The Bear Gallery

An Art Gallery & Gift Shop in Fairbanks 

Fairbanks Arts Association in partnership with Fairbanks North Star Borough Parks and Recreation offers free admission to the fine art gallery & gift shop located in the heart of Pioneer Park. The Bear Gallery is on the third floor of the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts in Pioneer Park at 2300 Airport Road.

Winter hours: Noon to 6 pm, Tuesday through Saturday.

Summer hours: (June, July, and August): Noon to 8 pm, Daily.

Scroll through to see what we have in the Bear Gallery & Gift Shop this month.

See a list of upcoming Bear Gallery exhibits.

October 2018

33rd Annual 64th Parallel Juried Exhibition

Artwork Intake:

12-6pm on Saturday, September 29th

12-6pm on Sunday, September 30th

Bear Gallery (Centennial Center for the Arts, Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way)


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escape to sky by Elizabeth Emery

Fairbanks Arts holds annual juried exhibitions to showcase new work by Interior Alaska artists with the Annual 64th Parallel exhibition occurring each October. Artists may submit works in the mediums of ceramics, drawing, fiber, jewelry, mixed-media, painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, and video. Fairbanks Arts is pleased to invite a guest juror from outside of Alaska to select from the artwork submitted to 64th Parallel. The 2018 juror is Elizabeth Emery of Cleveland, Ohio.                           

Awards are presented during the First Friday opening reception. Awards with cash prizes include:

  • Juror’s Choice: $125
  • Second Place: $100
  • Third Place: $75
  • Jared Baker “Gutsy Art Award”: $75

Submission Information

Artists may submit up to 4 pieces of their original artwork. Entries must be submitted by the artist. Artwork must have been completed within the last two years and not previously exhibited in the Bear Gallery. Only artists residing in the Interior of Alaska, Doyon Region are eligible.

ENTRY FEE: $5 per entry. (Current Fairbanks Arts members receive a fee waiver on the third entry!).

For more submission details and entry form, please view the 2018 64th Parallel Prospectus. Prospectus forms will also be available at intake or the artist may fill one out in advance. If you have any questions, please contact or 456-6485 ext. 226


First Friday Opening Reception: October 5th, 5-7pm, Bear Gallery

Exhibition on view: October 5-27, 2018

Juror’s Lecture by Elizabeth Emery: Monday, October 1st at 7pm, Blue Room

(3rd Floor, Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts), Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way

Each year the juror of 64th Parallel gives a public lecture about their art, process and career as an artist. Please join us for a lecture with Elizabeth Emery on Monday, October 1st at 7pm in the Blue Room. This event is free and open to the public.

Elizabeth Emery earned an MFA from Alfred University and a BA in Art History and Italian Studies from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work February17,2018_EE-FB BGraham smaller(1)has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is included in public collections including The Cleveland Clinic, Progressive Insurance, Columbus Metropolitan Library, American Greetings, Rockefeller Collection (Dresden, Germany), Metro Health, Westin Hotel Cleveland, Cleveland Artists Association, Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art.

In 2018 Emery was selected as one of 18 local, national, and international Artists-in-Residence for FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. In 2017 & 2015 Emery received an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award, and a Dave Bown Award of Excellence in 2015.

Her work is informed by physical movement, gravity, plus daily sightings of color, pattern, and unexpected combinations. Learn more about Elizabeth Emery and her work on her website.

October Gift Shop Artist of the Month

                                          John Kooistra

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I write to remind myself of the greater universe that does not always have me at its center blocking the view.- John Kooistra
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John Kooistra is a poet and essayist who first arrived in Alaska in 1965. After several migratory forays north, he took up full-time Alaskan residency in 1973 and has lived in Fairbanks since 1981. He’s taught philosophy at the University of Alaska, Purdue University, and the College of Wooster in Ohio, fished commercially in Cook Inlet for thirty-two years, and worked as a tradesman. His poems are grounded in the world, in season and place and go on from there to consider the timeless human nature we share. He’s served as the artist-in-residence for Holland-America and Denali National Park as well as publishing poems and essays in various journals. Fifty years of traveling by thumb, car, motorcycle and bicycle have resulted in a lot of travel and journal writing. The poem prints and cards on display at the Bear Gallery combine original poems with original photography.


November 2018

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Artwork intake:

Sunday, October 28, 12pm – 6pm

Monday, October 29, 12pm – 6pm

Deliver entries to the BEAR GALLERY, 3rd Floor- Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts, Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way


Opening Reception: Friday, November 02, 5-7pm

On view: November 02 – December 01, 2018


Bear Gallery (3rd Floor AK Centennial Center for the Arts, Pioneer Park, 2300 Airport Way)

DESCRIPTION: There will be no jury process associated with this exhibit; this is an open invitation exhibit for Interior Alaskan artists. Works must be no larger than 12 inches in any direction, this includes the size of the frame. This exhibit consists of a buy, take and replace model. All works on view must be available for purchase. Once purchased, a buyer can take the work immediately upon payment. Once the artwork has left the gallery, the artist may put a new work in its place.

