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Alaska Native Arts Foundation: August 2013 Newsletter


Alaska Native Arts Foundation Newsletter
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Message From the Staff:

Dear Friends of the Alaska Native Arts Foundation: 

The world is our backyard and as indigenous peoples we are ever evolving. Seasons come and go. Over the summer season, we met customers from all over the globe — internationally from such places as France, Italy and Australia and domestically from such places such as, Florida, Massachusetts and Washington D.C.

We have had some exciting endeavors at the gallery:

  • Website Redesign on July 20: We launched a new user-friendly, searchable website.
  • Expand Your Vision: Fish Skin Workshop on July 22: We partnered with Native(X) headquartered in New York City and Alaska Native Heritage Center to host a one-day fish skin workshop with ever-talented Athabascan artist, Joel Isaak.
  • Clare to Clare, A Fashion Show for a Cause on July 27: We featured the Water Collection, ten designers created wearable art that signified their visions of the element of water.
  • First Friday on August 2: We featured 'Aggravated Organizms,' a collaboration of masks between Alutiiq painter, Elizabeth Ellis and Inupiat/Yup'ik mask carver, Drew Michael. 

In this newsletter, you will find upcoming events at the Alaska Native Arts Foundation:

  • First Friday on September 6: We are excited to feature the Water Collection as well as the outcomes of the Fish Skin Workshop for the month of September.
  • Alaska Native Visionary Awards and Wear Art, Thou? Fashion Show on November 15: Alaska Native Heritage Month and the Alaska Native Arts Foundation are partnering to honor Alaska Native Visionaries and showcase trendy clothing with traditional materials.
We had a great summer! At a recent staff meeting, we reflected on some of the highlights and memorable moments like partnering with Mac Bishop with Native(X) with the Fish Skin Workshop and the Water Collection at the Clare to Clare Fashion Show 2013.
We are looking forward to a similarly great autumn!

All the best,

 Trina, Carrie, Sabrina, Sam, Eve and Ryan

Featured First Friday Exhibit:

Water Collection
Friday, September 6, 2013


Alaska Native Visionary Awards and
Wear Art, Thou? An Alaska Native Fashion Show

November 15, 2013

Alaska Native Heritage Month and Alaska Native Arts Foundation are partnering to host an exciting event. The Alaska Native Visionary Awards and Wear Art, Thou? Fashion Show will showcase this November in a modern celebration of culture during Alaska Native Heritage Month.
The Alaska Native Visionary Awards recognize individuals perpetuating and preserving Alaska Native cultures in a unique way. If you would like to nominate someone for an Visionary award and/or would like to know more information about Alaska Native Heritage Month, please go to: www.alaskanativeheritagemonth.com.

The first-ever Wear Art, Thou? Fashion Show will feature both contemporary and traditional wearable art created by Alaska Native designers, such as, Christine Alowa (St. Lawrence Island Yupik), Joel Isaak (Athabascan) and Ricky Tagaban (Tlingit). Cutting edge clothing, jewelry, accessories and footwear will showcase traditional materials and technique.
Purchase Tables or Individual Tickets: The combined event will be held on November 15, 6-9:00 p.m. at the Egan Civic and Convention Center. Both individual and corporate sponsor tables are available. Purchase on the web at http://www.alaskanativearts.org/categories/tickets.html.

Past Events:
Expand Your Vision: Fish Skin Workshop

July 22, 2013

Alaska Native Arts Foundation (ANAF) partnered with Native(X) headquartered in New York City and Alaska Native Heritage Center to conduct an artist workshop, Expand Your Vision: Fish Skin Workshop with Dena'ina Athabascan artist, Joel Isaak.

Instructor, Joel Isaak, is a Kenaitze Indian Tribe member from the Dena’ina region in South Central Alaska. Joel enjoys combining native materials and process with modern industrial process. Through mixed media including: paintings, glass work, bronze casting, wood working, hide and skin work and atmospheric fired ceramics, he strives to communicate and explore some of the issues that arise as a result of the impact of western civilization upon Alaska Native culture.

