Thursday, April 14, 2011

Salmon in the Trees Opens in Sitka

Visitors admire a photo of Sitka fisherman Karl
Jordan at the Salmon in the Trees opening
The Salmon in the Trees exhibition opened in Sitka last week with a wonderful talk and reception hosted by award-winning photographer Amy Gulick. The event at Sitka National Historical Park Visitor Center on April 6th was attended by an estimated 90 guests, who enjoyed the impressive exhibit of images and words taken from Gulick’s book, Salmon in the Trees: Life in Alaska’s Tongass Rain Forest. The book chronicles—in both pictures and essays—the unique way of life known among the people, salmon, bears, and all other interconnected life-forms in Southeast Alaska.

Guests at the Sitka reception enjoyed locally baked desserts and had an opportunity to chat with Gulick before and after hearing her well-received presentation. Gulick addressed the standing-room-only crowd using the local lingo of those who fish, hunt, live, and work in Southeast, reinforcing the popularity of Salmon in the Trees, a book about where we live.

People attending a similar reception at one of the exhibition’s future venues can look forward to hearing the photographer explain—as she did in Sitka—the genesis of the book, which is tied to the meaning of its intriguing title. Gulick also inspired her audience by waxing poetic about the overwhelming beauty of the Tongass as well as its rare ecological integrity.

These values are captured in a series of richly colored, captioned, 2.5 x 3-foot photographs that will travel to Yakutat, Ketchikan, Wrangell, and Craig this spring and summer after the Sitka leg of their tour ends on April 29. Not to be left out, Juneau will play host when Gulick caps the traveling exhibition with a public lecture.

For more information, you can…
*      Listen to Amy Gulick’s interview on Raven Radio:
*      Read an excerpt from Salmon in the Trees in Capital City Weekly:
*      Visit Salmon in the Trees on the Web:

1 comment:

  1. Thank you beautiful Sitka for welcoming Salmon in the Trees! Such a gorgeous part of Southeast Alaska with a terrific community of people.