Two artists share an Alaskan adventure, a century apart

A Dreamer’s Search airs on Mountain Lake PBS
Friday, June 30 at 2 pm
Saturday, July 1 at 6:30 pm
Sunday, July 2 at 10:30 am 
Monday, July 3 at 5 pm

Art and nature lovers may behold the majesty of Alaska, through the eyes of two artists living a century apart.

One artist is Rockwell Kent, the 20th century painter and illustrator,  who spent much of his life at Asgaard, his farm in Au Sable Forks, New York.  In 1918 he visited a small island in Alaska. The artwork and writings he produced during the seven month-period helped his artistic reputation flourish.  

The other artist is an emerging filmmaker, Eric Downs of Kenai, Alaska.  Downs felt so inspired by Kent’s adventures in his state, he made them the subject of his short film A Dreamer’s Search.  The first-time filmmaker’s work has already been accepted into seven film festivals.  

Downs discusses his short film with Spotlight producer Paul Larson.  The two also discuss the parallels between Kent’s life and that of Downs, plus the connection the Alaskan filmmaker has to the Adirondack region.  

Spotlight is made possible, in part, by the Glenn and Carol Pearsall Adirondack Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for year-round residents of the Adirondack Park.  Spotlight is also supported by Hill and Hollow Music.

This post was originally published on June 22nd, 2023