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Alaska Native Arts October News


newsletter_header_logo.png October 18, 2011 Alaska Native Arts Foundation Letter from the Executive Director

Happy Autumn friends, colleagues, and supporters of the Alaska Native Arts Foundation (ANAF)!

As we enter into the final quarter of the year, I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on our achievements over the recent year--one that saw many successes and new beginnings for the Foundation.

YEAR IN REVIEW Year in Review of artist openings and receptions featuring the following:

  • (October 2010) Fusion: Evolving Tradition, Apayo Moore (Yup'ik), Stefanie Cromarty (SLI Yupik), Drew Michael (Yup'ik/Inupiat), Bisco (Unangan) with music from RiverFlowz, Torin Jacobs, (Yup'ik)
  • (November/December 2010) Wassilie Unveiled, Moses, Mike and Nick Wassilie (Yup'ik)
  • (January 2011) Gallery used to complete a full inventory and transfer to new Point of Sale system
  • (February 2011) Out West: An Insiders Perspective, Ryan Romer (Yup'ik/Athabascan)
  • (March/April 2011) Nowitna River Artist Rendition of the Last Great Race, Rose Albert (Athabascan)
  • (May/June 2011) Masks and Transformations, Othniel "Art" Oomittuk, Jr. (Inupiat)
  • (July/August 2011) Kitoi to Sitkalidak, Anna Nelson and Lena Amason-Berns (Alutiiq/Sugpiaq)
  • (September 2011) Farewell Fireweed...Welcome Autumn, Inventory Sale

ANNOUNCEMENTS Gone from our sight, but never from our memories... John Hoover Alaska Native Arts Foundation Board of Directors and Staff send our sincerest condolences to the family and friends of John Hoover, our thoughts and prayers of comfort are with you.


Farewell to Eric Van Thiel Farewell to Eric Van Thiel as he pursues new endeavors! He joined the ANAF team in June 2010 as the Sales and Marketing Associate and brought over 13 years of experience in sales to the Foundation. Eric lived, worked and traveled all over the world in places such as Belize and Australia. Eric's adventurous side brought creative, imaginative solutions to ANAF's advertising and marketing efforts. His tenacity, commitment to superior customer service and penchant for detail was valuable for working with our artists. Many thanks for your hard work, especially implementing the overhaul of the new inventory system. We appreciate all that you've done and best wishes in the future!

FEATURED EVENTS Clare to Clare Fashion Show Clare to Clare is a fashion show for a cause. All proceeds benefit Clare House, a 24-hour emergency shelter for women and children.


Expand Your Vision: Cultural Expression Through Stone Five up and coming, established Alaska Native artists participated in a one week advanced level stone carving workshop with internationally-known Inupiat artist, Lawrence Ahvakana and renowned co-instructor Patrick Stone in August 2011 at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage.


October First Friday On October's First Friday opening and reception, Expand Your Vision: Cultural Expression Through Stone, ANAF hosted nearly 500 people to view the show.


November First Friday Gretchen Sagan (Inupiat) is the featured First Friday artist for the months of November and December 2011 at the Alaska Native Arts Foundation in downtown Anchorage.

AFN Convention Week October 20 - 22, 2011 at the Dena'ina Center at 600 W. 7th Ave.

  • ANAF has an Exhibit Booth! Visit us!

Anchorage, Alaska 99501
907-258-ANAF (2623)
907-339-7460 (fax)

WINTER HOURS Mon. - Fri.: 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday: 11 a.m.- 6 p.m. Sunday: Closed WHO WE ARE Established in 2002, Alaska Native Arts Foundation (ANAF) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in Alaska dedicated to broaden the understanding of, and increase the demand for, Alaska Native art. Through empowering programs and grantmaking, ANAF successfully serves as a cultural, marketing, and economic development resource.

WHO WE SERVE ANAF represents over 1,100 Alaska Native artists and offers an inventory of over 2,000 unique products online and in the Anchorage gallery. In less than ten years, the foundation has reinvested a combined value of over one million dollars to support the creation of Alaska Native art for resale. It administers an e-commerce initiative that brings Alaska Native art to the global marketplace and a contemporary gallery in downtown Anchorage.

SHOP One-of-a-kind pieces are available for purchase from materials such as: whalebone, ivory, sealskin, moosehide, cedar bark and baleen, to name a few! Visit out downtown gallery or visit www.alaskanativearts.org.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS ANAF was created from visions that stemmed from Alaska Native artists and leaders with a broad understanding of Alaska's economic and political landscapes, and individuals with established connections to potential art markets.

  • Perry Eaton (Chair)
  • Susie Bevins-Ericsen
  • Alvin Amason
  • Alice Rogoff
  • Barbara Overstreet
  • Veronica Slajer
  • Mary Sattler
  • Da-ka-xeen Mehner
  • Rita Stevens

STAFF INTRODUCTIONS Based in Anchorage, Alaska, the Alaska Native Arts Foundation Team brings a broad spectrum of skills, experience and knowledge to serve the artists from across the state. Our goal is to be art consultants to our customers and to be stewards to our artists. For us, selling art is more than finding a decorative piece. We hope to make acquiring a valuable piece of art a cultural learning experience and providing the pride of owning a treasure that will last a lifetime. Our artists share their personal and cultural expression through tangible works of art, for us, it is essential for the survival of Alaska Native worldviews and perpetuation of culture.


CALL FOR EXHIBITS If you are interested in having an opening exhibit for First Friday at ANAF, please submit your proposals with photographs to info@alaskanativearts.org.

ARTIST REGISTRATION FORM Download the following form to register as an artist with ANAF.

CALL TO ACTION Please complete the volunteer form to answer a few questions about yourself, see a list of volunteer opportunities and indicate your availability during business hours.

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