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Sitka Center for Art and Ecology e-Newsletter

March 2009 - Vol 4, Issue 4


  • Notes from the Director
  • 2009 Spring Artists-In-Residence
  • Workshop Registration Open
  • Artist-In-Residence 2009-2010
  • Spring Cleaning and Art

Notes from the Director


Photo of Skunk Cabbage by current Artist-In-Residence, Rich Bergeman.

In the spring, we are greeted first by the elk, then by daffodils and then by the skunk cabbage. It has been a particularly good year for the cabbage. In McKee Commons, where Crowley Creek overflowed its banks in January, the noisome skunk cabbage has begun to share its brilliant yellow flowers. These plants have amazingly deep roots and are able to generate their own heat, allowing them to get an early start in the growing season.

Things have been so busy at Sitka this month, I feel like we have been generating our own heat. With the mailing of our catalog, we have officially begun our 2009 registration season. So far, our phones have been ringing steadily and I am heartened to see so many people using our online registration system. It's a new system and there have been a few hiccups, but with your patience and our tenacity, overall it's been a very smooth opening to our season. A few classes are close to selling out (some have already sold out) so if you think a workshop sounds good, grab it up before it's gone. You can see a video montage of last year's workshops on our homepage.

We have been juggling a variety of projects. Our facilities renovation and upgrade plan is moving forward. We need to raise another $82,000 to complete the John Gray match which will release an additional $250,000 for this project. We have applied for grants from several Northwest Foundations and have secured 17 letters of support from a mix of government agencies, local organizations, and area non-profits. Our architect has begun sketching plans for two new residences that will house instructors in the summer and resident artists/writers/musicians/ecologists in the winter. We plan to begin construction on phase one in October in order to have the smallest impact on our programs. Phases 2 and 3 will begin when we have secured funding. All told, this project will allow for a complete environmental upgrade to Sitka's campus, increase our residence capacity from three to five, add one additional studio, add ADA accessibility to a residence, and allow needed repairs to all existing studios and residences. For the person or group that delivers that $82,000 matching money, we will commission a sculpture in your honor!

Jalene has been creating a marketing plan to help our marketing dollars go further. You can help by inviting your friends to take a workshop with you at Sitka. If you have a website, post a link to Sitka. Help us get people involved. We'll do our part to make sure your time here is terrific.

Kim Stafford wrote a wonderful story about his experience as an Artist-In-Residence and it is featured on the Alliance of Artists Communities web site. The Calling: My Residency Experience Begins at The Sitka Center

Filmmaking at Sitka? What if we had chronicled all 170 residency experiences dating back to 1981 when Laurie Kovack held the first one. Kim Stafford suggested the idea that we begin filming our residents to share their experiences with the world. We applied for a couple of small grants and viola, success! Special thanks to the Siletz Tribe Charitable Contribution Fund and the Lincoln City Visitors and Convention Bureau. With their support we were able to purchase a high definition video camera, microphones, lighting, a nice backdrop, editing software and a 30 inch monitor to edit our masterpieces. A previous contribution from Gregg Cole provided the Xeon Mac Pro workstation with 16GB of RAM and 2TB of hard drive space. We are ready to make some movies.

It's going to be a great year! We can't wait to see you.

Apparel Design ContestSitka_Crow

Take part in designing the image(s) featured on Sitka Center apparel offered in 2009.

If your image is chosen, it will be featured on Long Sleeve T-Shirts, Short Sleeve T-Shirts, Sweatshirts, and Aprons. In addition to the thrill of having your design out there, you will also receive a $100 Sitka Center gift certificate.

Here are all the nitty-gritty details. We're looking forward to seeing your creations!

2009 Spring Artists-In-Residence


Cascade Head Trail, Photo by Spring Artist-In-Residence, Rich Bergeman

The spring residents are here and curiously exploring the environment including hikes up the stunning Cascade Head Trail pictured here.

Over the last 25 years, around 170 artists have experienced the transformative influence of the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology through the Artist-In-Residency program. Interest in the program has been growing with 60 applications in 2006, 80 applications in 2008, and an anticipated 100 applications in 2009. Up to 15 are selected. The program is separated into fall and spring residencies, with an open house presented at the end of each season to share the residents' creations with the community.

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First workshop of 2009, "Inaugural Portfolio" taught by Kim Stafford. Photo by student, Cindy Hanson.

Workshop registration is open! Are there some workshops calling out to you? It's an honor to offer workshops taught by such incredible instructors. We hope you find one, or more, just right for you.

This year, there are three ways to register. Register online, by phone (541-994-5485), and by mail using the form from the workshop catalog

Artist-In-Residence 2009-2010

Installation, "Just Barely," by Fall 2008 Artist-In-Residence, Dawn Stetzel.

While the spring residents are deeply entrenched in their projects, it's time to turn our attention to the 2009-2010 Artists-In-Residence selections

.Imagine having up to 4 months dedicated to your work. We provide the living and studio space, you provide the materials and inspiration. Explore the elk trails meandering through lush green forest, canoe across the Salmon River estuary to the secluded sandy spit to marvel at the sunset. Allow the essence of "place" into your work.

If you're interested in applying to be an Artist-In-Residence, the deadline for applications is April 21, 2009 for the 2009-2010 residency period.

Spring Cleaning and Art


We want to welcome the workshop students with a spiffy, clean, artful campus. Would you like to help keep the Sitka Center beautiful?

There are two focus areas for this clean-up day. Landscape clean-up and hands-on-art-creating projects. The landscape clean-up involves raking and pruning mostly in the Sculpture Garden. The art project involves doing things like painting quotes on walls, possibly a mural in the bathroom, and adding a few more artful touches to some practical things like clipboards.

Would you like to spearhead the art projects? We have some ideas and would love to develop them further. Contact Jalene at jalenecase@sitkacenter.org or (541) 994-5485

You're welcome to just show up or call us in advance to let us know you're coming.
Saturday, April 25, 2009
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Thank you!


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