On Saturday, a local artist will be
on hand at the Kodiak
to sign three new original prints of gray whales commissioned by the Kodiak
Gray Whale Project.
Kodiak Gray Whale Project started almost by chance in May 2000 when a dead gray
whale washed ashore at Pasagshak
Beach, according to Stacy
Studebaker, coordinator of the project. Studebaker realized the need for
additional educational material on the skeletal anatomy of gray whales for
purposes of reconstructing the bones. She said the anatomy of gray whales had
not been well documented previously. Using part of the Alaska Conservation
Foundation grant funding, she commissioned a local artist to do a series of drawings
of the bones.
-- (Studebaker 1 32 sec. "Doing
the research ... and even their
said high resolution scans were then made of the 45 original graphite pencil
drawings, creating digital images that preserved the fine detail of the
drawings. A local designer was then brought in to complete the process of
transforming the original drawings into art prints.
-- (Studebaker 2 45 sec. "Once
we had the scanned ... to make the final
the 3 commissioned prints are not only scientific, but aesthetic. "Skeleton and
Flukes," "Food and Feeding" and "The Anatomy of Three Organs" will be on sale at
the visitor center as part of Kodiak Whale Fest 2009 for 45 dollars apiece. Part
of the proceeds will go toward funding Salmon Camp, the refuge's summer
environmental education program. Studebaker will also be there to discuss the
process and the Kodiak Gray Whale Project.