So if you go to the Bush Bottle Bin, don’t even THINK about a bathroom break at the laundromat. (Why the “WARNING” . . . in case of imminent unzip?)
My friend Heidi tells me that if I drive a couple of miles towards Anchorage from Glennallen I will come to a combination liquor store/office supply store, which I HAVE to make time to visit before I leave.
Anyway, excuse the digression. It’s been that sort of week, though I do have a cheerier bear to post. It doesn’t get much better than kindergarten art.
I won’t write too much as it is late, we grout tomorrow, and I am exhausted. I had a really nice visit yesterday with friends in Chistochina and I got much-needed hugs from what might be the twenty sweetest sled dogs on the planet. There’s a bit to mull over after this project and maybe I’ll post some ideas about AIS and some suggestions for schools considering hosting an artist. I think I need to rest up and get a little perspective.
I will say this: the kids, as always, have done great work. They finished five beautiful 4’x4′ panels, as well as a bunch of other paper studies that preceded the tile part of the project. I’ll post some more photos once they are completely finished. There have been some really supportive teachers and nice classes. On the other hand, I felt pretty mystified by a number of things that went on (or didn’t go on. . ) during my two weeks here. I’ve had some experiences working in the AIS program where there has been total buy-in from the school and the community – great support for the project, as well as a real welcoming atmosphere and a lot of interest in who I am and what I do. Maybe these experiences have set the bar too high. Maybe sometimes schools get really excited about getting the grant and getting the artist lined up, and then I become yet another thing added to an already overcrowded calendar. Maybe I need to ask a lot more questions before going in.
But more on that later. First sleep, then cement!