We're pleased to feature two wonderful artists, Vonnie Gaither and Kate Goodell for the month of May! Please join us this First Friday, May 4 from 5-7 pm to take in their beautiful work and enjoy live music by musician Kenny Blackwell.
Originally from Baltimore, Maryland, painter Vonnie Gaither moved to Anchorage in 1970. Her vibrant art has been exhibited statewide in Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Girdwood. She says her dream came true when her paintings traveled beyond the borders of Alaska. She participated in a First Friday Exhibit at October Gallery in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and has exhibited at Ninth Life Gallery in St. Thomas, Virgin Islands. She also won an award in the SOHO international Art Competition in New York! Her work currently is exhibited in several local office buildings, hospitals, and galleries.
A retired CPA, Kate Goodell now explores her creative side by designing jewelry. Born and raised in Alaska, she brings a broad range of life experiences, from exploring remote locations in the Alaska wilderness to traversing Europe, Central and South America in pursuit of a greater understanding of history and culture. From early childhood she has collected rocks, shells and beach glass, developing a love for geology. Her Viking heritage led her to an enchantment with ancient wire-weaving techniques. Kate's modern designs use only the finest materials available, such as sterling silver and gold filled or gold vermeil, and incorporate hand selected precious and semi-precious stones, pearls and crystals from around the world.
Our May non-profit is Alzheimer's Resource of Alaska. Their missions is to support Alaskans affected by Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, and to ensure quality of life until a cure is found. They are committed to providing information, education support and services to frail elders, individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related disorders (ADRD) and their caregivers. Alzheimer's Resource of Alaska have served Alaskans since 1984 and works in over 200 communities statewide.
Be sure to check out their upcoming event, Amblin' for Alzheimer's, and to give generously to this important organization.