Arts scene: 1% for art, Alaska Railroad, author Linda Sue Park

Perry Eaton shows his studio work space during the opening of the Inspiration exhibition of Alaskan Native art Friday October 15, 2010 at the MTS Gallery in Mountain View. He is preparing pieces for a show in Paris in 2011.
Erik Hill
Alvin Amason has a studio work space at the MTS Gallery building in Mountain View.
Erik Hill
Steam Engine 557 heads into the Trooper Hans Roelle Memorial Weigh Station as it is transported from the Alaska Railroad yard bound for restoration in Wasilla Wednesday morning August 15, 2012 on the Glenn Highway.
Erik Hill

1 Percent for Art Excursion

Take a three-hour tour of Anchorage's public art and get the stories behind pieces by some of Alaska's best-loved artists. Angela Demma will host the bus trip to the Egan and Dena'ina centers and on to Mountain View to meet Perry Eaton and Alvin Amason at their studio, then back to the museum. Snacks and water are provided with the tour price of $15, but those prone to peckishness are advised to bring a bag lunch. Meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at the Anchorage Museum, 625 C St., for the 10 a.m. start. Online registration is required at

Rail romance

Last year the Alaska Railroad's last steam engine returned to the state for restoration and, it's hoped, a return to service. Railroad buff Pat Durand will be the guest at the meeting of the Alaska Prospectors Society at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, 725 W. Ninth Ave., to describe the progress of the restoration efforts and hopes for the future. Durand will also recall some of the fabulous history of Locomotive 557, a so-called "Gypsy Rose Lee" model built for the Army that kept chugging in Alaska, pulling cargo through floods when modern engines couldn't make it. Admission is free.

Newbery winner

Linda Sue Park won the coveted Newbery Award for her young reader novel "A Single Shard," about a boy in medieval Korea who dreams of becoming a master potter. She'll be the guest of Anchorage libraries for the Summer Reading Celebration, talking about her books and the pleasures of reading. The events are all free, at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Loussac Library's Wilda Marston Auditorium, 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Muldoon Branch Library, 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at Scott and Wesley Gerrish Neighborhood Library in Girdwood, 1 p.m. Thursday at Chugiak-Eagle River Neighborhood Library, and 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Mountain View Neighborhood Library. School-age youths are particularly invited to attend.

Compiled by
Mike Dunham