"Caribou Night" by Jennifer Moss

"Caribou Night" by Jennifer Moss will become the 2015 KUAC Poster. Photo courtesy KUAC

FAIRBANKS — “Caribou Night” by Alaska artist Jennifer Moss will be KUAC’s 2015 poster.

The artwork was selected from three finalists, by nearly 750 online votes.

“I love that you can put it in a kid’s room or in a living room,” said Emily Berriochoa, of KUAC.

KUAC invited artists to submit poster contenders and 43 potential posters were received.

KUAC recently changed the selection process. Instead of a committee choosing the winner, it chose the top three.

“The public took it from there,” Berriochoa said. “It was more of a community engagement effort.”

The committee that whittled down the submissions included local residents, artists, KUAC stakeholders and a UAF graphic artist.

Choosing only three from the pile of potential posters was not always easy, she said. Some of the submissions were fantastic but not suitable for a KUAC poster, she added.

The youngest artist to submit artwork was younger than 10 years old, she said.

A poster signing is scheduled for noon to 4 p.m. March 7 at Well Street Art Gallery.

The original artwork uses gouache and graphite on Yupo paper.

Gouache is an opaque watercolor paint. It can be applied in solid colors, allowing the artist to paint in layers from dark to light.

Yupo is 100 percent recyclable, waterproof, tree-free synthetic paper.

The artist said she is “deeply inspired by the long dark winters in Alaska, as the provide a blank canvas for the imagination where anything can lurk. Color in this landscape, although subtle, is alive and takes on great importance, an invigorating reminder of the immediacy of living.”

Scholarship program

It’s that time of year for high school seniors to apply for college scholarships.

The Fairbanks Retired Teachers’ Association offers five scholarships for graduating seniors in the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

These include: two scholarships worth $1,000 each; two Don DeWitt scholarships worth $2,500 each; and one Lois Meier scholarship worth $1,500.

Applications are available at all local high school counseling offices. They are due April 15. 

Latecomers will not be considered.

Applications also are available at http://akfrta.weebly.com.

Ravonna Martin

Ravonna Martin’s piece was successfully performed at the Lincoln Center in New York City last weekend.

Suzanne Summerville contacted me to point out some important information I didn’t know when I first wrote about this special event.

According to Summerville, Martin is also the composer of the “Fairbanks North Star Borough song.”

Martin also wrote “The Velveteen Rabbit,” which has been performed by a youth group and most recently by Opera Fairbanks.

Time for peonies

All that returning daylight makes me think about flowers and gardening. I’m not the only one.

The Alaska Peony Growers Association 2015 Winter Conference will be held Jan. 30-31 at the Westmark Hotel and Conference Center in Fairbanks.

This year, there are special sessions both before and after the conference as well.

Peony experts will speak at the conference, from all over Alaska, the Lower 48 and even one from Europe.

See www.alaskapeonyconference.com for more information.

Honor guard rifle

Jennie Ohlund, of Healy, may have found an honor guard rifle for the talent portion of the Distinguished Young Women of Alaska Scholarship Competition.

She has expertise in color guard maneuvers, but needed one of the special rifles to pursue that as her talent.

After her story appeared in my Wednesday column, she was contacted by a North Pole resident, who told her he was retired from Air Force Honor Guard. He plans to give her the special rifle in Fairbanks this weekend.

There were a couple other offers of help as well.

I love this giving quality of people who live in Interior Alaska.

Contact community editor and columnist Kris Capps at kcapps@newsminer.com, in the office at 459-7546 or by cell at 322-6334. Follow her on Twitter: @FDNMKris.