Join physician and amateur photographer Dr. Kristin Mitchell as she shares stunning photographs of her journey to Antartica.

March 21 6pm Kenai Fine Art Center

In 2017, local physician Kristin Mitchell, MD participated in a panel about women in science at the Kenai Fine Arts Center, and learned about a transformative leadership program for women in STEMM fields. She applied and was selected to participate in the Homeward Bound program, a leadership program building a global network of 1000 women in STEMM to lead and influence decision making as it shapes our planet.

Homeward Bound situates the culmination of the year-long leadership development program in the remote Antarctic peninsula because Antarctica, like the Arctic, is experiencing climate change at a more rapid pace than temperate parts of the planet. The isolation and challenging environment helps focus attention on the tasks of understanding the challenges of climate change and women in leadership.

Dr. Mitchell hopes to inspire her community with images and stories about the Antarctic environment. She is optimistic that we can all work together to live more lightly on this planet.

Biennial Judged Exhibition

This year’s judge, Steve Gordon is a University of Alaska art professor. Since 1992 Steve has worked full-time as a professional artist painting the south central Alaskan landscapes.  His work can be seen at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, the Alaska State Museum, the Fairbanks Museum, the Pratt Museum and in many collections across the U.S.

Judge’s Statement

I was impressed by the diversity of mediums and approaches to subject matter in the show’s entries. There were works of ceramic sculpture, stained glass, encaustic, fabric/ textiles, fabric sculpture, watercolor, beading, oils, photography and drawing.  Many of the pieces showed a high degree of technical mastery in the medium. That was impressive.  
Another common thread was the landscape and animals of the region.  Mountains, forests, eagles, fish, gulls, all suggest the land as a powerful source of inspiration many of the pieces represented in the show.  Artists who are drawn to natural beauty have no shortage of material to draw from living in such a beautiful area.  
The pieces that I selected for special recognition showed a clear mastery of the medium and also a clear aesthetic vision.  In the photography area the creative use of depth of field focus, cropping and compositional elements, double exposures revealed images that were both familiar, but “new”.  I liked the double exposed gulls.  It spoke to die offs of pelagic birds in recent year…leaving a “ghost” bird image that was both “there” and “not there”.  
The beaded masked fiber sculpture showed a beautiful use of materials and craft to suggest the magical spirit realm of another culture.  The spider drawing had a dynamic composition and masterfully described the texture of the spider with a sensitive transition from focus to gesture. 
The best of show masterfully captured the likeness and soul of the sitter.  The watercolor technique was flawless.  The subject in the painting was “alive” and expressed both courage and strength as she looked out to the viewer.  The worn and weathered details in background spoke of a long history of working the oceans.  
Thank you for the opportunity to judge the show.  Continue the great creative explorations of the “stuff of life” that makes you come alive. 

All the best,
Steve Gordon

Best of Show


by James Adcox

Best of Awards

  • Best of Show– Chris by James Adcox ,Watercolor                            
  • Best Drawing –Orange Girl by Lisa Irene,Color Pencil   
  • Best Fiber –Jungle Track by Laurie Marta, Fiber
  • Best Sculpture-Ra by Karen Fogarty Fiber, Sculpture
  • Best Photogragh-Edges & Silver by Laurie Marta, Photograghy

Honorable Mention

  • Leo’s Chair  by Amanda Ritchie,  Graphite, Chalk, Charcoal
  • The Rookery by Wade Wahrenbrock, Photography
  • Beautifully Creepy by Lisa Irene, Color Pencil
  • A Million Mountains by Jason Leslie, Acrylic
  • Koi by Kathy Harper, Acrylic      
  • Diving by Marion Nelson, Encaustic

Lifelong Alaskans

Thursday, Feb. 21, 6 p.m.

Steve & Anne will talk about living on Lake Clark, their writing, their building project, & their latest artistic endeavor: a documentary film.

Steve Kahn is the author of The Hard Way Home: Alaska Stories of Adventure, Friendship, and the Hunt. He has written numerous pieces for Alaska Magazine and Alaska Dispatch News. Born and raised in Anchorage, he now divides his time between Homer and Lake Clark.

Anne Coray was born at Lake Clark and grew up in Kenai. She is the author of three full-length poetry collections. She has also written and published short stories and is at work on two novels.

Both Steve and Anne have received awards from the Rasmuson Foundation for their writing.

Art Quilts Extraordinaire

The Kenai Fine Art Center’s show for August is Art Quilts Extraordinaire, a judged show with multiple Alaskan fiber artists. All are invited to the opening reception Thursday evening August 2nd, 5-7 pm. Live music, free and open to the public. Meet the many artists, see their work, and hear what they have to say about their medium and construction methods. Two area judges will also be available to award prizes and speak their thoughts on the exhibit entries as well.