August 5 – October 1, 2016
The Dean farmstead reflects “Life as Art” – from functional artworks including handmade tools and implements, aesthetically designed and crafted structures, furniture, and housewares, to representational and more abstract artworks inspired by nature and farm life. “Heartfelt and Handmade” shows not only Jeff and Ranja’s skillful artistry, but also a glimpse inside their thoughtfully crafted and unique home.
Jeff Dean was born and raised in Fairbanks and exposed to art and innovation from an early age. He’s been a working sculptor since the late 70’s, making fine art and functional pieces in clay, wood, bronze, stone, steel and other materials. “I’m also a bit of an inventor and tinkerer. I bring my creativity and artistic background to each project at hand, be it artwork, a new tool, a curved rafter, computer programming, or even a solar thermal heating system.”
Ranja Dean grew up in the Tennessee hills among a menagerie of art, animals and gardens. Her father was an artist and a professor of horticulture and landscape design.He painted, wrote poetry and made the most amazing gardens. She is self taught with no formal education but has been developing her creative character since childhood. She loves the magic of life and it shows in her work, giving it a fairytale appeal whether it be an apple tree dollhouse, a garden, a sculpture or a chicken house.