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June 27, 2008

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The subject is fully clear but why does the text lack clarity? But in general your blog is great.

The Canopy project looks beautiful. Bill has kept me updated on your travels to Germany and the progress of this amazing piece. I think that the Anchorage Airport will house some of the most beautiful art in the country. I can't wait to see yours and Sheila's installed!

I think canopy is going to be an amazing addition to Alaska's public art collection. For me, it's been incredibly interesting and rewarding to observe this collaboration as it unfolds. In many ways, no two Alaskan artist's work and temperments could be more different than kesler's and sheila's. What they have in common, though, that will ultimately result in something extraordinary is a fierce commitment to achieving the highest level of artistry that they are capable of.

When this collaboration began I was unclear how a painter and an artist who works almost exclusively in three dimensions were going to combine their talents and vision. If, in the end, this piece was supposed to be a signature Woodward birch tree painting, why wouldn't Kesler just get on a scaffold and paint the ceiling? Why wouldn't Sheila render some glorious suspended sculptural object to animate the soffetted space? In other words, what aspects of the completed work would speak to the viewers in the distinctive "voice" of each of these strong artistic identities? Much of the answer to that question is still to be worked out I suspect. But of this I have no doubt-the process and the result of them working it out together will be valued as a great gift by travellers to and from Alaska for many, many years.

I can't wait to see this and am so happy for the images of what it will look like. I love the idea that you will have the chance to walk by it many times, for the rest of your life, and then of course for the lives of many who will come by afterward. An amazing legacy in the works, along with your wondrous paintings.

I'm looking forward to seeing the results of this collaboration. God knows I spend enough time in the Anchorage airport (I refuse to call it by its proper name). Sounds like it will be right there where Starbucks and the bookstore come together in happy traveler goodness...

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