Alaska Arts Confluence presents First Friday with Jeffrey Moskowitz

HAINES — Alaska Arts Confluence will host an installation of original maps by local cartographer Jeffrey Moskowitz of Hemlock Lines at the Art on Main Street storefront in Haines for First Friday, Dec. 4 from 5-7 pm.

The installation is part of a greater mapping project to highlight areas of Southeast with up-to-date satellite imagery, topography, and bathymetric features. Moskowitz derived layers from NASA, USGS, and NOAA data to produce original maps through his company, Hemlock Lines of Haines, using ArcGIS, Adobe Illustrator and InDesign.

Moskowitz has been practicing cartography and GIS since 2008, after earning a bachelor’s degree in geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder. The alpine enthusiast combined his passion for backcountry recreation around Haines, Alaska with his training in cartography to start his own mapmaking and publishing business in 2015.

“What I have to keep reminding myself as a geographer is that humans on this planet are a lot smaller than we perceive ourselves to be,” Moskowitz remarks. “I wonder what it would be like to see the landscape from a birds-eye view so that small feeling is re-produced. These maps help us identify ourselves in these surroundings — what we can’t see in our everyday life.”

Moskowitz’ installation is a part of an ongoing project to highlight areas of Southeast Alaska with up-to-date satellite imagery, topography, and bathymetric features. Moskowitz printed the first map in his limited edition Upper Lynn Canal Series under the auspices of Hemlock Lines in July, making his debut at the Southeast Alaska State Fair.

Haines began celebrating First Friday in February 2015, with local businesses and organizations holding arts and cultural events on the first Friday of each month, creating an Art Walk in downtown Haines that now extends from Jones Point to Historic Fort William H. Seward.

AAC continues to accept proposals for both rotating and semi-permanent art installations in Art on Main Street storefront, to adorn the windows, wall space, and some floor space. The request for proposal application is available to download at www.alaskaartsconfluence.org.

For more information, contact Carol Tuynman at 303-0222.

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