By Dawnell Smith
Daily News Reporter
Things got sketchy at Bernie's Saturday afternoon when people armed with sketch pads and pencils arrived to a locked door at 2:15 p.m. for an art event meant to start at 2 p.m. Oh well. We just banged the door until someone ushered us to the patio to wait. Apparently, Dr. Sketchy wasn't ready just yet.
Yet the patient among us watched while his minions swept the debris from the Paradise Lounge and finally waved us to the entrance. Sadly, two of us had no cash for admission.
Still ready to do art, we ran an errand at the train station and got cash at an ATM, but got waylaid at the downtown market when a faulty stem drained the air from my tire. So instead of going back to Bernie's for a life drawing class, I walked my congested head and deflated bike back home.
I heard about 15 people sketched an exotically-posed model to their heart's content. Maybe next time I'll make it.
However, I did get a brief glimpse of the summer exhibits at the Anchorage Museum this weekend. The scope of work is daunting, but welcome, and all three exhibits tackle ideas of identity, authenticity and storytelling in vastly different, yet interrelated ways.
In "Changing Hands" and "Arctic Spirits," the museum got two traveling shows of depth and complexity, independent in origin and yet astounding in their many intersections. The "Con-Sensus" show by guest curator Sonya Kelliher-Combs only deepens the way each exhibit informs the next.
Don't run to the museum one heady day this summer. Go many times instead.