Twice a year I get to have art shows at Midnight Sun Brewing Company in Anchorage. Once in January, and also in June. There are a couple perks to showing my oil paintings at this venue. First, I get to tap a firkin (a small keg) at 5pm of opening day to kick off the month-long show. Usually the firkin is filled with one of MSBC’s delicious brews cask-conditioned with special ingredients. For example, at my upcoming art opening this Friday, June 1st, the firkin will be Panty Peeler Belgian-style ale cask-conditioned with tequila-soaked oak spirals and lime! That sounds festive and refreshing! Another benefit of having an art show at a brewery is that every time I go there to check on the show, I order a beer, which is tax deductible!
I’ve been working on several new pieces for this show, including paintings of the Homer Harbor, a K2 plane flying by Broken Tooth Mountain, a tandem bicycle, and a 5ft x 4ft piece of birch trees that is for people who have big empty walls. I’ll be posting pictures of these paintings each day for the rest of the week on my Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter feeds.
Click here for details about the event, and please invite your friends! I hope you can be there at 5pm on June 1st to watch me tap the firkin, but if not, we’ll be there until 8pm on Friday, and my art will be on display and available for sale until July 5th.
I hope that when I tap the firkin, this happens, because a beer shower is always fun, although I don’t want to waste too much beer.
The original oil painting sold. Limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.
This original oil painting, and 52 limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.
~ by Maria Benner
We are looking for people who have big empty walls. If that’s you, or if you know someone who fits that description, let us know. We can help them fill that space with large oil paintings by Alaskan artist Scott Clendaniel. Art for your office space is tax deductible!
Here are four large oil paintings currently available. The edges are finished with oak, so they are already framed, and ready to hang. Shipping cost will depend on location.
1. Susitna Pops. Oil on panel, 5ft x 2.5ft, 2016. Click here to purchase, or contact us to view this painting in person at our studio.
2. Bluebird Day at Alyeska. Oil on panel, 5ft x 2.5ft, 2017. Click here to purchase, or contact us to view this painting in person at our studio.
3. Athena’s Owl. Oil on panel, 8ft x 4ft, 2015. Click here to purchase, or contact us to view this painting in person at our studio.
4. Birch on Birch. Oil on birch panel, 4ft x 5ft, 2018. Contact us to view this painting in person at our studio.
Thirsty Thursday is here again, and this week I painted this comical painting inspired by the late great Alaskan artist Fred Machetanz’s painting End of the Hunt. It seemed fitting considering that Monday was National Homebrew Day. The polar ice is melting and this polar bear is not helping the problem by brewing and making a bunch of steam, causing a colossal meltdown. This bruin might be floating out to sea on an iceberg, but the good news is that he will have plenty of beer assuming his wort ferments correctly despite the cold weather. This must be an iced lager, I am imagining an eisbock. This painting also references my local homebrew shop Arctic Brewing Supply. The Logo for ABS is a polar bear stirring a big kettle. The name of this piece is Bruin Brewing. The fun just doesn’t stop around here at the Real Art is Better painting studio. Cheers to this Arctic Bruin! I hope the ice holds out until his lager is done fermenting, it would be a shame if this guy’s wort were to slip into the Arctic Ocean!
This original oil painting, and limited-edition prints are available at our Etsy shop RealArtIsBetter.
Hello beer art lovers! It’s Thirsty Thursday yet again! How did the last week go by so fast? There is a sweet brewery in Eagle River, not far from Anchorage, called Odd Man Rush Brewing. The brewers there are making some pretty great beers like the coffee-infused red IPA, a new hazy IPA, as well as many other great new beers. You might ask what the name Odd Man Rush means. It is a hockey term referring to when one player is in the penalty box, which creates an odd number of players on the ice and the team with the “power play” (another hockey term referring to the team that has more players on the ice) has an opportunity to rush the goal. So there is a serious hockey theme going on at OMR Brewing. Combined with 80’s and 90’s nostalgia as well. Hockey sticks and cassette tapes along the walls create an ambiance that brings me right back to my youth. The huge scoreboard on the wall is very iconic to this brewery and sums up the aesthetic of the establishment. I painted their popular flagship brew the Enforcer IPA. I was amazed how the head on this American IPA held until I nearly finished the painting. That’s well over an hour! I would also like to mention how refreshing it was to not be drinking a NEIPA (New England IPA) for a change. There is nothing wrong with the NEIPA style, but a great West Coast IPA will always have its place in my heart. Enforcer is another hockey term, meaning a defenseman who dishes out the punishment, aggressively slamming the offense into the boards, and maybe even getting put in the penalty box for roughing. In my humble opinion, that’s a great name for this particular beer! If hockey is your game, you’ll feel right at home at this taproom. Put on the foil, these goons are making some great brews! Cheers to your victory on the ice and in the brewery!