First Friday art show exhibits beauty of the Alaskan winter

Alisha Drumm/Sun Star Reporter
October 9, 2012

The First Friday art show for October was held in the UAF Geodata center where UAF students, faculty and Fairbanks locals displayed their ice inspired art work for public viewing.  Many of the artists  featured were photographers. Their photographs were taken while traveling to some of the most remote parts of Alaska.

Zebulon Maharray, a graduate student at the Geophysical Institute was the featured artist for the first time at this month’s event. Maharray’s photo “Southern Chugiak Mountains ice damned glacial lake” was taken when he took a trip for the Alaska Earthquake Information Center. “I took a trip with the AEIC in August, where we were able to see Alaska from a helicopter. I was able to have a birds eye view of everything, and saw an opportunity for an incredible photo when we were flying over the mountains,” said Maharray.

Two other photographers featured were Adam and Julie Hughes. Adam and Julie have worked with photography for over 15 years, but just started to take their photography seriously in the last year. Adam and Julie had three photographs exhibited for this First Friday show that depicted the natural beauty of Barrow.

“I went up to Barrow for a week with the Coast Guard. I had to take advantage of one of the few days it was clear out, so I drove up and down the coast line, and the way that the sun was shining on the iceberg and water was a perfect photo opportunity,” Adam Hughes said.

Some of the featured artists were able to exhibit the raw beauty of  Fairbanks winter as well.

Colby Wright, a long time photographer and student in the Department of Geology and Geophysics, was another featured artist who captured the often overlooked simple beauty of winter in Alaska. “It was close to break up time, and the temperature was starting to rise when I took this photo. I saw the icicles outside of my cabin beginning to melt, and had a sudden photographic urge,”  Wright said.

The ice inspired theme of October’s First Friday art show certainly shined through last Friday in the Geodata center thanks to these artists and all of the other artists who were featured this month. The featured artists communicated  the beauty that is always in sight in Alaska winters through their artwork.

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