The Alaska Railroad will release its 2020 annual poster/print at two public sale-and-signing events featuring Anchorage artist Jason Vukovich, who will sign prints and posters. Events are 4-7 p.m. Nov. 1 at the Fairbanks Depot, 1031 Alaska Railroad Depot Road, and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 16 at Anchorage Historic Depot, 411 W. First Ave.
The watercolor painting “Entitled Journeys” depicts an Alaska Railroad passenger train moving along a steel deck girder bridge over a river packed with salmon making their annual journey upstream to spawn. Knowing a feast awaits, bears journey to the salmon-rich streams to fatten up before winter and hibernation.
“I was thrilled to be chosen to do another painting for the Alaska Railroad, and I wanted to show a classic Alaskan scene,” Vukovich said in a news release. “I chose salmon jumping up a waterfall, trying to avoid a brown bear waiting in the rushing waters, a scene that unfolds along hundreds of streams and rivers that the Alaska Railroad crosses throughout Alaska.”
The 2020 art print artwork is Vukovich’s second Alaska Railroad commission. He created the artwork that was the basis for the 2016 ARRC print and poster as well.