Artist travels to Fairbanks to jury local artwork

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FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) Artist Jamie Bates Slone has traveled to Fairbanks to judge local art works in preparation for the Fairbanks Arts Association's 34th Annual Juried Exhibition this Friday at the Bear Gallery. Our reporter Carly Sjordal, has more.

Artist Jamie Bates Slone (pictured above) has traveled to Fairbanks to judge local art works in preparation for the Fairbanks Arts Association's 34th Annual Juried Exhibition this Friday at the Bear Gallery. (Carly Sjordal/KTVF)

As part of the 34th Annual 64th Parallel Juried Exhibition, Fairbanks Arts Association and juror Jamie Bates Slone held a talk in the Blue Room at Pioneer Park open to the public.

The Exhibition showcases works from Interior Alaskan artists who create art in a variety of media.

In total the showcase will have 64 works of art on display.

"All 250 works were spread out through this gallery. Then I was just able to kind of walk around the room. We worked from 9 am to at least noon. Determining what pieces were going to be used within the exhibition. I chose a jurors place, which is a first place award, 2nd place 3rd place and a couple honorable mentions," said Slone.

When asked about how Fairbanks art differs from art around the State Slone answered that it was very focused on celebrating Alaskan beauty.

"There's also a lot of hidden gems that I've noticed, like I expected a lot of that coming up here to jury this exhibition but I was pleasantly surprised by the breadth of work that I was jurying."

Slone is a sculptor working out of Oklahoma, Her current work is a reflection of her memories of physical and mental illness with an emphasis on the relationship between human biology and human emotion.

During the talk, Slone shared more about her work and experience as a sculptor. With only two days in Fairbanks she says this was a tough task to fit everything in and make hard decisions, but she was thankful for the opportunity.

The opening Reception for the exhibition will take place on Friday, October 4th from 5 to 7 PM at the Bear Gallery.

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