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Ancient Bond: Photographic Portraits of Sled Dogs

Selected photographic portraits of sled dogs and their mushers are available to purchase either unframed, or mounted on archival baltic-birch gallery panels. Exhibit at 1+1=1 gallery will run from February 7th through March 2nd. These signed photographic fine-art prints will be available after March 2nd until sold out. Read on for further details about the Race to the Sky, Montana’s premier winter sporting event and the qualifying race for the Iditarod in Alaska … and for more details about ordering/purchasing some of these beguiling and powerful canine portraits.

Ancient Bond between Dog and Human
Ancient Bond
©Maureen Shaughnessy

 

The Race to the Sky is Montana’s premier winter event. If you can make it to the official race start at Camp Rimini, or to the re-start of the race at Lincoln, you won’t be disappointed! It’s an incredibly fun event for families. I’m not a musher but I know a few — and I’m pretty sure the mushers and their dogs have fun too.

The 350-mile Race to the Sky is a qualifying event for the Iditarod. This year, the race starts on Saturday morning at 10:00 am. You can get more info about the race at the official Race to the Sky website here.

The walk from parking along the road, to the starting line at Camp Rimini is short. I like to find a place to watch up the trail — away from the crowds. When the dog teams come by where we are standing, they’re usually quieter and more focused. It’s a different (and equally fascinating) experience back at the actual starting line, where all of the dog teams are barking to beat the band in anticipation of taking off!

I am exhibiting the photos below at 1+1=1 Gallery in Helena. Please come by the gallery to see the show while you’re in town for the race. There is also an 8 foot antique dog sled on display in the gallery. All of these 12 x 18 inch archival prints are available for purchase (details at bottom of this post.) The exhibit will be up for one month, through March 2nd.


IF YOU GO:

1+1=1 Gallery

Mark Ibsen and Dave Armstrong During Mushing Talk335 North Last Chance Gulch. Open Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays noon to 5:00 pm.

 

 

 

Official Race Start near Rimini on Saturday Feb 15 at 10:00 am

Ready to Go!Take Highway 12 (Helena side of McDonald Pass).  At the bottom of McDonald Pass, turn south on Rimini Road and follow Rimini Road past Moose Creek Campground on the right.  Watch for the snowmobile parking area on the right side of the road, park on right side of the road.

 

Race Re-Start in Lincoln on Sunday Feb 16 at 2:00 pm

Follow Highway 12 past Elliston and Avon.  Turn right (north) at Highway 141 just beyond Avon, cross the railroad tracks, and follow Hwy. 141 for 34 miles to the end of the Helmville Road.  At the stop sign intersecting Highway 141 and Highway 200, turn right (east) toward Lincoln and travel another 16 miles farther.  Hi-Country Snack Foods is on the left side of the road when going toward Lincoln from the Helmville Road.  Watch for the sign. The Race to the Sky starts and finishes under the big archway.

Do you love dogs? Have any wall space at home that just begs for one of these sweet dog portraits?

Are you a veterinarian or doctor? These beguiling portraits might be just the thing for your waiting room or exam rooms — imagine your patients connecting with the feelings evoked by these photos of care, love, enthusiasm and personality!

Do you have your own office? Can you imagine yourself connecting with one of these human-canine images when you look up from your work?

Picture a grouping of these striking portraits wherever you live or work, to remind you of the special bond we humans share with our dogs:

  • Sizes: most of the signed photos are 18 inches x 12 inches.
  • Paper: photos are digitally printed on archival Silver Rag Gloss (more of a luster finish) paper.
  • Quality: these are the highest quality digital prints I can find, made for me in South Carolina by a fine art printer. The colors and black and white tones are rich and the paper feels like a traditional cotton fiber based paper.
  • Price unframed: $100 each
  • Price for Ready-to-Hang prints mounted on Baltic Birch gallery panels: $200 each. These are light-weight cradled wood panels 1 1/4 inches deep, with natural birch sides. The photos are mounted with archival adhesive flush to the edge of the panel.
  • How to Buy: please let me know by email if you want to purchase one or more prints from this exhibit. [email protected]

 

 

3 replies on “Ancient Bond: Photographic Portraits of Sled Dogs”

How about a show in Missoula? Good old dog town would love to see your portraits up close?

Jackie … I am totally up for that at some point. After I have all 30 photos mounted on cradled birch wood panels, it could happen. Do you know of a good venue for something like this show?

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