With 125 park units totaling more than 3 million acres, Alaska State Parks provide visitors with great year-round opportunities to explore a wide variety of recreational, historical, and cultural experiences. One of the primary objectives of Arts in the Park, an art-based program, is to bring a creative focus to the outdoors by hosting events in park units throughout the state. It's a family oriented initiative that seeks to inspire people to get outside and experience state parks with an eye toward art. Events are open to the public and include art-themed activities for children and adults and guided interpretive hikes. People involved in all kinds of artistic mediums- drawing, photography, sculpture, music, poetry, jewelry making, and even cooking (that would be ME!) are encouraged to participate.
From a personal perspective, my good friend Denise Broussard and her sister Dawn are both involved, as painters. You can see from Denise's website what a great artist she is. (Dawn is as well.) (And yes, their mother Pat is very proud!) We will be featuring Denise's wonderful work at 11th Avenue B and B this summer, available for sale. Denise and I met in the 7th grade, in Band Class at Romig Jr. High School.
For information on the upcoming program, or to share ideas for future Art in the Parks events, check the Alaska State Parks website at www.alaskastateparks.org, Arts in the park .
You know, it was Pablo Picasso who said "the purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls."
I can't help but think he's got a good point.
Marilyn Walsh Morgan