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State of the Arts A quarterly newsletter of the Fairbanks Arts Association

March 2006

Affiliate Spotlight: Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre In the early 1990’s, a band of actors and directors agreed that Fairbanks should have a regularly producing Shakespeare Theatre. That initial discussion beside the Chena River has grown into a 13 year, year-round, international endeavor known as the Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre (FST). FST is well known in the Interior for their outdoor summer Shakespeare performances and wild spectacles that include trucks, live animals, 30 foot ski slopes, dancing gorillas, war pyrotechnics, and huge working water fountains. In recent years FST has begun an outreach program in the Boys’ and Girls’ clubs, assisted-living residences, correctional facilities, homeless shelters, youth detention centers, and countless in-school performances for students and teachers throughout Alaska. FST’s unique winter activity, the Bard-a-thon, is enjoying a seventh year in production. The staff at FST is just wrapping up a large educational outreach program connected to the Bard-a-thon readings. This year, with a matching grant from the NEA Shakespeare in American Communities’ Shakespeare for a New Generation initiative, FST sent staff members to over 10 rural Alaskan communities to visit classrooms and conduct 10 day workshops that culminate in a public staged reading of one of Shakespeare’s plays. FST visited Nome, Bethel, Unalaska, McGrath, Tokatna, Ketchikan, St. Paul, Tok, Healy, Barrow, and is going to be visiting Nenana. Over 250 adults and over 2,000 children have already participated in this program. Teachers have been astounded at how great the improvement in the student’s reading ability has been after a 10 day workshop. FST staff members have expressed a deep emotional impact in reaction to the student’s tangible improvements. FST is looking forward to having Graham Watts back to direct the summer show. Watts has directed four previous shows with the company, and will return this year to direct Henry V, which will play from June 28th-July 16th on the grounds of the UAF campus. This play is the account of the history making defeat of the French armies at the battle of Agincourt. Henry’s stirring Crispien Day speech is one of the most celebrated pieces of the Bard’s work. Additional information is available at the FST office 457-7638 (457-POET) or

Fairbanks Arts Association Annual Artistic Adventure !

March 17, 18,19 The Fairbanks Arts Association is funded by private, corporate, and foundation memberships and donations, City of Fairbanks, Fairbanks North Star Borough, Alaska State Council on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts

Feature Story

By March, Interior Alaskans are ready to get out and enjoy the warmer outdoor weather and activities surrounding Winter Carnival. In addition to the World Ice Art Championships and the Open North American Sled Dog Race, Fairbanks Arts Association holds Art Expo as a third main event in this traditional March Celebration. Art Expo is an artistic adventure that allows Interior residents to explore all forms of art under one roof; visual artists in the Exhibit Hall, Fairbanks Light Opera in the Theatre, and Literary Arts in the Bear Gallery. Art Expo surges with spring-time energy, as artists exhibit and sell their work on Saturday and Sunday March 18th and 19th. Many artists demonstrate their craft or explain techniques so the public can better appreciate handcrafted pieces. Other art forms are spotlighted during Art Expo. This year Fairbanks Light Opera Theatre is presenting a Saturday and Sunday performance of the Gilbert and Sullivan classic “The Gondoliers” in the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts Theatre. The story tells of two handsome Venitian gondoliers, both having just married, when they discover one of them has inherited the throne of the Kingdom of Barataria and with it a second wife, to whom he wed in infancy. Showtimes are the 17th and 18th at 8pm and the 19th at 4pm. For the literary arts, Fairbanks Arts Association is holding a poetry celebration that highlights the winners of its annual Statewide Poetry Contest. Poets in four divisions will receive recognition: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in Adult, High School, Middle School, and Grade school divisions. Every year the Fairbanks Arts Association holds the poetry contest to encourage, publicize, and reward the writing of high quality poetry. Last year the poetry celebration joined Art Expo as a way to showcase the literary arts. Alaskan poet John Haines, judge for this years contest, will follow the awards ceremony with a reading from his works. Haines began writing poetry during his first winter homesteading in Alaska in 1947-48. He has published numerous books of poems. His first, “Winter News” was published in 1966. He has taught at many colleges, served as the Poet Laureate of Alaska received awards from the Guggenheim Foundation, and The American Academy of Arts & Letters and was named the University of Alaska Fairbanks Northern Momentum Scholar for the 2002-2003 academic year. This year the traditional Parka Parade comes to the Exhibit Hall for its annual competition. The Parka Parade showcases original designs on a large stage Sunday afternoon. Previously the Parka Parade took place downtown on Second Avenue during the dog races. This year artists will model their parkas inside the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts. Art Expo is not simply a public exhibit. Fairbanks Arts Association has lined up a series of panel discussions focusing on professional development for both artists and arts organizations. On Friday morning, March 17th, the Fairbanks Convention and Visitor’s Bureau will present “Cultural Tourism: Marketing the Arts to Visitors,” which offers insights into working with FCVB to reach and inform visitors about upcoming events. Afterwards an artist panel will speak about self-promotion in “Market to Market: A Forum for Individual Marketing in the Arts.” In the afternoon a panel will discuss the intricacies of self-publishing in “Self-Publishing: Print on Demand” followed by a panel discussion on “Negotiating An Artist-In-School Residency” for artists interested in working with K-12 schools. The workshops are free and open to artists of every experience level. Fairbankd Arts Association continues to offer Art Expo as an event to educate and promote artists within Interior Alaska. Last year close to 2,000 people attended workshop and events.


