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Greetings and thank you all who have offered your support of Ice Alaska these past few weeks.  

A quick recap, we will not be hosting the World Ice Art Championships this coming 2018.  Since our announcement this past November 19th, we have received encouraging support from Artists and wonderful folks in the Fairbanks Community and with that we are looking at producing a small event in early to mid-March.  Please see our Letter to Sponsors as we work toward a new event.  

We have learned that the owners of the Ice Park do still plan to host their annual Kids Park and an exhibition.  They have posted their information in the Events Calendar of the ExploreFairbanks.com website.  

We, Ice Alaska, have started searching for a new venue to host our 2019 World Ice Art Championships, and because of the encouraging response from individuals in the Fairbanks Community, as noted above, we will be hosting a small 1 week promotional event in March 2018.  You are invited to send in your donation to our PayPal Giving Fund Page.  

Our next volunteer planning meeting will be Wednesday evening, January 10, 2018 @ 5:30 - 7:00, at 1427 Gillam Way, Fairbanks Alaska.  

If you're in the area and want to be a part of the NEW Ice Alaska, stop over and see what we're planning!

We've heard it said that "when times are tough, you find out who your real friends are." These past 7 days we have received an outpouring of support and ideas from our friends in the community. 

No, we're not able to produce the World Ice Art Championships in 2018, but Ice Alaska will still have a part to play this coming Spring 2018!

Our local Members (both Artists and Volunteers) are now meeting weekly, each Wednesday night at 5:30-7:00. If you're here in Fairbanks and want to be a part of the New Ice Alaska, come over to 1427 Gillam Way!

Special announcement from Ice Alaska 

The World ICE Association, d.b.a. Ice Alaska regrets to announce that we will not be producing the 2018 World Ice Art Championships, originally scheduled February  26 though March 17 , 2018.


This decision was not made lightly.  Many in the community remember that the Lodge building used as our primary office was destroyed by fire in December 2016.  At that time we made the decision to proceed with the 2017 event, because we already had artists and sponsors committed to an event, however the resulting event was not to the standards expected by our artists and volunteers.  


Ice Alaska has spent the summer reorganizing and rebuilding as a 100% all volunteer non-profit.  We fully intended to produce a 2018 Event, however after the loss of two major commercial donors, and our Title Sponsor slashing their support to a notable smaller amount, the Board of Directors needed to make a decision.  This week marked 100 days to the event, and both Artists and Volunteers who travel to Fairbanks for this event, need to finalize their travel arrangements.  


We made a promise to our Artists and Volunteers that we would only produce a quality event, to include adequate housing and quality food.  For that reason, we have decided that the organization is not financially prepared to produce a 2018 event.  We will instead focus on 2019 Event, and continue our membership team building.  Already we are receiving leads on potential major benefactors that can assist us with a 2019 event.  We will also research other venue options for hosting the World Ice Art Championships.  


To the donors who have already contributed to our 2018 Event, we sincerely thank you.  We will be contacting all 2018 Donors to offer return of contributions.  Meanwhile, as noted above, we will begin fundraising and planning for the 2019 Event.  


Ice Alaska began as a small event in 1989.  The organization has grown and shrunk over the years.  The work done by the Members involved with reorganizing Ice Alaska over this past summer has produced a solid organization, free of debt, and with policies and procedures to ensure that this organization remains strong.  We are confident that with the help of our Fairbanks Community, and our ability to qualify for State and Local Grant opportunities, we can produce a quality annual event to continue on for another generation.  

TO:     All Ice Sculpting Artists and Ice Art Volunteers

RE:      Invitation to Compete and/or Volunteer, AND…

            Announcing "A New Chapter has Begun!” at Ice Alaska!

Dear Ice Artists and Ice Art Volunteers!

The Board of Directors for the World I.C.E. (Ice Carving Exhibitors) Association, Inc., D/B/A "Ice Alaska, Inc.", are happy to announce that "A New Chapter has Begun" at Ice Alaska beginning with the 29th Annual 2018 BP World Ice Art Championships!

A BIG part of the announcement begins with the "closing of a very special chapter" and a HUGE "Thank You!" to Dick and Hoa Brickley who, after 28 years of countless (and many thankless) hours on a daily basis, unimaginable and unbelievable financial support, an unwavering love for, and dedication to, the Event, the Artists, the Volunteers, and this Community, are stepping down and stepping back in order to completely "step aside", and HOPEFULLY retire in the very near future.

This year they are going to be around on an extremely limited basis for their expertise, and moral support, as we transition into a new chapter and some new ways of doing things over the next couple of years!

We happily invite you to Compete, if you are an Ice Art Artist.  And to join us, as we try to fill some mighty big "Brickley Shoes", if you would like to volunteer at this year's 29th Annual, 2018 BP World Ice Art Championships!!

