Who would think that in Fairbanks, Alaska you would spend the day listening to (and joining in with) people complaining about the heat? It seems pretty funny, but it has just been plain HOT here the last week. Particularly for those who wear fur.
I’ve moved studio work out into the sun for at least part of the days when I’m home working on art, and a nearby doghouse has been an excellent carving table.
It’s hard to say anything cohesive about this time of year. I feel like I’m in a hundred places at once – usually happily – and bouncing between chores, art, helping out on my friend Maggie’s veggie farm, and madly trying to get in shape for a running race next weekend. Summer is exhausting and exhilarating and would make us all nuts if it went on any longer than it does.
Luckily there are enough of the “crap, winter’s coming” chores to keep a person grounded.
I leave for my residency on Isle Royale in a week. I always have mixed feelings about leaving Alaska in the summer, but I’m also really looking forward to some focused art time as well as being able to hike and camp without having to think about bears. I can’t say I have a grand plan for how I’ll spend my time, but I’m bringing plenty of carving tools and wood panels along with my camera and drawing materials. I’m also hoping to get the information I need to start working on proposals for some public art projects in Anchorage before I take off. I knew I was a finalist for these projects in January, but the wheels have moved slowly and I’m still waiting on the RFP paperwork to draw up and submit my ideas.
Things are moving forward despite the fractured feeling of the season. A couple of prints go up in Port Townsend in “The Printmaker’s Hand” show at Corvidae Press in July. A piece I did last summer has just been approved by Red Hen Press as the cover art for Homer poet Erin Hollowell’s upcoming book. An Artist in the Schools residency is locked down for Chinook Montessori in Fairbanks in October, which I hope will fund a trip to the Mid America Print Council Conference in November. Exhibits in Anchorage in October and February, Alaska House in July. Yikes. Plenty to do.