xhibition Space for Art Expo is still available. all Kristina at 456-6485 xt. 224 or email for reservations


Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra Connoisseur Recital Series Alan Morrison March 30 @ 8pm

April 2, June 4

Fairbanks Symphony Orchestra Jongen Symphonie Concerttante Saint-Saens Symphony No.3 April 2 @ 4pm

Monthly Business Meetings March 6, April 10, May 8, June 8, July 10, July 17 All meetings in the Bear Gallery at Pioneer Park

“Classical Mystery Tour” Music of the Beatles Pops Concert April 15 @ 8pm Performances in the Davis Concert Hall Except “Classical Mystery Tour,” which is at the Carlson Center Call 474-5733 for more information Fairbanks Concert Association Trinity Irish Dance Company March 8 @ 8pm Los Angeles Guitar Quartet May 5th @ 8pm All shows in the Hering Auditorum For more information contact Fairbanks Concert Assoc. @ 474-8081 Adult Learning Programs of Alaska 6th Annual Reading from Alaska’s Heart April 22 @ 7pm Pikes Waterfront Lodge Call 452-6434 for more information Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre “Pericles” March 9-April 2 Friday & Saturday @ 7:30PM Sunday @2PM Empress Theatre in the Co-Op Plaza Midnight Sun Intertribal Powwow General Membership Meetings Sundays at 3PM

First Council Meetings Mondays @ 7PM

Fairbanks Drama Association “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof” March 24, 2006 - April 9, 2006Thursday-Saturday 8:15 pm, Sunday 2 pm Riverfront Theatre Adults, $18; Seniors & students, $14Fairbanks Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival Vocal Workshops and Master Classes March 13, 2006 - March 17, 2006 Workshop 5:30-7:30 pm; Master class 8-10 pm McGown Room, Fine Arts Complex UAF Admission: $100 week-long class or $25/class /day (907) 474-8869 Email: festival@alaska.netAdd to Itinerary

Calendar of Events

Art Expo 2006: Artistic Weekend Adventure

33rd Annual Festival of Native Arts March 2, 2006 - March 4, 2006 UAF Davis Concert Hall and Wood Center Admission: Free Phone: (907) 474-7181Contact Email: UA Museum of the North Member & Artists’ Reception: A New Sense of Wonder March 9 Museum Lecture: Alaskan Masters, Old and New March March 9 Gallery Opening: The Place Where You Go to Listen March 21 Saturday Family Program: Rocket Science March 25

Regular Business Meetings

To submit your calendar information email Rachael Kvapil, Editor, at or call 456-6485 ext 226 10

