The Valley Fine Arts Association Is 12 Years Old & Having A Retreat At 12 Mile Lake!

Contributed by Judy Vars

3rd Annual Artist Retreat
September 8-10, 2017
Valley Fine Arts Association
12 Mile Lake, Hatcher Pass
Cost: $60-$350

The Valley Fine Arts Association is now twelve years old! We are growing and going strong. As a non-profit entity, our mission is to promote local artists and their work, teach art, create art and encourage fellowship among local artists, thereby promoting visual arts in the community. 

With these goals in mind we have organized the 3rd Annual Artists Retreat on September 8-10, 2017. This is an inspired retreat where artists can come together to learn from celebrated artists and each other while also enjoying the beauty of Hatcher Pass and 12 Mile Lake. Attendees will have the opportunity to join a workshop or pursue their own projects. All will enjoy gourmet meals, campfires and the chance to commune with fellow artists. The 3rd Annual Artist Retreat at 12 Mile Lake in Hatcher Pass on September 8th-10th! This retreat is designed especially for visual artists no matter where you are in your artistic journey. Outstanding and talented artists are ready to share their expertise: 

Jennifer Bowman:
Jennifer, an internationally renowned artist, will conduct a 2-day acrylic workshop. She is a master at helping artists understand light and shadow, which is vital to a successful painting. She spent two years traveling the west coast in a sailboat studying the quality of light at different latitudes. Jennifer has an impressive resume which includes a wide variety of awards. She is represented by over 180 galleries worldwide. To see more of her work visit her website at

Karen Mattson:
Karen, a long-time Alaskan, is best known for her Alaskan scenes and floral paintings. Her work is influenced by her experience as a master gardener. She is a signature member of the Alaska Watercolor Society and one of the original founders of the Valley Fine Arts Association. She has received numerous awards. Karen’s painting, “Bald Eagle”, was selected as one of the fifty finalists from the state of Alaska in the coveted Paint America competition. Karen’s work can be seen at

Earl Rider:
Earl, an accomplished self-taught plein air painter, prefers working in oil. He is an award-winning artist who won first place at the Arctic Rose Art Center and Gallery Annual Raven Show. Earl is a member of Anchorage Plein Air Painters, Alaska Artists Guild and V.F.A.A. His informative demonstrations have been a favorite with Valley Fine Arts Association members. We are excited that he is once again sharing his expertise with us. 

If you want to attend this retreat, then please visit our website,, and click the retreat button. It’s easy to join VFAA. Visit us at our website or come to one of our biweekly meetings at the Mat-Su College when we resume them in the fall. 

If you have more questions about the retreat, please call Linda at 907 982-9209 or for membership questions, contact Judy Vars, President of VFAA, at 907-355-2219.