First Friday Opening: August 4, 2023, 12–7 p.m., reception 5–7 p.m.
Exhibitions On View: August 4–26, 2023
Gallery hours: Monday–Saturday, 12–6 p.m.
Join Fairbanks Arts in the Bear Gallery for our August exhibitions: Stitched for the Future by Lyndsi R. Harris and The Majesty of Alaska by Tiffany M. Davis.
Stitched for the Future by Lyndsi R. Harris
Stitched for the Future was created between 2021 and 2023 to explore endangered species and conservation efforts worldwide. The exhibition tells stories of wildlife and wild places to connect viewers to them in ways they may have never encountered before.
Lyndsi wishes to convey a vision of hope for our planet through stories of incredible people fighting to preserve the astonishing wildlife worldwide for future generations. In support of this vision, Lyndsi is donating 10% of the proceeds of each sale to various conservation efforts – some small local efforts and some large-scale worldwide efforts. These pieces were “Stitched for the Future.”
Each piece is stitched on non-traditional embroidery surfaces, mostly birch tree bark and hand-tanned salmon leather, but all are only sustainably harvested materials.
Lyndsi R. Harris is a contemporary mixed-media artist. She specializes in watercolor and hand embroidery on non-traditional canvases, including birch tree bark and hand-tanned salmon leather.
Lyndsi was the 2022 Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce Artist of the Year. In addition, she was the featured artist for the 2022 Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival. Lyndsi’s art was recently accepted into a juried exhibition at the D’Art Center in Norfolk, VA and received an exhibition award.
Lyndsi serves her art community on the Fairbanks Arts Association board of directors, and the Tanana Valley Farmers Market board of directors, while teaching embroidery courses through the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival and the University of Alaska Summer Sessions program.
While Lyndsi has lived all over the western US, she currently makes her home in Fairbanks. She received her B.S. and M.S. in Biology at Walla Walla University, where her passion for nature and wildlife conservation evolved. These themes are reflected heavily in her artwork and the organizations she chooses to support.
You can connect with Lyndsi at evolutionarythread.com
Lyndsi Harris will give an artist talk titled: “Wild Canvases: A Step Into Modern Embroidery” on Thursday, August 17, at 7 p.m. in the Bear Gallery.
In this artist talk, Lyndsi will discuss her unusual process as a modern embroidery artist and her mission to intertwine her enthusiastic appreciation of nature and wildlife conservation with her art practice. Lyndsi will discuss how she came up with this idea in the first place, sustainability in her art practice, and why she’s such a nature nerd.
Lyndsi’s artist talk is free and open to the public.
The Majesty of Alaska by Tiffany M. Davis
The Majesty of Alaska is a collection of oil paintings on canvas that capture Alaska’s jaw-dropping views with vibrant color. Each painting holds a hidden surprise for the viewer to find.
Tiffany M. Davis has been obsessed with the grandeur of nature, its beauty, and its diversity since she was a young girl. Her grandma taught her how to paint using oils on canvas to recreate nature’s beauty. Painting fused her love of creation with her love of the outdoors.
Despite her lifelong passion, she was discouraged from pursuing art education and instead completed her degree in Education. As a young teacher, she found an escape in painting. With no formal education in the arts, she has taught herself and worked to improve.
Tiffany strives to capture the texture and majesty of the subject matter in her paintings. Each painting contains a “hidden treasure,” encouraging viewers to become explorers and find the secret in each work of art.
Tiffany was a finalist for the Fairbanks Artist of the Year. She’s exhibited in multiple solo shows in Alaska and New Mexico and had work published in Home By Design Magazine. Davis is a board member of the Grange Gallery in North Pole. Her artwork hangs in many homes, offices, restaurants, stores, and libraries. Each year, Tiffany has artwork accepted into several juried and non-juried shows. Tiffany lived in many places across the western United States before moving to North Pole, where she works from her home studio.
You can connect with Tiffany at TMDFineArt.com.