Artist Gail Niebrugge boarding Cessna 180 photo.
My week in the Yupic eskimo village of Atmautluak, Alaska, to gather research for a painting was finished and it was time to fly home. As I rode a snowmachine to the airstrip the wind was blowing just as it did when I arrived. Strangely, I had no fear of the wind anymore and happily climbed into the shiny red Cessna 180 for my return trip to Bethel. With a bit of saddness I said goodbye to the people of Atmautluak. After I design the painting and purchase supplies I will return to spend several weeks painting the orignial in the school library where the finished work will be installed. A lot of planning will be needed between now and then. My work has only just begun.
Atmautluak airstrip in the wind photo.
Gail Niebrugge, Alaska Artist