December in the Bear Gallery



Rarefied Light from Anchorage Photographic Center

On View: December 1-30

Opening Reception: Friday, December 1, 5-7 PM

Rarefied Light 2017 Best of Show Award – Horizon: Two by Tara Horton (Anchorage)


Alaska Photographic Center’s Rarefied Light 2017 exhibition kicked off with an opening reception at the ConocoPhillips and Leah J. Peterson Galleries, Alaska Pacific University, Anchorage, November 3rd and will be on view at Fairbanks Arts Association’s Bear Gallery for the month of December before traveling on to Kenai Peninsula College.

The Alaska Photographic Center (APC) is a statewide organization formed in 1983, with a mission to promote fine art photography in Alaska. Rarefied Light is Alaska’s largest annual fine art photography exhibition. This year APC received 506 entries by 82 artists. Guest juror Henry Horenstein, selected 43 photographs by 23 artists for inclusion in this year’s exhibition.

Best of Show was awarded to Tara Horton, Anchorage, for the print “Horizon:Two”.

Honorable Mention awards:

Joshua Borough, Anchorage, “Tradition

Christine Eagleson, Anchorage, “Stylist Perspective I”

LJ Evans, Fairbanks, “Scott and Mattie

Greg Hensel, Wasilla, “Shelter”

Javid Kamali, Anchorage, “Another Ordinary Day”
After showing in the Bear Gallery December 1-30, the exhibition will be on view at the Kenai Peninsula College from January 16th to February 23rd, with an opening reception Thursday, January 18th, 4:30pm to 6pm.

Rarefied Light is funded in part by a grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, with support from Blaine’s Art Supply.



Gift Shop Artist of the Month

December 2017

Tammy Holland

“I am an Alaskan Native that was raised in a substance lifestyle in rural Alaskan village.  I reference the life experiences I cherish in the art I create.  I use a bold color pallet to recreate images of foods that I have come to consider to be soul food, moose, caribou, berries and fish are the most common things I render in oil paints on brushed aluminum, wood, and canvas.  I am interested in creating art that stimulates multiple senses, what would you smell, taste, hear, in the presence of the object I have created.  In native culture food is offered to guests and sharing is paramount, these ideals interest me and I am exploring the idea of food as a vehicle to revisit emotional associations of time and place.”
 – Tammy Holland



Watercolor Corner Artist

December 2017

Pamela Twitchell, Judy Gottschalk, Pam Wagaman, and Helen Howard

Lake Clark Impressions Shared with Friends
Pamela Twitchell invited three painting friends to spend six days with her on Lake Clark in the Alaska Range, July 6-12, 2017. This collaborative show is the result.
Pamela Twitchell, Judy Gottschalk, Pam Wagaman and Helen Howard have all taken watercolor workshops offered through the Fairbanks Watercolor Society and Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. Further opportunities to study with Vladimir Zhikhartsev brought them together and provided a better understanding and appreciation of this elusive and fascinating medium. The highlights of the visit were a long hike to Tanalian Falls and fresh food from a local Port Alsworth garden.