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.
While some might not think twice about the demands they put on their cars — what we do to our bodies doesn’t compare, said massage therapist L.A. Simpson. “Most people would never treat their vehicles the way they treat their bodies,” he said.
The Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department broke ground Wednesday, July 24 at the site of its new Station 35 on the Old Glenn Highway near Fire Lake in Eagle River. The 10,000-square-foot facility will house five fire fighting and response vehicles, offices, a classroom and serve as the department’s administrative station, said CVFD Chief Virginia McMichael.
A small cabin in Eagle River recently suffered some big time vandalism. When caretaker Tom Staudenmaire went to check on the cabin at the end of Domain Lane near St. Andrew Catholic Church, he found nearly all of its contents thrown outside. Boxes of paperwork littered the front yard. The stove and file cabinets were tossed down a nearby hill.
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.
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.
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.