Printmaking workshop planned at UAA for Siberian Ivory Carvers
Greetings Native Art Lover,
The Native Arts Fan Club is a new organization started to foster ethical native arts markets and help sustain indigenous cultures.
Helping the Uelen Siberia Walrus Ivory Carving Workshop become print makers is our first project. In 2004 a print workshop was held in Uelen. Unfortunately, Andre, the most trained print maker in Uelen, and the artist identified to continue the print shop, was killed in an accident. You can see prints from the workshop, pictures of Uelen and read more about the story at www.uelenart.com
To help restart the print shop we're producing a documentary about Uelen and the 2004 workshop that will premiere November 10, 2013 in Seattle, WA. The documentary was started in Moscow last year with interviews of Valery Nypevgi, director of the of the Uelen Carving Workshop during his visit to the annual pre-Christmas Arts and Craft Fair in Moscow. The film also contains archival footage of Uelen and footage of the 2004 workshop.
In our visit to Anchorage August 19th-26th we filmed interviews with Gary Kaulitz head of the UAA print shop, Andrew Crow who worked on the first workshop, Elizabeth Shea of the National Park Service Cross Beringia Program and a number of local artists. We'll post them as they're edited.
Please follow our efforts and help us build momentum towards helping these people in the eastern most village in Asia preserve their unique and productive artistic culture in a more sustainable fashion.
We invite you to 'Like' our Facebook page to stay updated about our progress. The official trailer and website launch are scheduled for a release this month! Thank you!