The six artists selected to participate in the workshop were: Cheryl Lacy (Alutiiq), Eva Bryant (Inupiat), Jolene Petticrew (Aleut), Eve Mendenhall (Inupiat) and Drew Michael (Inupiat & Yup'ik) and Janelle Matz (Non-Native).

Left to Right:
1) Eva Bryant, Eve Mendenall, Jolene Petticrew and Joel Isaak (Instructor),
2) Fisk Skin Process,
3) Cheryl Lacy, Janelle Matz, Eve Mendenhall, Drew Michael and Mac Bishop skinning their fish,
4) Janelle Matz, Drew Michael, Cheryl Lacy, Mac Bishop, Alex Tarantino, Eve Mendenhall, Eva Bryant, Joel Isaak, Jolene Petticrew and Trina Landlord

Clare to Clare, a Fashion Show for a Cause
The Water Collection
July 27, 2013
Alaska Native Arts Foundation partnered with Northwest Strategies to feature the Water Collection. Ten Alaska Native designers created wearable art of skins from the sea, such as, fish, seal, sea otter, and fabrics and textures that signify their visions of the element of water.
Thank you to our designers and models! 

The designers were:
Buffy Meyer (Inupiat)
Carla Gingrich (Inupiat & Athabascan)
Christina Alowa (St. Lawrence Island Yupik)
Drew Michael (Inupiat & Yup'ik)
Elizabeth Ellis (Alutiiq)
Joel Isaak (Athabascan)
Letha Simon (Yup’ik)
Maria Williams (Tlingit)
Phillip "Ossie" Kairaiuak (Yup’ik)
Rick Tagaban (Tlingit)

The models were:
Angela Cox (Inupiat)
Megan Moore (Non-Native)
Chris Bryant (Haida)
Diana Velez (Alutiiq)
Drew Michael (Inupiat & Yup'ik)
Amanda Combs (Non-Native)
Ana Swanson (Inupiat)
Stefanie Cromarty (St. Lawrence Island Yupik)
LaRita Laktonen-Ward (Alutiiq)
Jessica Fulton (Yup'ik)
Sarah Aarons (Inupiat)
Terzah Tippin Poe (Inupiat)
Ilana Amason (Non-Native)
Eva Aigner (Non-Native)

1) Clare to Clare group photo of the models wearing the Water Collection
2) LaRita Laktonen-Ward modeling a sequin dress by Maria Williams
3) (L to R) Models: Angela Cox & Terzah Tippin Poe & Chris Bryant in a Joel Isaak halibut skin motorcycle jacket with Joel Isaak
4) Jessica Fulton in Ricky Tagaban's, 'I Just Ate a Sea Urchin' Chilkat halter top

Featured Artwork at the Gallery:

Tall Fish Skin Basket

by Audrey Armstrong (Athabascan)

Vase made from the late run of king salmon and silver salmon skins. It is trimmed with apollo gold faceted beads, dentalia shells which represent the status of Athabascan Chiefs.

For more info or to view the artworks, shop the website:


ANAF in the News:

Alaska Airlines column: 
"Creative Tradition: The enduring artistry of Alaska Native Cultures" by Eric Lucas
August 2013
Click here to view the article

Alaska Dispatch photo essay:
Clare to Clare Fashion Show
July 2013
Click here to read the article

Anchorage Press column on 'Aggravated Organizms':
August 2013
Click here to read the article

Artist Opportunities:

F-Action Music Video Competition

Fee: $25.00 (F-Action Music Video Competition)
Entry Deadline: September 1, 2013
F-Action, F Magazine’s First Annual Statewide Music Video Competition is open to all Alaska residents. “Resident” is defined as someone who resides in Alaska at least six months out of the year. We’re not sticklers on this definition, we just ask entrants to take into consideration that this competition is to promote the talent within and from our state, and to elevate public awareness of this talent. Deadline to register and pay fee is June 1, 2013 at 10 pm. The deadline to finalize and submit your video is September 1, 2013 at 10 pm.


Denali National Park and Preserve Artist-in-Residence for Summer 2014
Entry Deadline: September 30, 2013
The Artist-in-Residence program at Denali National Park and Preserve began in 2002, offers professional artists the opportunity to pursue their work amids natural splendors.   


