FAIRBANKS — There are two important openings in Fairbanks today.
Actually they are re-openings.
The New Horizons Art Gallery downtown on First Avenue is re-opening today through Saturday with a selection of paintings by Sandy Jamieson and bronze work by Frank Entsminger. The two of them came to Alaska together 50 years ago from Montana. I’ll have more on that in Friday’s paper.
Jamieson is known for Alaska paintings with a whimsical message. “In Flight Meals” and “Dog’s Life” are his two newest creations. He will have a selection of about a dozen originals, numerous prints, books, cards and T-shirts.
The show is open from noon to 6:30 p.m. today, noon to 8 p.m. Friday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday.
The other re-opening of note is at 2034 Airport Way.
Mary Reece will have the lights and doors open at the old Touch of Gold jewelry store today through Monday. Proceeds from the five-day sale will benefit the PTA of Anne Wien Elementary School.
Several local businesses are signed up to sell at the store with all commissions going to the PTA.
She said the selection includes baked goods, furniture, quilted bags from The Bag Ladies of Fairbanks, fine jewelry, costume jewelry, jewelry repairs and kitchen supplies.
In addition, Mary and her daughter, Delaney, will have custom jewelry, diamonds and “several last-minute gift ideas.”
About five years ago Reece closed the store because she had young children and she wanted to devote her energy to a new career — teaching elementary school.
“Although I miss my store and the customers who became my friends, I have never regretted closing my store and trading my days as a jeweler and business owner for a life of ABC’s and 123’s,” she said. “It is a dream job as far as I’m concerned. I have been so lucky to have had two careers that I enjoy immensely.”
Reece is the head of the PTA at Anne Wien. Her son, William, is a fifth-grader there and she hopes the five-day sale will bring in enough to allow the PTA to move forward with new playground equipment.
For this special cause, A Touch of Gold is to open from 4-7 p.m. today and Friday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday.
Delaney also plans to help out, though she will have to be at the Hap Ryder Riverfront Theatre Friday and Saturday evening.
The Fairbanks Drama Association production of “Charlotte’s Web” is being held over for two additional shows, Friday and Saturday at 8:15 p.m. She plays the part of a sheep.
WRAP IT UP: The Interior Alaska Cancer Association will wrap gifts at Barnes & Noble today from 3-6 p.m. as a fundraiser.
ONE EARTH: All over the world people are gathering at 1 p.m. Alaska time to sing a special song of joy. Local observances of the “One Earth. One Voice” event Friday will take place at 1 p.m. at the Morgan Bursiel yoga studio on Gillam Way as well as at St. Raphael’s Catholic Church, on the Old Steese Highway just past Hagelbarger Road. Lyrics will be available for those who want to celebrate.
My friend Betty Johnson said the event reminds her of how the walls of Jericho “came tumbling down” when they were encircled by voices of rejoicing. She said the “wall of evil around the Earth is bigger, but not nearly as large as the sound of the many voices of joy that will encircle it at 1 p.m. Alaska time Friday.”
Dermot Cole can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or
459-7530. Follow him on Twitter: @FDNMdermot.