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Anchorage Museum announces winners of prestigious Alaska craft exhibition


“Earth, Fire and Fibre XXVIII” on view Nov. 4 through Jan. 8, 2012

Seward artist Lael Gordon has won the prestigious “Earth, Fire and Fibre” Juror’s Choice Award for “Greek Key Sideboard,” a beautifully crafted piece of furniture built from four different kinds of wood.

Earth, Fire and Fibre,” the Anchorage Museum’s biennial craft exhibition, is one of the state’s longest running juried exhibitions. It showcases Alaska artists working with traditional craft materials such as fiber, clay and bone. Selected artworks are chosen for the artists’ superb skills and their forward-thinking concepts and methods.

This year’s entries included 273 works of art by 92 Alaska artists. For the exhibition, that pool was narrowed down to 82 works of art by juror Andrew Wagner, the former editor-in-chief of ReadyMade and American Craft magazines.

“Earth, Fire and Fibre” opens with a First Friday reception 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 4. After it closes at the Anchorage Museum Jan. 8, 2012, the exhibition will travel the state. Tentative exhibition dates are March 23-April 21, 2012 at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau and May 4-May 31, 2012 at the Fairbanks Arts Association’s Bear Gallery.

List of winning “Earth, Fire and Fibre XXVIII” entries:

$1,000 Juror’s Choice Award

  • Lael Gordon, Seward, “Greek Key Sideboard,” a piece of wood furniture combining Douglas fir, jatoba, Sitka spruce and Alaska birch

$500 Awards

  • Charilyn Cardwell, Palmer, “Anya,” a Samoyed dog fur hand-spun and hand-knit scarf
  • Renata Knapman, Anchorage, “Penny Farthing Bike,” a bicycle made with rope, wood, and found objects
  • Anne Lingener-Reece, Anchorage, “Self-Heating Tea Infuser,” a fine silver hand-forged and hand-formed tea infuser
  • Karen Olanna, Nome, “Owl Totem,” a whale bone vertebrae sculpture
  • Kay Field Parker, Douglas, “Haida Lightning Dance Apron,” traditional weaving with abalone buttons and deer hooves
  • Edwin Weyiouanna, Shishmaref, “Songs of Walrus Hunters,” a carved whalebone and ivory sculpture

This exhibition is funded in part by a grant from the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.


The Anchorage Museum is the largest museum in Alaska and one of the top 10 mostvisited attractions in the state. The museum’s mission is to share and connect Alaska with the world through art, history and science. Learn more online at www.anchoragemuseum.org.

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