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Fur Rondy and Iditarod Open Studio Events – A Tradition at Real Art Is Better

We’ve had our studio inside the 4th Avenue Market Place for almost five years now, and each year during the Fur Rondy winter festival, and the Iditarod race start we’ve been turning the studio into a pop-up gallery, and opening our doors to the public.  The studio has large windows facing north, with a great view of the carnival.  Yesterday the carnival rides showed up in the parking lot across the street, which means the festivities are right around the corner!

Carnival rides getting set up in a snow storm.

The timing of the winter festival is perfect.  By late February, most Alaskans are fed up with winter, and start experiencing cabin fever.  The best cure is to head downtown to watch sled dog races, outhouse races, check out snow sculptures, ride a couple carnival rides, and maybe even participate in the blanket toss.  There are so many activities starting Feb. 28.  Here’s a link to the entire schedule.

The Real Art Is Better studio will be open both weekends.  Stop by to warm up, enjoy freshly-baked cookies, and check out the view.  We’re inside the 4th Avenue Market Place in Suite 4, which is in the NW corner if you walk in from 4th Avenue.  333 W 4th Avenue.

Open Studio Hours:

Saturday, February 29, 11am – 5pm

Sunday, March 1, 11am – 3pm

Saturday, March 7, 10am – 6pm

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Year of Beer Paintings – Day 13

On the fourth day of AK Beer Week and the 13th day of Year of Beer paintings, I painted a steel growler from La Bodega’s growler bar full of Kassik’s Moose Point Porter.  La Bodega is my favorite growler filling station and bottle shop in Anchorage, and now there is a La Bodega store in Girdwood!  The steel growler with an easy-capper swing arm is great!  When I brush and sterilize it with cleanser that I buy at Arctic Brewing Supply, I can fill that growler and keep it unopened for weeks, and the beer will stay perfectly good.

The original painting sold. You can purchase a limited-edition print at my Etsy Shop.

Year of Beer 01.13, Moose Point Porter from Kassik's Brewery in a La Bodega steel growler. Oil on panel, 8"x10".

Year of Beer 01.13, Moose Point Porter from Kassik’s Brewery in a La Bodega steel growler. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.