Building housing Alaska House Art Gallery up for sale

The Alaska House Art Gallery first opened in 1963. (Alex Bengel/KTVF)
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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF The building which contains Alaska House Art Gallery, a staple of the art scene in downtown Fairbanks since 1963, is up for sale.

The building, which also leases part of its structure to the Fairbanks office of the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, has been on the market for three years now.

Yolande Fejes, the owner and operator, inherited the building from her parents and reopened the gallery in 1999. She is selling the building in order to retire with her husband and brother.

“In my heart of hearts, I know it’s time,” she said.

The Alaska House Art Gallery displays only Alaskan artwork, representing as many as 200 artists at any given time. It also puts on First Friday events, concerts, weddings and parties. “People gravitate to this place,” Fejes said.

When the building sells, the gallery will remain open. However, Fejes said, if the gallery closes, the art on display in the gallery will either be redisplayed in a smaller gallery run by her, or returned to its creators.

As for retirement, Fejes plans to stay in Fairbanks, at least during the summers. “I am very much into volunteering and I will stay in the arts as long as possible because Alaska is my home and always will be,” she said.

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