Friday, March 6, 2015

Snow art project set for March 14 at Fairbanks Experiment Farm

The Fairbanks Experiment Farm fields will be the "canvas" for a a snow drawing event for adults and teens Saturday, March 14 at 10:30 a.m. Participants 14 and up are invited to join artist Sonja Hinrichsen in creating a large-scale art project in the snow. The event is hosted by the University of Alaska Museum of the North.

Hinrichsen is an artist-in-residence at Denali National Park and Preserve. She has created snow art with community partners all over the world. Participants will need to bring snowshoes, warm layers and enough water and food to last a full, active day. A few snowshoes are available for loan from the museum’s teaching collection.

Jennifer Arseneau, the museum’s manager of education and public programs, said the museum was approached by partners at the National Park Service to work on a project that would be accessible to more people in Fairbanks. She said the timing was serendipitous, as the museum is celebrating art this month in its family programming.

“Families coming to the museum for Family Day: Art will be able to see the work in progress and witness changes throughout the afternoon. The museum's lobby windows are the perfect viewing location for the fields,” Arseneau said.

Advance registration at is required to participate.

The event is presented by the National Park Service and the UAF Agriculture and Forestry Experiment Station. "This will be a great opportunity for community members to work with an experienced artist, as well as family and friends to collaboratively create something. I love that it's outdoor art and that no one, including Sonja, knows what the end product will be,” Arseneau said.

The Denali Park artist-in-residence program has hosted more than 50 writers, composers and artists since 2002. Following a 10-day residency, each artist volunteers to lead a public outreach activity with visitors.

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