Paintings raise funds for Cordova arts council

Detail from “To Grandmother’s House” by Jeanne Joslin. (Nov. 1, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times
Detail from “To Grandmother’s House” by Jeanne Joslin. (Nov. 1, 2019) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

Revenue from an art sale held at the Reluctant Fisherman Inn will be donated to the Cordova arts council. Since the shuttering of the Alaska State Council on the Arts, Cordova Arts and Pageants has lost access to some grants and other resources previously used to fund its activities.

Twenty-five percent of revenue gathered by the sale of paintings will go toward the Cordova arts council, said Sylvia Lange, proprietor of the Reluctant Fisherman Inn and one of the artists featured. Lange often puts her paintings up for sale in fundraisers outside of Cordova. In 2018, one of Lange’s paintings raised $3,200 for Prince William Sound Science Center.

“That’s just my thing — when I do art, I do it for fundraisers,” Lange said. “And as a relatively beginner artist, I get my art out there, which is better than stacking it up in the corner of a studio.”

Other artists featured at the Reluctant Fisherman show include Joan Jackson, who sculpted the Fisherman’s Memorial statue standing at the edge of Cordova Harbor, and Mazie VanDenBroek, treasurer for the Cordova arts council. The artists are part of a group that meets to paint and socialize at the Harbor Art gallery on Tuesdays and Wednesdays during part of the year.

The current sale is part of the “heART SHOW,” an ongoing series of art sales at the Reluctant Fisherman Inn. The current sale will continue until the Reluctant Fisherman Inn’s winter hiatus commences in December.