Calendar of Events

Exhibits in the Bear Gallery Up With Art Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Exhibit Dates: March 3-April 1 Opening Receptions: March 3; 5-8pm March 5;2-3pm Interior Artisian XXI Juried Exhibit Exhibit Dates: April 7-29th Opening Reception: April 7; 5-8pm Solo Exhibits --Barry McWayne, Karin Franzen Exhibit Dates: May 5-May 28, 2006 Opening Reception: Friday, May 5; 5-8 pm Monthly Literary Readings March 18 @ 7pm Reading featuring John Haines et al. April 15 @7 pm EGO May 20 @7 pm Community Writer’s Group Other Fairbanks Arts Association Events: Time Out at Noon Every Tuesday and Thursday; Noon -1pm Featuring Local Talent Mainstage Fairbanks Lathrop Ballroom Dance Club UAF Swing Club April 3 John Lentine and Southern Lights Singing April 10 Southsea Polynesian and Tundra Caravan April 17 UAF Steel Drum Ensemble May 15 All shows in the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts at 7PM Tickets are $5/seat at the door


Oldie but Goldie Film Series “The General” March 9 “The Mirror” April 6 “Modern Times” April 20 “The Thief of Bagdad” May 2 Art Expo 2006 March 17-21 Centennial Center for the Arts Pioneer Park Ice Alaska World Ice Art Championships February 28-March 26 10 am- 10pm Single Block Classic Competition February 28-March 2 Event Award Ceremony: March 3 @ 8PM Multi-Block Classic Competition March 5-10 Event Award Ceremony: March 11 @ 8PM Ice Park on Phillips Field Road Midnight Sun Visiting Writer Series (Readings) Poet Edward Hirsch March 31 @7pm Marjorie Kowalski Cole April 14 @7pm All events at the UA Museum of the North


Gallery Exhibits Decided for 2007

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The Fairbanks Arts Association Bear Gallery provides the community with a welcoming multi-use space, central to town, and filled with new surprises every month. The Bear Gallery is used by many FAA members for committee meetings and classes, however it is most known for its monthly exhibits with Friday, March 17th Interior Artists. Two main questions are asked by people who frequent the gallery: “How is the artwork selected?” and “How Workshops: can I get my art up here?” 9-10:30 a.m. (Blue Room) “Cultural Tourism-Marketing the Arts to Visitors” The annual process of choosing gallery artists is laid out in the FAA prospectus sent out to artists and members and placed Fairbanks Convention and Visitor Bureau on the FAA website. Every autumn FAA conducts a Portfolio 11-12:30 a.m. (Blue Room) Review to select exhibits two years in advance. Artists submit a “Market to Market- A Forum for Individual portfolio of their work by October 31st, which includes up to Marketing in the Arts” ten images along with a resume. The Portfolio Review Panel is comprised of seven to nine 1- 2:30 p.m. (Blue Room) volunteers invited by the Visual Arts Committee for their “Self-Publishing- Print on Demand” expertise in various areas of the arts. The Non-voting chair 4-6 p.m. (Blue Room) sets up the slides for viewing while the chairperson instructs “Negotiating an Artist-In-School Residency” the panel about the selection process and provides written information received by submitting artists. Slides are shown 8 p.m. (Theatre) “The Gondoliers” Fairbanks Light Opera Theatre three times and panelist score each portfolio. Average scores of 3.5 or higher are guarenteed an opportunity to exhibit. The 2005 Panel looked at works from 24 artists, 12 of which Saturday, March 18th were awarded exhibits. 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (Exhibit Hall) FAA THANKS THE 2005 PORTFOLIO REVIEW PANEL! Vendor demonstration and sales Non-Voting Chair - Fred Freer 4 p.m. (Bear Gallery) Visual Arts Committee Rep. - darleen masiak Poetry Celebration: Statewide Poetry Awards Community Representative - Nancy Rabener and Reading by John Haines Mixed media/Sculpture - Mary Mathews Photography - Douglas Yates 8 p.m. (Theatre) “The Gondoliers” Fairbanks Light Opera Theatre Fiber Arts - Penny Wakefield Painting - Susan Farnham Education Representative - Mary Goodwin Sunday, March 19th 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. (Exhibit Hall) Vendor demonstration and sales

