September in the Bear Gallery

September 2018

Un grand voyage from JR Ancheta


Rock and Ice: The Alaska Range from Jesse Venable

On View: September 7th-29th, 2018

Opening Reception: Friday, September 7th from 5-7pm

Un grand voyage

by JR Ancheta

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Vallon-Pont-d’Arc by JR Ancheta



JR Ancheta is a photographer living in Fairbanks, Alaska. He was born in Laoag City, Philippines, and was raised in Sitka, Alaska, after his family immigrated to the United States. JR is a University of Alaska Fairbanks alumnus and is the Chief Photographer/Videographer for University Relations at UAF. JR is continuing his education part time, pursuing a master of fine arts degree in photography under Professor Charles Mason.


Artist lecture with JR Ancheta

Date/Time: Monday, September 10th from 7-8pm

Location: Blue Room (3rd Floor of the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts) Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way Fairbanks, AK 99701

Cost: This event is free and open to the public.

Contact: For more information contact 456-6485 ext. 226 or


Rock and Ice: The Alaska Range

by Jesse Venable

Mt. Deborah Summit from the East by Jesse Venable


Jesse Venable was offered a job in Fairbanks in 1972. He was young and publicity_self_portrait_venableit sounded irresistibly adventurous, so he headed North. It fit like a glove, and he has been happy to call Fairbanks home ever since. He studied art at UAF, with Bill Brody as his main mentor. He met Susan Keys, the love of his life, and they have been married since 1992. Over the years, he has worked on the pipeline, at the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, and at UAF. He produced art part time during those years. He retired in 2004 and has pursued art full time ever since. He loves the Alaska landscape, especially the Tanana Valley and the Alaska Range. He was an active ski mountaineer, and still occasionally flies into the mountains for base camping. The images in this show were inspired by those mountain trips.


September Gift Shop Artist

                           Macy Possenti, Printworthy



“Alaska has given me countless opportunities to learn and experience this great state in its most glorious moments. As a resident of the North, I’m surrounded by beauty: towering mountains, crafty ravens, weathered birch trees, and the energizing midnight sun.Macy Possenti 2017(1)

While Alaska is full of superlatives, I strive to showcase its simplicity — to give attention to the often-overlooked flora and fauna. I hope that by reducing the complexity of the designs within my relief prints and screen prints, the viewer can better appreciate all that The Last Frontier has to offer.” 

– Macy Possenti


Also Featured this Month

                  Watercolor Corner Artist

                                                   Nelda Nixon


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Creamer’s Field & Barn, Summer by Nelda Nixon


Nelda Nixon was born and raised in Fairbanks, daughter of Roy AA and Eva Larson of the original Larson’s Jewelers.  After 14 years as an airline ticket agent, she moveNelda Festival 2016(1)d home in 1976 to work in the store for the next 13 years.  Then for the next 12 years she was at the News-Miner in Classified Advertising. In 1990, she felt the need to learn about watercolor, and has been painting ever since.

She has studied with many nationally known watercolor teachers.  She is presently Secretary for the Fairbanks Watercolor Society, and Visual Arts Coordinator for the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival.

You can find her painting or helping with classes with husband, Tom Nixon.