We are planning some exciting art events as part of our community outreach on First Fridays. Come see what we have lined up for you. .
First Friday May 3, 2013, we are featuring a unique fiber artist.
Dorothy “Moxie” Pender Skyflight Alpacas 1668 Skyflight Ave. Fairbanks, Alaska 99709 Phone: 479-8443 firstname.lastname@example.org
Moxie met her husband John while they were both in grad school at Stanford University in the Bay Area. John always knew he was coming back to Alaska, which was great for Moxie as her mother’s family was from Point Hope. So off to Alaska they went, both teaching at UAF – John in Physics, Moxie in Electrical Engineering. Very quickly, they had 2 children, Johnny & Julia.
Johnny was 6 months old when a friend knit him a beautiful Scandinavian baby sweater, and Moxie just knew she had to learn how to knit! Many years ago (in Girl Scouts!) she learned to cast on, knit, purl, & cast off, but never knew how to increase, decrease, make fancy cables or elegant lace, never mind how to read a pattern. So off to Fred Meyer she went & came home with a Leisure Arts pamphlet, knitting needles, and cheap acrylic yarn & taught herself how to knit. Moxie made her way through the small projects, then decided it was time for a sweater. She jumped in with both feet, knitting a 29-color Kaffe Fassett sweater for her husband John. She’s been knitting ever since!
Moxie’s love of knitting luxury fibers combined with her love of animals & love of exotica prompted her to invest in a small herd of alpacas. Naturally, learning how to spin and weave came next, along with dyeing with both acid dyes & natural dyes. It is so cool to dye with flowers, roots, bark, & beetles!
Along the way, Moxie left the university to work in the oil industry for many years, when lo & behold, her position disappeared & it was an excellent time to decide what to do next. Surprise, surprise – she decided to make her way full time in the fiber world! What else does a PhD in Electrical Engineering do? (Hint – Incorporate electronics into her woven scarves J )
Moxie’s son John is now 21 on the cusp of graduating with a B.S. Computer Science at UAF, and her daughter Julia is now 18. The family is rounded out with a black lab “Raven”, a bull Shih Tzu “Cookie”, a wonderful mutt “Koko”, a delightful American Bashkir Curly horse “April”, ten alpacas – Rozie, Josie, Harmony, Yukon Gold, Davinci’s Bene, Alaskan Bojangles, Michelangelo D’Sunshine, Django van Gogh, Snowy & Pixie.
Bonnie Irving is our featured artist for April 5 First Friday. Come and view the wonderful panoramics she has produced and join us for wine and fresh snacks.
Bonnie Irving I was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska. While I traveled, camped, and explored the state growing up with family, my first opportunity to regularly experience different areas came when I started tourism. I was a Tour Guide for two years on the Alaska Railroad in high school, traveling over 300 miles each day. That led to what will be a decade in the tourism industry this summer!
I used to always take photos at work, of the people and places I encountered, mostly digital point-and-shoot pictures. Coworkers say I was sneaky enough they didn’t know I was there until they heard the “click.” I doubt that as I was always laughing on approach! Looking back at those photos, I am thankful to have later found my own way to capture the scenery in particular another way, with these panoramas I am showing!
I studied photography for several years at UAF and MSU (in Bozeman, MT), and was just getting into my new digital SLR in 2009 when I started as a Driver Guide on the Alaska Highway. Digital meant a whole realm I hadn’t approached in the darkroom… Color! At the many stops with guests, I would always sneak my camera out for a few photographs, but it was when I deadheaded empty coaches along the road that I was able to really try and capture the scenery of my routes.
I started playing with panoramic photos as soon as I started shooting digital, and over time I’ve built a collection of the images that I am truly excited to share! The photographs are from all over Alaska (the highways anyway) along with some British Columbia and Yukon Territory. With some of them, I “fixed” the photos to fit smoothly together in exposure and shape, but gradually I’ve realized I really love the not-so-fixed ones more. Somehow I think the jagged borders and obvious individual photos give a better feel for the vastness of the places I’m portraying.
I hope you’ll all feel how much I love these places, and enjoy seeing the photos big for the first time!
March is almost here and we have another great artist in store. Cynthia West Hanson likes to paint BIG canvases. Come see her “Breath of Spring” and several others. . .
Show Title: Dema’s Garden
Medium: Oil on canvas
For this show I am creating a garden with large, bright, floral paintings. These paintings reflect the laughter, curiosity, joy, and love that my grandson, Dema, brought into my life during the brief two years he shared this world with us. I hope that those who experience this show fill find the beauty and spirit of a flower through the eyes of a curious child.
Dema’s Garden includes works that I created while his laughter filled our home and his unique way of viewing the world filled my life with inspiration and love. Other works in this show are visual images that express and document my journey to understand, heal, and continue to breathe through my grieving process.
