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En Plein Air

Dear Artists,


The Seldovia Arts Council wishes to invite “En Plein Air” artists to discover our gorgeous corner of Alaska this coming summer solstice. We would love to have artists of every talent, both hobbyists and professionals, join the fine arts portion of our Solstice Celebration which will occur June 22nd – June 25th, 2017. This will be the 4th annual Craig “Higgy” Higman En Plein Air, which occurs alongside of our 17th annual Summer Solstice Musical Festival.  It all begins with participating musicians and artists boarding the Alaska Marine Highway MV Tustemena for the trip from Homer to Seldovia on Thursday, June 22nd. There will definitely be a musical jam session on the way to Seldovia. The Seldovia Arts Council sponsors workshops and busking during the days of Friday, June 23rd, and Saturday, June 24th with wonderful evening performances to follow on each of those dates. When the participating artists are not busy creating their own works of art, they can come and enjoy the music. We have many local artists working in watercolors, oils, acrylics, digital art, paper cutting art, pottery and sculptures.


Seldovia is one of the most picturesque little towns in Alaska. Everything is within walking distance of the center of town. You can stroll along the boardwalk, go for a walk on the Otterbahn Trail, or enjoy the harbor with all its beautiful boats and dinghies. You can amble into a local restaurant or coee shop for a snack or a meal. Then, breathe:  the air is fresh and even on a rainy day the salt air will take you back to the days of commercial fishing, to the world of the sea otter and sailing ships. We are a small community of approximately 400 people, which is only accessible by boat or small plane. We have a few B & B's, great camping areas, several restaurants, a small hotel, a post oce, two churches, a grocery store and a bar and grill with a full dinner menu. The little downtown is paved, while the rest of town sports dirt roads.


There will be an En Plen Air welcoming reception at the Gateway Pavilion, located adjacent to the boat harbor, at 9:00 a.m. on Friday June 23rd with maps available of town and surrounds for your assistance.  This year we will select a local headlining artist and an out-of-town artist who will give a public presentation featuring their art form and techniques at 11 a.m. on Friday. “En Plein Air” artists will be surprised and inspired at every turn in and around Seldovia. Our sunrises and sunsets are breathtaking, whether viewed across the bay, over the surrounding mountains, or from the beaches. There are fascinating vistas of the small boat harbor, the old boardwalk, the bridge and slough, Main Street, and Inside and Outside Beaches, all within easy walking distance. Locations for joyful work are endless, and those in town for the Festival would love to watch artists at work. All artists are asked to bring their own supplies and easels.


There will be a Silent Art Auction, Sunday, June 25th at the Gateway Pavilion starting at 1:30 p.m. and finishing at 3:30 p.m. with snacks and coffee available.  Artists are encouraged to exhibit their work and participate in the silent auction.  Please bring art work to the Pavilion at 1 p.m. In preparation for the auction, each artist will be provided a form on which to place the title of their work and the minimum bid they will require.  In addition to work that you may complete while in Seldovia, you are encouraged to bring other previous works that you would like to show or put in the silent auction.  Sunday evening, beginning at 5 p.m., there will be campfire and picnic makings at a local beach. We will provide transportation to ferry you to the beach, just a few minutes away.


We hope all artists will consider this an open invitation, not only for the time during our Solstice Celebration, but also for the entire summer. At other times when artists might visit, the natural beauty will remain the same, and the artists will be able to sell their work in Seldovia as they see fit.


Seldovia has the Boardwalk Hotel and some B & B’s. It also has a nice RV park and beautiful camping sites on Outside Beach, each with lavatory facilities. For your planning and comfort, please reference the following regarding lodging, availability of food and the Seldovia Summer Solstice Music Festival:,, and

Please note that most of the businesses listed will be open for the entire summer as well as our local grocery store, The Crabpot Grocery.


A schedule of the Seldovia Summer Solstice Festival follows:

Schedule of Events:

Thursday, June 22nd

Ferry Jam – 11:00 a.m. on the MV Tustemena from Homer to Seldovia

No Host Volunteer/Performer/Artist Dinner – 5:30 p.m. at the Linwood

Open Mic – 8:00 p.m. in the Susan B. English School Commons

Friday, June 23rd

Craig “Higgy” Higman En Plein Air art event – 9:00 a.m. kick off at the Gateway Pavilion

Headliner Artists Presentation -11a.m. at the Seldovia Library

Live Performances – starting at 1:00 p.m. at local businesses

Friday Evening Performance on the Main Stage – 6:15 p.m. in the Susan B. English School Commons

Saturday, June 24th

Yoga – 8:30 a.m. at the Sea Otter Community Center

Craig “Higgy” Higman En Plein Air continues

Song Circle – 10:00 a.m. on the Boardwalk Hotel deck

Workshops – 1:00-4:00 p.m. in the Susan B. English School Commons

Dinner – for performers/artists hosted by the Arts Council at the Susan B. English School cafeteria

Saturday Evening Performance on the Main Stage – 6:30 p.m. at the Susan B. English School Commons


Sunday, June 25th 

Craig “Higgy” Higman En Plein Air Silent Auction and Exhibition – 1:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the Gateway Pavilion

Craig “Higgy” Higman En Plen Air Beach Picnic  – 5:00 pm at the Gateway Pavilion



If you decide to participate in our Craig “Higgy” Higman En Plen Air 2017 please contact Tania Spurkland at 907-399-7379 

or by email at or Vivian Rojas at

Thank  you!


Summer Music Festival Organizing Committee

Seldovia Arts Council, PO Box 257, Seldovia, AK 99663

January 6, 2017