Resource Center for Parents and Children Mush for Kids’ Sake April 1 @ 11-3 Alaska Centennial Center for the Art, Exhibit Hall

12 p.m.- 2 p.m. (Exhibit Hall) Registration for Parka Parade

Fairbanks Light Opera Theatre “The Gondoliers” March 17,18,19,24,25,26 Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm Sundays @ 4pm Call 456-3568 for more information

4 p.m. (Theatre) “The Gondoliers” Fairbanks Light Opera Theatre

2:30 p.m. (Exhibit Hall) Parka Parade Presentation

Visual Arts

Fairbanks Arts Association

Artists awarded Bear Gallery Exhibits for 2007: Don Kauss , Brenda Jones, Nine North, Deland Anderson, Margo Klass, Sara Tabbert , Mark Fejes, FNSB School District Teachers, Teresa Shannon, Elizabeth Irving, Jean Lester, AMAG This will be the first year that we will accept digital entries to our Portfolio Review. Please check the FAA web page this summer for additional information: Volunteers are invaluable at every level of the portfolio review process. FAA is always looking for individuals who would like to donate their talents and energy to VAC. To learn more about volunteering, the gallery or the Portfolio Review call Kathy at 456-6485, x227 or email 2 more visual arts pg 3

Visual Arts Literary Arts

If you’re looking for a little taste of spring take a peek in the Bear Gallery Gift Shop. Featured Artists in the Gift shop this spring include prints by pastel artist Margaret Joens and Woodland Impression’s artist Mary Ann Fortune. Margaret Joens is a life-long Alaskan, born in Fairbanks in 1934. She was raised in the Healy area where she lived the first sixteen years of her life. She finished high school in Oregon and briefly attended the University of Washington and UAF. She became interested in painting in oils at an early age switching to pastels about fifteen years ago. Most of her arts training is through art books and trial and error. Her paintings are done in both soft and hard pastel on canson paper. They are mounted on foamboard, matted, and framed under glass. Arctic Fox Alexa Greife, 7th Grade Mary Ann Fortune is a Fairbanks


artist who has been selling artwork since 1994. In October of 2001, she received a copyright for her “Birch Eggs.” Each little bird is hand painted with several layers of acrylic paint in order to achieve a “feathered” texture. They are intended to compare to the birds that inhabit Interior Alaska year round, as well as those that visit seasonally. The woodland scenes are a variety of dried mushrooms, berries, flowers, flower buds, leaves of distinct types and colors, spruce cones, and a variety of woods. An assortment of mosses and lichen are also used. Up With Art is the annual exhibit in the Bear Gallery for March. It is a exhibit of works by students grade K12. The art teachers of the district bring artwork from the students in their schools. Fairbanks North Star Borough School District Art Department Coordinator Barbara Short says Up With Art is the perfect opportunity to see what is taught in the schools. “When you look at the nearly 300 pieces, you really can appreciate the effort students put into their work,” she said. Over 1000 people visit this exhibit.

