DescriptionThis poster is the cover art for Allagash, the second in a trilogy of environmental musicals for children and families. The 'real' Allagash is a necklace of connecting streams, lakes, rivers and falls in northern Maine that flows to the St. John River, bordering Maine and Canada truly a wilderness gem. There have been many proposals to dam the Allagash and St. John for hydro-electric power. The first sites would have completely destroyed the Allagash but the people of Maine voted to protect this 92 mile long corridor by designating it as a Wilderness Waterway. Hurray for them!Then in the seventies, when another site was proposed, a tiny flower, thought to be extinct, was found growing on the banks where the St. John and Allagash rivers meet. The flower was the Furbish Lousewort. Since its discovery, all dam proposals in the area have been shelved.Hopping rides in a hot air balloon, a canoe and atop a moose named Taloose, Rufus and Nellie Rabbit travel to Maine to help save a wilderness waterway from being flooded by a giant dam. From critters and people to the Mayor of Iffick to the Governor to the President, a petition goes to 'Save The Allagash!' And who is the heroine? Why, a tiny flower... the Furbish Lousewort.(Based on real happenings in Northern Maine.) Written and performed by John Houston and Winnie Fitch CDs available at Amazon.com and as downloads at audible.com and overdrive.com (libraries). For further information visit Hedgerow Studios web site at reostudios.com/hedgerow.
Winnie Fitch, Eugene, OR Member Since August 2007 Artist Statement Cooper Union School of Art gave me a wonderful design background that has served me professionally lo, these fifty-some years! At first, it was illustrating for national advertising and publishing, including children’s picture books, in Chicago, New York and Boston. (I was working my way toward Cape Cod, Hedgerow Studios and John Houston.) Currently my design and illustration is applied to the children’s songs and musicals we write and record together. All through my varied career, I’ve done posters and prints that pleased me, ‘the oldest living mermaid on Cape Cod,’ be they strong or subtle, philosophical or funny, in color or black and white. Now, Imagekind is making it possible to share my whimsies with you, out there in the wide-world, framed for your walls. Enjoy! - Winnie Fitch