In 2010, the Wrangell Mountains Center, an arts science and environmental educational facility located in the Wrangells, expanded it’s writing workshop into a Cross Pollination experience. The staff, for this week long experiment in wilderness writing and creating, included writer Frank Soos, performance artist Jonny Gray, program director Nancy Cook, and two visual artists Margot Klass, and me.
Each day was a new experience in creativity. We started our adventure with a walk to the toe of the glacier. We spent the afternoon there writing a renga.
We used the words from this group poem to create a handmade book.
Next all the students made quilt blocks for a community quilt.
I did not finish the quilt top during the workshop, but I did complete the quilt out in McCarthy that summer. Then I took it back to Anchorage to quilt.
This gallery is a closer look at all the quilts blocks in McCarthy Day.
We finished the week, with a final dinner and a final sharing all the words written that week. It was also a very exciting to see how Jonny Gray’s work with the students on their reading performances paid off in a big way.
If this sounds like an amazing experience to you–and believe me it was. Then you might consider taking a workshop out in the Wrangells this summer. Here is a complete list of all the programs the Wrangell Mountain Center will be hosting this coming summer.
And if you are in McCarthy, Alaska for a visit. Please stop by the Old Hardware Store and take a peak inside. The McCarthy Day quilt will be hanging in the front room there.