Writing in The Dark Retreat: Chadwick Gives Ideas For Inspiration

by Susheila Khera For any creative writer feeling hollowed out by work, winter, or isolation, Jerah Chadwick, this year’s presenter at Writing in the Dark 2006 – Writing What You Don’t Yet Know, ignited a flow of ideas to make the blank screen or empty yellow pad look like exciting territory once more. Chadwick, the Alaska State Writer Laureate known primarily as a poet, presented only one poetry exercise to the 17 writers gathered at the Four Winds Foundation on Saturday, March 18th. Other exercises challenged writers to create from a series of prompts divvied out in morning and afternoon sessions. The exercises were a combination of individual and group efforts. During the morning session, writers picked random words or phrases contributed by all the participants and later used single words to create a poem in groups. The afternoon exercises involved lengthier pieces. Chadwick encouraged writers to use their names/nicknames as a source of new writing material followed by a letter writing exercise that included a number of specific elements, such as comparing the addressee to a food and a metal. Fairbanks Arts Association Chadwick maintained a steady flow of energy by moving Presents the Eighth Annual through interesting writing exercises at a comfortable pace. He Dredge Poetry Festival encouraged participants to read their work and discuss their writing, and in between he read poetry and theory by well-known Welcome the Spring with writers. Participants were also able to talk with fellow writers an outdoor reading! during the breaks and enjoyed two buffet meals. Saturday, April 29th,2006 Fairbanks Arts Association holds the Writing in the Dark Retreat from 2-5 PM annually in February and features a new presenter every year. Past Chatanika Gold Dredge presenters have included John Straley, Sherry Simpson, and Mary At 29 Mile Steese Highway Helen Stefaniak. This year’s presenter, Jerah Chadwick, lives in On the Tailings Across from Unalaska and teaches at the UAF Aleutians/Pribilof Regional the Chatanika Lodge Center. He is the author of “Story Hunger,” a collection of poems, and is currently working on a new one, “Village Beneath Dress Warmly, the Pavement.” His presentations at Writing in the Dark 2006 Pack a Picnic, were a welcome gust of wind for those of us bobbing in the Bring Blankets to Sit On writing doldrums.

FAIRBANKS ARTS ASSOCIATION Annual Juried Fine Arts and Crafts Exhibition April 7 – April 29, 2006 Opening reception: April 7, 5 – 8pm CATEGORIES Clay/Fiber/Metal/Ivory/Wood/Glass/Stone/Skins AWARDS Juror’s Choice $125, Second Place $100, Third Place $75 Honorable Mentions DESCRIPTION: This is the 21st Annual Juried Arts and Crafts Exhibition of the Interior of Alaska. The Juror will consider technical and creative merit of artwork from the above categories. JUROR: Fairbanks Arts Association utilizes artists, curators, museum professionals and university faculty (statewide and nationwide) to assure the broadest spectrum of critical appraisal for our exhibitions. Juror’s Slide lecture: Monday, APRIL 3 at 7pm. in the Blue Room Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts, Pioneer Park ELIGIBILITY · Each artist is limited to four entries and must be submitted by the artist. · Only artists residing in the Interior of Alaska, Doyon Region. · Original artwork only, no copies or kits. · Student Work submitted must reflect the artist’s unique creative effort. · Work must have been completed within the last two years and not previously exhibited in the BEAR GALLERY. Deliver entries to the BEAR GALLERY: See dates below Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts, Pioneer Park INSTRUCTIONS · Entries must be ready for display. Works to be hung on the wall must have wire hangers. Improper hangers such as saw tooth hangers - are not acceptable Unusual hanging mechanisms must be approved by the VAC coordinator. Quilts must have Velcro stitched along the full top. · Entry form must be completed in full and signed by the artist. · Entry labels must be folded so the name is hidden and attached to the front of each piece of artwork. · ENTRY FEE: $5 per piece. Limited to 4 entries. Make checks payable to the Fairbanks Arts Association. Current FAA members receive a fee waiver on the third entry only. Artists are encouraged to join at the time of entry. · Entries not selected must be picked up by APRIL 5TH . CONDITIONS · Selected entries remain on display through APRIL 29, 2006 · Entries will be handled with the greatest possible care and are insured against damage or loss for the duration of the exhibit. FAA is not responsible for minor wear resulting from normal handling. · FAA retains a 25% commission on all exhibit sales. Works will be for sale unless noted as NFS (Not for Sale). Artist’s payments will be made on the 20th of the month following the exhibit’s closure. · Submitting an entry constitutes agreement on the part of the artist to all conditions in this prospectus. CALENDAR n March 30 First day to receive artwork. atio s t S n ’s April 2 5pm Last day to receive artwork. hie odatio p o April 3 Guest juror will jury artwork. to S comm U April 3 7pm Slide lecture, Blue Room, Pioneer Park c O K Y g the a uror! April 4-5 12-5pm Pick up entries not selected N j A n TH rovidi for the April 7 5pm Opening Reception p May 1-3 12-5pm Pick up exhibit entries. for Storage fees: $1.00/day for late pick up. 8


In the gallery...


