It’s curious how time gets away when you are living off the grid. Simple chores in the city become day long activities in the woods. Its been a full two weeks since my last post.
Shame on me.
Jonny Gray was the Wrangell Mountains Center’s second Artist in Residence. Jonny is a performance artist and professor of environmental rhetoric. He found our community’s reaction to having a reality T.V. in our little town fascinating. Yes, the film crew is still here taping Edge of Alaska which is scheduled to air on the Discovery Channel this fall. Here’s Jonny interacting with the camera man for the show. And here is me photographing locals taping Jonny being taped by the camera man. Where does it all end? Most likely with t-shirt for sale at Costco featuring Jason’s pigs and goats. Remember? They like to graze (and poop) in our yard. Sew Fun was AMAZING. Lots of busy stitchers making things with sewing machines. Can you spot our very famous guest artist? You can find the answer to the question here. We were very fortunate to have several private tutorials and a lecture. While I helped stitchers sew, there were some antics across the street at the cabin. It is still pretty dang light around here. This photo was taken at two in morning. The cottonwood has been snowing for more than a week. Token finds this substance well worth investigating; the rest of us are moderately annoyed by its presence. July 4th was a fine spectacle. Locals and visitors came from up the road and Europe to fill the streets–we waited patiently for the parade to begin.
There was the usual unusual assortment of races and challenges. Cherry pit spitting. A three legged race,and the legendary egg toss. Here is the first round of the finals. By the last round the tossers where several buildings apart. Between events we chilled on the porch. And went swimming. The final event of this long, hot (80 degrees!), wonderfully sunny 4th was music by the Mixed Meters at the bar. I hope you all had an amazing July 4th.
Now its back to the studio.
Time to get in there and make some art.
But first, I’ve gotta haul water and do some dishes…