Submitted by Dot Bardarson
With just a few days to go before take-off to Japan, the art delegates are tying up loose ends.
Supplies that have been purchased here will be packed, along with the mural design and gifts for Japanese dignitaries.
Schedules have been set up for Skype with the time difference in mind. The final mural T-shirt order will be picked up in Anchorage the day before travel and shipped as luggage.
The art delegates have met the Mayor of Obihiro and his staff when they were here for Seward’s 110th Founder’s Day, so they will not be strangers when they meet again in the Mayor’s office upon arrivalSept. 9.
The art delegates will be in Obihiro for 2 weeks to paint a 32 X 8 foot mural for the zoo. Helping will be a crew of 10 Japanese artists for each 4 hour shift.
When the mural is painted it will be treated with a protective coating and ready to mount. Japanese carpenters will already have built the structure on an open hillside to receive it. The dedication of the mural will be on Saturday, Sept. 21. Seward Mayor, David Seaward, will be on hand to officially dedicate the mural with speeches also by Mayor Yonezawa and others. The mural will be christened by Master Artist, Justine Pechusal with water from Resurrection Bay.
T shirts will be provided for the painters. Gifts for Japanese who help make the mural a success have been provided by Arctic Circle Enterprises in Anchorage shown here by some members of the Obihiro mural committee.
Preparations included the learning of Japanese phrases taught by Hank West (Center). At the same time Jennifer Headtke is shown here enjoying the “Obihiro Special” which was the 1st place winner (Mrs. Gene’s Place) in the Chef’s competition hosted by the Seward Art’s Council.