University of Alaska Fairbanks Art Showcase and Sale falls on December's First Friday

At just before noon on a Friday, University of Alaska Fairbanks Art department was especially lively. (Carly Sjordal, KTVF)
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) At just before noon on Friday, students were quickly setting up displays of fine art in anticipation of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Winter Art Sale and Showcase.

This is an event that has been held at the end of each fall and spring semester for the past 30 years, and what Student Ceramics Art Guild President Kati Reed says is a busy and packed event every year. "Our Christmas sale is usually really busy. We have lines going out the door and get a big huge rush right at 11 [a.m.]."

Reed described her own work as 'functional', and wants to continue to make art to develop her style.

Devony Irwin, a student who's been metalsmithing for 2 years, displayed her own jewelry made of chainmail.

"It's important because it shows people your art and if they are willing to buy it, you can gain confidence from that,” commented Irwin.

Rachel Alda, a student and event volunteer who spent three years practicing ceramics, commented that this event is great for students to be able to have visibility for their craft.

"It's a place where they can show off their art, show what they're capable of because although people might think the arts like, an 'Easy A' class, it's actually not. There's a lot of stuff and techniques and technicalities that go into making these,” said Alda.

In addition to the student artist showcase, an auction was also held using local Fairbanks artist's work to benefit UAF student scholarships.

Reed said the best part for many of the students is seeing the joy on the customers' faces as they find their perfect pieces of art, or even a cozy mug.

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