Anne overlooking falls. Artist in Residence Program 2004.

Do you enjoy the outdoors? Does a week or two in the wilderness sound inspiring?

If yes, then the Gates of the Arctic Artist in Residence program may be for you. This program offers professional writers, composers, musicians, two and three dimensional artists, photographers, filmmakers, and artisans the opportunity to pursue their art in Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve. Artists must be both physically fit enough and possess the skills and experience for extended rigorous wilderness travel. Dead line for applications is April 15. For more information go to and select the link in the left hand column or contact Tracie Pendergrast, Park Ranger Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve 201 First Avenue Fairbanks, Alaska 99701



The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival presents singing workshops and vocal master classes with Byron McGilvray as part of the 2006 “ACS Winter Edition” series generously sponsored by Alaska Communications Systems. The Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival is brought to you in partnership with the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Classes begin Monday, March 13 and continue through Friday, March 17 with an informal culmination performance scheduled for Friday evening at 8 p.m. Classes are open to students’ ages 15 or older. No experience is necessary, and no audition is required. Byron McGilvray has been a Festival favorite since 1981 when he first attended the Festival. His popular singing techniques have helped numerous registrants develop their vocal talents beyond even their own expectations.

KIAC Artist is Residence 2007 Program Call for Submissions Deadline: April 1, 2006 The Klondike Institute of Art and Culture (KIAC) is now accepting applications from visual artists, media artists and interdisciplinary artists for its 2007 Artist in Residence program. The residence accomodates up to 2 artists concurrently- for research, development and production of ongoing or new bodies of work. Residencies are from 4-12 weeks in duration starting from January 1, 2007 through to December 31, 2007subject to availablity. Artists may also have the opportunity to facilitate outreach programs such as talks, workshops and exhibitions, intended to promote interaction and professional development within the community within the community. The Artistst in Residence program is located in the Macaulay Residence. Built in 1901, the home is now owned by Parks Canada as part of the Dawson Historical Complex National Historic Site of Canada. For more information visit the KIAC website at or contact KIAC directly: Residency Coordinator Klondike Institute of Art & Culture Bag 8000 Dawson City, Yukon, YOB 1G0, Canada Tel: 867-9935005 Fax: 867-993-5838

FAA Education Program Grows During 2005-2006 School Year Fairbanks Arts Association continues to supplement arts education through its series of school performances and Artist-In-School Residencies. Since August, schools have planned 25 weeks of residencies with artists of all art forms including dance, music, theatre, poetry, pottery, and multi-media. Residencies give students an opportunity to immerse themselves in an art form, working from start to finish on one or two projects. Artists teach technique in addition to connecting the projects to other educational disciplines. For instance, Ida Knaeble explained to students at Hunter elementary how cobalt is called a strategic element by the United States government because it is used in missile defense. Many artists participating this year were former Fairbanksans. John Harbarough, former University of Alaska Fairbanks instructor, held a residency with West Valley High School band students. He also spent instructional hours at Ryan and Randy Smith Middle School. At the 5th Annual West Valley Jazz Showcase he played with the West Valley High School Band. Chris Lubkin, Fine Arts and Music Instructor for West Valley, hailed the A-I-S Program as a great opportunity and is slated for a second residency in April. Other Artists who have contributed their talents to the AI-S program include Dan and Sue Schaff, Jean Anderson, Carol Hilgemann, Bob Parr, and Steve Mitchell.

