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


  • September 2007 Board Update
  • Welcome Fall 2007 Residents to the Sitka Center!

September 2007 Board Update

Artist Carol Riley has joined the Sitka Board of Directors. Her dedication to Sitka has been cultivated over many years teaching here as a workshop instructor. Carol, renowned as a painter and bright personality has given her watercolor workshops a loyal following. Her new presence and perspective are greatly appreciated on the board.

The Sitka Board of Directors met September 25th on-site. The search for a new Executive Director is underway. We received 85 applications for the position. The original pool has now been narrowed down to twelve. The preliminary telephone interviews will be conducted in mid October. We hope to have a new Executive Director hired by the first of the year. Plans are moving ahead for the 2008 Sitka Art Invitational. The board is looking for a volunteer to chair the event coordination committee.

Skuja Braden: "Serene Reflection," coil built stoneware and porcelain, 2003.

Welcome Fall 2007 Residents to the Sitka Center!

Landscape painter Thomas Riesing of Tennessee has been a guest artist and visiting professor in China for the last twelve years. During his residency, Thomas will create work for several international exhibitions, including a one-person show at the National Art Museum of China in Beijing. Thomas Riesing is the 2007 Randall and Lainie Koch Resident artist at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Sarah Rabkin, an award-winning writing instructor at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will be working on two projects during her residency; creating a collection of essays in book form and building a body of visual artwork. Sarah Rabkin is the 2007 Norman and Dolores Winningstad Resident.

Skuja Braden forms the pseudonym of collaborative ceramic artists Inguna Skuja of Latvia and Melissa Braden of Sacramento. Their focus while in residence will include the illumination of Buddhist sutras through the joining of video documentation of nature's rhythms and porcelain forms. Inguna Skuja and Melissa Braden are the 2007 Vladimir Tsivin Resident artists.

Painter Glenn Goldberg and ceramist Richard Notkin are the 2007 Jordan Schnitzer Printmaking Residency Program guest artists, and are working intensively at the Sitka Center this October with printmaker Julia D'Amario, formerly of Pace Editions. Significant support for Sitka Center's Residency Program has come from The Collins Foundation and the donors to the named residency funds. An Institutional member of the Alliance for Artist Communities, Sitka Center also receives support from the James F. & Marion l. Miller Foundation, Oregon Arts Commission, and hundreds of donors and members ... more ..