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University of Alaska Southeast Art of Place Spring Series Announced

A special series featuring renowned Alaska Native artists has been organized by UAS faculty Ernestine Hayes.

Clarissa Rizal weaves a Raven Chilkat robeAll events take place on Thursdays from 10 a.m.-12 noon in the Glacier View Room on the UAS Auke Lake campus. A dessert potluck follows. The series begins Feb.10 with a focus on basketry featuring artist Della Cheney. The final event April 21 features Helen Watkins, a master in the gathering and putting up of local food with a full potluck to follow. The Art of Place is designed to offer opportunities for students, faculty, and others from the UAS and the Juneau community to visit with artists in an informal setting.

Photo Left: Clarissa Rizal weaves a Raven Chilkat robe for Anne Gould-Hauberg (co-founder of the Pilchuck School of Glass in Washington State), 2001.

February 10 BASKETRY
featuring DELLA CHENEY
Basketry has long been recognized as a truly expressive personal and cultural art. Rooted to place in the most literal sense, basketry continues to exemplify the marriage of function and art.

February 24 WEAVING
featuring CLARISSA RIZAL
Textiles signal many messages, including the status, kinship, and wealth of the wearer. After years in which its survival was in peril, the art of weaving Ravenstail and Chilkat robes is once again strong and once again communicating important social messages.

March 17 SILVER CARVING
featuring ED KUNZ
Carving copper jewelry enjoys a longer tradition than silver in the history of Lingit Aani, and both arts exemplify the social purpose of jewelry. Like textiles, jewelry contains social signals about wearers and their relationships with place, art, and the other.

March 24: WOOD CARVING
featuring DOUG CHILTON
Complex and of unparalleled beauty, emblems carved upon bowls, poles, and posts fulfill a function beyond decoration, and express cultural sophistication in its truest sense.

April 7 BEADING & BLANKETS
featuring FLORENCE SHEAKLEY
The arts of beadwork and button blankets exemplify the dynamic nature of art and how art is shaped by place, culture, and community.

April 21 FULL POTLUCK
GATHERING & PRESERVING FOOD
featuring HELEN WATKINS
Food is the essential human need most directly related to place. Fittingly, the series features the sharing of food in the contemporary tradition of potluck and ends with an examination and demonstration of the art of gathering and preserving foods specific to our unique place: Lingit Aani – the rich, abundant temperate rainforest.

 
 

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