Visual Artist Somer Hahm
photography credit to Grace Wilson of Our2Cents Inc.
I’m pleased to introduce you to the Far North Quilt Trail Project (FNQTP), an artist led endeavor of creative place making designed to inspire Fairbanks and our surrounding communities in creating beautiful and accessible public art pieces. Founded in July of 2019 by visual artist Somer Hahm, the Far North Quilt Trail has 23 barn quilts on the trail (updated 3/21) with 10 of those quilt being contributions from community members.
Alaska’s first barn quilt trail has commenced right here in the Fairbanks North Star Borough. The Far North Quilt Trail Project is a community wide endeavor that has established a distinctly unique quilt trail. These works of art are reaching a broad range of individuals and bring people of all ages, backgrounds, and disciplines together in a celebration of local history and culture, while simultaneously creating lasting partnerships between artists, enthusiasts and organizations within our community.
Barn quilts originated in Ohio in 2001, and have grown exponentially in popularity. These large, bold, geometric paintings placed on the sides of barns, businesses and other buildings are now found nationwide. Many barn quilts linked together in one area is known as a quilt trail. These self-guided touring trails positively impact both urban and rural areas in a myriad of ways by bringing attention to significant architecture, honoring familial heritage, and creating commerce in communities by ushering interest and tourism to the area.
In the summer of 2021, four barn quilts were added to the Far North Quilt Trail Project in Anchorage, Alaska. Visual artist Linda Infante Lyons created a piece for Grow North Farm, managed by the Anchorage Community Land Trust. In May of 2021, Somer Hahm installed three barn quilts within the gardens at Cook Inlet Housing Authority's Centennial Village. We are so excited to watch this American Folk Art movement expand and grow beyond Fairbanks to all of Alaska!
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of the Far North Quilt Trail Project
Somer Hahm is a visual artist living and making work in Fairbanks Alaska since 2005. Interested in creating a sustainable arts career in the interior, and motivated to build community through inclusive and accessible public art, she founded the Far North Quilt Trail Project in the July of 2019.
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