Boreal forests focus of First Friday art show

Release Date: 
Thursday, March 28, 2013

The September leaves of boreal trees in Gail Priday’s backyard swirled in a mass of orange against the gray sky. 

The image is now captured in Priday’s oil painting, called “Backyard,” which will be one of the many artworks featured in “Views of the Boreal Forest,” a First Friday art show.

“The subject matter of the boreal forest is so limitless to me,” Priday, a fine arts graduate student at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. “I could never run out of things to paint.”

The First Friday art show will showcase the various ways Alaskans are inspired by the taiga on April 5, 2013 on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus. The show will run from 5 to 7 p.m. in room 204 of the Akasofu Building.

Extending in a broad band across the top of Earth, the boreal forest is found in North America and Eurasia. In Alaska, the boreal forest comprises most of the state, so it’s characteristic spruces and birches are firmly planted in local iconography. 

Including artwork in a variety of media, the show will feature works from Interior artists, scientists and photographers, as well as satellite imagery from the Geographic Information Network of Alaska. 

Staff at the GeoData Center and Map Sales at the Geophysical Institute have organized “Views of the Boreal Forest” and selected all of the featured artwork. This is the office’s third First Friday event since 2012. The GI and the International Arctic Research Center sponsor this show.

All ages are welcome. Parking is free after 5 p.m. on campus.


Amy Hartley, GI information officer, at 907-474-5823 or via email
GeoData Center and Map Sales, at 907-474-6166 or via email at


NOTE TO EDITORS: High-resolution images of artwork are available upon request.


IMAGE CAPTION/CREDIT: Gail Priday, an Alaskan artist, was invited to include her oil painting, "Backyard," to the coming art show. This painting and others will be featured in "Views of the Boreal Forest" to debut on April 5, 2013 in room 204 of the Akasofu Building on the UAF campus.