It rained. All summer.
I’m traveling right now, working my way by plane, train, and automobile from Alaska to Iowa to Montana to Utah. The end goal of all this moving around is a month as an artist in residence in Zion National Park, which begins mid-October, but I am clearly not taking the direct route. Right now I’m enjoying a few days of truly un-October-like weather in Glacier.
I wanted to report in on some things that happened in this rainiest of summers (truly, record-breaking.) Following is a quick and dirty activity report.
June: It rained. It flooded. It froze. I got ready for my July show at Imogen in Astoria. We got firewood cut and crossed our fingers that it would start to dry at some point. Several 1% proposals went out into the universe to begin the long process of waiting for a response.
July: It rained. Brandon and I traveled to Portland and Astoria for the opening of my show, had a great extended weekend, and discovered there was both light and heat elsewhere on the planet. Teri Sund did a beautiful job showing my work and the gallery opening was fun and well attended. This will not be my last trip to Oregon, for certain.
I also worked on a finalist proposal for a school in Girdwood. My fine graphic design crew and I worked hard, put in a good proposal, apparently hung the committee up for quite a while but ultimately I was not selected. It was nice to be considered seriously, and who knows – the work always may appear somewhere else another time.
August: It rained. My piece from the “Communities, Disaster, and Change” exhibition was purchased by the Valdez Museum. I finalized my contract with Valley Pathways school in Palmer for a piece that will go up before the end of the school year. It felt good to have that work locked down and moving forward.
September: It rained a bit less. We actually had some lovely fall days of sun and colors in the leaves and larch. I did a whirlwind 800 mile art trip to meet with a school in Delta Junction, deliver artwork to Anchorage, check out the space for my work in the gorgeous new school in Palmer, and talk about an exhibit in a lodge near Denali Park next summer. Two pieces were provisionally accepted into the All-Alaska show at the Anchorage Museum; word on their fate should arrive any day.
We ran to beat the frost with this one, but I was asked to translate an image from a very small piece of collage work to the very large exterior wall of a private residence. This will be cut into the foam (not by me, luckily!) and it will turn into a relief pattern in the final finished coat of stucco-like material. I appreciated the creative thinking on the part of the homeowner to decide to have artwork incorporated into the house itself. It was a big commitment to an image. (It will be much more subtle when finished – and not red and black.)
Then I got on a plane, and landed right in the middle of the Chicago Airport shutdown! All has gone fairly smoothly since.
I’ll write more about upcoming projects once I get to Zion. I’m looking forward to being in a completely new landscape and environment, meeting visitors to the park, and being able to exercise the selfishness about my creative time that residencies provide. Lots to do.
Also, as a side note – my website is undergoing some changes and is moving entirely over to WordPress, so things may look a bit in motion. It’s going to take a little while to get everything ironed out, but this should solve issues of functionality on some devices that have been difficult to fix. Websites are asked to do an awful lot these days. I’m hopeful that this will be a good solution.