National Indian Child Welfare Association 2015: Call For Artists
Deadline: October 7, 2013
NICWA invites Native American and Alaska Native artists to participate in a call for artists. NICWA is excited to provide an opportunity for artists to showcase their talents in support of the 2015 Protecting Our Children Conference in Portland, Oregon. For more info, visit the website:


National Congress of American Indians: Call For Artists:
Deadline February 3, 2014
NCAI is holding its 2014 Mid-Year Conference & Marketplace on June 8-11th in Anchorage, Alaska, and is seeking artwork for the conference program cover from local Native artists. The art work will be featured on the program cover with the artist's biography appearing on the back cover. 800-1200 copies of the conference program will be printed, providing for broad exposure of the winning submission. 

Please submit original art in digital form by February 3, 2014.  If you have any further questions please contact Amy Gay, Meetings & Events Manager at 202.466.7767 or agay@ncai.org.

Submit to:

c/o Amy Gay 
1516 P St. NW
Washington, D.C.  20005
Or agay@ncai.org

Alaska Native Arts Foundation

500 West 6th Avenue
Anchorage, Alaska 99501
Phone: (907) 258-2623
Fax: (907) 258-2611
Email: info@alaskanativearts.org
Website: www.alaskanativearts.org

Shop Now:
One-of-a-kind art pieces are available for purchase from materials such as: whalebone, ivory, sealskin, moosehide, cedar bark and baleen, to name a few! Visit our downtown gallery or on-line at: www.alaskanativearts.org.


Alaska Native Arts Foundation serves as an economic development organization focused on building markets for Native art. ANAF’s mission is to improve the economic well being of Alaska Native artists in their home communities.

 Alaska Native Arts Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization headquartered in Anchorage, Alaska.  ANAF was created from the collective vision of artists and business leaders to allow artists to access a wide range of potential art markets. ANAF serves as a cultural, marketing and economic development resource. Celebrating its tenth year anniversary in 2012, ANAF has provided opportunities for artists and organizations, such as; grant programs, local statewide and national art exhibitions, forums, lectures, conferences, book readings, master artist workshops, buying trips to rural communities across the state, business training for artists-as-entrepreneurs and a venue for artist promotional events.                                                            

 Who We Serve:
 ANAF serves over 1,250 Alaska Native artists and displays over 2,000 unique products online and in the Anchorage gallery. In the last ten years, the Arts Foundation has reinvested over two million dollars ($2,000,000) to support the creation of Alaska Native art as a professional career for artists. ANAF connects experienced collectors and patrons of Alaska Native art with artists. At the same time ANAF seeks to educate those who wish to become collectors in the cultural meaning of Alaska Native art, as well as, the quality and authenticity specific to the work produced by ANAF's artists.

 Board of Directors:
 Alaska Native Arts Foundation is governed by a Board of Directors that are composed of leaders and Alaska Native artists with a broad understanding of Alaska’s economic and political landscapes, and individuals with established connections to potential art markets.
Board of Directors:
 Alvin Amason
Georgia Blue
Perry Eaton (Chair)
Susie Bevins-Ericsen
Cheryl Frasca
Da-ka-xeen Mehner
Barbara Overstreet
Alice Rogoff
Mary Sattler
Veronica Slajer
Rita Stevens

Help Support ANAF by donating to our cause!


Artist Registration Form:

ANAF is always looking for new Alaska Native artists. We welcome you to fill out our artist registration form and email it to our Artist Liaison/Business Manager, Carrie Swanson at carrie@alaskanativearts.org:
 Click here to download the Artist Registration Form

Call to Action:

 If you are fascinated by art, enjoy working with the public and want a challenging, meaningful volunteer position, submit your inquiry to the Alaska Native Arts Foundation! Enthusiasm, flexibility, and an interest in sharing an appreciation for Alaska Native art, we welcome you!

Volunteer Projects Include:
•   Writer: Outreach to artists to update online biographies
•   Inventory Assistant: Help receive incoming art and input to online system
•   Photography Assistant: Support photographer to upload artwork images to web
•   Other: Please describe your strengths and how we may best utilize your skills

How to Apply:
 Please complete the form and attach your resume.
 Please click here to download the volunteer form

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