I am a life-long Alaskan and part of five generations living in Fairbanks. My Grandfather, Lyle West, came to Alaska in the early 1940’s and will be 97 this summer. My parents, Larry and Vivian West, are enjoying retirement here in Fairbanks. My son John Hanson is building a home on his part of his great grandfather’s homestead with his wife Elona and my two beautiful granddaughters.
I thrive outdoors surrounded by nature. That is where I feel the most grounded and am able to replenish my creative spirit. My inspiration comes from nature, spirituality, and my own inner passions and imagination. I am attracted to the organic shapes found in nature which I capture with oil paints on canvas. I am continually amazed by how even the smallest flower is filled with unique shapes and delightful curves.
I try to help the viewer see the smallest or most common flower in a new way by creating large representations of the most fascinating areas of the peddles. My paintings have a strong emotional base. Through the use of light and shadow, the depiction of form, and expressing emotion with color and texture, I create interesting places for the viewer’s spirit to discover and explore.
Cassidy K Burgess – February First Friday Artist I began my journey with Yoga as a teenager, experimenting in the poses and skimming over the Yoga Sutras, hoping to fill a deep seated spiritual need I carried within me. I began seriously painting around the same time, and I worked to produce art rather than let it come from a deeper place, which caused me to abandon painting in frustration. Then after the birth of my daughter, Violet, I began to search in earnest reading the Yoga Sutras in depth, cultivating a daily Yoga and meditation practice, and reading the works of David Life and Sharon Gannon. It was while thumbing through “The Art of Yoga”, that I realized that my art needed to come from the place that I accessed through my yoga practice. It became a spiritual outlet, a feeling of joyful sharing. I want my art to reflect feelings and thoughts I experience on the mat, and in my own spiritual journey, the essence of connecting with the whole, and the feeling of wholeness that accompanies settling into the stream of life. I am so pleased to be able to share my art experience with the wonderful community at Heart Stream!
*Cassidy is a member of Zingaro Roots and rumor has it that there will be music at the opening and as always food, wine, and fun. It all begins at 5:30p.
* Odom Company is importing a new coconut water to Alaska called Zico! They will be at Heart Stream to give away free samples during our First Friday event! Check out one of our vendors: www.alaskasoaps.com. Rose makes soaps from natural ingredients and herbs. Sunny Costillo will be selling scarves from Ecuador and hair pieces made by her sister. Ingrid Herreid and daughter, Sabe will make their extraordinary beauty products available, along with the Bun on the Run cookbook. Babara Bradley and daughter Mariah will be offering Stella and Dot Jewelry. Nanae Ito brings fun crocheted creations, always with innovative twists. Melissa Stewart is a creative genius that uses recycled materials and trash in her Trashy Art. Rose will be offering handmade soaps made from natural ingredients and herbs Heather Angeloff will have essential oils and an assortment of gift ideas. Plus Donna has been shopping for all of us. Come see the new clothes, yoga bags, purses, and Jade mats in this intimate gathering. Gift cards will be available for your dear ones. Classes or retail.
First Friday Phone Photo Contest
November 2, First Friday, we would like to ring in the FUN! We are having a PHONE PHOTO contest and show. Blow up and foam board an 8×10 of your favorite phone photo ( Instagram and Hipstamatic is way OK…as long as it’s from your PHONE). We will judge the photos in the following categories:
1. Yoga 2. Humor 3. Landscapes
A 5 PUNCH CARD WILL BE AWARDED FOR EACH CATEGORY ! BUT we need at least 10 entries in each category to go forward! Let’s DO this off the cuff and have some fun. Shoot from the hip and win!. Submit entries any time before November 1. We will hang them and have our typical fabulous First Friday food fest and event!
GRAND OPENING OF THE NEW THERAPY ROOM. Come meet our new MASSAGE THERAPIST, our CHAKRA BALANCER, and our FELDENKRAIS BODY WORKER! Melody, Elissa, and Russell will be with us to talk to you about the therapies they offer at Heart Stream. They will be giving some demonstrations of their work throughout the evening.
Lucy will run an Ashtanga practice to kick off the evening from 5:45 to 7:15 in the new Wind/Water Studio.
First Friday, October 5, at 6:000pm will be our Birthday Celebration and the Grand Opening of Studio 2 (Wind and Water). A 1.5 hour donation-based practice led by all our amazing instructors, kirtan with Zingaro Roots and a gala celebration! New clothing by Spiritual Gangster and Be Present. New Jade mats and towels. Discounts on punch cards – to much fun to miss. First Friday for September will feature Heather Angeloff, another artist under the radar. Come see her fabulous photomicrographs – a very interesting art form. See below. . . Colleen Hickman Aug 3- 5:30-8:30pm First Friday at Heart Stream Yoga welcomes Colleen Hickman. Colleen is a super talented and detailed water color artist. She paints portraits and some landscapes. We asked her to paint a picture of Gandhi and we are curious to see how it turned out! As usual, our food , company and refreshments are some of the best on the circuit. I have been painting, drawing and doing photography since I was old enough to hold a pencil. However, due to the need to support my family, I put off doing anything serious with my art work until we retired, when I was 45. I then enrolled in the University of Alaska, Anchorage to seek my degree in fine art at last. I have since been hard at work trying to improve my technique and skills. I am primarily a watercolorist. However, I do sometimes paint with acrylics. I enjoy doing portraits and still lifes most but have been known to use a little comic relief in my latest works. I want everyone to realize that I do not take myself too seriously and love what I do.
