The mere mention of Paris stimulates the senses and conjures up many images: The smell of freshly-baked baguettes, the sound of old accordion tunes resonating through the streets, the feel of cobblestone beneath your feet as you walk along to explore museums, historical sites such as the Eiffel tower and castles. It’s no wonder so many artists are drawn to this charming city. This was a city on my ‘bucket list’ to visit some day. So it seemed appropriate to say “yes” to the opportunity to co-teach a paper collage class in Paris with artist Bonnie Fitzgerald of internationally known company Maverick Mosaics. I’ve always loved doing paper collages since I was a child. Making a collage is another art form I use to express my creativity. Of course I wanted to teach this art class with as much knowledge about it as I could. Some interesting facts I found out and conveyed to the class: Collage is a French word, from coller, meaning to glue. This art form has been done for hundreds of years but it was cubist artists Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso who coined the term “collage” in the beginning of the 20th century when collage became a distinctive part of modern art. The creative process for this class began when Bonnie and I selected multi colored papers, maps of Paris, and cut out words and pictures from magazines for the students to choose from as they collaged the front and back covers of journal books they would use to document their trip to Paris.
The Chugiak-Eagle River Food Pantry recently got a makeover — and they have Aaron Feinstein to thank for it. For his Eagle Scout project, Feinstein and some of his fellow scouts from Troop 219 replaced old carpeting with new vinyl commercial tile at the pantry, which is located inside Eagle River Presbyterian Church.
Like plenty of local residents, C.J. Mitchell owns a canoe. But he’s not launching it into Eklutna Lake on the weekends. Instead, it serves as a large flower bed where he grows bright red poppies in front of his Eagle River home.
The Anchorage Fire Department issued a municipal-wide burn ban effective 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 23 until further notice.
After enjoying a day of fun and sun at the Bear Paw Festival on Saturday, July 13, Sen. Lisa Murkowski took a redeye to Washington, D.C., the following day to attend a meeting with all of her fellow U.S. senators.
What a weekend for Bear Paw. Sunny skies and temperatures in the mid-70s filled the festival’s final three days Friday, July 12 through Sunday, July 14. Good thing the fire department was there. AFD personnel used Truck 11 to cool down hot festival-goers in the middle of Business Boulevard.
Second time was a charm for Victoria Bensel and Nathan Dennis, whose return trips to the Bear Paw Pageant paid off royally Thursday, July 11 at the Steve Primis Auditorium. Bensel and Dennis earned their Bear Paw King and Queen titles one year after finishing as runners-up in the 2012 scholarship competition.
Rodeo Alaska wanted to bring rodeo back to Chugiak-Eagle River. Given this year’s Bear Paw Festival theme, 2013 was a good year to start. Under the theme Roundup at the Bear Paw Corral, a rodeo was added to the annual festivities in Eagle River for the first time in several years, said event director Merry Braham. It was a huge hit.
Longtime festival voluneer Mitch Braham took home the top individual honor during the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber’s Bear Paw Awards ceremony Wednesday, July 11 at the Bear Mountain Grill in Eagle River. Braham earned the 43rd Bear Paw Outstanding Community Service by an Individual Award. The Eagle River Nature Center was honored for the Outstanding Organization Award.