Holiday Shopping?

If you’re in the Anchorage area and want to do some holiday shopping, I will be selling my prints and cards at two juried art shows this season.

The finest juried arts and crafts show in the state, Crafts Weekend at the Museum, will start on Friday, November 27th, and runs through the 29th.  Friday and Saturday hours are 10am-6pm, and Sunday’s hours are 12pm-5pm.  You can find me in the Atrium, next to the fountain.  The Anchorage Museum is located at 625 C Street.

On December 5th, I will be the at UAA Crafts Show from 10am to 5pm.  The show is located in the Student Union building.  Look for booth #96 upstairs in the hallway.

Happy Thanksgiving.  Hope to see you at one or both of the events!

Arctic Tern with Fish

Arctic Tern with Fish

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The Ones That Flew Away

I had too many pieces to fit at my Snow City show in May, so I put up a new show at the Arc Gallery in the UAA/APU Consortium Library on July 2.  The Ones That Flew Away consists of all new digitally altered photographs of Common Ravens.  I hope you’ll stop by to see it.  The show hangs through August 5.  The Consortium Library hours are from 7:30am-10pm, Monday through Thursday, 7:30am-8pm, Friday, and 10am-8pm, Saturday and Sunday.  Parking is free Friday through Sunday and after 7:30pm on other days.  Please contact me directly for sales for this show.

‘Victory Dance’

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First Friday: ‘The Tricksters’ — Ravens, Artfully Edited

Although I’m a bit late in posting this, I’m pleased to announce that I have a show from May 1st through June 3rd at Snow City Cafe in Anchorage:  “The Tricksters” — Ravens, Artfully Edited.  The show is sponsored by blue.hollomon gallery through their ‘Artists Offsite’ program.  I’m very excited about the process that I’ve used to edit this set of Raven photos.  I’ve added multiple layers of colors and textures to simple photos, giving them a playful and interesting (I hope) vibrancy.  The First Friday opening reception is tonight, May 1st, from 5:30 to 8:00pm at Snow City Cafe, 1034 West 4th Avenue, Anchorage, 907.272.2489.  Hors d’oeuvres will be served, with beer and wine available for purchase.   To purchase artwork from this show, please call blue.hollomon gallery at 907.563.2787.

After the Feast-2

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The Trickster

It’s been a busy summer for me as I’ve been trying to create new images, finish a metalsmithing project, and enjoy the wonderful weather in Anchorage before Autumn arrives. One project that I’ve been working on is my new “Trickster” series. The Raven, or The Trickster, is a long-standing part of the culture in Alaska. There are quite a few versions of the Trickster story, many depicting the Raven stealing the sun from a greedy man and sharing it with the world. One of the smartest birds on the planet, Ravens never fail to amuse — their inquisitiveness, playfulness, and fascinating vocalizations are among their most interesting and endearing characteristics for me.

A pair of Ravens have made their nest next door to our home for the past 6-7 years, occasionally moving it to different trees for various reasons. It’s been so much fun to watch the new babies from year to year. Yes, it gets a bit loud (really loud) in the weeks leading up to and right after the babies fledge, but it’s a joyful noise that I welcome each year. The young Ravens tend to hang around the neighborhood for the remainder of the summer after they fledge, and then I assume that they join the huge group of Ravens who commute daily to and from the neighboring Chugach mountain range year-round. Many nest and raise their young in the Chugach, but there are a great number of them who decide to nest in town for the spring and summer.

Let me know what you think of my Trickster series. These images are available as cards ($4.95/ea or 5/$22.50) or prints (prices vary). Send me an email if you would like to purchase them or you can find some of them in Anchorage at 2 Friends Gallery, Terra Bella Bakery & Cafe, and the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center Shop.

Thanks for visiting and enjoy these waning summer days.Baby Raven

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Welcome back…

I’ve been away from my blog for awhile as life got in the way of writing.  I’m back, but I’m not sure how often I’ll post — I’d like to have something interesting to post here rather than just random thoughts.

It’s springtime in Alaska after a very short break-up season (when all of the snow and ice melts).  We’ve had nothing but sun and beautiful weather for weeks now.  I’m not sure what all of the returning birds are making of this.  There are lots of Gulls and I can hear the croaking and roarking of the Sandhills from the Refuge, but where are the geese?  They seem to be late to the party.  There are a few Canadians, but not in the massive numbers we’re used to at this time.  Some friends tell me there are a few Snow Geese down by the airport, but they’re not in their usual spot down in the Refuge or flying over our house.  I’ll admit, I’m lonely without their happy honking.  I’ll be patiently waiting, but I sure hope they haven’t passed us by and flown north without saying hello.

By the way, I hope you like my revamped site.  I’ve added a couple more galleries and have given it a permanent home at susansernaphotography.com.  Look around, let me know what you think.  If you’re interested in purchasing prints or notecards of any of my photos, please let me know.

Happy Spring.

Mew Gull Love

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Of Birds and Seasons

 

CCENA ReflectionI’m a birder, but I’m not a fanatic.  I don’t really have a “life list,” although I’ll occasionally make a note in one of my bird books when I’ve seen a rare bird.  So, you’ll probably see quite a few birds appearing here in my blog and in my ‘Flora and Fauna’ section.  I live in a place where I am lucky enough to see incredible spring and fall migrations of birds that come to Alaska for summer breeding.  I feel indescribable joy when I hear that first Sandhill Crane making that funny croak (we call it a ‘roark’) overhead in the spring and feel deep loss when I see those huge skeins of Canadian Geese heading south in the fall.  I felt that sense of loss today as I heard loud honking, looked up, and saw hundreds of Canadians flying high above me.  Winter is creeping in — a fact I can no longer deny when I see the snow starting to stick on the peaks of the Chugach Mountains.

Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area

I’m already dreaming of spring since a beautiful new addition to the Anchorage park system was opened last Friday — the Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area (CCENA).  With three viewing decks above the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge (where I take my winter walks and take many of my photos), it’s a birder’s dream.  I can’t wait to stand on those decks in the spring, listening for that first Sandhill ‘roarking’ over the Refuge.

Campbell Creek Estuary Natural Area II

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It’s a start.

Welcome to my first blog.  I’m more of a visual person, so there will be more photos than words.  It’s still a work in progress, but I hope to add a shopping cart soon with prints, canvases, and cards.

Thanks for stopping by.  Please let me know what you think, or just drop me a line to say hello.

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