Kathy Hodge Glacial AIR: Thirty Impressions of Alaska
Kathy Hodge, Glacial Air: Thirty Impressions of Alaska is inspired by two recent artist residencies in the fiords of coastal Alaska where Hodge traveled in the wilderness guided by US Forest Service Rangers. She was the first artist selected to visit the wilderness in the Chugach National Forest as part of the Voices in the Wilderness Artist in Residence Program. In 2014 Hodge was selected again to explore the Tongass National Forest, south of Juneau.
During these residencies Hodge traveled by sea kayak through the fiords with close-up views of icebergs and calving glaciers, camping on rocky beaches, hiking in the mossy woods and assisting the rangers in their work to protect monumental yet fragile environments. She painted, photographed and gathered impressions of the dramatic landscape. There are thirty oils and works on paper on exhibit along with a collection of drawings, watercolors and gouaches.
Kathy Hodge attended Rhode Island School of Design and the Swain School of Design where she received a BFA in painting in 1980. She is greatly influenced by natural landscape and has been appointed eight times as artist-in-residence by the National Parks Service. Hodge continues to paint in her East Providence studio.