The saying goes, “Strike while the iron is hot!” That’s exactly what we’ll be doing this weekend, as thousands of people arrive to Anchorage for the Iditarod start this Saturday. The ceremonial start of the race will begin at 10am sharp, on 4th Avenue, right in front of the building where out studio is located. So we decided this would be a good time to turn the studio into a pop-up gallery for the day, and invite people to visit. There will also be a craft fair inside the building, making it an amusing place to warm up. After the Iditarod start, one of the most popular Fur Rondy events is happening — Running of the Reindeer at 4pm. Our studio will be open 10 – 5pm. Stop by for a home-baked cookie, and check out my art, not to mention our great view of the carnival (and maybe Denali).
This week is First Friday, and I’m having an art opening at Turnagain Brewing Company, which is a new-to-me venue. I created four large splatter beer paintings inspired by Jackson Pollock for this art show. I’ll be there 5 – 8pm this Friday, March 1. If you haven’t been to this brewery yet, I highly recommend it, especially if you like sour beer. If that’s not your thing, the brewery also offers traditional beer styles in a cozy atmosphere. Click here to see the Facebook event.
Today is the first day of snow! This is a very exciting day for most people, and this year it happened on a Monday, making the dreaded first day of the week a bit interesting. We all know the first day of snow is coming, but for some reason most of us choose not to do anything about it. But this morning we quickly realized that we’d have to add some extra chores to our list today if we want to continue with our regular daily tasks, like driving.
Change tires on our vehicles to winter tires. Preferably studded ones, which have the best performance on ice versus the ones that claim to be studd-less winter tires. Some stores, like Costco, stopped carrying studded tires, because they cause so much road damage, but we found a place just a couple blocks from our studio that still sells them, and tomorrow we’re dropping off our truck so it can get brand new studded tires put on it.
Switch to our fat bikes that also have studded tires. We ride bikes to the studio from our condo, because the studio is only 1 mile away, and we have to pay for parking. So today we had to air up the tires on those bad boys, and get them ridable again for the first time since last March.
Put the big brushes that we use to clean the snow off our truck back into the truck. We took them out for the summer to have more space in the back seat.
Pull out winter boots, and put away summer shoes. Same goes for winter jackets, hats, gloves, etc. Good luck finding all that stuff after several months.
We live in a condo, so we don’t have to worry about snow removal, but most people had to clear their driveways on top of all the other snow-related chores.
We still have to wash our summer bikes to make the transition to winter complete. Right now we’re excited for winter, and all the activities we’ll get to do like ice skating, skiing, and fat biking. Ask me again in a few months how I feel about it.
In case you’re looking for some indoor activities now that it’s cold outside, this Friday we’re hosting a First Friday Open Studio event. Stop by and see the newest oil paintings for the first time, enjoy some complimentary refreshments (Scott always bakes fresh cookies), and meet the artist if you haven’t already. Click here to see the event on Facebook. If you’re not on FB, here are the deets: November 2nd, 5 – 7:30pm, Suite 4 inside the 4th Avenue Market Place on 333 W 4th Avenue.
One of the newest oil paintings never seen by anyone in person yet, except the artist and his Business Manager. 36″x18″, oil on panel.
Twice a year I get to have art shows at Midnight Sun Brewing Company in Anchorage. Once in January, and also in June. There are a couple perks to showing my oil paintings at this venue. First, I get to tap a firkin (a small keg) at 5pm of opening day to kick off the month-long show. Usually the firkin is filled with one of MSBC’s delicious brews cask-conditioned with special ingredients. For example, at my upcoming art opening this Friday, June 1st, the firkin will be Panty Peeler Belgian-style ale cask-conditioned with tequila-soaked oak spirals and lime! That sounds festive and refreshing! Another benefit of having an art show at a brewery is that every time I go there to check on the show, I order a beer, which is tax deductible!
Click here for details about the event, and please invite your friends! I hope you can be there at 5pm on June 1st to watch me tap the firkin, but if not, we’ll be there until 8pm on Friday, and my art will be on display and available for sale until July 5th.
I hope that when I tap the firkin, this happens, because a beer shower is always fun, although I don’t want to waste too much beer.