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After First Friday

Your comprehensive guide to special gallery exhibitions in the month of February

Be it a long work week, a weekend trip planned, or you simply couldn’t possibly go to all the venues — sometimes going to First Fridays are not in the books. We get it, we’ve been there. To help navigate First Friday after the fact, we came up with a guide that shares a little about the show, where it’s hanging, and when. We hope you find this helpful.

LOVED by Black Alaskan Art Matters (BAAM)

Location: Bear Gallery

Artist: BAAM collective

*On View: February 2-23 | Monday-Saturday | 12-6PM

About Exhibition: Inspired in honor of love and Black History Month, Perseverance Theatre and BAAM chose this theme that furthers their mission of highlighting and uplifting Black Joy and Excellence: Loved.

Moments in Paris

Location: Wells Street Art Company

Artist: Charles Mason

*On View: February 2-27 | Tuesday-Saturday | 12-6PM

About Exhibition: Moments in Paris captures the public spaces of Paris where people go about their everyday lives.

Photography by Alyssa Enriquez

Location: Black Spruce Brewing Company

Artist: Alyssa Enriquez

On View: February 2-29 | Monday-Friday 3-8PM | Saturday 12-8PM

About Exhibition: Original photos encapsulating the serene and wild beauty of Alaska.

Fairbanks Writers

Location: Ursa Major Distilling

Writers: Fairbanks North Star Borough Authors

On View: February 2-29 | Tues-Thurs 3-8PM | Fri-Sat 12-8PM | Sun 2-6PM

About Exhibition: Ursa Major Tasting Room has turned into a grown-up version of the scholastic book fair for February — featuring local authors!

Addicted to Nature

Location: Hoarfrost Distilling

Artist: Lindsay Balmer

On View: February 2-29 | Tuesday-Saturday | 4-8PM

About Exhibition: “The images that I will present are some favorites from my past escapades up to the present with Lady Aurora in the winter to bears and other wildlife in the summer! I’m passionate about sharing what I love with everyone!” – Lindsay Balmer

Land & Lichen

Location: 2 Street Gallery

Artists: Christen Booth & Jon Swope

On View: February 2-29 | Monday-Saturday 11AM-6PM | Sunday 11AM-4PM

About Exhibition: Land & Lichen, featuring both metal and woodwork, is an observation of the austere beauty of Interior Alaska. The forms and textures are inspired by the raw simple beauty of the winter landscape. reflections of the outdoors.

Original Art by Juliana Miller

Location: Sipping Streams (new location)

Artist: Juliana Miller

On View: February 2-29 | Monday-Saturday 11AM-6PM | Sunday 11AM-4PM

About Exhibition: Original artworks by Juliana Miller, the creator of the infamous Blobify character.

Photography by Kelly Reynolds

Location: Little Owl (new location)

Artist: Kelly Reynolds

On View: February 2-29 | Monday-Friday | 9AM-7PM

About Exhibition: Kelly’s inspiration comes from exploring many remote parts of Alaska, and her goal with photography is to share those unique experiences and beauty with others.

What you missed

This list isn’t to give you FOMO, but rather to inspire your March First Friday expeditions, let you know what’s happening in our community, and celebrate our local vendors and creators.

Valentine Mug Making Class

Location: Raven City Studio Alaska

About Exhibition: Raven City Studio hosted a night for guests to hand-craft heartwarming personalized mugs.

Irene Sherman Birthday Bash

Location: Fairbanks Community & Dog Mushing Museum

About Exhibition: Celebrating the legacy of Irene Sherman, also known as the “Queen of Fairbanks”. Members of the Irene Sherman Project planning committee announced the project to create a statue in her honor.

Musical Trio

Location: The Pub at UAF

About Exhibition: Live performances by local artists Jonny J, Carl Addington, and Gail Euphagenia.

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