The Fred Meyer Palmer Artwork by Ruth Hulbert!
We at the Valley Arts Alliance are very pleased to be involved in the selection and procurement of the artwork at the new Fred Meyer store in Palmer.
Ruth Hulbert, a fourth-generation Alaskan, was selected to provide the mural placed in the cafeteria area. Ruth was born and raised in Palmer. She has a BA in biology and painting from Western Washington University, and a certificate in science illustration from the University of Washington.
Ruth’s mural is a stylized cross-section of the Palmer area, from Hatcher Pass to the Hayflats, condensed into a single colorful patch of forest. Through the trees you can glimpse a bit of Independence Mine, a cabin, the Palmer water tower, a Colony farm, and the Alaska State Fair. The old cabin depicted is the one built by John Bugge, who homesteaded in Palmer in 1914. The new Fred Meyer store sits in what was once John Bugge’s hay field.
From native Dena’ina and Ahtna, prospectors, homesteaders, colonists, up to the most recent cheechakos, all those who have lived or traded here have left some mark on the landscape.
Look closely at Ruth’s mural and find traces of some of the languages spoken here over the years, in the names of plants and animals.
Ruth has provided us with a list of all the species included in her mural, in four different languages: the common name, the taxonomic name, the Dena’ina name, and the Ahtna name.
Ruth comments, “It's a huge pile of information, but if you want some interesting tidbits…
“—In English, we say "willow" and "willow ptarmigan," using the name of the plant to refer to the bird. In Dena'ina, ptarmigan is "delggema" and dwarf willow is "delggema duna" or "ptarmigan food" -- so they use the name of the bird to refer to the plant.
“—Club moss in Dena'ina is "d'lina kala" which means "mouse's tail," so I painted the mouse and club moss next to each other.
“—Both Dena'ina and Ahtna use similar words for the two prickliest plants. In Dena'ina, roses are "heshkegh" and devil's club is "heshkeghka'a," while in Ahtna rose is "xost'aan'" and devil's club is "xos cogh." Both sets of names translate roughly to thorn-bush and bigger thorn-bush.”
To see Ruth's list of all the species included in her mural, see our Fred Meyer Palmer Mural by Ruth Hulbert archive page.
VAA partners with Valley Performing Arts!
The Valley Performing Arts will be producing “And Then There Were None” at the Machetanz Theatre, 251 West Swanson in Wasilla, from March 24 to April 16, 2017.
Ten guilty strangers are trapped on an island. One by one they are accused of murder and one by one they start to die. In this exceptional mystery statuettes of little soldier boys on the mantel of a house on an island off the coast of Devon fall to the floor and break one by one as those in the house succumb to a diabolical avenger. A nursery rhyme tells how each of the ten “soldiers” met his death until there were none. Eight guests who have never met each other or their apparently absent host and hostess are lured to the island and, along with the two house servants, marooned. A mysterious voice accuses each of having gotten away with murder and then one drops dead – poisoned. One down and nine to go! Agatha Christie is at her best in this extraordinary murder mystery – it will keep you guessing until the end.
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 mosaics by Nicolene Jordan and Nan Bennett. These mosaics are made from window glass fused with pigments.
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.