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Finally Friday Paint & Stitch

Hi!  We just recently wrapped up our Finally Friday Paint & Stitch Get-togethers!  Jake and I have been hosting these gatherings all winter long and now will take a summer break and come back in October.  Every month, on the 2nd & 4th Friday evenings, people from the community who share common painting & stitching interests gathered at the Arctic Rose Gallery & Art Center, downtown 5th Ave, Anchorage, Alaska.  It’s a beautiful Art Gallery and so cozy in the back where we meet.  Thank you Jana for letting us get together there!  So Jake’s (Kurt) the painter and I”m the stitcher.

Our First Gathering

Our First Gathering

It’s been a lot of hard work but soooo much fun and rewarding!  Almost every gathering we’ve had different people come and join us along with a small core group that formed.  We also have a potluck and that has been really nice because we start at 6pm and many come straight from work and we all share our goodies together while unwinding from the hectic week.  We all share our talents too and I’ve learned so much and made friends.

Jan Instructing

I saw painters who started as beginners become experienced and awesome painters!  I saw crocheters who began to knit!  I saw friendships develop and blossom!  I’ve known some of the people for a long time but got to know them better.  The buzz was always “what are we going to bring to eat and work on this week?”  I saw the excitement each time we all came together, excited to share and learn.  I have a hard time around people (I fake it pretty good) but everyone made each other comfortable and was accepting of each other.   Even though we were all different ages, we were like one big family!  It was so wonderful to experience that! I love each one of them.

11-23-2012 Beautiful Paintings   Joni and BlueHands

We even shared things that we made, like I bought a beautiful pair of earrings from Cathe!  And Nicole brought handmade felted soap!  Jan and Joni bought some of Jake’s paintings and Angie showed her cute crocheted baby onesie & hat sets along with her Angry Bird hats she sold at Christmas.  We all watched Sarah work on her darling crocheted mushroom until she completed it.  Funny, I never did really complete anything because I always got side tracked looking at everyone else’s projects:)

Angie and Nija Turtles                Sarah

The last Friday the stitchers convinced me to show them how to locker hook and before I knew it I had a FULL class!  I honestly wasn’t prepared for a class….thought it was just going to be a demo!  But everyone, having stitching experience whether it was knitting, crochet, tatting, felting, weaving, embroidery, jewelry, sewing, and etc. all caught on fast.  It was a great class and I am so proud of them:)

locker hooking gathering

I know we are going to miss our Friday gatherings but it always seems that when spring & summer come we all are out doing other things.  In Alaska we take advantage of the good weather!  But we will all come together again in October and share more projects, fun, food, laughter, and friendships.   Hope everyone has a great summer and Jake and I can’t wait to see you in October!

Jake Painting


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Hope, Alaska

Hi!  Last weekend Jake and I took a beautiful drive to Hope, Alaska.  Jake, my so famous Alaskan artist husband, was asked to bring some of his original paintings to Hope’s small Art Gallery.  And so we did, and it was such a wonderful day!  Hope is a community of 150 people (year round) but then you have to add a couple of 100 or more people during the summer.  The fun thing to do is to pop your tent out by the ocean (free!) and hang out all summer long.

It’s just a CUTE little town!!

Does anyone remember back in the early 1980’s when Hope, Alaska, got on world-wide news?  Their town was so small with very few women and so the men went on TV to ask if any women would be interested in moving to Hope?  If so………….well they would just LOVE to have them!  They even went on a bunch of popular talk shows.  I guess three women did go ,but I found out on the weekend that all three eventually left!  SO SAD!  But I can understand because I think the hard winters and isolation in Hope was just too much for some of the ladies to take!

I wonder?  Would you go?

I went to the town’s yard sale (for their school & library) and wandered into the little book store, and if you want to buy something you just leave a few dollars in a container.  Before we left Hope, the highlight of the day was having dinner in their little View Cafe.  It was so enchanting! And the food was absolutely yummy!  (I had a BLT w/avocado and Jake had halibut).

I just fell in love with this little town!

Hope Fine Art Gallery

Hope Fine Art Gallery

David's home, owner of Hope's Art Gallery

Scott & Fayrene Sherritt's home, owners of Hope's Art Gallery

Hope's Cafe and Bar

Hope's Cafe and Bar

Hope Cafe

Dinner anyone?

So the next time you are near Hope, Alaska, you must come visit!

♥ Donna

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