Downtown Anchorage seen with the Alaska Range to the north.
Ken Graham

Retrace Artist Rockwell Kent’s Journey to Fox Island with Cruise, Dinner and Lecture

Tuesday, August 07, 2018

The Anchorage Museum commemorates the 100th anniversary of American artist Rockwell Kent’s arrival in Alaska with a Aug. 25 cruise to Fox Island followed by dinner and a lecture by historian/author Doug Capra. American artist Rockwell Kent and his son arrived on Fox Island in Resurrection Bay, Alaska, on Aug. 25, 1918. For the next eight months, amidst the scenery of Fox Island, Kent experienced the “inner power of nature.” There, he found the isolation he had been seeking for painting and to perfect his skill as a wood block engraver. The publication of his first illustrated book "Wilderness: A Journal of Quiet Adventure in Alaska" in 1920, along with his Resurrection Bay paintings, established Kent as a major American artist.

The Anchorage Museum’s collection includes 20 of Kent’s paintings, drawings and prints. Two of the paintings are currently on view in the museum’s Art of the North galleries: "Alaska Winter," 1919 (oil on canvas), and "Resurrection Bay, Alaska," 1965 (oil on canvas). In 2001, the museum presented the exhibition Distant Shores: The Odyssey of Rockwell Kent, which featured more than 75 of Kent’s paintings, prints and drawings inspired by his experiences in wilderness areas.

Long-time Seward resident Doug Capra is a former school teacher and Kenai Fjords National Park ranger. He began researching Kent’s Alaska adventure in the 1980s. He has written numerous articles, the forewords for two of the artist’s books and a play about Kent. The Rockwell Kent’s Fox Island cruise, dinner and lecture is $82/person if booked by Aug. 22 and $91/person if booked Aug. 23-25. The cruise departs Seward, Alaska, at 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, returning by 8:30 p.m. Check-in at Kenai Fjords Tours is 4 p.m. Information and tickets available at www.anchoragemuseum.org/kent.