So how can it be that I got so lucky to have had sunny day after sunny day in Kodiak? Today, sadly, it is raining on my one solid free day here, but I can hardly complain. I’m halfway through a two week Artist in the Schools residency at Kodiak High School, and I’m really enjoying my time here.
It’s a bit different from other residencies I’ve done – first, I’m working with older students, and second, there is less pressure to finish a big project in the time I’m there. I’m working with art teacher Bonnie Dillard, and we’re starting a large mosaic bench project that her students will continue working on through the school year. We’re still in the design phase, but I’ll have some photos of what we’re up to later this week.
Kodiak is a fascinating place. It’s definitely a working town – evidence of fishing everywhere you turn – and one of the most diverse communities in Alaska. Alaska Native, Pacific Islanders, people from all over Asia, and South Americans all live and work here. The school halls are full of many different languages. There’s a Russian Orthodox seminary down the road, bison on the beach, large bears, big trees, and lots of interesting people.
One of the requirements of the AIS program is to conduct a community workshop or event, and this Saturday’s mosaic workshop was full up. I was happy to see that many of the attendees were teachers from other schools.
A few of the things I’ve been looking at (and one I’m trying to avoid!) while here.
And to return to the boreal forest for a moment, I am also getting a fair bit of my own work done. I have a show that opens at the gallery at Kenai Peninsula College November 13. I think it took being physically removed from the big UAF piece to really focus my attention and now I feel like I have a chance at being ready. Whew.