We are in need of BOTH Artists AND volunteers in large quantities and welcome your return if you are a "veteran" at one OR BOTH of these.  We encourage you to compete if you are an Ice Sculpting Artist who has never competed with us before, and we welcome new volunteers with however many hours you can give us!!

Applications for both are being updated and will be on the website before the end of this week.  If you're a volunteer, we can put you to work RIGHT NOW and all the way through the end of March 2018!!

Keep your eyes peeled for the next planning meeting!  Don't forget to join and become a Member of Ice Alaska too!! Membership has its privileges!!

We look forward to hearing from you VERY soon! and... Have an "Ice" day!!

Very Sincerely,

Ice Alaska Board of Directors

Announcing the 2018 Ice Alaska Planning Committee

 

The World I.C.E. Association is begining the process of planning for the 2018 World Ice Art Championships.  

We are currently meeting each Tuesday, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m. at the confrence room of Fairbanks Housing Services, located 1425 Gillam Way.  

If you would like to be a part of this process, we invite you to attend.  

Next Meeting: May 9th, we will be focusing on the cost analysis, how much it will cost for us to produce the event.  

“She had never known that ice could take on so many shades of blue; sharp lines of indigo like the deepest sea, aquamarine shadows, even the glint of blue-green where the sun struck just so”. This quote by an author of stories for young people sums up the beauty that is Ice Alaska.


Ice Alaska’s purpose is to promote artistic and educational endeavours using ice and snow, to enhance and promote international friendships through cultural and artistic exchange, to preserve and display in ice and other media the heritage past, present, and future of all cultures and to promote Alaska’s winter activities for the State of Alaska and to encourage winter tourism and other year-round economic opportunities. With the power to manipulate ice and snow, Ice Alaska fulfils these promises for its visitors every year with its creation of ice structures that delight every one of our senses.

 

The Ice Park will be closing for this season in just a few days as the temperatures begin to rise, but the dazzling beauty and magic of the ice will remain in our imaginations as we anticipate next year’s celebration of Spring. Thank you, Ice Alaska.

 

 

According to Lemony Snicket, author of A Series of Unfortunate Events, “All Good Slides Are Slippery”. At the Ice Alaska Kids’ Park, a playground constructed entirely out of ice, this is indeed a true statement. When asked, one visitor to the park recently said they are “slick and awesome.”

The kids’ park is an ice fantasyland of slides. There are so many slides your kids will be kept busy sliding, squirming, bumping, wiggling, whooping and screaming for hours as they go up and down all the slide structures. To name a few of the slides there are Castle slides, a Moose slide, a Tea Pot slide, Rocket Ship slides, Dragon slides, Bat slides, and a giant Mother Goose Shoe slide. In addition to all these slides there are the “big” 4 lane slides, 200-300 feet long.

The park also has life-size sculptures for climbing in and on such as an octopus, sea horses, turtles, 6 race cars, spinners or twirlees, challenging and puzzling mazes and a train to climb through. At night, the entire Kids’ Park is lit with colored lights, creating an even more magical atmosphere.

The park will close on March 31 at 10:00PM so bundle up the kids now, grab your sleds (cardboard will work also) and head to the Ice Alaska Kids’ Park, a place for true family entertainment.

 

 

The Youth Competition at Ice Alaska will be held from March 13-March 17. The exhibits will be judged after 9:30 pm on March 17. The Awards and Lighting Ceremony will take March 18 at 8:00PM.

The local schools have developed an ice sculpting curriculum, and the youth competition, held for the first time in 2006, continues today to encourage students in Jr. High and High School to use their sculpting skills learned in school in competitions.

To qualify for the competition, the one-two person teams must be enrolled in the 9th -12th grade, must have a parent permission and must attend a safety class either through a school program or one sponsored by Ice Alaska. The teams must submit a drawing and/ or a clay model to Ice Alaska for consideration for acceptance into the competition.

Teams are provided one ice block measuring 3’ x 5’x 4’ and weighing approximately 3,600 lbs. The block will be placed vertically, horizontally or flat, per the sculptor’s request. Once the ice block is placed, the youth team may not use motorized tools or equipment to move the block. The sculpture may consist only of the ice, snow and water. Experienced artists are on hand to assist with requested chainsaw cuts, to answer questions, and offer technical assistance allowed within the competition guidelines.  Awards of medals and gift certificates are given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

As with the single and multi-block competitions, there are two categories, Abstract and Realistic. Abstract sculptures express themes, movement or meaning through symbolic forms which are not necessarily recognizable objects; they may just appeal to the aesthetic sense. Sculptures in the Realistic category are based on clearly recognizable objects or beings, either real or imaginary. The major focus of the Realistic category is skillful technique.

