PUBLISHED: 8:12 PM on Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Local artist pens a tale of good marmots gone bad
Juneau watercolor enthusiast, Cindy Burchfield, has taken her passion for storytelling to the pages of "Gimme, Gimme Moocher Marmots," a children's book, released this week.

First captured in the camping journals of two elementary school adventurers, "Gimme, Gimme Moocher Marmots," recounts what happens when good marmots go bad. Burchfield describes it as a tale of innocence and chaos in the wilderness - where a simple act of kindness leads to unforgettable mayhem and a lesson for all campers.

"I wrote it for the young and the young at heart," Burchfield said. "Reading to children as parents, grandparents, aunts or uncles should be as much fun for you as it is for the kids. 'Moocher Marmots' was written for all of the above."

Burchfield brings this story to life with her charming, yet mischievous characters based on the marmots that share the wild regions of Southeast Alaska. She uses lively watercolor illustrations and rhythmic verse to make it ideal for story time.

A bonus at the back of the book is My Camping Journal, interactive pages for young readers and future writers to record their own outdoor adventures.

"Who knows what it might inspire," exclaims Burchfield. "My nieces, Jamie and Sara Caraker, had no idea what they were starting."

Burchfield also enlisted the digital talents of local artists, David W. Riccio of Lemon Creek Digital and Terra Parker of End of the Roll Photographics, to help her edit and refine the book for submission.

Burchfield will be greeting fans of "Gimme, Gimme Moocher Marmots" at Hearthside Books in the Nugget Mall from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at a special after hours event. She will also be autographing books at the Juneau Public Market in Centennial Hall over Thanksgiving weekend.

Special hard bound editions of the book will be signed at the Gallery of the North on the December First Friday Gallery Walk downtown. The books are also available online at Fans of the book can go online to and "E-mail a Marmot."

Burchfield's stories and artwork grow out of her passion for the Alaska lifestyle. She and her husband Kevin, a fishing guide, live it to the fullest. The imagery and icons of her travels in the Western U.S. and Alaska are captured in her work.

She began painting as a child with her grandmother, Juli Wilson, an accomplished oil painter. It was watercolor that landed Burchfield in her first museum show at fourteen. An artist was born.

Under the direction of her college professor, she produced a considerable portfolio of watercolor work, most of which sold before graduation. A businesswoman was born.

Her talent for the written word as well as the visual arts landed Burchfield in the field of marketing for the last twenty years.

She is also a member of the Juneau Artists Gallery, a shared endeavor of almost 30 local artists. Lost in Alaska Studios is the home she and her husband share with Moose the Lab and Whiskey the Scottie on North Douglas Island.