My delight on this trip to Ketchikan is to really spend time with the folks that live here – the people that call Ketchikan Alaska home, the locals ---whether they’ve only lived here a few years, or have been here 60 years –no one knows the beauty of Ketchikan like those who call Ketchikan home do.
One of the recent additions to the beauty of the city of Ketchikan is the new public library, built up on a rise, above the city center, away from the hustle and and sounds of cruise ships full of tourists, float planes, sight seeing helicopters and traffic noise.
I’ve always loved libraries, and when I was asked if I wanted to take a trip to see this one, the suggestion was met with a resounding YES!
Take a look at that maple tree…..Autumn is in Alaska!
when you enter the foyer, don’t forget to look up!
The library is filled with the sculptures and art of many artisans ---this one of a young lad flying with a stack of books is called “A Trip to the Library” by artists Evon Zerbertz and Rich Stage.
Cozy seating area with Native Alaskan art!
Fish in seaweed!
Look around! Other pieces include metal sculptures by the Salvage Divas, Rhonda Green and Anne Fitzgerald, depicting Alaska wildlife!
A pod of whales!
Close up of whales in metal sculpture.
And my fave – the crabby family!
A quilt depicting Ketchikan history from 1900 to 2000.
Children’s quilt in the Children’s room!
I love this – the blocks were designed by the children and made by the children depicting their favorite story books.
If you give a mouse a cookie!
But best of all??
A colorful, whimsical fabric tree in the children’s section. The tree was created by Ann Carlson, Sherry Henrickson, Jackie Keizer and Deb Turnbull. It’s a tactile wonder…a tree you can pet!
The kids here were all involved in a Mommy & Me children’s yoga class, what a great way to get them active, get their wiggles loose, and wear them out before nap time! I had a hard time getting good photos of the tree because of the light coming in from the lovely windows with a glorious view of the mountains outside…and the fact that there were children sprawled doing their downward dogs everywhere. SO FUN!
But I think you can get a clue here:
Fabric leaves and fun things hidden in the branches!
Check out the multifabric trunk!
There was every kind of fabric here – Batik, Prints, corduroy, even ultra suede for a truly textural experience.
I spy a pig on a branch..what else do you see??
Close up of lower trunk
((Lots of light from those windows!))
Close up of knot hole with names!
Great spider web!
I could have spent all day here!
If you find yourself in Ketchikan, ask someone where the library is ---these beautiful works of art should be seen often and appreciated. I’m so grateful we had a chance to stop here today on our little jaunt around the area.
We also took a lovely hike down at Settlers Cove – photos to come later.
It’s now past 3pm here, I’m rushing to get ready for my lecture tonight. Little did I know that it has been publicized in the newspaper and the local radio station. OH BOY! Its time to go get set up!
Alaska. I love this place!