Our Artist this Friday is Elizabeth Cruikshank. She has a very unique art form that should not be missed. Come see her exquisite work from 5:30p-8:00pm. Refreshments as always. . . Elizabeth Cruikshank I use spray paint on plexi glass, using various stenciling. I have so much fun experimenting with techniques. I call it backwards painting because I am working from the front to back. I don’t know what the painting is going to look like exactly until it dries and I can flip it over. Sometimes it turns out unexpectedly better than what I imagined. I call those times my happy accidents. My husband works for a local glass shop and brings me the plexi glass scraps, explaining the minor defects sometimes present on the plexi. May 4, 2012 5:30-8:30p Two great artists are featured for May! Monica Mazakis will be bringing great Alaskan made products to make you feel good: teas, body scrubs, lotions and potions. . . Mariska Wright will be bringing in her exquisite polymer clay dolls. Take a look at the photos below to get a glimpse of her original work. . . Not your usual dolls! Don’t miss this one!!! April 6, 2012 5:30p-8:30p This month , our featured artist will be Melinda Morgan, a jewelry maker. She has been selling her work since 1986, works with a lot of ceramic and stone beads, and is lately working with raku. She is also creating “oil bottle” necklaces as well. Melinda’s work will grace our studio with our sangha (community) collective art from last month. Refreshments will be served. March 2, 2012 Calling all artists!!!! Rather than featuring the work of one artist this month we would like to invite anyone who has some art they would love to display or some art they have created and would love to display to come strut their stuff. Contact us at email@example.com or call 474-8108 to talk to us about what you would like to bring and when to drop it off. Since we are declaring March “Community Month” we hope you will join us in a community celebration. As always the food, fun, and frivolity will flow! Bring the family and your friends. (Derick Burleson) (Nathan Durapau) February 3, 2012 First Friday at Heart Stream Yoga 5:30-8:30pm- This month’s installation is “edgy”, beautiful and sensual. Our artist is Nathan Durapau, a talented young painter fresh from New Orleans that specializes in portraits and abstract landscapes. Nathan has attended Cornish University of Fine Arts, but found traveling more of a visceral experience.He will surround you with his vision of “the strength of a birch tree”, a ceiling grid installation that we will enjoy as we look up at the end of yoga classes. Nathan will be joined by a short review by the Sweet Lust Burlesque from 7:00-7:30pm. Lots of fun!!! January 6, 2012 Join the fun for First Friday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. John Aldabe’s photography of the northern lights will be coupled with homemade soups and breads from Sourdough Take Home Chef. Mmmmmmmm, delights for all your senses. December 2, 2011 Yoga Art Bizarre and TRUNK SALE! December 2 from 5:30pm-8:30pm This month’s FF lets you see the artwork of several artists and vendors: Book signing and sale of Patricia Monaghan and Eleanor Vierick’ s book called Meditation- A Complete Guide Book signing and sale of Ingrid Herreid and Gretchen Peterson’s Bun on the Run Cookbook Quilts and wall hangings by Mary Bruso Journals, totes, and day planners from Papaya Art!l Watercolors and acrylics by MM Peggy Mantei Knitted cotton yoga mat bags by Diane Claaussen Recycled usable art by Melissa Stuart Whimsical critters and creations by Lanai Ito NEW JADE mats for sale! Be Present Yoga clothing - (lots in) and virtual shop (If we don’t have it , let’s order it!) And a trunk sale of yoga gear from Zohba, Lululemon, and Hard tail Gift certificates for classes and clothes . . .Oh. . . . .and did we mention refreshments?. . . . . .now we did. . . Come have some fun and kick off the season with us! November 4, 2011 Featured artist: Tarika Lea, photographer Tarika Lea has been an avid photographer since she had use of a Hassleblad and took her first black and white photo class at Wayne State University in 1966. Finding every opportunity to catch the right light and perfect frame has taken her from Australia to Greece. Her real love is the tropics. She particularly loves natural forms and luscious colors as well as humankind’s creativity as it interweaves with nature. Her long career of teaching massage is clearly evident in every image, instilling an invitation to enter into a depth of relaxation and meditation. Influenced by her Hawaiian and Oriental teachers forty years ago one can easily see this influence. Be ready to enjoy Windows of Peace and Paradise First Friday here in Fairbanks reflecting the essence of her life’s career taking one to altered states of visual pleasure. October 7, 2011 Featured artist: Derick Burleson A poetry professor at the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, he paints flowers and nudes in a unique ” point” style. Be prepared for color!