Fairbanks Arts Association hosts month long gallery featuring community artists

Published: Jan. 15, 2021 at 4:23 PM AKST
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - The Fairbanks Arts Association is hosting a a gallery during the month of January featuring community artists.

The Fairbanks Arts Member or F.A.M. exhibition features over 90 artists who have submitted works to the gallery.

“This is a community gallery. The exciting thing about this gallery is that because we are a non-profit that operates the space, we can have different types of exhibitions that aren’t quite as possible in galleries that need to make a profit from the work they’re selling. So we have all different types of shows. We have solo exhibitions with artists from around Alaska, and then we have community exhibitions such as this one, where community members will submit their work for a show,” said Teal Francis, Programs and Communications Coordinator for Fairbanks Arts Association.

The exhibition is free for all attendees but there are limits on how many people are allowed inside due to COVID-19 restrictions.

“Of course we can’t hold in-person events with lots of people, so in the gallery space we’ve limited the amount of people to 10 and are asking people to wear masks and social distance. We’re excited that the space is still able to be open and people can come in, spaced out, and view the exhibitions” said Francis.

COVID-19 has presented its own fair share of problems for the art community as well.

“A lot of artists rely on craft fairs and other community events to sell their works, and of course those are in short supply these days. So we’re doing our best to help facilitate artists by continuing with our exhibitions, continuing to be open while being safe, featuring artists in our gift shop and in our gallery space,” said Francis.

The gallery has worked around the restrictions of COVID-19 to help artists sell their work.

“We’ve definitely had to fast track some of our online visibility, so our gift shop has kind of accelerated into being online. People have really utilized our online registration and online payment for things which has been great. We’ve had a great community response to that and people have been really happy with it,” said Katlian Stark, a Fairbanks artist.

Despite difficulties with COVID-19, the Fairbanks art community still finds success.

“It’s really impressive to see, just the great turnout from Fairbanks artists. We were kind of worried with, you know, people and COVID and just winter in general. We were worried about the amount of entrants we’d have. People really turned up with some amazing work and we’ve had a lot of artists who have never shown before which is really cool,” said Stark.

The exhibition is being held at the Bear Gallery in Pioneer Park, open Monday through Friday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m, and will be going until the 29th of January.

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