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A Chat with Victoria Peterson of Canvas Cafe'

To start, this post is going to be different from our usual interview format. I chatted a bit with Victoria Peterson of Canvas Cafe' and she shared a bunch of great info with me. Instead of the interview, I'm going to break it down here in sections, starting with an intro/bio. Here we go!



Introduction


Victoria is a born and raised Alaskan. She creates her art in the Mat-Su Valley where she's also been teaching art to the community since 2009 and raising a family. You can find her playing in paint weekly at her classes for those who are differently-abled, at private art parties, and teaching elementary students art at Iditarod Elementary School. Most recently, the art she creates is a combination of stains, such as coffee mixed with watercolor and ink on paper, and focuses on adventure themes and Alaskan subjects. She also loves to experiment with wood mediums, watercolor and ink, and fluid spray painting. She plans on expanding her entrepreneurial ventures this summer with the release of hand foraged earth and plant-based paints!



With a passion for creative community connections, Victoria aims to inspire and encourage a culture of identity and belonging through creativity by bringing attention to the natural beauty of Alaskan wildlife, nature, and its people.


Exhibition History


Victoria has an extensive exhibition history! I won't share them all here, but I'll list out her five most recent. :)


• January 2017, Solo Art Show, Bear Paw River Brewing Company, Wasilla, AK


• November 2016, Solo Art Show (Anchorage First Friday Art Walk), Heart of the City, Anchorage, AK


• October 2016, Solo Art Show (Anchorage First Friday Art Walk), Midnight Sun Café’, Anchorage, AK


• August 2016, Solo Art Show "Urban Alaska" (Anchorage First Friday Art Walk), Snow City Café’, Anchorage, AK


• June-July 2016, Solo Art Show & Student Collaborative Art unveiling for the grand opening, Hearts & Hands of Care Cafe', Wasilla AK



Awards


In May of 2016, she won third place in the ShuzyQ BucketFeet Design Contest!


Volunteer Work


Victoria has been a book launch team member for "Girl, Stop Apologizing" by #1 New York Times Best Selling author, Rachel Hollis, for "The Gift That I Can Give" by Kathy Lee Gifford, and several more!


She also volunteers within the community at Blood-n-Fire of Alaska to help serve the homeless and addict population.



I want to thank Victoria for being a part of The Bear Box and for her amazing bookmarks. If you want to have a fun paint night, definitely check out the Canvas Cafe' on Facebook! You can also get in touch with her by phone, 907-775-6960; by email, thecanvascafe@yahoo.com; or Instagram if you'd like to commission something. Prices are $1.00 per square inch.

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