FEBRUARY 26 th
5:30 - 8:30 pm
Timber Vavalis has been a dedicated wood carver in the traditional Pacific Northwest native form since the 60’s. Part Tlingit and Athabaskan, Timber was born in 1958 to John Vavalis, the son of Alice Jackson Vavalis of the Raven Sockeye Clan. He completed his first paddle at the age of eight, and has since expanded his repertoire of skills to create ceremonial masks, bentwood boxes, inlay panels and formline designs. He credits much of his development as an artist to his friend and mentor, master carver David Boxley.
"Raven Stealing Daylight Paddle"
Ron Senungetuk is professor of Art and Design, Emeritus, of the University of Alaska, Fairbanks, where he developed the Native Arts Center. In 2008 the Rasmuson Foundation named him Artist of the Year. In 2014 he was awarded the Governor’s Lifetime Achievement Award for the Arts and Humanities. He is retired and lives in Homer where he continues to make art.
John Nasoalook Tetpon was taught the art of ivory carving by his father. He currently resides in Anchorage where he creates native spirit masks under his Inupiaqt name, Nasoalook. John was born in Shaktookik, a small village along the Bering Sea Coast near Nome. His current repertoire includes art pieces in ivory, wood, fossilized whalebone, and occasionally, soapstone. He has been an artist for more than 30 years.
"Raven Head Mask"
I gain insight and emotional strength through my people’s stories, the Inupiat, of their holistic subsistence lifestyle with the shamanism, ceremony, and the natural cycles of Arctic living. I hope to show the beauty of our culture with my work.
As a young new an artist, I was inspired by the Inuit of the SW Region of Alaska, the Yupik, with their dances and songs, beautiful intricate garments, accoutrements and elaborate ceremonies along with the additional Oral traditions of my Culture, the Inupiaq of Northern Alaska.
I am also inspired by many other contemporary artists like my instructors, Alan Houser, Fritz Shoulder, Charles Lollama, Paul Klee, and Kandinsky.
I was born in Fairbanks, but I am Inupiaq (Northern Eskimo) of Barrow and Point Hope in the Northern Arctic Alaska. I was raised in Barrow and Anchorage.
I was given the Inupiaq names, Ulaaq and Suweetcharuq. They are from my Great Uncle and, my Great Grandmother from Point Hope. My father was a whaler, hunter and an administrator in the North Slope Borough when it was first organized. While whaling with our family’s crew, I harpooned my own whale and subsistence hunted and fished.
I have been working as an artist for over 47 years. I graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, RI; the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and attended the Cooper Union School of Art in New York, NY.
I was an instructor, at the Institute of American Indian Art, in sculpture and glass; served as the head of the Sculpture Studio at the Visual Arts Center in Anchorage, Alaska and had a glass studio and taught glass blowing in Barrow in 1973 –74. I occasionally teach workshops in a variety of media.
My works can be seen in national museums, corporate collections, national and international collections and public art commissions, in Public Schools in Barrow and Anchorage, AK; North Slope Borough Main Office, Barrow, AK; Anchorage Museum, Anchorage AK; Anchorage Court House, Anchorage, AK; The Sheraton Hotel, Anchorage, AK; Portland Art Museum, Portland, OR; Bandon Dunes, Bandon, OR; The Alyeska Ski Resort, Girdwood, AK; Portland State U, Portland, OR; the Heard Museum, and Phoenix, AZ. I currently show in art galleries in Anchorage, AK; Seattle, WA; Santa Fe, NM, Bainbridge Island, WA, Paris France and the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art. Bainbridge Island, WA.
"Masked Yupik Loon Dancer"
Born February 6th 1984. I always wanted to do art since I was a kid. If you ask any of my classmates about me they will most likely say “he’s the one who always drawing during class”. The first time I sold artwork was to my shop teacher in 9th grade. I always had a desire to see someone’s reaction to my work that is really what drives me to do art. It’s also why I decided to learn art in college and try to build a career in art. Since then I am blessed to see my work become more popular. I love to challenge myself and that is why I chose oil painting with scenes of my traditional heritage and modern ideas. I just finished a commission 9’x 12.5’ for the new hospital in Barrow. I am excited to see where my art leads me in the future.
Explanation of Wendell’s Art Piece:
The idea of the “Mask” painting occurred during college. My sculpture instructor gave me an assignment to study the old alutiq masks that were several hundred years old. During my study I scratched copies of what I had seen and noted them. This is where I got the idea to incorporate them into paintings so every piece has a face if you look closely.
Bryon has been carving since he was 9 years of age, making ivory necklaces and earrings. At the age of 13, he began sculpting ivory figurines, and at 18 started making masks out of driftwood and ivory. Bryon now has increased his abilities in whale bone sculptures and soapstone, specializing in personal, and corporate art.
