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Sitka Center for Art and Ecology e-Newsletter

December 2008 - Vol 3, Issue 11


  • Notes from a Resident
  • What does it take to be a professional artist?
  • Kim Stafford's Winter Workshop
  • Explore the World of Nature Essays
  • Meet the Winter 2008/2009 Artists-In-Residency
  • Open House in January- new location!
  • Creativity for Business Owners
  • Online Photo Sharing
  • Make a Donation to Sitka

Notes from a Resident


Sarah Greene, Sitka Board President and retired Forest Service employee, gives the 2008 Fall Residents a tour of the diverse forests in the area. Artist and ecologist converge

.(From Sitka Resident Lousia Conrad)

As I left the Ace Hotel in Portland very very early on the morning of Nov 15th to head back to Vermont after 6 weeks at Sitka, I was filled with an overwhelming sense of warmth and gratitude for what Sitka was able to provide for me. Following a night at the Invitational where I was able to witness the larger sphere that makes up Sitka, I was so honored to be a part of such a great institution that is doing so much to further the relationships between artists and the world around us.

At a time when the natural world is shifting so rapidly all around us, Sitka's role in fostering conversations between creative minds and ecology will only become more and more vital. I left that morning for the airport feeling so spoiled by having the luxury of time to negotiate in an area that is not my expertise (science) but with the knowledge that the struggle to understand is going to make my life as an artist so much richer.

Before coming to Sitka I was making work about science and scientists and scientific models, but having the opportunity to be in conversation with these same people gives the work an edge that was missing and has given me courage to be able to talk to other scientists in the future. I do believe even in 6 weeks at Sitka, the time spent researching and filling out gaps in my own knowledge will take my current train of thought to a new level. I am endless thankful to everyone at Sitka that made this possible - Jalene, Eric, Molly and Mindy as well as the board and local residents that made my time what it was.
Thank you.

Louisa Conrad- Fall 2008 Resident

What does it take to be a professional artist?

Next Steps
M.J. Anderson and John Van Dreal
01/17/09 to 01/18/09
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

What does it take to turn your art into a business? This workshop is designed for the artist who is currently a hobbyist but whose skills and goals are moving in the direction of a professional career.

Kim Stafford's Winter Workshop

Inaugural Portfoliostaffordjan09 Kim Stafford
01/24/09 to 01/25/09
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Join Kim for a weekend of writing.

As the nation turns to a new regime, it's time in your life to manifest your beliefs, your calling, your story as a strand in the work of now.

Explore the World of Nature Essays

hartjan09Writing and Selling Your Nature Essays
Melissa Hart
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Do you have an amazing nature essay inside you waiting to see the light of day?

This workshop will guide you through the steps for successfully writing and selling your nature essay.


Meet the Winter 2008/2009 Artists-In-Residency

This fall and winter we have two waves of residents gracing us with their presence. Louisa Conrad was here from October 1st to November 20th. Although she has flown home to Vermont, her work will be a part of our upcoming Open House. Dawn Stetzel and Matt Bower are here from October 1st until January 15th. They are deeply entrenched in their projects with inspiration oozing from their descriptions of how the surrounding area is influencing their work.

Kim Stafford joined us on Thanksgiving Day and Mary Ann O'Donnell is arriving on December 12th

Kim resides in Portland and has a PhD in English Literature from the University of Oregon. He's planning to delve into a book of poems, a collection of essays, and a novel-in-stories.

Mary Ann is currently living in China and has a PhD in Cultural Anthropology from Rice University. She'll be exploring image poems and ethnographic essays on the environmental impact of urbanization.

Open House in January- new location!openhouse0109

The Fall residents are developing a distinctive Resident Open House for January. While the details are still creatively being woven together, we want to share the basic information so you can mark your calendars for an event not to be missed.

Sunday, January 11th, 2009

Lincoln City Cultural Center

Confluence: Artists From Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.

1 p.m to 5 p.m.

Creativity for Business Owners
Instructor: Eric Vines
01/19/09 - 01/20/09
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
$ 445 Tuition (20% discount for non-profit leaders)

business ownersIn tough economic times, business owners need to learn how to innovate faster. This 2 day class will supercharge innovation in your company and help you grow your profits. Now is the time to think expansively about what is possible so when the economy rebounds, you will be ready to reap the rewards.

Online Photo Sharing

For those of you with an interest in sharing your photos of and around the Sitka Center, please consider joining the recently-created group on Flickr created to connect alumni, staff and instructors of the workshops offered here. You can upload photos, screenshots, art or illustration, video and animation. You can also simply look at uploaded photos.


Flickr is an online photo management and sharing application that is free and easy to use.

To join this group, click on the above link (or copy and paste it into your web browser). You'll see a link to "Join this group." Then you can see what this group is all about!

Once you are logged in as a group member, you can see more pictures. Some current members have set their photos to be visible only to those who are logged in. You can also make comments on the work shared by the other group members.


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