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December 2010 Letter from the Editor

2010 December 4
by fzine

Dear Reader,

Running an independent magazine is hard work, but thankfully it’s also incredibly rewarding. For 11 consecutive months (and several non-consecutive before that) we have been introducing you to an array of artists, musicians, entrepreneurs and nuggets of brilliant Alaska culture. This has largely been made possible by our advertisers. Take a few minutes while perusing our pages, to pay homage to them; stop by their businesses and let them know you saw their ad in F Magazine.
This past year has seen a lot of changes, not only in the magazine that you’re currently holding, but also in different aspects of our arts culture. Whole Wheat Radio, a wonderful on-line pirate radio station out of Talkeetna closed its doors to the ethers. We were proud to have their story grace our pages, and we are sad to see them go. It also seems the Anchorage municipality is fixing to cut the arts funding in half again. Again. This will mean a whole lot less of a whole lot of great things that most of us take for granted. We’ll have an update on the madness in the next issue.
A big change you can expect to see in the arts community is here at F Magazine. We can’t unveil all the changes just yet, as they’re still in the works, but since our wonderful art director, Gretchen Weiss is moving on to new adventures in life, F Magazine is going to have to make some adjustments. Again, we ask you to bear with us as we go through some of these growing pains. And become a volunteer! The only way we can keep informing our readers about the community they live in is with the incredible work of volunteers. And stay tuned in by subscribing to F! We’ve got a full year of exemplary issues in 2011: the art of fashion in February, street art in May, and all fiction, just fiction in June – which we are now accepting submissions for (see our website for details). Speaking of fiction, this issue’s theme, the last in a series of themes for the fiction and poetry submissions, is “Villains, Scoundrels and Low Down Dirty Bastards”. Enjoy the great work submitted by Alec Fritz, Dawnell Smith and Rebecca Goodrich.

Enjoy the arts!

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