Without missing a day for nearly 10 years, Kirk Miller heads out the door no later than 4 a.m. He gathers his camera equipment and embarks on a journey, to capture photos of the sun as it rises above Lake Pend Oreille.
This documentation of the rising sun has become something over 4,000 followers, look forward to each day. This is not art alone, but an extensive practice of research. This is a journey many share with Kirk, via his Facebook page.
And now, in collaboration with Miller, and his brilliant photography, The Angels Over Sandpoint have created a stunning, 18-month calendar, Sunrises Over Sandpoint.
Angels Carolyn Sorentino and Marcia Pilgeram spearheaded the efforts to create the calendar and have worked with Miller the past several months, selecting some of their favorite photos, along with some of Miller’s favorites.
“We’ve had tremendous response,” said Sorentino. “Everyone loves the Angels and Kirk’s work. It’s a winning combination.”
The calendar was unveiled at a Tap Takeover at Idaho Pour Authority and was been met with enthusiastic response.
“We can always count on our community to support the Angels,” noted Pilgeram, “it was evident in the turnout and strong calendar sales.” Pilgeram went on to say individuals are buying multiple calendars as Christmas gifts and a Realtor bought several as client gifts
“Great community collaboration is what keep the Angels Over Sandpoint thriving,” Angels’ President Kate McAlister said. “Creating these partnerships is a win-win for everyone involved. We are honored to be partners with Kirk on this beautiful calendar.”
The calendar will be sold at various Angels fundraisers, on their Facebook page, and is also available at Sharon’s Hallmark, Northwest Handmade and Vanderford’s.
Sunrises Over Sandpoint retails for $23.50 and the profits will be used to continue the Angels’ good works in Bonner County, in the form of aid, scholarships and grants benefitting those in need, McAlister said.
Since its inception, through myriad events, including the renowned Follies, and other fundraising endeavors, thevolunteer organization has raised, and given away, more than $1.5 million.