of the foundational concepts and start progressive into a dynamic series of moves that will be sure to wear you out, in a good way!

Beginner Aerial Silks Youth (age 7 and up)

Instructor: Golden Heart Performing Arts
Class Date: Thursday, June 1, 5:30-6:30pm
Class location: 3501 Lathrop Street, Suite C (Inside of SunDog CrossFit)
Class Fee: $25
Maximum number of Students: 8
No experience necessary! This class is the perfect way to spark your aerial silks fire! We start with the basic maneuvers in a 1 Coach to 8 Student (max) hands-on course. You will get the “hang” of the foundational concepts and start progressive into a dynamic series of moves that will be sure to wear you out, in a good way!

Eco-printing on Silk with Leaves

Instructor: Ann Wood O’Brien
Class Date: June 11, 10am-4pm
Class location: Exhibit Hall, Pioneer Park
Class Fee: $80
Maximum number of Students: 10
Learn to print with leaves and other plant material directly onto silk scarves.
Participants will produce 1 wearable, leaf-printed scarf during class and begin another that can be finished at home. No experience necessary.

Mitered Square Scarf Knitting

Instructor: Susan Miller
Class Date: May 20, 1-4pm
Class location: A Weaver’s Yarn, 1810 Alaska Way, Fairbanks, AK 99709
Class Fee: $55
Maximum number of Students: 6
Play with color mixing while knitting a stylish scarf. This class is appropriate for all levels – first half hour will include a knitting basics tutorial or refresher for those who need it. Techniques included: casting on, knit stitch, decreases, and picking up stitches.

Needle Felt Embellishment Class

Instructor: Martin Miller
Class Date: Saturday, May 13, 1-3pm
Class location: A Weaver’s Yarn, 1810 Alaska Way, Fairbanks, AK 99709
Class Fee: $35
Maximum number of Students: 6
In this two-hour class you will learn how to embellish garments, tote bags, or other fabric items with wool and other fibers to create a unique piece of art. All materials included.

Vladimir’s Beginner Watercolor Class Experience

Instructor: Vladimir Zhikhartsev
Class Date: Oct. 7, 10am-4pm
Class location: 1604 Turner Street (brown house on the corner of 16 Avenue and Turner Street)
Class Fee: $60
Maximum number of Students: 8
Topic: Painting Alaska Flowers experience. All materials provided, just bring your own lunch.

Watercolor and Wine

Instructor: Jill Marshall
Class Date: June 24, 2017, 6-9pm
Class location: Glacier Room, down the hall from the Finish Line Restaurant (behind the La Quinta Inn & Suites)
Class Fee: $65
Maximum number of Students: 24
This concept is all about painting watercolor in a relaxed setting while enjoying your favorite beverage. Includes all supplies and even your first glass of wine or beer! Leave with a finished Denali and Fireweed painting, no experience necessary.


Thank you to our local businesses and organizations who have generously donated gift certificates and auction items: 

Taylor Gold-N-Stones, LUNCH Cafe & Eatery, Little Owl Cafe, Heartstream Yoga, UA Museum of the North, Enchanted Forest Toys, Golden Heart Performing Arts, Great Harvest, River City Cafe, The Pump House, Lemongrass Thai Cuisine, Nomadic Stars, ELM Designs, HooDoo Brewing Company, If Only… A Fine Store and Bad Mother Vintage


A little bit of history:

In 1965, a small group of art lovers began meeting to discuss ways to grow and deepen the appreciation of the arts in Alaska. The Alaska Association for the Arts (AAA) was established a year later and was originally chaired by Geneva Emmal and featured well-known Fairbanksans such as Jo Scott, the founder of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. As the only arts association in the state, the AAA board was the driving force behind the establishment of the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the construction of the Alaskaland Civic Center (now known as Pioneer Park’s Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts). With the successful establishment of a state arts council, Alaska Association for the Arts was able to focus its efforts on the Interior and became Fairbanks Arts Association in 1983.

Over the last 50 years, Fairbanks Arts Association has opened cultural doors in Fairbanks and the Interior through its sponsorship and organization of both local and touring theatrical, musical and dance performances (including the first operas and ballets in the area), arts classes, arts exhibitions and varied educational outreach programs. Fairbanks Arts plays a central leadership role in the arts community, providing opportunities and resources for artists and organizations, and enhancing lives by offering quality, accessible arts experiences that work toward the collective cultural and artistic strength of Interior Alaska.

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