Pagami – 16×20 acrylic on canvas by Joe Baltich.
The Pagami creek fire burned 110,000 acres of the BWCA and was so hot it spread 16 miles in 4 days. Ground zero was a lightning strike located on Pagami creek only about 1.5 miles southeast of my studio and resort. We weren’t entirely sure if we would have to escape with the clothes on our backs if the wind changed suddenly. Over 600 firefighters fought it for months. The day of the big wind, when the fire hit a large blow-down section from a prior storm 10 years earlier, the cloud of smoke and steam rose to 40,000 feet in about 15 minutes. Then that cloud blew all the way to Milwaukee, WI, causing a blackout and major concern. One of our vendors called from Milwaukee to see if we were still OK. NEVER want to do that again!
You, too and learn to paint in our art program here at Into The Brush! Stay in your own housekeeping cabin, paint with Joe, go fishing on your own right on Jasper Lake, live among the trees and next to a babbling brook. It’s is one of the greatest art experiences you could have and you don’t need to know how to paint. Three different programs to choose. Stay for the week, take a short program or a longer one.