Fairbanks Pioneer Park Bear Gallery presents two new art exhibitions

Published: Oct. 5, 2020 at 4:25 PM AKDT
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - Two Fairbanks artists are ready to reveal new exhibits, beginning a month long expo in the Bear Gallery at Pioneer Park’s Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts. Photographer and university instructor J. Jason Lazarus told us he’s presenting a collection of unique landscape portraits of Alaska’s tundra: "The Exhibit focuses on a bunch of landscapes, focusing on winter landscapes in Alaska -- rather than focusing on those perfect beautiful shots your get in summer, those Ansel Adams inspired images.”

Lazarus explaied his thematic goals with the exhibit, saying “What I really wanted to focus on [is] images that replicate what Alaskans find beautiful in Alaska. Those quieter shots, the more stark, cold and bitter landscapes that we’re so used to... but we still see some beauty in them by their strength and resolve and resilience. And so this exhibit which is entitled ‘Resilience’ really focuses on that somber beauty of Alaskan winter landscapes, and tries to eke out a bit of a connection between those landscapes and Alaska’s people. There’s a correlation between the two I think.”

“I think there’s a lot of beauty in the simplicity of a winter scene. For a long time I really found it hard to love Alaska, and I think any Alaskan gets there when it’s 40 below outside. But this made me pick up my camera during those cold winter months and find beauty on those lonely stretches of highway. And so it’s been a therapeutic project for me in a lot of ways,” said Lazarus

The colorful display next door presents a varied collection of work from local painter, sculptor and printmaker, Jessie Hedden.

“I called this show ‘The Spaces Between’ because I deal a lot with not just describing the objects themselves, but also the space between the objects. We sometimes refer to it as the background, but the background is equal to or more important than what the actual objects are because it frames them, and creates a sense of light," said Hedden.

The Bear gallery is taking precautions to keep visitors to the exhibit safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hand sanitizer is provided, and all guests are asked to wear masks during their visit.

Resilience, and The Spaces Between will be on display Monday through Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. until October 30.

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