March marks the beginning of the frantic season, though it’s also my favorite month of the year. Seems like everything falls into the above two categories of time and distance. .
As for time, between my spring greenhouse work, a rapidly approaching month of artist-in-the-schools projects, and a desire to get out and enjoy the last of winter, there hasn’t been much of it. A couple of deadlines got me into the studio to finish a few pieces for April’s First Friday:
I have new work both at The Alaska House as well as at the “Migration” show at the Alaska Bird Observatory this month.
A few more pieces are underway. When working time is short, these little chunks of yellow cedar are just right.
Nothing makes time more concrete than watching plants grow – it’s amazing how quickly these little starts at The Plant Kingdom begin to form a jungle. Though the paycheck helps I think I work this job more for the camaraderie and the early smell of dirt than anything else.
As for distance, our late snow and cool March temperatures have left good trails for skiing. Two weeks ago the yearly 20/50 kilometer Sonot Kkaazoot took place and I finished the 50 k in the same time as last year – not bad for a year older and a longer, slower course. Now I’m just touring around taking a few last trips on my favorite trails until next season.
I’ll be traveling some longer distances in the next six weeks. One of my school residencies is at Sterling Elementary in Kenai. I come home for a bit, and then I’ll be off on a glacier trip in the Alaska Range to make art for a week. The ocean and the mountains should give me a lot to make art with over the summer.
I have to mention the hard-working folks at “One Anchorage” under both categories of time and distance. They ran a smart, gutsy, organized campaign for equal rights that won support of church leaders and politicians from both parties. As of right now it appears that Prop 5 did not pass, although the election was marred by many precincts running out of ballots long before polls closed and there will surely be challenges to the results. Wouldn’t it be nice if someday there was something political that happened in Alaska worth being proud of?