November in the Gift Shop

Gift Shop Artist of the Month

Deb McQueen

Featured: November 6–27, 2020

Gift Shop Hours: Monday–Friday, noon–6 pm

Deb McQueen is an award-winning Seed Bead Artist residing in North Pole, Alaska. She is self-taught and has studied the beadwork and bead-making styles of many cultures, both historical and current. Deb is a master of many bead techniques and is still learning others, though her favorite is her own style of bead embroidery.

Using vintage, antique, and new seed beads, Deb is able to create the flowing water or a wave of wind through a grassy field. She also uses natural stones, semi-precious gemstones and other objects in her work. Her pieces have been in numerous juried art exhibitions in which she has received honorable mentions, third and second place awards, and juror’s choice awards.

To see more of Deb’s work, visit her website at

You can also follow her on Instagram @mcqueendeb and on Facebook at Bead Art by Deb McQueen (@debmcqueen).

Please note: All visitors to the gift shop and gallery must wear a mask. Thank you for helping us keep Fairbanks safe!