Valley Fine Arts Association Spring Art Happenings

Contributed by Judy Vars

Like springtime buds emerging from their long winters nap, VFAA artists are popping up everywhere: Wasilla, Palmer, Talkeetna and Anchorage.

Faraway and Home: Nancy Angelini Crawford
June 2-30, 2018
Espresso Cafe (across from Walmart) on the Seward Meridian Hwy. Wasilla

Award-winning artist, Nancy Angelini Crawford, will be sharing paintings from travels from around the world and from her home state of Alaska. Nancy's work has been coined as “emotional realism. She paints to share the beautiful moments she sees through an artist's eye that are often overlooked. 

Enjoy a lovely cup of coffee and travel the world. Bring a friend, be transported and see her original oil paintings, perhaps even bring one home. 

A Mixed Bag Art Show: Barb Johnson and Jessy Moreland
May 6-31, 2018   
Kaladi Brothers (by Wasilla Carrs)   

All the proceeds from this sale goes to the Erin K. Johnson Memorial Fund, Erin was killed by a predatory black bear while working for Alaska Biological Research. This endowed fund will be able to provide (in perpetuity) donations and grants to organizations and individuals aligned with the mission to get children outdoors to experience nature,  promote scientific education and to protect Alaska’s wild places. These are the values Erin cherished.

Artworks of Special Interest to Outdoorsmen, Hunters and Pilots: Jim Leach
May 1-31, 2018   
Bear Paw River Brewing Company on the Palmer-Wasilla Hwy. Wasilla

Trail Doc Artist is Dr. James B. Leach III. Dr. Leach and his wife, Annie, have lived in Alaska for over 40 years. Jim was involved with and racing sled dogs and worked with numerous sled dog races, throughout Alaska and into Russia. Jim and his wife, Annie, flew their airplane to many bush villages to hold clinics. At the time of his retirement, Jim traded his scalpel for brushes and canvas. He paints both in oils and acrylics and is a primarily self-taught artist. 

Come by and enjoy a brew and the art!

John Singer Sargent Revisited
Blaines Art Supplies on Benson Blvd. Anchorage

John Singer Sargent Revisited is an outstanding showing of 12 artists’ academic studies of Sargent’s classical masterpieces under the instruction of Diann Haist! Artists include Kurt Jacobson. By all accounts this show is not to be missed.

A Spring Fling in Willow Studio Tour: Karen Mattson Studio with Guest Potter, Sheri Mattson Brauneis                                                                     
Saturday, May 26, 2018,  10:00am to 5:00pm
Mile 66.5 Parks Hwy. Look for Signs.

Also featuring Sheri Mattson Pottery, Bonnie's Glass Studio and Carol Goltz Pottery and two other artists.  

Creation: Viviane Stevenson
Flying Squirrel Bakery, Talkeetna Spur Rd. Talkeetna

Visit Viviane’s painting world. Whimsical watercolors and oils on canvas will be on display through the beginning of June. Come enjoy Viviane’s vivid adventure into her world of colors.

7th Annual Machetanz Art Festival
June 2018

This year the featured artist is the famous Dean Larson! Other talented artists will be teaching workshops. Amongst them, two members of the Valley Fine Arts Association will be conducting a one-day workshop: June 2nd - Karen Mattson, Watercolor Techniques and Judy Vars, Encaustic Wax Techniques. For more information go online to the Machetanz Art Festival 2018.

Considering joining the VFAA???