Alaska Art

Who We Are


The Valley Fine Arts Association formed in early 2005 to create art, teach techniques, and encourage fellowship among visual artist in the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. We strive to promote a supportive attitude toward visual arts in our Alaskan community.

We welcome beginners, students, part-time and professional artists who focus on two-dimensional art mediums and want to connect with other creative people and gain more exposure locally.
Throughout the year, we inform our members about opportunities to show their work, participate in group events, view other local artists, and enroll in workshops. During the school year, we organize regular sessions for painting together and host monthly artist demonstrations at Mat-Su College.

Membership in the Valley Fine Arts Association provides many diverse opportunities for artists. Check our website calendar for upcoming events.

General Info:

Paint Togethers
Come to our winter open paint sessions on the 1st and 3rd Fridays from 5pm-9pm at the
Mat-Su College, room 212 FSM Building  2 on Trunk Road. This is a great excuse to set aside time for painting and fellowship with other artists in the community. Check the  website calendar.

Learn techniques and get valuable information from local artists once a month at a scheduled paint-together. Demo topics are posted on the calendar.

In addition to passing on information about workshops and classes held at Mat-Su College, VFAA strives to host at least one workshop per year. Our workshops feature a guest artist and will offer a discounted price to VFAA members.

Artist Shows
VFAA Members can sign up to participate in one of the VFAA group shows that take place throughout the year. Advertising can be done individually and through the VFAA member list.

Community Events
As a member of VFAA there are a multitude of other opportunities that will allow the beginning or seasoned artist to get their work out in the community and take part in artist gatherings. VFAA passes along information regarding artist calls, workshops, and festivals in Alaska.

                                     Current Members

Board Of Directors:

Click on their names to email them

President : Michelle Cornelius
Vice President: Roxanne Kopischke
Secretary: Carolyn Hayes
Treasurer: Maria McKiernan
 Director : Terry Phillips
 Director : Diane Paoletti
Historian: Cathy Poppert
Publicity Coordinator: Judy Vars


Linda Peters, Retreat Coordinator

Michelle Cornelius, ART show coordinator

Michelle Cornelius, Publicity coordinator

Maria Mckiernan,Venues coordinator in Wasilla

Martha Happs, Venues coordinator in Palmer

Marge Acree
Gail Aldridge
Susan Barrier
Kathleen Benner
Peggy Benson
Denise Broussard
Linda Buness
Laurie Cartwright
Rusty Clark
Michelle Cornelius
Karen Crandall
Nancy Angelini Crawford
Romie Deschamps
Felicia Desimini
Jerry P. Edwards
Suzanne Bach Edwards
Carolyn Ettinger
Melissa Eyemann
Glenda Field
Steffan J. Frommer
Bernice  Gregory
Amy Gustafson
Martha Happs
Melinda (Sue) Hemmer
Rose Hendrickson
Barbara Howard
Barbara Hunt
Kasandra James
Eileen Johnson
Patricia Jones
Taffina Katkus
Roxann Kopischke
Jim Leach
Francine Long
Karen Mattson
Mary McIntosh
Maria McKiernan
Diane Meekin
Gail Moses
Gina Murrow
Alice Palen
Terry  Phillips
Diane Paoletti
Linda Peters
Jule Petersen
Marlene Petersen
Victoria Peterson
Cathy Poppert
Panthea Redwood
Kevin Reeves
Beth Stohl Reiland
Bernd Richter
Earl Rider
Carol Welty Roper
Erin Saunders
Francine Sedovic
Penelope Senta
Susan Sinclair
Peggy  Smith
Dick  Sloan
Sue  Sloan
Viviane Stevenson
Carol Warren
Carey Werlein
Goldie Vacendak
Judy Vars
Carey Werlein
Ursula Zimmer