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Sitka Center for Art and Ecology:
E-Newsletter, AUGUST 2007


  • PBS Video Presentation at the Sitka Center: Richard Notkin & Laylah Ali
  • August Board Update: Executive Director Search
  • 2007 Crowley Creek Educational Project
  • Upcoming Workshops: Space Still Available
  • The Art of Living at Sitka

PBS Video Presentation at the Sitka Center: Richard Notkin & Laylah Ali

On September 12 at 6pm please join us for a comparative video presentation of two contemporary artists speaking about their art and process. Ceramist Richard Notkin was part of the PBS series ‘Craft in America’ which coincided with the newly opened Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, OR. Richard Notkin received a Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Residency at the Sitka Center and will be a guest artist fall 2007. Painter, Laylah Ali, most recently featured in ‘art:21, Art in the Twenty-First Century’ has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, including the MOMA in New York and the ‘Venice Biannale.’ The event is free and open to the public. Seating is limited. A reception will follow the presentation.

August Board Update: Executive Director Search

Several board members have resigned, including Craig Kiest who was president of the board. Darle Maveety is now Sitka board president. The board is actively seeking new board members and we are pleased to announce that Deborah Dewit Marchant has agreed to join the board. The process for selecting a new executive director is now in full swing (See full job announcement…add hotlink to 1-5). The committee, made up of board members and Sitka supporters Gail Beppu, Carol Ferris and Valoy Warburton, met on Friday August 10 to launch the search. We hope to have a new executive director by December.

2007 Crowley Creek Educational Project

In 2005, the Sitka Center Board and staffed launched the “Crowley Creek Collaboration” to engage the Sitka Center in studying and restoring its surrounded land through an education/restoration program. Extending from the 2005 Crowley Creek Collaboration was the summer 2006 and 2007 Crowley Creek Educational Projects, which involved student “employees” from Career Tech high school participating in a hands-on watershed monitoring and restoration program. The 2007 Crowley Creek Educational Project began July 9 and continued through August 4. Eight students from Career Tech High School worked with their teachers Mark Peery and Chris Thompson, Corinna Chase of Salmon Drift Watershed Council, and Katie Brehm, a volunteer and last year’s Sitka Center AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer to evaluate river flow, take photo points on McKee Commons, check on recently planted trees, remove blackberries and English ivy in the Crowley Creek area, and to build a “quest trail” for others to follow and learn more about coastal ecology. We thank the group and the dedicated volunteers for the ecological services they performed this year at Crowley Creek.

The Art of Living at Sitka

Annamieka Hopps, Intern Summer 2007

A summer internship at Sitka is more than just a job. It is a lifestyle. I am surrounded by art all the time, and the natural setting is spectacular. I live along the Salmon River estuary, and wake to observe herons and bald eagles fishing in the morning light. My walk or bike ride up the hill to work at Sitka follows the Nature Conservancy trails through the lush coastal forest. As the season turns, so the parade of wild berries ripen, and I have enjoyed first salmonberries, then thimbleberries, huckleberries, and now blackberries as abundant sweet snacks on my walks through the forest. Work here at Sitka includes a variety of tasks, from office work and answering phones, to making coffee and sweeping floors, but my primary responsibility is to make the workshops extraordinary. My great joy in this job is to witness creativity on a daily basis. My most important job as an intern is to share my genuine enthusiasm for this place with everyone who comes. I get to work directly with the students and instructors in the workshops, and all the inspiration. Our time at Sitka is precious. It is an honor to live and work in such a special place.