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The Alaska Paleo Project

$3,525 of $10k goal

Raised by 7 people in 24 months
James Havens  ANCHORAGE, AK
> JUMP ON IN - THE WATERS FINE! - HELP US COMPLETE THIS VERY IMPORTANT ALASKAN NATURAL HISTORY / EDUCATIONAL MUSEUM EXHIBIT! - Artist James Havens & Team have been working tirelessly - for over a year - to create this very special traveling museum exhibit. Funded almost entirley out of pocket - we are currently reaching out to the public, individuals, corporate doners and institutions to join us in this final push to aquire the remaining funding required to complete this project which is now over 75% finished.


TALKEETNA MOUNTAINS / CRETACEOUS OCEANS
 Once completed the exhibit will be a traveling art and museum installation featuring recently discovered ancient Alaskan marine reptiles and their environment from Alaska's mystic Talkeetna Mountains. 

Other major discoveries from Southcentral Alaska’s Talkeetna Mountains will also be portrayed in the exhibit and will include:  “Lizzie,” Alaska’s first and oldest duck-billed dinosaur, Alaska’s only ankylosaurus - also discovered in the Talkeetna Mountains, as well as currently unidentified giant ammonites sculptures currently under construction.

https://youtu.be/LEjibCthh7g

Initial video trailer / updated version in development.

 The highlight of the project for the artist so far - was to participate in an actual expedition into the Talkeetna Mountains with the University of Alaska Museum of the North to discover an actual elasmosaurus skeleton which is new to Alaska's fossil record. This expedition will also be included in a full scale documentary currently in development.

 > In edition to the video documentary an large table top exhibit book is also in developoment and will feature the art and photography from the exhibit and various locations remote locations in Alaska and Hawaii.

Flying into base camp  / Talkeetna Mountains, AlaskaLocation photography to be featured in exhibit book.
 
> We also provide - hands on -  public outreach as the project developes in large public venues, including most recently the Anchorage Museum's Discovery Center. 
The public has been encoraged to participate during scheduled work shop dates and actually assist in painting the 32ft mural and learn the process involved with creating a large scale museum exhibit.

> This project is currently being built in 3 phases and will feature life size sculptures and recreations of the ancient marine environment and its inhabitants from Alaskas Talkeetna Mountains fossil record. 
Recently completed plesiosar head reconstruction. 

> The exhibit also includes a hand painted, 32 foot mural by artist James Havens to serve as the back drop for the exhibit of which has recently been completed!  > Artist James Havens at work on seafloor.> Scale models are being hand sculpted and photographed by artist James Havens. Additionally all photographic images have been shot by the artist and team on location in Hawaii and Alaska. 
> Multi media displays are also being created and will be an important part of the exhibits experience, including wall wraps with graphics, display cases with actual / and cast Talkeetna Mountain fossils. Exhibit wall vinyl's / original exhibit photographs. T.V. monitors will play the educational documentary currently being produced illustrating the step-by-step process of creating this exhibit/art installation.

A Facebook Page has also been established to share my  journey and adventures along the way and will be posted regularly on the artists Facebook blog:  www.facebook.com/alaskapaleoproject

> Currently, we are actively seeking funding and welcome any interested individuals, sponsors and donors to assist us in reaching our funding and or creative  goals for this  project.  For those corporate donors and sponsors that may require a itemized deduction i.e. materials, supplies and labor as well as the costs associated up to now for donating purposes - A full itemized financial budget is available upon request. - Thank you!
Ackowledgments: 

Scientific advisors for the project: >Patrick Druckenmiller, PhD Earth Sciences Curator at the University of Alaska Museum at the University of Alaska Fairbanks who Specializes in marine reptiles.

> Exhibit book bio image / Dr.  Pat Druckenmiller >Anne Pasch PhD UA Professor Anchorage, Alaska and founder of The Alaska Museum of Science and NatureSpecializes in marine invertebrates.

Youtube videos:
https://youtu.be/LEjibCthh7g
https://youtu.be/22wpZBPlsVs
https://youtu.be/xX0gf5C6Ub0
https://youtu.be/4PhVHLALBsE
https://youtu.be/GxhCxqZnM00
https://youtu.be/woWDy42nHx0
https://youtu.be/764XWxL4H6U

Project news links: 
http://www.adn.com/culture/arts/2016/05/17/enormous-oil-on-canvas-painting-depicts-prehistoric-marine-reptiles/

https://youtu.be/LEjibCthh7g
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Update 18
Posted by James Havens
1 month ago
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Thank you everyone for your support and encouragement during the creation of this traveling museum exhibit! We are now actively seeking corporate sponsors, doners and individuals to join the Alaska Paleo-project team. Contributors names and corporate logos will be published on all advertisments, social media and promotional materials as well as on a giant plaque of acknowledgement which will travel with the exhibit to its many destinations - Thanks again for your support - couldn't do this type of project with out it! ...... your name next?
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Update 17
Posted by James Havens
3 months ago
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Now is the time to get this ancient sea dragon a permanent home at UA Museum of the North, Fairbanks, Alaska! Every dollar helps!
Funding Letter from Dr. Druckenmiller
Plesosaur head sculpture by Havens
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Update 16
Posted by James Havens
3 months ago
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Very proud to announce the completion of the 32ft oil on canvas by artist James Havens titled Talkeetna Mountains - Cretaceous Oceans which is a center piece of the exhibit currently under construction. Join the support team with a donation of $150 or more toward the exhibit and recieve a poster of this just completed painting! We will be working on getting the giant ammonite finished next which requires a lot of fiberglass.........
Finished ! On to the next exhibit piece!
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Update 15
Posted by James Havens
4 months ago
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Special thanks to the Anchorage Museum and it's amazing crew for donating and delivering a few museum cases and a projector for the exhibit! You guys are awsome! - Thank you for your support!
Lizzie the Talkeetna Hadrosaur case
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$3,525 of $10k goal

Raised by 7 people in 24 months
Created March 30, 2015
James Havens  
PK
$50
Phyllis Kiehl
4 months ago
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1

Great project. Please let us know when it is completed, and when and where it will be shown.

AP
$150
Anne Pasch
4 months ago(Offline Donation)
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1

Thanks Anne, for supporting and being a part of this project !

PW
$50
Patricia & Harry Whitaker
5 months ago

It was fun to see the paintings and other displays at the University Center - a lot more to be done but fascinating. We hope that they can finish this project!

LD
$150
LeAnn Duncan
5 months ago
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Thanks for sharing our history.

AM
$3,000
Anchorage Museum
9 months ago(Offline Donation)

Many thanks to the Anchorage Museum for hosting the public out reach 33mural portion of the project!

SG
$100
Sally Gibert
13 months ago
1
1
CL
$25
Caitlin Lumia
16 months ago
1
1
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