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Jean Bundy

Jean Bundy is a writer/painter living in Anchorage. She holds degrees from The University of Alaska, The University of Chicago and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is a member of AICA/USA and an ambassador to The Portrait Society of America. Jean recently began a PhD program with IDSVA. Her whaling abstracts and portraits have been shown from Barrow to New York City.

She can be reached at: 38144 [at] alaska [dot] net

Ruth Gruber, Photojournalist at the Anchorage Museum

This show, at the Anchorage Museum, came from Ruth Gruber’s reporting adventures in the Soviet Arctic, Alaska, and then in Europe and Asia after World War II.

While some of Gruber’s images, people staring directly into her lens, seemed overly posed, other works, where she caught subjects off-guard, delve into the human psyche and are haunting.

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December 10, 2012 - 9:00 am

Autumn in New York (Playing the Ponies at Belmont)

When I was a little girl, my father promised me a trip to the racetrack when I turned twenty-one, which never occurred as he suddenly died. Fast forward forty years and I’ve been researching the lower East Side of the late nineteenth century and discovering that off-track betting was the poor man’s stock market.

So, I finally made my trip to Belmont Park, named for a Rothschild cousin, who moved to America to manage family holdings.

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November 1, 2012 - 9:00 am

Finding My Song at the Anchorage Museum

It was approaching the third week of heavy winds and rain outside the Anchorage Museum as I strolled through their canary yellow lobby on my way to “Finding My Song.” Artist Da-ka-xeen Mehner has combined his Native and European heritages to produce a show packed with color, texture and fun along with a poignant message.

It’s clear Mehner understands Tlingit craft and twenty-first century Eurocentric Conceptualism.

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October 1, 2012 - 10:00 am

Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center to Open in Style

The Anchorage neighborhood health Center is moving to a new facility in Midtown Anchorage on September 17, 2012.

The Health Center had local artists paint “Health Center Hero” medical lab coats for a future benefit — coats will be displayed around town this fall. Here’s the story of how I created mine.

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August 28, 2012 - 9:00 am

Berlin, Paris, and London-Part Three

It’s been forty-five years since I rode in a London taxi. Summer ’68 I worked in Hoxton, the East End, while boyfriend Dave counted checks for Barclays Bank.

London seemed more crowded than we remembered as we taxi’d to a Club Quarters Hotel near Trafalgar Square. With McDonald’s and Starbucks everywhere, London felt more like another Manhattan borough.

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August 15, 2012 - 9:00 am

Berlin, Paris and London-Part Two

I’ve been in love with art history since 10th grade when I got to dump my Latin textbook for Janson’s “History of Art.”

Now that my last child is a senior at NYU, it seemed time I visited those French works in Janson.  With that in mind, husband Dave and I left Berlin on an easyJet for Paris—warning, hungover passengers and no pre-assigned seats on budget european airlines.

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August 2, 2012 - 9:00 am

Berlin, Paris and London-Part One of Three

To a baby boomer like me who grew up in the fifties learning how to crawl under a desk in case of nuclear attacks or being told to watch out for Communists lurking under everyone’s bed, the idea of vacationing in Berlin this past June seemed daunting.

Husband Dave and I landed at Tegel Airport, then taxied to a Best Western located in the Mitte section of formerly East Berlin.

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July 12, 2012 - 2:07 pm

A Graduation and Art around LA

What do a giant rock, oversized china and the Queen Mary have in common?

Well, they all reside in LA and I recently visited all three when attending my son Oliver’s Pepperdine Law School graduation.

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May 31, 2012 - 3:52 pm

King Salmon Attorney Publishes “Regular Army Corporal”

There was still ice on Pike Lake in front of Richard Ellmers’ house as we recently chatted about his new book over the phone. He had just put his King Salmon house up for sale and was planning to move to Anchorage after this winter’s record snowfall.

Ellmers is a mesmerizing story teller both vocally and in print.

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May 16, 2012 - 1:00 pm

Art and Spring in New York City

Amazing, no snow, the first week of April in New York City! The thermometer read mid-thirties, surprisingly colder than Anchorage as I subway’d around Manhattan in search of art. A former professor once told me “find me something I haven’t seen before.”