Limited Edition Prospectus 2018


                           OPEN TO THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES:

Painting – Drawing – Ceramics – Original Prints – Sculpture – Mixed-Media – Photography

If you have a question about if your work is suitable for entry, contact

ENTRY FEE: $5 PER PIECE. Limited to 5 entries. Current Fairbanks Arts members receive a fee waiver on the third entry (2 or 3 pieces for $10.00, 4 pieces for $15.00). Once an artwork has left the gallery, the artist may put a new work in its place. There is no entry fee for additional works after sales of initial entries.


  • Entries submitted only by the artist & limited to five entries.
  • Only open to artists residing in the Interior of Alaska, Doyon Region.
  • Original artwork only. Student work must reflect the artist’s unique creative effort.
  • No kits. No copies or exact replicas of other original artwork or published artwork. (No copies of any published images or copyrighted characters, i.e. Disney.)
  • Work must have been completed within the last two years and not previously exhibited in the Bear Gallery.


  • Selected entries remain on view through 6pm, Saturday, December 01, 2018. Work will not be available for pick up until Sunday, December 02 at noon. If you need to pick up early for any reason, you must contact Fairbanks Arts at 456-6485 ext. 226 and make arrangements.
  • Entries will be handled with the greatest possible care and are insured against damage or loss for the duration of the exhibit. Fairbanks Arts is not responsible for minor wear resulting from normal handling.
  • Fairbanks Arts retains a 35% commission on all exhibit sales. All entered works must be available for purchase. Artists’ payments will be made within 30 days of the exhibit’s closure.
  • Submitting an entry constitutes agreement on the part of the artist to all conditions in the prospectus.


  • Entries must be ready for display, matted and framed. Works to be hung on the wall must have a secure wire hanger or similar device. NO SAWTOOTH HANGERS will be permitted.
  • Unusual hanging mechanisms must be approved by Fairbanks Arts, call 456-6485 ext. 226.
  • All quilts must have velcro on the back for wall hanging. NO VELCRO, NO ACCEPTANCE.

Join Fairbanks Arts for the opening reception of Limited Edition: An Open Exhibition of Small Works on Friday. November 02, 5pm – 7pm. This exhibit features several small works (no larger than 12″ in any direction) by LOTS of local artists! All work is available for purchase. This is the perfect show to get work by your favorite artist – and just in time for the holidays!

November Gift Shop Artist of the Month                                                                Olena Ellis


OlenaJR4My figurative sculpture in clay is an exploration of human physical and emotional strategies, which are modern day tools used for interaction.  Humans have used clay as a medium since the advent of tool making, which was developed out of self-preservation skills, survival and navigational needs.  My works reference fertility and empowering symbols humans’ used in interaction within their relationships and community. I explore how these tools define and redefine our place in society and how we make decisions using these tools with our lives.                                        – Olena Ellis

November Watercolor Corner Artist

                                                Margaret Kellogg


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“I’m inspired by the beautiful moments in every day. I learn more and more all the time.  I look at the world through a different colored lens since I began painting with watercolors. Taking classes with Vladimir Zhikhartsev has helped me assess my work with a more critical eye, which I believe has improved my work. The little things that may go unnoticed by other people, like the crystals of ice hanging from a leaf, droplets of water on a rose petal or a little bird with its feathers fluffed out trying to keep warm.  These are the beautiful, little moments in life I try to capture in my paintings. I want to capture those moments and suspend them in a timeless piece of art.”


Margaret E Kellogg

Born and raised in upstate New York, Margaret E. Kellogg married her high school sweetheart who decided the Air Force would be a great way of life.  This life brought them to Alaska 27 years ago. Margaret has been employed with the University of Alaska Fairbanks for the last 20 years. During this time, she worked full time, raised her children, and attended UAF to obtain her Associate’s Degree.

Having a deep love of nature and so much inspiration surrounding her, Margaret uses this subject matter as the main influence in her art work.  Margaret is predominantly a self-taught artist who began painting in 2002 and has painted with oils, enamels, acrylics and watercolor. Margaret has had little formal instruction besides the few opportunities in the local area to study watercolor techniques. Margaret has gained skill and technique under the instruction of Tom Nixon during Summer Fine Arts, with Mick McAndrews at a watercolor workshop and classes with Vladimir Zhikhartsev to improve and enhance her overall understanding of watercolor.  She has been a member of the Fairbanks Watercolor Society for 3 years and has found a great wealth of information and friendship in the members.



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