Barrow’s Festival of the Performing Arts Dances into Fairbanks Barrow storyteller James Patkotak said he is very proud to represent the Inupiaq people of the North Slope in narrating a story that originated in Point Hope as the cultural foundation for the 2006 Festival of the Performing Arts. The story tells how light came to be on the earth and how a hunter named Tulunigraq traveled from Point Hope eastward to bring humans from their nocturnal state into the light of day. The Festival is presented by a federal grant known as ECHO, which stands for the Education through Cultural and Historical Organizations, The Festival’s original format revolved around storytelling by people from all the partner regions including the Yankee whaling stories and the stories of the native Hawaiians, American Indians and Alaskan Natives. Over the years, singing, dancing and movement were added to the storytelling component and the name of the Festival was changed from the Storytelling Festival to the Festival of the

The second component of FAA’s education program, co-sponsored school performances with affiliate organizations, has seen increased participation. Approximately 7,500 students have attended presentations offered by Dance Theatre Fairbanks, Fairbanks Concert Association, Fairbanks Symphony Association, and actors from Perseverance Theatre. Students have enjoyed watching local dance companies, symphony orchestras and storytellers, in addition to visiting acrobats and musicians in several genres. This year’s series of school performances will wrap up with FCA’s presentation of the Trinity Irish Dancers and Fairbanks Drama Association’s presentation of “To Kill A Mockingbird.” FAA’s ability to bring students a quality arts education program is also due to the cooperative effort of the Fairbanks North Star Borough, who facilitates and encourages participation within the district. With their help and that of our talented artists and dedicated volunteers, FAA continues to offer equal arts opportunities to every FNSBSD student.


Artist in Residence

McGilvray is recognized internationally for his teaching skills and choral work and has conducting credits that include everything from community concerts to international events. Classes appropriate for students with little or no vocal training are scheduled for 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Classes appropriate for students with intermediate to advanced vocal training are scheduled for 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. All classes are held at the McGown Room, Fine Arts Complex, University of Alaska. Cost is $100 per person for the week or $25 per day, per class. Private lessons are available for an additional fee. More information is available online at Winter Edition, or by calling 474-8869.

Performing Arts to reflect these other artistic forms. The Festival began in 2001 and is now in its sixth year. For the first time this year, the North Slope Borough’s ECHO project is pleased to present its 2006 Festival of the Performing Arts in Fairbanks on Tuesday, April 4. ECHO staff in Barrow are working in conjunction with the Fairbanks Arts Association and the UAF Music Department to promote performances in Fairbanks area schools and at the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. An 11:30 a.m. performance at the UAF Davis Concert Hall at UAF is free and open to the public. Effie Kokrine Charter School will also host a potluck from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For additional information, please contact Pearl Brower, ECHO Project Manager, or Patty Stith, ECHO Project Director, in Barrow at (907) 852-0467. In Fairbanks, you may contact Linda Harriger at the UAF Music Department at 474-7555 or the Fairbanks Arts Association at 4566485. Also visit ECHO Grant Project websites at www. or


Performing Arts

Cold weather couldn’t keep an intimate lunchtime crowd from showing up for Tuesday and Thursday ‘Time Out At Noon’ Performances. Over the past few weeks a growing number of Fairbanksans have taken seats in the Exhibit Hall while musicians warm the room with sounds of Hawiian Slack Key guitar, Celtic fiddle, or an arrangement of popular and entertaining tunes. Musicians such as Fred Weiss, Karl Monetti, Jean McDermott, Dennis Stephens, and the group Sand Castle have brightened the afternoon with live entertainment and humorous insights about their craft. The conversation is personal, allowing anyone to ask questions about the musical style or make requests. Thursdays in March, Fairbanks Arts Association will feature the accordian group Blazing Bellows while Tuesdays will offer a varied selection of performing artists. ‘Time Out At Noon’ is a wonderful opportunity to promote new artists, or allow established artists to experiement with new styles. This program works in conjunction with Fairbanks Arts Association’s Mainstage Fairbanks, where artists give an evening time performance in a theatre setting. Artists interested in performing during ‘Time Out At Noon’ can contact June Rogers at 456-6485 ext 225.