It took some scrounging around as the downturned economy has reduced exhibitions. Good news: many shows are staying up longer and there appear to be bigger crowds in galleries and gift shops than last fall.

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April 20, 2012 - 1:29 pm

Memories Sparked by Grandma Bricken from “Ravens Cove”

Grandmothers are no longer sitting in rockers, knitting socks or being an annoyance to their daughters-in-law—well let’s hope! In reality, grandparents have been economically necessary throughout history. In agrarian times they raised children and boosted family incomes by engaging in cottage trade while parents worked the fields or kept the local shops. I remember the exact spot I first became a grandmother.

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March 26, 2012 - 12:24 pm

Faces in Winter at the Anchorage Museum

Portraiture is a timeless art form and my favorite. It has never been super popular as a genre but none the less has lasted through time. Today’s social media has turned digital photography into a form of cheap and accessible portraiture.

The human face is the foundation of portraiture which conveniently comes with built in narratives, often revealing ongoing dialogue between the artist, his material and the viewer.

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February 27, 2012 - 10:45 am

A Working Art Vacation in the Cold and Dark Winter

Winter blahs are the Alaska norm after New Year’s. With kids back in college and tax time approaching, my husband and I have traditionally ignored the cold and dark by spending January cleaning our office, putting labels on manila envelopes and rummaging through the shoe box we use for accumulating tax information (actually we have upgraded to a Rubbermaid container).

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January 30, 2012 - 12:17 pm

Plowing through Wind and Rain to see Fall Art

The first weekend in December was the American Bankruptcy Institute’s conference in Palm Springs and Dave’s turn to find an excuse for us to travel. But before driving through California’s desert, we flew into San Francisco to view Pissarro’s People.

Pissarro is considered a father-figure to Impressionists as he empathized with those who wished to take their easels and palettes outdoors observing the sublime of nature – wind, rain and changing light patterns.

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December 28, 2011 - 3:30 pm

Autumn on the East Coast for Art

In spite of economic downturns some museums have labored financially to finish renovations. Traveling exhibitions have been reduced but seem to be staying up longer. Disappointments when visiting a museum can be turned into new discoveries and fond memories.

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December 2, 2011 - 10:00 am
Self-Publish or Self-Perish

Self-Publish or Self-Perish

Most Saturdays, husband Dave and I push a cart around Costco, sampling the latest tooth-picked sausage dipped in some sugary goop. Across from the massive freezers, we observe self-published authors sitting at card tables behind piles of books. These artists are eagerly trying to catch passing shoppers. The lucky ones sign copies or hand out promotional brochures.

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October 31, 2011 - 1:52 pm

Italy Part 2 – My Favorite Art in Italy

Venice’s Santa Lucia railway station is on the Grand Canal, my first clue that getting around this watery city meant using the aquatic bus system, Vaparettos. We stayed on Lido Island, a typical resort with over-priced boutiques, ice cream vendors and beaches with cabanas. Lido translates to beach, hence lido decks on cruise ships.

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October 1, 2011 - 7:00 am

Judi Betts Workshop Inside Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival

Flash-back twenty-one years ago, May 1990, Judi Betts was juror at a Fairbanks Watercolor Society exhibition and workshop. My watercolor, “She the Prom” had been accepted into the show—the piece depicted the mutton chop prom dress I had sewn for daughter Jennifer. What a thrill for me, a soccer mom, this was my first outside-the-state acceptance.

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August 30, 2011 - 4:26 pm

Tales of an Italian Art Adventure: Part 1

I hadn’t been to Europe in forty years. Summer 1968, I worked at a community center in London’s East End, doing art projects. Late afternoons I would help the cook, her main ingredients seemed to be canned mackerel and powered pudding mix. I slept on an old WWII army cot, the showers were undependable.

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August 1, 2011 - 5:00 pm
Book Review: Spoon Fed by Kim Severson

Book Review: Spoon Fed by Kim Severson

Remember when the Anchorage Daily News was thicker. Those days are gone but the News’ former food editor Kim Severson is well and now the Atlanta bureau chief for the New York Times. She’s just published a memoir-cookbook.

Severson finishes each culinary interview with recipes like aioli and even spaghetti and meatballs.

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July 15, 2011 - 5:00 pm