Alaska is often described as a land of extremes - vast distances, tall mountains, intense weather, and dramatic contrasts in darkness and light. For painter Anne Wedler, however, the landscape of Southeast also presents some interesting subtleties - the slow, often undetectable shift from one season to the next, the way the long summer days fade into one another with little transition, even the range of the shades of blue she uses in her paintings.
Wearable Art has become something of a phenomenon in Southeast Alaska. Since it was first held in Ketchikan in 1986, the open-format, mixed-media, anything-goes art show has spread to Juneau, Petersburg and Sitka, among other communities.
Cassandra Adams of Ketchikan and Amara Sanguni of Juneau were recently selected as Alaska's top youth volunteers in the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Each will receive $1,000, a silver medallion, and a trip to Washington, D.C., where 10 state honorees will be named America's top youth volunteers. Jayton Rizzo of Kenai and Jenevia Wika of Anchorage were named distinguished finalists for Alaska, as well.
The CCW welcomes reader-submitted images of art in unusual or unexpected places. Photographers of all levels of ability are invited to send in images of natural or urban subjects that they find artistically inspiring or intriguing.
The Alutiiq Museum recently announced its Volunteer of the Year award, an annual tradition desinged to recognize the integral role of volunteers in carrying out the museum's goals. This year, Brigid and Harry Dodge were honored for their outstanding volunteer contributions to the museum.
Right after the yearly halibut catch limits are announced each January, brokers usually are busy with buying and selling and transferring shares of the catch. But it's been slow going so far, even with slight harvest increases in nearly all Alaska fishing areas for the first time in nearly a decade. The buyers are there - it's the sellers that are scarce.
Residents of Southeast communities including Juneau, Petersburg, Ketchikan, Haines, Gustavus, Craig and Coffman Cove can now take part in what is being billed as the first-ever "global eBook club" -- Big Library Read -- through Listen Alaska Plus (http://listenalaska.libraryreserve.com). Big LIbrary Read offers people from around the world the opportunity to read the same eBook at the same time. The current featured title is "Shakespeare Saved My Life: Ten Years in Solitary with the Bard," by Laura Bates, an autobiography about working with inmates in solitary confinement, teaching them the works of William Shakespeare. The title will be available from March 17 through April 1.
The biggest beer news right now in Alaska is the grand re-opening of Anchorage Brewing Company in the brewery's new digs in south Anchorage. Brewer Gabe Fletcher's decades-long dream of having his own place finally becomes a reality on March 14 when he swings the doors open to his beautiful hand-made establishment.
This month's art openings include the annual 12x12 Community Exhibit at the Juneau Douglas City Museum, the grand opening of Heritage Coffee's new location on Front Street featuring work by Anchorage artist Kate Sevigny, a fairy tale themed photo booth at Kindred Post, and a jewelry demonstration by Jerrod Galanin at Trickster. Read on for details.
From March 4 through March 27, the Alaska State Archives Research Room will be closed and reference services curtailed so that staff can transfer and process approximately 10,000 boxes and court volumes from its Willoughby Avenue facility into the new State Library Archives & Museum (SLAM) vault. All archival holdings will be housed in the SLAM vault at the conclusion of this move.
A newly restored version of Alaska's first film to be inducted to the National Film Registry will be shown in Fairbanks this week as part of a statewide tour. "Uksuum Cauyai: The Drums of Winter" was directed by Leonard Kamerling, the UA Museum of the North's film curator, and Sarah Elder, now a State University of New York film professor. Their work was named to the National Film Registry at the Library of Congress in 2006.
The Juneau Mendenhall Flying Lions Club will be in Angoon on March 12 to provide free vision screening to elementary school children in cooperation with the school district and public health nurse. Lions use a state-of-the-art vision screener called a PlusOptix that takes a picture of the child's eye. t only takes a couple seconds to get a reading.
Perseverance Theatre will open the Tony Award-winning play "The Odd Couple," by Neil Simon, on March 6. Simon's 1965 comedy provided the basis for the popular TV show of the same name, starring Tony Randall and Jack Klugman. It tells the story of two divorced men with very different personal habits who live together in Manhattan.