It has been very busy here at Niebrugge Studio since the Alaska State Fair. My husband/partner injured his back during the fair and I have found out first-hand how much work it is to get the yard and buildings ready by myself for winter, which in Alaska is just a few weeks away. Fortunately I have been able to find helpers for many of the big jobs (hauling loads of compost for the raised beds) and wonderful neighbors have come to the rescue when they saw me struggling with tools and equipment.
I’m embarrassed to say that I can really mess up the riding lawn mower. Last week I cut the grass for the final time this season and managed to flood the engine with too much choke, it finally started running rough and belching black smoke for a few minutes until it kicked into its powerful, steady roar. I found out that emptying the giant flower pots took more strength than I had this year because the soil was heavy with moisture from nearly constant rains. I harvested the vegetables in rain soaked soil, rinsed them with a hose on the lawn and spread them out newspapers to dry in the garage, rendering the garage nearly unusable until dry potatoes and carrots were finally stored in boxes for winter.
During this time it became apparent that I would not have enough time or energy to get ready, set-up, take-down and run our booth at the Make it Alaskan Show at the Sullivan Arena October 5-7 and reluctantly had to cancel our reservation. It lifted a big burden off my shoulders and gave me some breathing room. Instead, we would like to extend an invitation to customers and guests to visit the studio directly where the art all hung, bins are full, and originals readily accessible. We welcome visits and tours, just give us a call and come on over. Click on the visits and tours link for contact information.
Gail Niebrugge, Alaska artist