Artist Opportunity! Mark Your Calendar!

Contributed by Michelle Cornelius

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

VFAA will be offering its 3rd annual three day artist retreat. This time, at Hatcher Pass in early September 2017.

They will be offering three great mini-workshops to choose from. You may sign up for one, two or three of the workshops offered by the renowned artist/instructors listed below.  Or just relax and enjoy the wonderful facility, food, friends and all the panoramic views that will inspire the plein air artist in you!

Contact Linda Peters at 907-982-9209, or register online at

You can also stop by a VFAA meeting every other Friday at Matsu College, 2pm-7pm, room 212 to pick up a registration form.

 Guest Instructors/Artists:


•    Jennifer Bowman 2-Day Workshop Acrylic Artist - 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:



•    Karen Mattson 2-Day Workshop Watercolor Artist - 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 50 finalists from the state of Alaska in the coveted Paint America competition. Karen’s work can be seen at



•    Earl Rider 1-Day Workshop Oil Artist - 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.