11/30/2005: "Wonderful exhibit!"
The Zimbabwe Artists Project is here in Juneau to honor World AIDS Day on December 1st. Part of the exhibit was set up today for a reception in the library where I work; the pieces are beautiful little narrative depictions of life in rural Eastern Zimbabwe.
I bought a small painting on a wooden tray titled "Making Beer" (perfect for me or what?). The paintings and quilted fabric pieces each have a short story that goes along with it (taped to the back). They also have photos of the artists including brief bios describing their lives and some of their hardships. The sale of their artwork helps these artists take care of their families and the prices are a real bargain. I'm sure the pieces will sell very easily here.
Friday is Juneau's December First Friday, our biggest First Friday of the year and just about every artist in town is involved in some kind of exhibit or another. I'm going to all them (including the Earth, Fire and Fibre XXV exhibit visiting the state museum from the Anchorage Museum of History and Art).
I also have my first interview set up for "Art in Alaska". The director of the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council has asked me to write a short article about the new publication to include in their next newsletter. I know the magazine is going to be a lot of work but I'm excited and ready to get working on it. I also worked on another new painting tonight. It's amazing what you can get done when you can't sleep! I'll post some new photos soon.