April Mainstage Fairbanks Performances Sing and Dance Into Spring


The snow is out, but performers are ready for Spring Celebration with two lively Mainstage Fairbanks Performances in April. On April 10th the Southern Lights Singers from Ft.Wainwright’s Good Shepherd Catholic Parish will join frinds and parisheners to present “I Am the Bread of Life: Christ’s Journey through Holy Week.” Then the following Tuesday, April 17th will feature the Southsea Polynesian Dancers and Tundra Caravan performing a selection of Polynesian and Middle Eastern Dance. “I Am the Bread Of Life” is a musical program that focuses on Jesus’ institution of the Eucharist, His Passion, and His Resurrection. Director John Lentine describes the program as a “unique and serious reflection on the Catholic/Christian remembrance of Holy Week, which begins the day before, on Palm Sunday.” He adds that Holy Week’s occurance near Easter gives a lot to express in song. The singers include Bill Chrisman, Joe Malen, Ann Marie Shulski, Jodi Boxrucker, Liz Duval, Joe Peligren as well as some children from the parish, and guests Bryan Fitzpatrick, Mark Malyszek and violinist Grayce Barnard. Musical selections range from traditional Latin to contemporary Christian/Catholic, some original works and arrangements by Lentine and a few secular pieces as well. Lentine promises a special concert and prayerful preparation for the events of the rest of Holy Week. The concert is open to the public starting at 7pm in the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts Theatre. Admission is $5. The following week the Southsea Polynesian Dancers and Tundra Caravan will presents a night of Polenisian and Middle Eastern Dance in the Centennial Center for the Arts. These two dance genres offer many different styles depending on their cultural origins. For instance, Tundra Caravan performs Middle Eastern and North African Fold Dance, Romany (Gypsy) Fusion, and the Use of Sword as a Folkloric Prop. Polynesian Dance is also as varied with traditions that reflect the many cultures of the Pacific Islands. This April 17th Performance takes place in the Alaska Centennial Center for the Arts Theatre starting at 7pm. Admission is $5.

Docents Betsy Bear Cora Cook Cheryl Joens Frances Shulz Mary Lou Jorissen Terra Shiedler Stephanie Clark Caralinda Roullier Jane Gregory Jerrie Graham Lee Harris Gallery Rick & Marge Thompson

VOLUNTEER THANK-YOUS Cynthia Hansen Brian Schneider Jesse Venable Penny Wakefield FNSBSD Teachers Performance Ushers Ginny Kawasaki Fred Freer Cheryl Joenz Stacy Story Terra Shiedler Fred Weiss

Carol Hilgemann Mary Lou Jorissen Time Out At Noon Jean McDermott and Dennis Stephens Karl Monetti and Fred Weiss Mimi & Terry Chapin Sand Castle Blazing Bellows Tatiana Piatanova


Time Out At Noon: A Steady Diet of Fresh Entertainment

Prospectus and Webpage Penny Wakefield

Bear Gallery Docent of the Month: Mary Lou Jorissen Most people groan at the thought of April 15th, but Mary Lou smiles because that is the day she became a docent in the Fairbanks Arts Association Bear Gallery. She read about the need for docents in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner and decided to volunteer time after retirement. “I’d been here several times,” said Mary Lou. “I love art and the gallery always has a nice feel.” Though Mary Lou always appreciated art, she says that she has opened herself to a broader range of art forms and styles since volunteering in the gallery. “Over the last year I’ve purchased art pieces I never would have imagined two years ago,” she said. The most exciting moment for Mary Lou was during Tanya Clayton and Carol Hilgemann’s exhibit in September 2005. Barry McWayne from the University of Alaska Museum purchased one painting from Tanya and two of Carol’s pieces for the museum’s permanent collection. “The Fairbanks Arts Association does a great community service by running this gallery and doing all the other things they do as an organization.” She encourages other people to volunteer and feels that people will benefit from the exposure to different arts and interaction with the community.

Do you have special skills, interests, or talents you wish to donate? Are you interested in making new friends and being around the arts? The Arts Association and the Fairbanks community needs you! Volunteers are at the heart of our success with each individual bringing special talent; they are a crucial component of our organization. Fairbanks Arts Association provides many opportunities to make a difference in the lives of people around you. Currently, we are seeking volunteers to staff the Bear Gallery and Gift Shop. Winter hours are Noon to 6PM Monday -Saturday. Individuals are encouraged to volunteer for a single time or on a recurring basis. A training session will help to familiarize you with your work environment and responsibilities. Please call Kathy Baker-Addy at 456-6485 x227.


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