Image Selected for Exhibit

Image Selected for Exhibit

Alatna Headwaters


In 2007, I had the pleasure of spending two weeks in Gates of the Arctic National Park & Preserve as the park’s Artist-in-Residence. During part of that trip, I camped at the headwaters of the Alatna River, one of several designated Wild and Scenic Rivers within the park.  During one evening hike, as I and my companion, National Park Ranger Tracy Pendergrast, were hiking back to our camp, I noticed the amazing golden light striking the mountains opposite of the headwaters from us.  It was about 11:00 p.m. and the light was really hitting that amazing quality it gets in late evening.  I set up this shot, and felt that it so well represented this part of the park – the open treeless landscape, the diversity of tiny plants covering the alpine slopes, the dramatic mountains of the Brooks Range, and the amazing Arctic light. This image was one of three framed prints I donated to the park as part of my artist residency.

Well, as it turns out, the staff at Gates of the Arctic felt that it really represented the park, too.  This image has been chosen to represent Gates of the Arctic at an exhibit that will be traveling around in Alaska in 2014.  Entitled “Voices of the Wilderness,” the exhibit will celebrate the 50th anniversary of passage of the Wilderness Act and highlight Alaska’s wild lands. I am pleased and honored to have my image selected for this important exhibit.  It has always been my goal and desire that my photography be used to highlight the value and importance of wilderness.  Given the magnitude and importance of the Wilderness Act, I am pleased to hear that this exhibit will be celebrating Alaska’s magnificent wild lands.  I hope that it is well viewed throughout the state, and it reminds people of the inherent value of wilderness.

At this time, the exhibition schedule is as follows:

Feb 2014: Sitka—Sitka National Historical Park

May 2014: Ketchikan—Tongass Historical Museum

June 2014: Juneau—The Canvas

July-September 2014:  Fairbanks—Morris Thompson Cultural Center

November 2014-February 2015:  Anchorage—Anchorage Museum

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