The Alaska Botanical Garden Art Show and Gala were wonderful! All of the artists showed up on time which made for a trouble free set-up and installation -yippee! Gala patrons were treated to wonderful, fresh food, wine and live music in the Garden, but more importantly, they purchased ART -yahoo! The Garden received great press from the newspapers as well as from NBC affiliate Channel 2 News -click on the video and you can watch me being interviewed(!). The news crew visited the Garden when we were setting up and Jackie Purcell broadcast the weather live from the Gala. All of this footage made for some great plugs for the Garden and the Art Show last night on TV. We got home late but I was able to see the web version this morning, after Kristen e-mailed me because she saw my interview on the on-line version up in Fairbanks! I turn back into a pumpkin (from a famous Garden TV star) today and need to weld up some Chimes -though I admit I'm moving slow and I have little headache from all of the fresh air last night. I'm sure it's not from all of the wine and laughter... Then it will be back to the Garden Saturday and Sunday for the Garden Fair - which thousands of people usually attend. I'll be encouraging visitors to vote for their favorite piece of art in the People's Choice Award -the work that receives the most votes, that artist will win a HUGE gift basket filled with art supplies from Blaines Art! I'm not ashamed to say that last year my large rooster "Big Red" won and I'm lobbying hard again this year! I will also be giving art tours of the Show and hopefully sell the remaining works of art for the artists. I'll take better pictures of the art and post after the Fair.
Steve Gordon with his "Turnagain Pass Summer Clouds" which sold last night at the Alaska Botanical Garden's Midsummer Night's Gala.
Steve Gordon adjusts the hanging wire on "Turnagain Arm Lupin" while a Garden volunteer waters the thirsty flower bed.
The "Secret Garden Arbor" gets installed. This beautiful arbor was completely hand forged by Kevin Foster of Ironclad Designs.
Jay digs a hole for Laura Mendola's Fused Glass birdbath.
Gina and her raku "Chenik Fox" are photographed by Fran Durner of the Anchorage Daily News.
Gala patrons enjoy the Art in the Garden.
You wouldn't know it but is 10:00 at night! Nothing better than friends, art, good food and wine in the Land of the Midnight Sun :o)