Lindsay Carron, Artist and Activist

Lindsay Carron, Artist and Activist

Alaska Inspired: A Conversation with Lindsay Carron Artist and Activist Based in Los Angeles, California Painting Tour Guide for Adventure Flow “The biggest thing an artist can do for others is to manifest visions.”  See the Interview:   Lindsay is spending the summer up in Juneau, Alaska leading painting tours for Adventure Flow and creating her own art inspired by the people, animals, and the land of Southeast Alaska.  Follow her journey at...
John Evans, Tlingit and Tsimshian Artist

John Evans, Tlingit and Tsimshian Artist

A Conversation with John Evans Tlingit and Tsimshian Artist Haa Shagoon “Art has helped to keep me out of trouble.  It has changed my life dramatically.” Click to find out more about John’s journey with art: John has been practicing traditional Native arts full time for six years.  Find his artwork, and often John carving and painting, at Haa Shagoon downtown...
Artist to Artist: An Interview with MK MacNaughton

Artist to Artist: An Interview with MK MacNaughton

MK MacNaughton A restaurant, a street corner, a public art installation and some propane tanks.  These were the elements present in the (artful) directions I received upon organizing a visit to the studio of MK MacNaughton, a prolific Juneau artist that I was told I must meet. With success, I stepped into MK’s bright and airy studio and felt a strange combination of being transported into an alternate reality and a feeling of homecoming.  As a new artist in town, I have been eager to get to know the other artists that call Juneau home.  A cup of tea in hand and the scent of oil paint saturating my nasal cavity, I took in the scene with wide-eyed curiosity, observing rich and colorful paintings of landscapes and the impeccable mess of charcoal that becomes portraits of hard working Juneau-ites by the touch of MK’s hands. Eager to know how all of these seemingly distinct series connected within this artist’s mind, we dove into conversation.  After a generous two hours of learning about each other and geeking out over art mediums, performances, and dreams, we got to the bottom of what connects all of MK’s work, and her artwork to the greater world. From hot dogs to healing arts.  MK told me a bit about her beginnings here in Juneau and the way in which art meshed with her career. I was out of money in Australia in 1989 after traveling for a while, and a friend from college sent me a photo of the beach in Juneau and offered me a job selling hot dogs at the hot dog...
The Power of Will

The Power of Will

Here’s an honest and raw moment: Alaska is kicking my butt.  So I thought I was in shape, until I arrived in Juneau.  Struggling to keep moving one foot in front of another, I watch in astonishment as my co-workers and other Juneau-ites run up mountains (literally).  I began to harbor a bit of resentment and self-deprecating feelings.  As a healthy, outdoorsy, 110-lb, 25-year-old female from sunny California, why couldn’t I do that? My awesome, patient Adventure Flow cohorts have been leading me on several trails since I arrived in Juneau.  We have skipped across the bridges of the Flume Trail, trekked up Mt. Roberts to several wonderful downtown viewpoints, adventured on the myriad of footpaths on the Dredge Lakes trail system, scrambled up the rock faces that support Nugget Falls, ascended to the snowy top of Thunder Mountain, and found many diversion points along West Glacier Trail to touch the ice of Mendenhall Glacier.  One foot in front of the other, I followed, the rush of discovery and the push of my teammates fueling me. It wasn’t until I ventured out onto West Glacier Trail to find an excellent viewpoint for painting, this time alone, that I really opened up to these feelings of inadequacy that had been brewing deep within.  With no companions to keep me going, I found it tempting to rest every 100 feet, distracted by the glistening flora and fauna of the forests around Mendenhall Glacier.  I bumped into several hikers along the way.  Each of them asked if I was headed to the top of Mt. McGinnis.  Begrudgingly, I’d tell them no, just...
A Rebel With a Cause!

A Rebel With a Cause!

Welcoming the newest Adventure Flow team member: Raven the Adventure Bus! Juneauites beware: you may catch a flicker of a tail feather, an edge of a sharp beak, or a glimmer in a black beady eye.  Raven the Adventure Bus has been set into flight!  The Adventure Flow team members are always looking for ways to push the boundaries and to do things differently.  Raven the Adventure Bus is a true product of these intentions.  A fully black converted party bus, the Raven already stands out from its tour bus counterparts, but now with hand painted embellishments by Adventure Flow art guide Lindsay Carron, it really soars. In Native American culture, the raven symbolizes cleverness, magic, and mystique.  Valued as the most intelligent bird in the sky, the raven is capable of outwitting just about any animal it shares an environment with.  Inspired by the magic that is associated with this bird, Lindsay subtly graced the bus’s façade with realistic feathers, wings, and the raven’s portrait highlighted with touches of color and light.  Amongst the realism, Lindsay folded in traditional Native Tlingit designs symbolizing the raven.  The raven is important to the Tlingit and Haida of Southeastern Alaska, and is the capstone of one of their moieties, or lineages. “It is extremely important to involve native culture in the education offered to Juneau’s newcomers,” claims Lindsay.  “We are at a crossroads in our world where indigenous knowledge and practices are meshing with modern day society.  This intermingling is the way forward as we focus on major issues such as climate change, conservationism, resource use and protection, and human rights....