December in the Bear Gallery

Rarefied Light From Alaska Photographic Center


On View in the Bear Gallery: December 7-29, 2018
Opening Reception: Friday, December 7, 5-7pm

Join Fairbanks Arts for a First Friday Opening Reception of Rarefied Light, a juried exhibition from Alaska Photographic Center (Anchorage) and the largest annual fine art photography exhibition in the state. This year, Alaska Photographic Center received 610 entries by 91 artists. Guest juror Arthur Meyerson selected 50 photographs by 34 artists for inclusion in this year’s exhibition – 10 of whom live in the Fairbanks area!

9_ Douglas Yates_Road Trip_ Best of Show

Best of Show is awarded to Douglas Yates, Ester, “Road Trip”.


In addition, Arthur chose 5 pieces for the Honorable Mention awards:

Dean Cully, Anchorage, “Aerial: Cape Thompson Summer Sunset Storm”

Hal Gage, Anchorage, “Young Fisherman at Graveyard Point, Alaska”

Hal Gage, Anchorage, “Stumps, Oregon”

Matt Johnson, Anchorage, “Field Jacket”

Charlotte Peterson, Fairbanks, “Untitled”

December Gift Shop Artist of the Month

Daniell A. Huff

Daniell A. Huff is an artist from Fairbanks, Alaska who works primarily in ink and watercolor. Their art is heavily influenced by their experiences with mental illness, dissociation, and their deep love of bright colors.


Also visit this artist on social media:
Instagram: @shotguns4legsart

December Watercolor Corner Artists


Christine “Okiku” Thomas

Christine ThomasOne thing you will notice about Christine’s work is that she is not shy about using bold color in her paintings.  Her roots in Hawaii as a child has influenced her colorful use of pigment in her work. . Christine began to work in watercolor in 2001 after a friend urged her to take a class, it wasn’t long before she was bitten by the BUG.  Christine’s work has been seen throughout Fairbanks where people have commented on the creative and colorful way she expresses her chosen subject. She loves abstract and mixed media work finding new ways to express herself through visual art.  Most of her tutelage has come from local and visiting artists and much experimentation. She uses her Japanese middle name Okiku as her artist signature which means Chrysanthemum. Christine has lived in Fairbanks for 15 years until 2014 when her husband’s job as a medivac pilot whisked her away to Farmington, Missouri.  No matter where life takes her, Christine calls Fairbanks her home and describes Fairbanks as her “happy place”. I think you will see the joy in her work as she expresses her love of Fairbanks and the natural beauty of Alaska in her unique style.


Incredible Chokecherries - Christine Thomas
Incredible Chokecherries by Okiku Thomas


Patricia Mata-Celis

Patricia was born and raised in Mexico City.  She immigrated to the United States in 1968 Patricia Mata-Celisand lived in several states prior to making her way to Alaska.  In 1994 she followed her heart to Alaska, claimed Fairbanks as her home and built her life there. She retired from Emergency Nursing after 36 years of work.  Patricia is an avid outdoors woman, hiking, biking, skiing, paddling, fishing, and gardening keep her on a busy schedule. Her introduction to art began with classes through the Other Lifelong Learning program at UAF, learning from Sue Cole, Tom Nixon, Vladimir Zhikhartsev, and other artists.  A member of the Watercolor Society, Patricia continues to study under local and visiting artists and exhibiting her art. Patricia has shown her artwork at the Bear Gallery and the Pioneer Art Walk.  Her inspiration is her chosen Alaska home and life in the land of the midnight sun and northern lights.

Art by Patricia Mata-Celis