Since we recently had a little dusting of snow it's probably a good time to mention photographer Ellie Ga and her current foray into the depths of the Arctic night as Artist-in-Residence aboard the Tara. The Tara is not Skowhegan, but a research vessel that has been locked in the ice of the Arctic Ocean since September 2006.
Ga, who joined the Tara in September 2007, has been keeping an online journal on the Alliance Francaise website and there is a little more information (in English) on the Tara's site regarding her Arctic projects. The Dispatch gallery (appointment only) has also been receiving audio missives from Ga that they make available to visitors.
You might remember the Tara from Pierre Huyghe's 2005 Antarctic voyage, which was the basis for a Central Park public art performance in October 2005. Also along for the ride with Huyghe was Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado, who was working on project for the United Nations Environmental Program.