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First Friday Event

Celebrating Alaska's Beauty June 1st, 5-8pm

 Guest artist Pauline Lian of IceWorm Studio will be with us to share her process of pressed botanicals.  She have pressed flowers under glass and her flower presses with her and will explain her process.  A number of new works both small and large will be available for purchase.  

First Friday Event

Locally Made with guest artist, Ben Geisler. May 4th 5-8pm

 Join us First Friday and visit with Ben Geisler, Saddler.  He’ll bring custom Western work plus we’ll have a complete inventory of his leather shave kits, key chains, bear bells, and sleigh bells on hand for purchase.  You’ll also be able to browse our showcase of Made in Alaska, You Bet! items before our summer family and friends arrive.

First Friday Event

Time, Nature & Silk, March 2nd 5-8 pm

  Guest artist Terra Shideler will introduce her eco-dyed silk scarves.  Terra harvests from her surroundings to create unique and original dyes with alder, chokecherry, dogwood, and wild spiraea to name a few.  Listen to Terra explain her process and choose your purchase from a curated collection.  Take your pick between crepe de chine, habotai, or charmeuse silk.  Refreshments and a door prize drawing.

Taste the Difference!

 Here at the store we’re starting off the New Year with an explosion of tastes.  Our January First Friday event offers you the opportunity to taste award winning artisan balsamics and olive oils.  Our Ritrovo Selections  are all organic, aged in oak barrels and produced in Italy.  

Organic Citrus Balsamic Vinegar:  inspired by the sun-drenched lemon groves of Sorrento, this bright balsamic vinegar is a blend of lemon juice, Trebbiano white grape must, and wine vinegar.  Serving suggestions:  finish grilled or smoked salmon; drizzle on fresh garden salads; add zest to fruit or berry deserts; drizzle on ice cream; use in seafood, chicken or tofu marinades; blend in Shrubs for a Spritz or cocktail (Shrubs are a blend of fruit, sugar and vinegar, originally created during the Colonial Era to preserve fruit long after harvest. The vinegar provides a distinct tangy bite); pair with a Tuscan blend or milder extra virgin olive oil for a sunny dressing.

Organic Tomato Balsamic Vinegar:  delivers an invigorating sweet and savory flavor.  Serving suggestions:   use for tomato vinaigrette; pair with extra virgin olive oil for caprese or tomato salads; use in seafood salad; drizzle on grilled tuna, halibut or oysters; use on burgers instead of ketchup; add to tomato-based soups and stews; ideal on bruschette; add zest to Bloody Marys; drizzle on oven roasted tomatoes.

Organic Apple Balsamic Vinegar:  a combination of organic Trentino apples with organic Modena white grape must which produces a balanced “agrodolce” vinegar.  Serving suggestions:  use as a finish on pork chops; use on roasted beets; drizzle on fresh fruit and cheese plates; use on spinach salads; add to BLTs; blend with olive oils for dressings; pair with a fruity extra virgin olive oil, Dijon mustard, and Fennel & salt.

Organic Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar:  a combination of Italian raspberry juice and Trebbiano white grape must.  Serving suggestions:  use in salads with spring greens, feta cheese, fruit, and pine nuts; drizzle over grilled radicchio; use as a sauce for duck; drizzle over cheeses or yogurt; drizzle over fruit cobbler or pie; pair with a fresh mint-infused olive oil for an exotic dressing; pair with a milder extra virgin olive oil for vinaigrettes.

Enjoy.  I wish you healthy eating in the New Year!

 

First Friday Event

Taste the Difference, January 5th, 5-8 pm

 Join us for a special tasting of artisan balsamics.  One organic balsamic we’ll be sampling received the sofi Silver Award for Outstanding USDA Certified Product.  It is a great time of year to plan delicious meals and focus on healthy living. 

We will also discount our sale items an additional 10% during our First Friday event from 5 to 8.  That means you save 50% on all items in our after holiday sale.

First Friday Event

Celebrating Handmade Books November 3rd, 5-8 pm

3E0FD4BD-3A32-46F2-A887-84D1104C8B5FJoin us First Friday for our annual celebration of books handmade by members of the Northwoods Book Arts Guild.  Books will be on display and for purchase.  From 5:30 to 6:15 Susan Campbell will demonstrate Japanese Binding; from 6:15 to 7, Linda Adamson will demonstrate Meditative Drawing, and from 7 to 7:45  Mary Baarbaer Maisch will demonstrate Art Journals.

First Friday Event

Bandhani--A Time Honored Tradition

The Khatri Brothers ScarvesJoin us First Friday as we bring you a collection of silk scarves crafted by The Khatri Brothers of western India and curated from the International Folk Art Market.  Abduljabbar and Abdullah Khatri use vegetable dyes in their work, thus involving their friends and community members in their process of making art.  They’ve received the UNESCO Award of Excellence for their work.  Sign up for a door prize and enjoy refreshments as we herald in September in Interior Alaska.

First Friday Event

Celebrating Handmade Books, Friday November 6, 5-8pm

Celebrating Handmade Books 1Join us First Friday as we feature work by members of the Northwoods Book Arts Guild. Guild members will provide demonstrations of book binding techniques throughout the evening. All featured work will be available for purchase. We are pleased to offer the guild an opportunity to showcase their fine work and introduce the larger Fairbanks community to book arts. Refreshments and a door prize drawing.

First Friday Event

Handmade Cards, Friday March 2, 5-8 p.m.

Join us First Friday as we feature guest artist Connie Stricks with her handcrafted greeting cards.? Hand painted, handcrafted, and one of a kind, these cards provide you with?original art at reasonable prices.? Connie’s cards are beautiful framed or for their intended use in correspondence.? Come by and talk with her about what inspires her and choose from a wide selection.? We’ll serve refreshments and have a door prize drawing.