September Exhibits: Gail Priday & David Rosenthal

On View: September 6 – September 27

Opening Reception: Friday, September 6, 5-7pm
in the Bear Gallery

Fairbanks Arts Associations is excited to welcome visual artists Gail Priday and David Rosenthal in the Bear Gallery with this September First Friday opening reception. With their unique perspectives, both artists create fascinating views of Alaska – an experience you do not want to miss!  

Read more about the two artists and their work below. 

Gail Priday – Improbable and Beautiful 

Gail Priday, Begin Again

Gail Priday is an artist living in Fairbanks, Alaska. She has an MFA in painting and printmaking from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, an MEd in art education from Towson University, and a BA in art from James Madison University. She currently works for the University of Alaska Museum of the North as a museum educator, has taught as an adjunct professor of art at UAF, and serves as a board member for the Fairbanks Arts Association. When not in the studio, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children, long walks, and good stories.

“When I first came to Alaska from the east coast, more than a decade ago, I was
immediately struck by the summer vegetation. I knew I would love the mountains and expansive sky, but I did not expect to be so taken with the underbrush and fungus. I continue to find inspiration in the small and quiet elements of the northern forest, particularly the details that exist up close and underfoot”.


David Rosenthal – Rosenthal: Alaskan Landscapes 

Columbia Glacier Mist
David Rosenthal, Columbia Glacier Mist

David Rosenthal grew up and went to school in Maine, graduating from the University of Maine at Farmington in 1976. He came to Cordova, Alaska in 1977 to work in the fishing industry and to pursue landscape painting. Since then, he has been living and working in Cordova, while traveling to remote high latitude regions to paint realistic landscapes. 

Watercolor painting at Toklat CabinDavid traveled around Alaska as a participant in the Alaska Artist in the Schools program, as well as on fishing tenders around the coast. He spent six austral summers and three austral winters in the Antarctic working for the NSF contractor, and as a participant in the NSF Antarctic Artist and Writers program starting in 1989 and ending in 1999. David traveled in the Arctic on US Coast Guard icebreakers as part of the Coast Guard Art program and spent three months up at Summit Camp on the Greenland Ice Cap, working as a science tech in 2004. He was an artist in residence in 2015 at Denali National Park and at Katmai National Park, and continues to travel independently to paint remote and beautiful landscapes.


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