Story last updated at 3/20/2013 - 11:46 am
Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park (NHP) announces the artists selected for the Artist in Residency (AIR) program. Cassandra Loomis, from Annandale, Virginia, is joined by Canadian artists Kara Sievewright and Nicole Bauberger to participate in this international program. Loomis, an illustrator with a passion for traveling, stated that she's honored at being selected to participate in the AIR program.
"I know this is an opportunity of a lifetime and I can't wait to see, hike, and paint the beautiful Chilkoot trail," she said.
She is employed by Trader Joe's Grocery Store where she is responsible for creating large murals, signs and decorations for several stores. Loomis plans to offer mini portraits of hikers and conduct painting workshops during her time on the trail. Afterwards, she will create a web site sharing her artwork and trail experiences on a visual journey.
Based in Toronto, Ontario, Sievewright is an artist, writer and wilderness enthusiast. Bauberger is a painter, writer and art educator from Whitehorse, Yukon Territory. All three artists will offer a pre-residency program in Skagway and post-residency program in Whitehorse that will be open to the general public.
AIR is administered by Klondike Gold Rush NHP (National Park Service) and Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site (Parks Canada), with assistance from the Yukon Arts Centre and the Skagway Arts Council. The program entails a two week journey on the Chilkoot Trail following in the footsteps of the stampeders from Dyea, Alaska to Bennett Lake, British Columbia.
Hikers on the Chilkoot Trail this summer will be invited to see the trail from the unique artistic perspective offered by the artist through engaging activities that explore and perhaps challenge ideas about landscape art. The AIR program aims to increase awareness of the Chilkoot Trail, both nationally and internationally, inspiring people to learn more about our national parklands.