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The Fairbanks Watercolor Society is a not-for-profit affiliate of the Fairbanks Arts
Association, and actively works to promote the role of watercolor and visual arts in
Interior Alaska. Activities and events are undertaken with the objective of providing a
variety of opportunities for members and the general public to learn, experience, and
benefit from the visual arts, thereby enhancing the quality of life in our community.


To provide an organization open to any person or group in the Interior of Alaska
interested in watercolor and water media painting by providing an opportunity for
members to:

- Learn more about the process of water media painting
- Exhibit their artwork
- Paint together in an atmosphere of friendly sharing critique
- Advance the appreciation of water media painting in Alaska.



2024 marks the 25th anniversary of the Fairbanks Watercolor Society and the 25th
Annual Water Media Show. We officially turned 25 years old in January, 2024!!!

The Fairbanks Watercolor Society was founded in January, 1999 and held their first
meeting on January 20th. The officers were Jack Taylor, President; Neville Abbott
Jacobs, Vice President; Gael Murakami, Secretary; Barbara O’Dell, Treasurer.
Fourteen hardy artists attended that first meeting despite -40 temps and ice fog. Topics
were: developing a logo, workshops, paint-ins and outs, and who was exhibiting where.
Jim Allan organized our first Annual Show at Denali State Bank, Airport Rd. Branch, in
March, 1999.

In March, 2009 the Watercolor Society celebrated it's 10 th year at the Annual Show at
New Horizons Gallery. In April. 2019 we celebrated our 20 th anniversary at the Bear
Gallery.. Since 2009 we have grown from 20 members to over a hundred members.
Our membership ranges from beginners, to professional artists, art instructors, lifelong
painters, and all from different careers, and walks of life. Creating and sharing our art
is the common thread which binds us and challenges us to do our very best work.
Exhibiting our work is how we share with, and proudly show the world what we do.


We invite our many friends, family, fans, supporters, and fellow artists to join the
Fairbanks Watercolor Society at the Bear Gallery to view and celebrate 25 years of
creating and exhibiting our art at the Bear Gallery, Friday, April 5, 5:00p-7:00p,

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