“Adventure into wilderness is adventure into the soul.” Nancy Cherry Eifert’s photography and Mitchell Poling’s Alaska Chugach Aleut kayaks are presented for the featured show at Gallery 9 for the month of October. Please join us tonight, October 1st, for the opening during Gallery Walk from 5:30-8:30.
Nancy’s work represents her recent journeys into the wilderness of Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula and Washington’s North Cascades National Park.This show features impressive views of those two regions. North Cascades National Park is known as The American Alps while Kenai Fjords National Park is a place where the Ice Age still lingers, and while neither is easy to get to, both are wildly beautiful places. Nancy states “This is serious scenery only reached by some serious travel, and judging by the sad state of my hiking boots, a trip to REI for new treads is in order soon.”
Upon retirement Mitch reconnected with his past and began building traditional Chugach baidarkas. Made of red-and yellow-cedar these lightweight vessels weigh 35 pounds and can carry 10 times its weight. He builds the kayaks at the Nuchek Spirit Camp near Cordova, Alaska and also in Port Townsend, Washington. Mitch lived as a boy in the 1940’s in Prince William Sound, Alaska, in the Chugach Alutiiq village of Chenega, less than 50 air miles from where many of Nancy Cherry Eifert’s photos were recently taken.
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