Hi! We just recently wrapped up our Finally Friday Paint & Stitch Get-togethers! Jake and I have been hosting these gatherings all winter long and now will take a summer break and come back in October. Every month, on the 2nd & 4th Friday evenings, people from the community who share common painting & stitching interests gathered at the Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center, downtown 5th Ave, Anchorage, Alaska. It’s a beautiful Art Gallery and so cozy in the back where we meet. Thank you Jana for letting us get together there! So Jake’s (Kurt) the painter and I”m the stitcher.
Our First Gathering
It’s been a lot of hard work but soooo much fun and rewarding! Almost every gathering we’ve had different people come and join us along with a small core group that formed. We also have a potluck and that has been really nice because we start at 6pm and many come straight from work and we all share our goodies together while unwinding from the hectic week. We all share our talents too and I’ve learned so much and made friends.
I saw painters who started as beginners become experienced and awesome painters! I saw crocheters who began to knit! I saw friendships develop and blossom! I’ve known some of the people for a long time but got to know them better. The buzz was always “what are we going to bring to eat and work on this week?” I saw the excitement each time we all came together, excited to share and learn. I have a hard time around people (I fake it pretty good) but everyone made each other comfortable and was accepting of each other. Even though we were all different ages, we were like one big family! It was so wonderful to experience that! I love each one of them.
We even shared things that we made, like I bought a beautiful pair of earrings from Cathe! And Nicole brought handmade felted soap! Jan and Joni bought some of Jake’s paintings and Angie showed her cute crocheted baby onesie & hat sets along with her Angry Bird hats she sold at Christmas. We all watched Sarah work on her darling crocheted mushroom until she completed it. Funny, I never did really complete anything because I always got side tracked looking at everyone else’s projects:)
The last Friday the stitchers convinced me to show them how to locker hook and before I knew it I had a FULL class! I honestly wasn’t prepared for a class….thought it was just going to be a demo! But everyone, having stitching experience whether it was knitting, crochet, tatting, felting, weaving, embroidery, jewelry, sewing, and etc. all caught on fast. It was a great class and I am so proud of them:)
I know we are going to miss our Friday gatherings but it always seems that when spring & summer come we all are out doing other things. In Alaska we take advantage of the good weather! But we will all come together again in October and share more projects, fun, food, laughter, and friendships. Hope everyone has a great summer and Jake and I can’t wait to see you in October!
Hi! The Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center has officially moved from L St. and reopened its doors on 423 5th Ave, Anchorage, and I was there! It was absolutely fabulous! We had a great turnout for the event and everyone was amazed at the transformation of the store. The first Friday of each month, galleries and cafes downtown feature different artists and art shows and a lot of them are within walking distance. We had old friends, other artists, and tourists stop by, which was really fun! For our first friday’s “First Friday” we featured all the artists in our store! It was awesome! I brought in my quilt rack and hung two large crocheted rag rugs.
Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center opened its doors
The front of the store is our Gallery (I’m on the right behind desk) …………
The Gallery at Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center
………And the “Sled Dog Cafe”, is in the back of the store where we have tables & chairs, couch, and comfy chairs by a fireplace. We sell coffee and cookies which goes to support our classes and events. Our cafe motto is “Stop. Sit. Eat a cookie”! The Sled Dog Cafe is where we hang our “First Friday’s” featured art and lay out food and drink. The art will stay there for the month until the next “First Friday”.
Sled Dog Cafe at Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center
Our store also features the Jon Van Zyle Museum, which is in the back of the store next to the Sled Dog Cafe (door on the left in above photo). Jon Van Zyle is a well known and respected artist who paints beautiful Alaskan art and the Iditorod and has ran & completed TWO Iditorod races. He also is the official artist for the Iditorod Poster, which comes out every year. They are awesome! He has illustrated many, many Alaskan books. He and his wife, Jona, live in Anchorage, Alaska, with their dogs (and cats).
Jon Van Zyle, at “Jon Van Zyle Museum” in Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center
It was a fabulous and successful evening and we are already getting ready for next month’s “First Friday” which will also be our “official” GRAND OPENING of Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center, featuring Jon Van Zyle! He will be there, so write this on your calenders…….July 6, 2012.
Hi! Our new adventure begins! Our goal was to paint, remodel, put up track lights, and OPEN the Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center by May 16, 2012 and feature local artists work and the famous Alaskan Artist, Jon Van Zyle.
The building used to be a t-shirt shop and had been vacant a number of years. What an absolute mess!! Dark walls and ceilings are not good for art work so everything had to be painted white. The Sled Dog Cafe’s ceilings had to be black because we needed to cover up big pipes on the ceiling. A new sink for the bathroom was donated and the walls in the cafe were spay painted with “texture”. They put in a door in the back for security and redid door knobs. They also had someone come in and install dark film on the front windows to protect the art work. I helped with the front display windows. Soooooo many people donated things and their time and so much hard work!
Jake is Painting My Slat Wall
Jake and I are now part of the co-op and we get 10 feet of wall. Jake takes 8 feet and I get 2 feet 🙂 And I’m very excited because I get to work in the store, which is so much fun!
My Little Space-After Painting!
Jake’s Space-After Painting!
The transformation was TRULY AMAZING!!
Sled Dog Cafe-Before!
Sled Dog Cafe-After!
Arctic Rose Gallery and Art Center is located on 5th Ave, downtown Anchorage, across from the 5th Ave Mall and between two well know and respected Alaskan restaurants (Club Paris and Gingers). YES, in the heart of the city where tourists love to hang out.
Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center will offer art, events, classes, and be involved with the community. And………we will be right downtown for the start of the Iditarod Sled Dog Race! So Awesome!
Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center Opens 5-16-2012
WE DID IT! We opened May 16, 2012!
(The official grand opening will be July 6, 2012)
Hi! Since I last talked to you, Jake and I were invited to a special meeting. There were about 10 of us and the owner of Artic Rose Gallery and the Firefly Co-op presented a fantastic idea to us. She wants to blend the two stores into one large co-op store and call it “Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center”. It will be a beautiful professional art gallery for talented local artists (like Jake) as well as FIBER ART (me!), pottery, jewelry, “Mush Girls” t-shirts, beading, photography, etc., AND will feature the art and a museum by Jon Van Zyle (THE most famous Alaskan Artist who also completed The Iditarod Sled Dog Race two times!). He is the “official artist” for the yearly Iditarod Posters! What an honor! Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center will offer art, events, classes, and be involved with the community.
My first reaction to the idea of a co-op was pure JOY, but suddenly my mind went back to those horrible days I spent after I joined a co-op years ago. But the location, location, location got me really excited because it will be in this huge building on 5th Ave, downtown Anchorage, across from the 5th Ave Mall! WOW! In the heart of the city where tourists love to hang out 🙂 And maybe I would get to work in the store…….I loved that part of it. We knew pretty much everyone at the meeting and all are trusted and well known people. It is the “PEOPLE” of a co-op who can make it or break it (speaking from personal experience). So I swallowed my bad memories and kept on listening.
Now Jake (Kurt Jacobson) has never had his “own store” where he can hang his choice of art. He has been in art galleries. An art gallery “co-op” is different. I thought it would be perfect for him and I could be involved in a small way too. So we both said, “let’s do it!”………and that’s what I’ve been doing! Our NEW ADVENTURE begins! We open May 16 after we paint and totally remodel the inside.
Our New Adventure!