The Fairbanks Arts Association has announced several events coinciding with First Friday.

In July, the Bear Gallery is transformed by the Elements Artist Group and their exhibit “DENALI: Artists Respond to Music Inspired by Wilderness,” featuring 18 works made in response to original chamber music composed in the Denali National Park back country. The Elements Artist Group works in a variety of media, each member creating their personal response to the music; the resulting exhibit was curated by Margo Klass and is on view in the Bear Gallery through the month of July. The opening reception is 5-7 p.m. Friday.

The artists will also host a talk at 7 p.m. Monday about the process of creating their works. The talk is 7 p.m. Monday, also in Bear Gallery.

On the literary front, the arts association is hosting author Neville Abbott Jacobs at 7 p.m. Saturday to talk about her new works.

In her book “Master on the Mountain,” Jacobs takes her readers on the spiritual journey she took to find herself and a deeper understanding of the world. Closely connected to Buddhism, Neville tells of a two-year period between 1977 and 1979 that changed her life. She will take her audience on a recollection of this journey with her, to share the experiences she has made along the way and across the world.

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