“How fortunate I was to come upon this teaching early in my career as an artist. I was certain that art had a valid place in the movement for social change and environmental protection, these words rang true, and were an invitation to use my art making as activism for the protection and restoration of natural habitat, wild places and sacred sites, and to educate and build community around these ideals.”
Last weekend was Salmonfest, a groovy three day music festival in Ninilchik, Alaska that SOMEDAY I am going to attend.
Every year at Salmonfest, Mavis leads a collaborative effort to create a giant human message about threatened water bodies in Alaska. Here is how she describes her work this year. ( I managed to find several images from previous years which are worth looking at too!)
“In the rodeo arena at the Kenai Peninsula Fairgrounds Ninilchik Alaska, during the Salmonfest music festival, I and worthy assistants arranged hundreds of participants around a central design we created with fabric.
Yellow streamers radiating from the heart bore the names of threatened water bodies of Alaska; Chuitna river, Chuckchi Sea, Cook Inlet, Susitna River, Gulf of Alaska, Prince William Sound, and Bristol Bay.
Thank you Mavis for showing your love in such a big way.
PS Follow Mavis’s work on her artist Facebook page. It’s very cool.