Sunday, August 23, 2009

Gone Fishing!

It's August in Alaska & that means we've got to get the last of the fishing in for the season & get the freezer stocked with salmon. I love to fish & I love to eat fish. There's nothing better than fresh salmon off the grill ~ yum!

Last week my family went fishing although we did it in different ways. Big Daddy went to fish camp for a work retreat & I went into the studio & whipped up some fish. These little glass fry are so darn cute & look fun hung in a window as a school.

Here's how Big Daddy started his trip....landing on the beach across the inlet from Anchorage. It's about an hour flight SW of Anchorage.

First catch of the day! Good going!

There's lots of competition for the fish so be alert! Fortunately, there's a care taker at the camp who patrols with a rifle just in case the bears decide that it's easier to take fish from you than fish for it themselves!

A pretty dolly varden. Did you know that dolly varden & rainbow trout are in the salmon family of fish? I think trout is only good when eaten fresh out of the ocean or stream.

Another bear watching...

The end of a successful day of fishing!

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Monday Accordion Night!

Monday, August 17th is the Anchorage Accordion Club Practice. Grab your box & join us at ACS from 6 to 8 pm! It's a great group & we're gearing up to practice holiday music & schedule performances in the community.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Sarah Palin ~ She Just Won't Go AWAY!

Enough already. Please move out of Alaska. We're tired of the embarrassment!

Monday, August 10, 2009

G Street Artist Fair

Saturday, August 15th, I'll be selling my work at the G Street Artist Festival. This is a cooperative venture with the Anchorage Downtown Partnership & the merchants on G Street. It's "juried" (sort-of) in that the Downtown Partnership asks artists to apply & provide images of their work. These are reviewed & artists invited to show & sell if their work meets the expectations of the merchants & the Partnership.
In the real world "juried" means that there's actually a panel of individuals who review the artist's work & choose quality work based on innovation & technical skill. The reviewers are known & respected. That rarely happens in Alaska ~ here, it's usually a who you know type game or a privately run event & the promoters invite friends & keep out enemies. That's called an invitational & there's nothing wrong with it....just don't call it a juried event. More on this later because it's a fascinating topic with widely held opinions.
I've already participated in a couple of Saturday Fairs & it was a nice experience. A little local traffic, a little tourist action, & unpredictable weather. The weather is always dodgy when doing outside events in Alaska & this summer is no different. Outdoor events are not my forte'. I really don't have the constitution to chase my tent down in the wind & sit in pouring rain or blazing sun for over 10 hours in a day. I'd rather be in my studio or puttering around the garden~ even in the rain.
Maybe it's something that my shop boy can help with in the future?

Monday, August 3, 2009

Monday Accordion Night!

The Anchorage Accordion Club meets tonight! August 3rd at BP from 6 to 8 pm!

Sunday, August 2, 2009