The Art of Pat Garley!
Pat Garley has been designing and producing statues, plaques and trophies at his Palmer studio, Arctic Fires Bronze, since 2000. He works mainly with bronze, but has cast a variety of items in iron and aluminum.
A few years ago, Pat was commissioned by the Seward-Iditarod Trailblazers Association to create a life-sized bronze statue of a gold prospector and his dog, which is permanently on display outside the Alaska Sealife Center in Seward.
And recently, the Iditarod Trail Committee selected Pat to create the Iditarod Winner’s Trophy.
The Iditarod Trail, as originally planned in 1908, started in Seward and ended in Nome. In the first decade of the 20th Century, thousands of gold-seekers traveled this route to the Iditarod goldfields, and gold-carrying sled dog teams became a regular sight on the trail. But by the 1920’s the stampede for gold was over, and the construction of new rail lines resulted in the Iditarod Trail falling into disuse.
In 1967, during the 100th anniversary of America's purchase of Alaska from Russia, Joe Redington Sr. and Dorothy Page decided to help revive and reenergize the sport of mushing in Alaska. The Iditarod trail seemed ideal for a spectacular dog race to wake Alaskans up to what mushers and their dogs had done for Alaska.
In the years since that first 50-mile centennial race, the Iditarod has grown into Alaska's greatest sporting spectacle—the 1049 mile Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race from Anchorage to Nome known around the world as "The Last Great Race on Earth".
Pat’s Iditarod Winner’s Trophy, a 97-pound bronze masterpiece, features Redington and his lead dog Feets under the Burled Arch in Nome. Pat’s design is based on sketches from Bill Devine, and recreates Redington’s signature from one of his race bibs.
“It’s an honor to be able to make this trophy,” said Pat. “I don’t mush, so this is my way to get to be a part of the Iditarod.”
In recognition of his skill and accomplishments, Pat received the prestigious Governor’s Award for Individual Artist. Congratulations, Pat!
To see more of Pat’s work, or to see Pat actually casting metal, come to Art on Fire, an outdoor iron casting event at the Museum of Alaska Transportation and Industry on Saturday, June 25.
VAA partners with Valley Performing Arts!
The Valley Performing Arts will be producing “On Golden Pond” at the Machetanz Theatre, 251 West Swanson in Wasilla, from April 1 through April 17, 2016.
This is the love story of Ethel and Norman Thayer, who return to their summer home on Golden Pond for the forty-eighth year. He is a retired professor, nearing eighty, with heart palpitations and a failing memory—but still as tart tongued, observant and eager for life as ever. Ethel, ten years younger, and the perfect foil for Norman, delights in all the small things that have enriched and continue to enrich their long life together.
They are visited by their divorced, middle aged daughter and her dentist fiancé, who then go off to Europe, leaving his teenage son behind for the summer. The boy quickly becomes the “grandchild” the elderly couple have longed for, and as Norman revels in taking his ward fishing and thrusting good books at him, he also learns some lessons about modern teenage awareness—and slang—in return.
This is a wonderful story of hope, enduring love, and what it means to be family with enough laughter to warm the heart even more.
For more info, see their website or phone the Box Office at 373-0195.
In the lobby of the Machetanz Theatre is the Valley Arts Alliance showcase that displays locally crafted original artwork by Valley Arts Alliance members.
For the next several weeks, our showcase will contain ceramics by Sandra Cook and Matthew Van Atta.
New displays at the Machetanz Theatre are being planned, so that we can provide VPA theatre guests with an opportunity to view our local community artists. Just another example of the Valley Arts Alliance bringing the community together through the arts!
What is "Second Saturday"?
On one day each month—the “Second Saturday” here in the Valley—we are encouraging local art galleries, restaurants, and retail businesses to join in with local and regional artists, sculptors, musicians, and food masters for a festive day of art and entertainment.
This concept has been adopted in a variety of locations throughout America, and provides a festive atmosphere for visitors to plan a day on the town and browse the many participating stores and venues. A bookstore could schedule a book signing; a coffee shop could schedule a poetry reading; a gallery could have an artist demonstrate; or a retail establishment could provide space for a musician to play. All on the same day of the month—the Second Saturday.
The Valley Arts Alliance is coordinating the "Second Saturday" project. Just email us if you are willing to participate and we will attempt to match up artists and venues. For a complete list of participating Second Saturday venues, please sign up for our newsletter. It’s that easy! Join us in supporting the arts in our community, and in helping to make our art community grow.