Helen Slwooko Carius was born March 23, 1928 and raised at Boxer Bay on St. Lawrence Island, AK. As a young girl she was struck with polio. Her parents taught her not to feel shame or self-pity, that she was no different than any other child. Though she had many hardships to overcome she was always ready to take on new challenges. She touched many people in her life through her internationally recognized Siberian Y’upik doll making and her work as a cultural resource teacher in the Anchorage School District. Helen also wrote and illustrated a book about Siberian Y’upik culture, illustrated educational materials for St. Lawrence Island School District, gave lectures about her culture and was a host family in the Soviet Reunion of 1989 in Anchorage, AK. Helen passed away, December 20, 1998, visiting family in Boise, ID.
"1985 Male & Female Eskimo Dolls"
Rob Johnson finds treasure in what others deem as trash and beauty where none is apparent, from the junkyard, to the elements the ocean currents deliver to the beach side. Coming from a long line of fisherman, the long winter months lends him time to be creative. The Metal-Head King Crab Wall Hanging is testament to the ability to find art in an old junk car.
The Tlingit people believe there is little difference between the Tlingit and animals. Keeping the land and animals around is as important as keeping our cultures alive and thriving. By recreating my people’s ancestral designs and portraying the animals from home, I am keeping and strengthening the relations that are between the Tlingit, Athabascans, and the animals.
I am Tlingit Athabascan and I am a storyteller, a dancer, and an artist. As a visual artist I creative mixed media work with jewelry metals, kiln cast glass, printmaking, and painting. The stories I share about Raven come from my home in Southeast Alaska. The forms I focus on are based on traditional Tlingit form line (Northwest Coast Design.) I practice the recreation and modernization of Tlingit and Athabascan designs. The purpose of my art it to bring attention to cultural growth and discovery. My creative process is a means to bridge my experiences between two worlds, the traditional world and the modern world. I create art to share my ancestral knowledge of creation and life and pass on old values to the new generations.
Crystal is Raven moiety, Sockeye Clan, from the Raven House. She is a child of a Thunderbird and from the Chilkat region in Southeast Alaska. From her mother’s side, she is Deg Hit’an Athabascan from Fairbanks Alaska. Born February 1988 and raised between Fairbanks and Juneau, she was introduced at a young age to her traditional arts, practices, and story telling. In May 2013 she earned her BFA in Studio Arts and an AFA in Moving Images at the Institute of American Indian Arts.
I have been creating art my entire life. I began in the mediums of glass and ceramics with an extensive education in ceramics, the chemistry of clay and glazes, and kiln building. As a full time studio artist I produce kiln formed, flame-worked, and cast glass forms.
Working exclusively with Bullseye Glass, hand-rolled in Portland, Oregon, I produce decorative and functional sculpture, vessels, jewelry, tiles, and architectural glass. Each piece a one-of-a-king distinctive work of art, exclusively designed and created. I am inspired by nature, and people I have met, and travel. Each piece is uniquely made…details hidden in details created by hand with a care that reveals a timeless tradition of the craft.
As a Tlingit Athabascan artist, Crystal Kaakeeyaa Worl Demientieff practices the recreation and modernization of her Clan’s crest, the Lukaahadi (Sockeye, Raven Clan). Since a young teen she has been studying and learning the traditional forms. Today, Crystal utilizes her education to apply new techniques and ways of presenting tradition designs and stories.
"Caribour Summer Painting"
Born in Chevak, Alaska in 1965 Earl Auralria Atchak studied carving with John Pingayak, Jerome Slats and many of his village elders.
He has been carving since 1980 and began a career as a professional artist in 1986 selling his work to traveling collectors. He quickly gained a reputation as a versatile artist working with a variety of media (including driftwood, ivory, bone, skins) to create masks, detailed Cupik figures, and elaborate dioramas depicting his villages’ lifestyle.
Capturing the essence and character of his subjects with simple and elegant lines, each work becomes a powerful statement. His work reveals an artist with great respect for his cultural identity and show his impressive mastery of three dimensions.
In 1990 Earl wrote and acted in a play that was produced by the Perseverance Theatre in Juneau, Alaska. They play traveled to New York City and was performed in the SoHo Theatre.
Earl still lives in Chevak and provides for his family with year-round subsistence hunting and his art.
His wife, Lisa Unin of Chevak does all the skin sewing for Earl’s projects.