The sculptures will be judged on their technical skill, overall artistic impression, and site presentation. After the signal horn has sounded to end the competition, the sculptors must stop all work on their sculpture. Failure to stop when notified by Ice Alaska may result in disqualification. Sculptors must clean up their work site and the area around the sculpture, but may not work on the piece after the ending horn has sounded. During the clean-up time, the team must make the site presentable for judging. There will be no scrap or extra ice in the immediate site and the tools must be removed. The sculptures will be judged under natural light with no colored lights.

 

This year we have six returning sculptors and two new sculptors in the competition. Some of their work has titles such as “Frozen Fox Love”, “Veritas”, “Wraith Hunter” and “Drumming Beast”. Please come visit the Ice Park and cheer these young and hopeful sculptors on to victory. The next step for them may be the Ice Art Championships.

The Youth Competition at Ice Alaska will be held from March 13-March 17. The exhibits will be judged after 9:30 pm on March 17. The Awards and Lighting Ceremony will take March 18 at 8:00PM.

The local schools have developed an ice sculpting curriculum, and the youth competition, held for the first time in 2006, continues today to encourage students in Jr. High and High School to use their sculpting skills learned in school in competitions.

To qualify for the competition, the one-two person teams must be enrolled in the 9th -12th grade, must have a parent permission and must attend a safety class either through a school program or one sponsored by Ice Alaska. The teams must submit a drawing and/ or a clay model to Ice Alaska for consideration for acceptance into the competition.

Teams are provided one ice block measuring 3’ x 5’x 4’ and weighing approximately 3,600 lbs. The block will be placed vertically, horizontally or flat, per the sculptor’s request. Once the ice block is placed, the youth team may not use motorized tools or equipment to move the block. The sculpture may consist only of the ice, snow and water. Experienced artists are on hand to assist with requested chainsaw cuts, to answer questions, and offer technical assistance allowed within the competition guidelines.  Awards of medals and gift certificates are given for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place.

As with the single and multi-block competitions, there are two categories, Abstract and Realistic. Abstract sculptures express themes, movement or meaning through symbolic forms which are not necessarily recognizable objects; they may just appeal to the aesthetic sense. Sculptures in the Realistic category are based on clearly recognizable objects or beings, either real or imaginary. The major focus of the Realistic category is skillful technique.

The sculptures will be judged on their technical skill, overall artistic impression, and site presentation. After the signal horn has sounded to end the competition, the sculptors must stop all work on their sculpture. Failure to stop when notified by Ice Alaska may result in disqualification. Sculptors must clean up their work site and the area around the sculpture, but may not work on the piece after the ending horn has sounded. During the clean-up time, the team must make the site presentable for judging. There will be no scrap or extra ice in the immediate site and the tools must be removed. The sculptures will be judged under natural light with no colored lights.

 

This year we have six returning sculptors and two new sculptors in the competition. Some of their work has titles such as “Frozen Fox Love”, “Veritas”, “Wraith Hunter” and “Drumming Beast”. Please come visit the Ice Park and cheer these young and hopeful sculptors on to victory. The next step for them may be the Ice Art Championships.

How well do you know your ice? Have fun taking this quiz.

 

1. What is a piece of ice that breaks off from a glacier called if it’s between 1 to 5 meters above the surface?

                  Iceberg   Bit   Cube   Growler

 2. The polar ice caps, glaciers and those wandering icebergs contain about ___ percent of the world’s fresh water.

                  15   25   50  75

3. The transition from ice to water is melting and from ice directly to water vapor is:

                  Decrystallization    Flocculation   Sublimation   Condensation

4. Which state in 2014 had the most hail damage claims?

                  Colorado   Nebraska   Texas   Illinois

5. How many known solid crystalline phases of water are there?

                  17   14   11   6

6. What is the approximate increase in volume when fresh water turns to ice?

                  4%  7%   9%  12%

7. Are most types of ice more or less dense than water?

                 More   Less

8. The oldest known major ice age was called

                 Huronian   Cryogenian   Sturtian   Quaternary

 9. What type of ice is often found in space?

                 Amorphous ice    Frazil Ice    Shuga Ice    Nilas Ice

10. What is the visible outgas of an ice comet called?

                 Rosetta    Coma    Geyser    Jet

 11. Which rover photographed the Martian polar ice caps first?

                Curiosity   Spirit   Opportunity   Tumbleweed

12. The polar caps of Mars have been shown to contain seasonal layers of

                Hydrogen Ice      Nitrogen Ice     Carbon Dioxide Ice     Metallic Ice

 

 

Answers: 1. Growler; 2. 75%; 3. Condensation; 4. Texas; 5. 17; 6. 9%; 7. Less; 8. Huronian;       9. Amorphous Ice; 10. Coma; 11. Opportunity; 12. Carbon Dioxide Ice