For a short time it seemed we'd zipped right through Autumn into Winter, with early frosts in August and then snow that seemed to want to stick in mid-September. Thankfully, it has warmed up a bit, so now we have time to batten down for the cold that's coming.
The turning of the seasons always brings a little sadness, and this year the passing of Summer was especially poignant as it saw the closing of New Horizons Gallery in downtown Fairbanks. A 30-year community fixture, New Horizons nurtured many a young and developing artist, including myself, always with kindness and great appreciation for the work. I miss my frequent visits to the gallery terribly.
Although New Horizons is gone, don't forget that you can still find my jewelry in Fairbanks at The Artworks on College Road and at The Magic Carpet in Chena Pump Plaza. I'll also be sending out a fresh batch of stuff to Fireweed Gallery in Homer within the next two weeks, and if you're in Anchorage, stop by Portfolio and ask to see my things.
New seasons also bring new opportunities, and this year I decided it's finally time to venture into one of Fairbanks' biggest holiday arts venues, the Holiday Marketplace at the Carlson Center. This is a huge 3-day show (November 13-15), and I'm really excited about it. I'll also be at the University Women's Bazaar on Saturday, November 7. At the moment, these are the only two holiday shows I plan to do, so if there's a gift you'd like for someone special and you can't make it to those or to the stores and galleries, please be sure to get in touch.
After a few more outdoor chores, I'll be "chained to my bench," working away — and quite happily, too. When it's too cold to play outside for very long, it's the perfect temperature to stay indoors and play with fire and metals.