Shelee Chamberlain was born in March of 1972 to a family rich in arts and crafts. She started making dolls when she was 9 yrs. old stealing her mother’s nylons and cotton balls and sold them for $2 each. When she graduated from high school her mother taught her how to make the Native dolls she makes now as taught to her by her mother and grandmother. Shelee was going to college at the time and her mother thought that making these dolls would help her make ends meet. Soon the dolls developed a reputation of all their own, became highly desirable and made it to an art collections around the world. When she first started she couldn’t make enough dolls as they were flying off the shelves in galleries and gift shops. Shelee made five dolls a day to keep up with the demand. When Shelee’s son started kindergarten she decided to start making her dolls full time and was able to support him by making them. Shelee had been making dolls for over 22 yrs now and they have grown to be very collective in the native art arena. She can make dolls representing all the cultures of Alaska, can recreate any activity imaginable, and has made portrait dolls on order. Her dolls are in permanent collections at the Alaska Native Medical Center, the Anchorage Museum of History and Art, and several Native corporations such as Cook Inlet Regional Corporation, Calista, BBNC as well as CITC and CIHA to name a few.
"Manaq Roseate Painting"
I have taught 4 fishskin classes at Kasitna Bay across from Homer, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2013,2014 and will be teaching another class this summer 2015.. I have also taught a class in 2009 at Mendocino art center in California. I have been invited to New Zealand in the near future to do a presentation on my fish skin art. I have taught classes in Dillingham, King Salmon, Huslia -, University of Alaska Anchorage 2012 & 2013. Taught a class for 25 summmer interns in June 2013 for the First Alaskans Insitute. Taught a class in Sitka in 2011 ,2013, 2014 and hope to teach in Sitka this coming summer. I am self taught and truly love sharing my talent with anyone who wants to learn-as an elder I feel that this is an very important gift that we are blessed to have and that it is not ours to keep. I am truly honored each time that I am asked to give a class. Anaa Basee!
"Swimming in Circles Basket"
Alvin Amason was raised on the island of Kodiak from a family with Aleutiq, Russian, and Finnish (Finland) roots. He spent a major portion of his boyhood with his elders; involved in commercial fishing, bear guiding, fox farming, and subsistence activities
He sent to graduate school at Arizona State University. He taught at Navajo Community College and then had numerous studios from Rhode Island to Lashay Washington. He spent 17 years as Director of Native Arts program at UAF and currently developing a native arts program at UAA.
He has exhibited widely with such artists as John Hoover and Sam Francis. His work can be found in most museums in Alaska and in such collections as the Heard Museum, Kansas City Art Institute, Smithsonian Institute, Museum of the Northland in Aalborg, Denmark, and the Chateau Museum in Boulogne-sur-mer, France.
His work, often multimedia, combines essence with the abstract, the hunter’s eye and rock and roll. He lives in Anchorage, has a studio in Mountainview, is a term professor at UAA and serves on the board of the Alaska Native Arts Foundation
"I Really Really Miss You"
Kayla Christiansen, a 21 year old Alutiiq artist, has been sewing with sealskin and beading since she was seven years old. Christiansen first learned how to sew with sealskin during an Alutiiq week in Old Harbor, where she grew up. With practice she developed her skill. At first, she gave away her pieces for free, but people told her it was so good she could make money from it. Christiansen started selling her pieces at age 12, after only five years of working with the material. She is also a full time student at UAA pursuing her Culinary Arts degree.
Artist Unknown. Donated by Calista.
"Eagle - Eggs"
Perry was born in Kodiak, Alaska in 1945 and is a member of the Sun’aq Tribe of Sugpiaq Alutiiq. He grew up on his fathers fishing boat and his working career has covered a variety of fields including machine work, banking, community economic development, and cultural activism. He has served on many boards and commissions over the years. He served as the President and CEO of the Alaska Native Heritage Center during its inception and opening in 1999. In 2006 he was appointed by President George Bush as a Trustee to the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Internationally he has worked through the University of Alaska and on the board of Counterpart International Inc. on indigenous peoples socio-economic issues.
Mr. Eaton currently serves on several boards and committees, including Koniag inc. and it’s subsidiaries; (the region Native corporations for Kodiak Island’s Alutiiq people); the First National Bank of Alaska; and the Alutiiq Museum.
Mr. Eaton is an artist focused on Alutiiq mask designs and black and white photography. His work has been shown internationally and he has been an artist in residence at the Chateau-Musee in Boulogne sur Mer, France, and Calvin College in Grand Rapids Michigan. He was honored by being selected as a United States Artist Rasmuson Fellow for 2009. He received a Governors award for his contributions to the Humanities in 2006. Mr. Eaton is a Member of the Russian Art Photographers Union and has exhibited his Masks and black and white images internationally.
Edwin Weyiouanna is an Inupiaq carver from Shishmaref, Alaska that creates great art pieces out of Bone, Ivory and Antler
"Hunters Take Flight Carving"
Barbara Donatelli and Jaclyn Sallee teamed up to design and construct this unique art piece. The top of the ottoman is covered in seal skin adorned with halibut and salmon skin-covered button and decorated with abalone buttons and Czech glass beads. The base of the piece is metallic leather and strips of salmon skin. Barbara is of Yup’ik descent and Jaclyn is of Inupiaq descent.
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