Sunday, September 20, 2009

Even the Weather Was Artful

It’s probably best that it is pouring rain this morning here in Girdwood. Daddy-O has the football game on (thankfully at a very low volume), I’m sipping hot tea and we’re not up for our

usual morning hike. Gus is drawing with his new super-duper mega-marker set he bid on and won in the kid’s silent auction. The GCVA “Fall for Art” was a huge success last night and we’re worn out from so much laughing, dancing, eating and revelry that can only happen when you throw a bunch of artists and joyous patrons together in Girdwood –not to mention a live band, the best beers on tap and wine sold by the bottle (with dinner of course)!

The setting couldn’t have been more spectacular and the beer couldn’t have been better (one of our favorites, Glacier Brewhouse Amber Ale: Made with the finest English floor malts in the world, malty, medium bodied, and balanced with hints of chocolate and caramel…) –sorry, did I mention beer again?! We were surprised and impressed to see that GCVA unveiled their plans, designed by Architects Alaska, which is a beautiful new Arts Center building! This ambitious goal certainly fueled higher than normal bidding.

Alyeska Resort and their employees hosted quite the spread of a full spaghetti

dinner, bar and all you can eat fresh Pie for dessert. Art patrons dined amid the alpenglow of beautiful Mt. Alyeska, the changing yellow birch trees and kids of all ages ran around on the freshly cut resort grounds. There were over 5 huge tables of silent auction items and 6 live auction items. I was honored that “Spenard Kinetic” was a live auction item and brought over $800 to GCVA, thanks to a generous supporter of the arts. Winners of the Pie Baking contest won highly coveted hand thrown pie dishes donated by Girdwood’s best potters, which always heats up the competition even more. The center pieces were hip and creative using shredded paper for nests atop recycled plastic jugs that contained glow-in-the dark liquid and battery operated tea lights. Newsprint painted leaves and origami cranes in various sized nested on table tops. The center pieces came to life as the Daylodge dining lights were dimmed when the auctions ended and the band fired up. Kids and adults hit the dance floor working off a bit of dinner and tons of fresh PIE we all had consumed! 

The Girdwood Center for Visual Art's Annual "Spaghetti Feed" has always been a family event making it fun for all ages, one that we’re glad to have involved our 3 kids. This year the event

got a new name, a new look and some much needed new energy. In addition to all of the adult type silent auction art items, this year there were 2 lowered silent auction tables just for kid bidding and even a Kids category for the Pie Baking Pie Contest. Gus was thrilled to 

have WON the Kids Pie Baking Contest with his Apple-Cranberry-Raisin Pie!!  It was inspiring to see the new vision of a 6,000 + sq. ft. arts building for GCVA and meet the new board and new volunteers. The old “GCVA Spaghetti Feed” used to be held at various artists homes who would spend the day cooking up batches and batches of spaghetti and sauce with the help of friends and family, a job that is now hosted by the Resort and professional staff. The “Spaghetti Feed”  has grown not only into a real fund raising event but a “not to miss” social event and highly competitive Pie Baking Contest.  While the new "larger vision" for GCVA  is inspiring, fortunately, the friends, the fun, support, and everyone’s LOVE OF ART is still the same. 


Linda Starr said...

The first photo is like a painting, just wonderful, more later Gary is calling me to pack.

Anonymous said...

WOW what a great time! The art, the food, THE BEER;) Nice.

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

all that and amber ale too????

ang said...

what a great night in a fantastic setting no doubt...

cindy shake said...

Hi all- thanks for reading :o)) We got back in Anchorage, and was thinking Gird was quite the picturesque eve where our hearts always are. Yeah, Derek and I just returned from a loooong walk to City Market (we needed batter mix & tarter sauce for me) with our doggie Tauzer Schnauzer...we both were sweating Ale hahaha. To cheer us up we're having BEER batter Halibut deep fried out on the lucky Grille -mmmm. And no rain here in town.