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Alaska Railroad sets annual print sale-and-signing events

2012 print is first to feature Seward

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – The Alaska Railroad will release its 2012 annual poster/print at three public sale-and-signing events featuring artist Taffina Katkus who will sign the prints and posters.

·         SEWARD: Friday, December 2, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m., at the Dale Lindsey Intermodal Terminal (913 Port Avenue); held in conjunction with the Seward Holiday Craft Fair.

·         ANCHORAGE: Saturday, December 3, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Anchorage Historic Depot (411 West First Avenue)

·         FAIRBANKS: Saturday, December 10, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at the Fairbanks Depot
(1745 Johansen Expressway)

Entitled Seward Solidarity, the oil painting depicts a collage of scenes from the railroad’s southern terminus. This is the first Alaska Railroad annual art print to feature Seward. 

The 2011 Alaska Railroad print costs $55, posters cost $30 and pins cost $5.  During the Anchorage and Fairbanks events, the depot gift shops will be open to offer other items that feature the 2012 artwork (such as ornaments, mugs and coasters) along with other ARRC gifts and apparel.  Following the signing events, prints, posters and pins will remain on sale at the Anchorage Historic Depot and the Fairbanks Depot, and may also be purchased online via the Alaska Railroad Gift Shop website at www.AlaskaRailroadGiftShop.com/.

A resident of Wasilla, Katkus has called Alaska home for more than 40 years. She has owned and operated a commercial sign shop for 29 years and is now working as a full time professional artist. Katkus also painted the artwork that was the basis of the 2009 Alaska Railroad print/poster.

Katkus says she was inspired to paint the Seward scene after reflecting on the ways the railroad benefits the State of Alaska. “While providing the needed infrastructure and transportation for many of our communities, the Alaska Railroad has opened many great opportunities to educate people on how we can all work together with our natural resources.  Seward Solidarity showcases a spirit of industry, goodwill and determination for excellence, with Mount Marathon in the background, representing solidarity and balance with the fabulous Alaskan wildlife,” said Katkus. “I really enjoyed painting this piece and I look forward to visiting Seward again, where the railway ends and the adventure begins.”

Renowned artist John Van Zyle produced the first official Alaska Railroad painting in 1979. Since then, the annual tradition (except in 1984, when no painting was released) has evolved into a popular collector’s item.

More information about the Alaska Railroad’s annual art print program, including history and images of prints from the recent past, are available on the Alaska Railroad web site – www.AlaskaRailroad.com/Corporate - Click on COMMUNITY, then Annual Print Contest.

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