Artist in Residence Highlights 2011

NELLIE JUAN-COLLEGE FIORD WILDERNESS STUDY AREA
CHUGACH NATIONAL FOREST

KATHY HODGE, Oil painter, Providence, RI 

Kathy Hodge

Even more than painting Alaska, I yearned to explore its vast spaces, from a sleek yellow kayak skimming the surface of the fiords, slicing through shimmering reflections of mountains whose summits emerged from clouds at impossible heights, sleeping on the narrow gravel beaches at their feet, and climbing up through the moss draped trees for short excursions into the mysterious forests. Now back in crowded Rhode Island I am still processing my impressions in oil paint, adding new colors of cobalt teal and turquoise to my palette. My work feels brighter and more open, though still inadequate to depict Alaska’s immense beauty, I will have to return.”

Donation:  "Surprise"  a 27” x 22” framed oil painting on canvas.

Community extension:  Art exhibit featuring Alaskan paintings at the Bert Gallery in February 2014 with Saturday afternoon ‘meet & greet’ sessions with the artist throughout the show.  Also exhibited her work and gave talks at the Keeseh Gallery, Providence, Hale House in Wakefield, the Warwick Art Museum and the RI Bioblitz.

Stewardship projects:

  • Pulling invasive weeds at Harriman Fiord beaches
  • Monitored campsite conditions in Harriman Fiord
  • Visitor contacts
  • Air quality monitoring projects
  • Beach clean-ups

For more on Kathy Hodge visit: 

http://www.kathyhodge.com/paintings/chugach.shtml website

http://artists-in-residence-field-notes.com/ web community for AIR participants

https://vimeo.com/45850432 video of Forest Rangers

Exploring Prince William Sound (Chugach National Forest Website)

Nellie Juan–College Fiord Wilderness Study Area (PDF)


TRACY ARM-FORD’S TERROR WILDERNESS
TONGASS NATIONAL FOREST

JULIE DENESHA, Photojournalist, Merriam, KS

Julie Denesha

I count myself very fortunate to have had a chance to travel with two forest rangers working in Endicott Arm Fiord in the Tongass National Forest. I did my best to follow them as they spent long days monitoring land managed by the Forest Service. The rangers patrol the waters in sea kayaks and small motorized boats. Bobbing along on a kayak surrounded by the great wild expanse of water and tree, my experience with the rangers was the best way to help me to appreciate this majestic landscape and my humble place within it. The trip gave this girl from the Great Plains a much greater respect for the land and work of the Forest Service.”

Donation:  "Monitoring the Solitude" a framed 19” x 13” photograph.

Community extension: Julie gave a public presentation to the Wyandotte County Camera Club in Kansas City, Kansas and created a website dedicated to stewardship in Tracy Arm-Ford’s Terror on the Tongass National Forest.

Stewardship projects:

  • Monitoring vessel/harbor seal interactions as part of a partnership between ADFG, USFS, and NOAA
  • Provided education aboard two tour boats traveling Endicott Arm
  • Monitored/restored campsite conditions in Endicott Arm
  • Visitor contacts
  • Beach clean-ups
  • Collected lichen for lichen bio-monitoring project

For more on Julie Denesha, visit http://tongassguardians.com/

Tracy Arm - Fords Terror Wilderness (PDF)

Tongass National Forest website


TRACY ARM-FORD’S TERROR WILDERNESS
TONGASS NATIONAL FOREST

IRENE OWSLEY, Photographer, Potomac, MD

Irene Owsley

I count myself very fortunate to have had a chance to travel with two forest rangers working in Endicott Arm Fiord in the Tongass National Forest. I did my best to follow them as they spent long days monitoring land managed by the Forest Service. The rangers patrol the waters in sea kayaks and small motorized boats. Bobbing along on a kayak surrounded by the great wild expanse of water and tree, my experience with the rangers was the best way to help me to appreciate this majestic landscape and my humble place within it. The trip gave this girl from the Great Plains a much greater respect for the land and work of the Forest Service.”

Donation:  "Glacial Stream" a 60” panoramic fine art photograph, and collaborated with writer Marybeth Holleman, providing photographs for an article written by Holleman , published in the June 2012 issue of Canoe and Kayak magazine.

Community extension: Irene gave public presentations/slideshows on her experience on the Tongass to the North Bethesda Camera Club, the Silver Spring Camera Club, and American University’s School of Communications, as well as contributed three photographs to the China Photographers Association at the Qinghai Sanjiangyuan International Photographic Art Festival.

Stewardship projects:

  • Monitoring vessel/harbor seal interactions as part of a partnership between ADFG, USFS, and NOAA at South Sawyer Glacier, Tracy Arm
  • Provided education aboard two tour boats traveling Tracy Arm
  • Monitored/restored campsite conditions in Tracy Arm

For more information about Irene Owsley, visit https://www.ireneowsley.com/voices-of-the-wilderness

Tracy Arm - Fords Terror Wilderness (PDF)

Tongass National Forest website


TRACY ARM-FORD’S TERROR WILDERNESS
TONGASS NATIONAL FOREST

MARYBETH HOLLEMAN, Writer, Anchorage, AK

Marybeth Holleman

Wilderness is my bedrock. Everything I write has as its inspiration the wild, chaotic, mysterious, and wondrous natural world. For over 25 years, Alaska’s wildlands have provided sustenance for my work and my life. My residency in Tracy Arm Ford’s Terror afforded me the perfect confluence of what I most love to do: spend time in the wilderness, learn from it, and then give back to it by relating those lessons to a broader audience through the written word.”

 

Donation:  an essay entitledWhat we talk about when we talk about Wilderness" and published on Center For Humans & Nature. She developed three mounted 19” x 14” photos featuring excerpts from that essay.

Community extension: Marybeth wrote an article for the June 2012 Canoe & Kayak magazine ‘Clinging to Fjord Walls’, and wrote ‘Writer as Wilderness Ranger’, posted on 49 Writers.

Stewardship projects:

  • Monitoring vessel/harbor seal interactions as part of a partnership between ADFG, USFS, and NOAA at South Sawyer Glacier, Tracy Arm
  • Provided education aboard two tour boats traveling Tracy Arm
  • Monitored/restored campsite conditions in Tracy Arm

For more on Marybeth Holleman, visit: http://www.marybethholleman.com/ and https://49writers.org/2011/09/tribute-to-american-heritage-guest-pos.html

Tracy Arm - Fords Terror Wilderness (PDF)

Tongass National Forest website