Jennie Thlunaut recommended that Chilkat weavers pray every morning before they go to work. She said real prayer is always about “giving thanks for what we got.” She said always give thanks for everything you have in your life, and the gift that was given to you, you were chosen to receive this gift…(she was referring to the art of Chilkat weaving). I listened to her words; every day before I weave, I always say the Lord’s Prayer. (It doesn’t matter what belief you have, as long as you give thanks, you invoke the spirit of goodness to be with you.) In the past few years I developed a method in which I can focus on giving thanks, a ritual that I learned from growing up in the St. Nicholas Russian Orthodox Church.
Almost every day since my mother’s passing on July 4, 2011, I have burned Russian Orthodox Church resins as part of my morning ritual before I begin my work. The then priest of the St. Nicholas Church in Juneau presided over my mother’s memorial service; it was one of the last services he had conducted before he relocated to Denver, Colorado. (He gifted me several bags of incense that I recently used up.) He was the last priest of the church. If I am not mistaken, the church is no longer used for services, though I believe the church is open during tourist season. The church was built in 1895 at the request of the Tlingit people living in Juneau. Our mother was one of the last active members of the church until her passing.
My favorite incense to burn is the Russian Amber and the Russian Rose, along with other local resins, the dried sap collected from the Pinon tree of the Southwest and the Spruce resin of Southeast Alaska.
Today would have been the 60th wedding anniversary of my parents; I salute them with a prayer of gratitude…
The ninth annual Poetry Omnibus program is now accepting entries from Juneau residents for the 2015 competition. Winning poems will be read at a to-be-announced celebration and then displayed on Capital Transit buses for a full year.
The deadline for submissions is October 15. There are two age categories: fifth through twelfth grades and adults over 18 years old. Poems can be on any subject, but must be suitable for public display and not exceed ten lines. One poem may be submitted for free and additional poems may be submitted for $3 each. Entry forms, which contain complete rules and instructions for submitting, are available at local public libraries, the Juneau Arts and Culture Center, and the Canvas Community Art Studio.
Questions may be directed to juneaupoets_AT_gmail.com
Native Art Markets are good venues for certain artists who have sale-able works. I have yet to experience myself to fit into that category as my work appeals to a certain type of art collector or historian. However, art markets allow me to put myself out there and see who “bites.” The bites are folks who may be interested in buying my work later on, or they know of someone else who is, OR they are folks like those from the Tulsa Artist Residency who invite me to submit an application for a one-year residency starting in January 2016 in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Of 300 applicants from across this nation, I was 1 of 12 who were selected. Whoa! This was quite the competition. Read the press release just received from TAR announcing their first 12 inaugural residencies: http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/tulsa-artist-fellowship-announces-inaugural-class-of-12-artists-300120297.html
Though I will be living in Tulsa for the entire year of 2016, I will still be traveling for business. I’ll post my 2016 calendar later on this year; stay tuned!
at least one
a leash could
be brought back
if he will
the wild one
for so long
with a four
of ice clenched jaw
i share the bed
and with the
toe of my
the shovel’s flat blade
go to the garage
it in the bottom
of the trash
When my friend Margie gifted me this thermos last Fall 2014, I thought it was sweet, nifty and thoughtful of her. Little had I known I would use this precious gem at least once a day every day since! It’s the perfect size, not too big, not too small. I’ve traveled the ferry south from Juneau to Bellingham with it in my stateroom, traveled in my Chilkat Mobile along the West Coast down to Los Angelos over the Phoenix, up to Santa Fe and then Colorado.
This thermos keeps your hot drink hot for about 5 or 6 hours; keeps your cold drinks cold for about the same time.
I keep it handy at my side while I am at my desk, my drawing table, my sewing table, coffee table during music and of course my weaving loom. It’s been my pal, my confidant (yes, sometimes I actually talk to it), and obviously my traveling buddy! Yep, hot or kold drinks keep me hydrated serving me well…THE Klarissa’s Kool Klean Kanteen…! Go out and get one for yourself! Or better yet, maybe somebody will gift one to you…!
Thank you dear Margaret!
Whew! It was a lot of work applying for the Native Arts and Culture Foundation fellowship grant; well worth 5 years of applications! This year I won one of the three artists under the “Traditional” category! Click here to read more about the 13 artists selected for the NACF 2015 fellowship awards!
What am I going to do with the money? I’m not going to pay off my visa cards (that’s how I generally pay my bills until I receive a commission); I’m not going to buy a car (though I really need one to get around a do the art markets); I’m not going to blow the bucks on a vacation (because I don’t know how to vacate and feel comfortable doing nothing); and, I’m not going to buy a new wardrobe (I already have one).
I’m working on several projects within this next year. This money will be my “sugar daddy” so I can focus on creating weavings for an exhibit opening on September 21, 2016 at the Bill Reid Gallery in Vancouver, B.C. (more on this later). I am also working with a close group of Tlingit artists to create a Tlingit Mentorship Program. I am working on the various chapters for my book of Tlingit ceremonial robes (my first 60) to be published in August 2016. These are just three major projects over the next 12 months.
Also,…I’m saving the money for a home. I need a home to settle down. Since 2007, I’ve been without a home. I have a studio, but no home. I am saving for a home. That sounds and feels real good!
Thank you NACF for the support; it feels real good to be acknowledged. I feel somewhat “settled” in my bones. I like it; I like it.
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