Come to the reception for the Voices of the Wilderness travelling art exhibit Friday, Nov. 21.
Free to the public, there will be apps and a cash bar.
Sponsored by a while bunch of Federal Agencies, it will be at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art starting more or less precisely at 6:30pm. You can also here the welcoming remarks at 6:45.
If you don't spend much time there, you'll probably take delight in finding out how great the museum is, and what a great showcase it makes for these wonderful and wilderness-inspired pieces. Nearly forty federally designated wilderness areas have influenced the artists and their works. South-central Alaska is represented by work inspired by the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge and the Nellie Juan-College Fiord Wilderness Study Area located on the Chugach National Forest in western Prince William Sound.
A lot of the the work was created in-situ, or even plein air, appropriately enough. Picture the artist-in-residence stepping out of a cabin bounded by a stately and cracking glacier on one side and the boundless sea on the other. Not far from the truth.
The exhibit began a seven-city tour of Alaska in February, 2014, and will be at the Anchorage Museum from November 21 to February 8, 2015. The year-long tour is part of national celebrations by federal land agencies, conservation groups, and others commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of the 1964 Wilderness Act.
See the poster below and the show at the museum.