This Friday, May 4 is the first Friday of the month, which means that most local art galleries will have new art shows and will be hosting receptions. The artists are normally present at these events, and often there is live music and complimentary refreshments. Most of the action happens downtown, but there are many venues around town that host First Friday events. The Anchorage Press is a good source for event listings. Scott and I usually open our studio to the public for First Friday Art Walk, but not every month. This one in May will be the last one we’ll host at the studio until October. Scott will have an art opening in June, but it will be at Midnight Sun Brewing Company. In preparation for an open studio event, we always have to do quite a bit of cleaning and rearranging of paintings and studio equipment. Work mode and open studio mode are very different. We completely clear my desk to make room for prints and greeting cards, put away all the painting stuff and scrub the floor. Here are some pictures to give you an idea of what the studio looks like in work mode, versus how we make it look for visitors during open studio events. We hope you’ll stop by this First Friday from 5:00 – 7:30 pm. We’ll have cookies that Scott will bake from scratch, and new paintings that have never been shown before. The address is 333 W 4th Avenue, Suite 4 (inside the 4th Avenue Market Place).
What do you do with some day-old bread… besides eat it? If you are Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop, or Anchorage Brewing Company, you make an avant-garde Belgian wit-bier with it. Some 130 pounds of day-old sourdough bread from the delicious Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop were added to Anchorage Brewing’s mash tun to make this untraditional wheat beer. Wit-bier by definition is a Belgian-style wheat beer with as much as 50% wheat in the mash. It is spiced with coriander and orange peel. The world’s most famous wit-bier, Hoegaarden, made in a huge factory in Hoegaarden, Belgium makes the whole town smell like SweeTARTS candy. ABC’s Day Old White Beer is a good representation of the style despite its unique addition of whole loaves of Alaskan sourdough bread. I thought I would taste some sour notes, or funk, but I guess that was all killed in the boil. Delicious beer made by one of my favorite breweries and tied to my favorite neighborhood bakery! If you haven’t had some baked goods from Fire Island Rustic Bakeshop, you are due to take a field trip there and get some goodness! Also get in to ABC to pick up a four pack of some of the last remaining cans of Day Old White Beer, as this is probably a one of a kind batch.
Cheers to Anchorage making some artisanal goodies!
Scott and I just got back from a two-week trip to Washington and Oregon where we visited many of our wonderful friends and family. We had an amazing trip, but are glad to be back in Anchorage, where the pace of life is slower, and life seems easier in general. We don’t have to structure our daily schedule around peak traffic times, there are fewer people competing for the same things, and the scenery is breathtaking.
On the first day back in Anchorage we drove around to replenish our supplies, and almost everywhere we went, we knew someone. The best part is that several people told us they needed to meet about a painting, or a stickers order, or help with graphics. That’s when we realized that our local community is the reason that we are able to survive on the income from our little art business. Without long-standing relationships in our home town where we have lived for over 20 years, our business wouldn’t be possible. So, thank you to all of you who choose to buy locally!!! That really does make a difference! We feel the love, Anchorage, and we can’t think of a better place to live and work!
~ Scott and Maria
Year of Beer 07.27. Thank You German Hefeweizen by Anchorage Brewing Co. Oil on panel, 8″x10″.