In 2018, the renowned Southeast Alaska artists Eric and Pam Bealer left their remote homestead property to the Sitka Conservation Society’s Living Wilderness Fund. The property is in the Lisianski Inlet of Chichagof Island near K’udeis’x̱’e Pelican, AK and only accessible by boat and small plane. It is surrounded by the magnificent West Chichagof-Yakobi Wilderness, which SCS original members spent years working to get established by bringing policymakers and others to the area in order for them to form their own meaningful connections to place; ones you can only get from first hand experience.
The Bealers were deeply connected to the lands and waters surrounding their home and that was reflected in both their lifestyle and art. They strived to live a life on the Sea Pony Farm where they were as self reliant as possible and used only materials that they could gather and harvest from the surrounding natural environment. Eric’s incredibly detailed wood engraving prints of nature scenes developed from moments living life in this place were sold in the community at local shops and he was well known throughout the state. His work inspired and connected people to the scenery, landscapes, and fine details of the place. The Bealers asked that SCS use the property “to continue to help and protect this land that we so love.”
If you are an artist that connects art creations/advocacy work with our mission to protect the Tongass or a non-profit worker focused on climate change issues, renewable energy, indigenous activism, or environmental policy, we invite you to fill out our application.
All art forms are considered, including Visual Art, Printmaking, Photography, Film, Fiber Arts, Writing, Spoken word, Music, Dance, Mixed Medias, Carpentry and Woodworking, Boat Building, and more.
If you would like to support this project and program, your donation or fundraising efforts can sponsor an artist, support property development and the creative retreat program, or be a contribution to the Living Wilderness Fund.
Currently, we are looking for donations of or for the following items for the property:
- Wood stove for art studio space: morsø squirrel or a nice used stove
- 2 Futons -- 1 must be a 5’ 8.5” frame or shorter, other one can be more normal sized
- 2 handheld VHF radios
- 2 durable mesh duffels for transporting gear
- 2 kayak throwlines
- 1 medium float coat
- 2 kayak paddles
- Solar panels and batteries to add capacity