Director's Notes
Greetings from Sitka,

I hear myself repeatedly describing every group of artists-in-residence at Sitka as

But honestly, it's true! They all have a hunger for curiosity. They are brave, exploring their work and pushing concepts deeper by surrendering to their experience at Sitka, allowing the surroundings to propel them in unexpected directions. 

During their intrepid adventures, Sitka acts as a support team giving residents thoughtfully prepared studios and living spaces with an awe-inspiring backdrop of Cascade Head and the Salmon River Estuary.

At the core of the residency experience is dedicated time and space for artistic inquiry. We believe when anyone takes time to develop their creativity, our world benefits, because creative skills reach far beyond the immediate results on canvas or paper; they change the way we think. 

How might you expand your creative skills? Perhaps it's by applying for a Sitka residency or diving into one of our many summer workshops. Whatever feels right for you remember to stretch your imagination muscle!

Yours in creativity,

April 2015


Spring Residents Show and Tell 

Saturday, May 2nd at 1 pm

The artists-in-residence have been busy this spring working in their studios -- come see what they have been up to.

Mariah Boyle creates life-sized mixed media drawings and installations that reference the landscape.

Ben Cosgrove is a touring composer/performer whose work focuses on the human experience of landscape and place. 

Peter Dalmazzo has worked for more than 30 years as a biologist and is currently mapping the sounds around Cascade Head through audio recording.

Jerry Franklin is one of the pioneers of forest ecosystem research. He is a past president of the Ecological Society of America, was a panelist on the White House Forest Conference in 1993, and has served on the Board of Governors of the Nature Conservancy.

Recorder player Rotem Gilbert is a native of Haifa, Israel and a founding member of Ciaramella, an ensemble specializing in music of the 15th and 16th centuries. 


Anna Glynn's poetic works investigate the connection between humans and nature. 


Writer Nick Neely is at work on a collection of lyrical natural history essays, tentatively entitled "Coast Range." 


We hope to see you at the Show and Tell, an inspiring afternoon with our Spring 2015 residents. 

 Anna Glynn sharing her work with fellow residents.  

Residency Applications
Friday, April 17, Application Deadline

Applications are currently being accepted for our 2015/2016 residency term. Artists, writers, musicians and ecologists from emerging through professional levels are encouraged to apply.


Click here for more information and access to the online application.


Sitka Works with Local High School Students
Reception: Saturday, April 18 at 2pm in Lincoln City

Local high school students participating in the Sitka Emerging Artist Program will unveil a site-specific outdoor sculpture created with local, natural materials.


Following the Lincoln City Earth Day Festival, the students will lead visitors on a walk at 2pm from the Cultural Center to the D River Open Space. The reception and unveiling is at 2:30pm. The project is facilitated by past Sitka artist-in-residence Karen White in coordination with Lincoln City Open Spaces.


Generous funding for this program is provided by Jordan Schnitzer.


Spruce Up Day Volunteers Needed
Tuesday, April 21, 9am-3pm

In celebration of Earth Day, come help make Sitka sparkle in preparation for the summer workshop season. 


Each year, volunteers gather to paint parking lot lines, organize storage rooms and to make our studios shine. Come for an hour or all day. We so appreciate the help and couldn't do it without you. 
We'll have some snacks and lunch available to keep your energy levels high. To volunteer, email Caroline Brooks or call 541-994-5485. 


Winds & Waves Recorder Concert
Friday, April 24 at 8pm in Lincoln City

The 17th annual Winds and Waves Recorder Workshop is on April 25-27. 


This popular experience for recorder players brings a talented faculty of Letitia Berlin, Frances Blaker, Cléa Galhano and this year's guest instructor and recorder artist-in-residence Rotem Gilbert


These international musicians will share their passion and talent during a faculty concert on Friday, April 24 at 8pm. All are welcome to the concert at St. Peter the Fisherman Lutheran Church, 1226 SW 13th St., Lincoln City.


Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for youth


Workshop Scholarships
Thursday, April 30, Application Deadline

Have you always wanted to take a workshop at Sitka only to be thwarted by the cost? We are excited to offer scholarships to adults who require financial assistance to participate in a Sitka workshop, because we believe developing creative skills benefits the recipients and our world.


Click here for an application and more details. The deadline to apply is April 30. 


Help Support the Residency Program

Since 1981, Sitka's Artist-in-Residence Program has changed the lives of many artists, writers, musicians and scientists by creating a place that encourages inquiry and creative exploration. 

Hosting these remarkable people and supporting their work is no small task. Sitka relies on the support of people like you to make it happen. 

Now is a great time to give back, a chance for you to nurture and encourage the work we do. Thanks!

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