2016 Biographies — Visual Arts

Nancy Angelini Crawford

Nancy Angelini Crawford

Oil, Pastel, Watercolor, plein air and studio

Nancy Angelini Crawford is primarily a self taught artist. After residing in Wasilla, Alaska for over 30 years she began taking local watercolor classes and then moved on to study oil painting under contemporary masters such as Kevin McPherson, David Gallup, Michelle Dunaway and others. Angelini teaches pastel and oil workshops both studio and plein air. Her artwork has won local and national awards and has shown in juried events across the country as well as numerous solo shows. From coast to coast, and North to South, Alaskan artist, Nancy Angelini Crawford captures moments in life. Warm winter light or the twinkle in an eye, her sensitive work stirs emotions and memories. Alaska's beautiful scenery, her past by the sea, and travels are inspirations for her work.


Judi Betts

Judi Betts

Watercolor

Judi Betts AWS, NWS has authored two award winning books: Watercolor … Let’s Think About It! and Painting … a Quest toward Xtraord!nary. Internationally recognized, she is an experienced painter with over 150 awards in traditional watercolor and experimental techniques. Judi’s paintings are featured in more than 35 books. For 50 years, she’s taught painting workshops worldwide. Judi received the Louisiana Governor’s Award for Professional Artists and Watercolor USA Honor Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award. Recently, she was selected to participate in Invitational Exhibitions of Contemporary International Watermedia Masters in China. Creating watercolors that “sparkle” is her trademark, “magical shapes” are her specialty.


Rachel Clark

Rachel Clark

Wearable Art

A contemporary folk artist, Rachel is a teacher and lecturer who comes from a long line of sewers. She has been creating wearable art since 1973 and teaching on the national circuit since 1990. Eclectic fabric mixes, vibrant designs, and a keen sense of humor characterize Rachel's work. While her garments and quilts can be whimsical, political or a personal statement they always reflect her love of traditional quilt making. She has done many one-woman shows around the country and her work has been featured in various gallery shows, magazines such as Threads, and on HGTV's Simply Quilts. Rachel has also designed her own pattern line: RDKC Patterns. Having cooled her affair with beige and chartreuse, right now, Rachel is now spending time with the color turquoise, African fabrics and vintage patterns.


Margaret Donat

Margaret Donat

Jewelry

After earning a BFA in Jewelry Design and a BA in Art Education at University of Idaho, Margaret came to Alaska in 1983 for a 2 year adventure. 33 years later, she is still in Alaska with no plans to leave. Margaret taught art in Fairbanks schools for many years and retired to become a founding member of Two Street Gallery, a local artist cooperative. Her watercolors and kiln-formed glass works are always on display there and have been exhibited in several solo and group exhibitions. Margaret loves teaching art and is excited to introduce you to glass as a wonderful medium to express yourself whether you feel like you are an artist or not.


Jill Marshall

Jill Marshall

Graphic Design

Jill Marshall came to Alaska in 1975 for a three month stay that never ended. She has successfully taught hundreds of students how fun watercolor can be. A gifted teacher, Jill uses innovative methods to help you develop the artist within you and have a great time doing it!


Debbie Mathews

Debbie Mathews

Glass

Debbie has worked with stained glass since 1974, and has accomplished many projects over the years. After moving to Fairbanks and finding no place to buy glass, she felt the need to have stained glass re-introduced. Debbie opened Expressions in Glass in April of 1992.


Tom Nixon

Tom Nixon

Watercolor and Drawing

Tom Nixon teaches watercolor and drawing privately in his studio in Hamilton Acres. He and his wife Nelda travel throughout the state in the summer months; painting and making new friends. They both are active members of the Fairbanks Watercolor Society where he served for several years as President. Favorite quote: “One form of art feeds another.” author unknown.


Todd Paris

Todd Paris

Photography

Todd is the Photo Manager for UAF's Marketing and Communications office. A 35-year resident of Alaska, he is an avid and accomplished digital photographer. Besides teaching a photography course, Todd will be taking photos during the two weeks for publication on the FSAF website and for use in Festival promotional material. His photos are available for purchase online during and after the Festival at www.parispub.smugmug.com.


Susan Joy Share

Susan Joy Share

Book art

Susan Joy Share is an artist, bookbinder and performer. She has exhibited, taught and performed internationally and across the US. Her artwork is in numerous collections including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Museum of Women in the Arts and the Anchorage Museum. She has created public artwork for Anchorage’s 1% for Art Program and received grants from the Rasmuson Foundation and the Alaska State Council on the Arts.


Leslie Shirah

Leslie Shirah

Papermaking, mold making, felting

Leslie Shirah is a professional artist and educator living in Columbus, Georgia. She received her MFA in sculpture from East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina. Resourcing local natural materials, papermaking, and the connection to personal memories influence the direction of her work. Leslie has exhibited her work nationally and is a contributing artist to the School of Art and Design at East Carolina University’s permanent collection. She has lead workshops in both papermaking and ceramics and presented at the Sculpture Consortium of North Carolina in 2009. Leslie is currently teaching Upper School Art at Brookstone School.


Sandra Westcott

Sandra Westcott

Zentangle

Sandra is a Certified Zentangle Teacher. She teaches basic and advanced Zentangle workshops in Alaska and Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her work has been exhibited in group shows and solo shows in Fairbanks and published in The Beauty of Zentangle, Zentangle 5, and Paper and Ink Arts blog. She is fond of telling her students “If it doesn’t move, it can be tangled.”


Vladimir Zhikhartsev

Vladimir Zhikhartsev

Watercolor

Vladimir was born and received his fine art education in Russia, specializing in watercolor, acrylic and oil painting. A Professional artist, he has had numerous exhibitions in Russia and 14 solo exhibitions in various galleries in Alaska. As a Plein Air artist and recipient of the 2008 Rasmuson Foundation Artist Fellowship Award, he travels and paints Alaska from Ketchikan to Dutch Harbor. Vladimir is also well-known as a 15 times Gold Medal winner in International Ice Sculpture Championships around the World. A resident of Alaska since 1996, he has been teaching ice sculpture classes in winter and watercolor painting workshops throughout Alaska in the summertime.


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