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Meals with Midgi: Keeping warm from the inside

Capital City Weekly - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 1:52am
After a month back home from the sunny Caribbean, I am fully aware I live in Alaska. Although we are not experiencing subzero temperatures in Juneau, it’s still cold and wet - a combination that is welcomed some days and not on others.

Whale Pass considers becoming Alaska’s newest city

Capital City Weekly - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 1:49am
If all goes as planned, the Prince of Wales Island community of Whale Pass will become Alaska’s newest incorporated city by the end of 2016.

Fish factor: Two early fish bills

Capital City Weekly - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 1:46am
Fishing issues will take a back seat to budget cutting when the Alaska legislature convenes on Jan. 19 for its 90-day session, but two early fish bills (and one hold-over) already are getting attention.

Middle of nowhere

Capital City Weekly - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 1:41am
The middle of nowhere consists of a lot of towns inhabited by lots of people, many of which are in Alaska.

Farr North Perspectives: Reflecting on celebrity deaths

Capital City Weekly - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 1:36am
Objectively, it’s a silly thing to mourn the passing of a celebrity. I don’t know these people. We’re not friends. We’ve never had a beer together. They’re just light and sound on a screen. Yet, celebrities keep dying and I keep taking it personally.

What is the best $100 you have ever spent in your life?

Capital City Weekly - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 12:11am
A few years ago I bought some comic books and made close to $1,000.

Remembering Eva Saulitis

Capital City Weekly - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 12:07am
Saulitis, who lived in Homer, was the author of several books of poetry and prose: “Leaving Resurrection: Chronicles of a Whale Scientist,”

One mantra, one goal for SLAM workers

Capital City Weekly - Thu, 01/21/2016 - 12:01am
Editor’s note: This is an abridged version of a story published in the Juneau Empire on Friday, Jan. 15. Bob Banghart has a simple mantra for anyone who asks about the new State Library, Archives and Museum.

A conversation with ceramics professor and artist Jeremy Kane

Capital City Weekly - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 11:57pm
University of Alaska Associate Professor of Art and ceramics artist Jeremy Kane’s current show at the Juneau-Douglas City Museum, “Surface,” is a departure from the work he has shown most recently in Juneau, but is in another way more in line with an important aspect of his influence as a ceramics teacher.

What’s happening this week Jan. 20 - 26, 2016

Capital City Weekly - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 11:54pm
Our Voices Will Be Heard,” 7:30 pm Thursday-Saturday and 4 pm Sunday, Perseverance Theatre. Tickets at, 463-TIXS,, JACC, and Hearthside Books. For tickets and more information, visit

An early look inside Alaska’s ‘treasure house’

Capital City Weekly - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 11:47pm
From Willoughby Street, the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff State Library Archives and Museum Building looks mostly finished, tempting passers-by with glimpses of an interestingly patterned wood ceiling through its huge second floor windows.

Salmon Life: Fish and Family

Capital City Weekly - Wed, 01/20/2016 - 11:42pm
Lexi Fish Hackett has fish in her blood in more ways than one. Until recently, her last name was simply “Fish,” which she says is merely a coincidence.

Artists-in-Residence Have Officially Landed in Tulsa

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Mon, 01/11/2016 - 12:29pm

Nine of the 12 chosen for the inaugural Tulsa Artists Fellowships during a reception at 108 Contemporary in the Brady District in Tulsa, OK, Jan. 8, 2016. (front, from left) Molly Dilworth, Chris Ramsay, Alice Leora Briggs, Nick Vaughan (back, from left) Clarissa Rizal, Eric Sall, Akiko Jackson, Rena Detrixhe and Crystal Z. Campbell. Not pictured are Gary Kachadourian, Monty Little and Nathan Young. Photo courtesy: Michael Wyke/Tulsa World

Now that we have been caught on camera and advertised in the local newspaper “Tulsa World”, everyone can agree that we have officially landed in Tulsa!  Click here to read about the inaugural Tulsa Artist Residency 2016

Categories: Arts & Culture

Checking Out the Philbrook Museum

Clarissa Rizal: Alaska Native Artist Blog - Fri, 01/08/2016 - 12:43pm

We rode the trolley to the Phibrook Museum

Only recently in the past few years have I come to appreciate museums.  We must understand that I was not born to a culture who kept old objects staging stagnant in an old building.  In fact, when I was a child, I literally thought museums were haunted houses.  They were dark, windowless, lifeless nooks and crannies where all the objects collected dust which made the pieces even look older and scarier!

The ceiling of the Philbrook entry

Fortunately, with every generation of new directors and curators, we have evolved to where we are today with museums being much more active, inviting locals and visitors alike to partake in rotating exhibits and special events in spaces that have included much more light!

The Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, Oklahoma is an art museum housed in part in a 1920s villa, situated on 23 acres of formal and informal gardens.  The original structure is the former home of Oklahoma oil pioneer Waite Phillips and his wife Genevieve (Elliott) Phillips.

The museum opened October 25, 1939. It was known as the Philbrook Art Center until 1987, when the name was changed to Philbrook Museum of Art.[2] The collection housed at the Philbrook Museum of Art includes works fromGiovanni Bellini,[3] William-Adolphe Bouguereau, William Merritt Chase, Leonardo Drew, Arturo Herrera, Charles Loloma,Maria Martinez, Thomas Moran, Pablo Picasso, Fritz Scholder, Tanzio da Varallo, Rachel Whiteread, and Andrew Wyeth. A satellite facility, Philbrook Downtown, opened on June 14, 2013 in Tulsa’s Brady Arts District.

Curator of Modern Art at the Philbrook, Sienna Brown, introduces the “Camoflauge” hand-silkscreened prints by Andy Warhol

The Philbrook Museum is beautiful.  How come; did anyone warn me about its beauty?  I don’t remember.  The history of this museum is just as fascinating as the Gilcrease Museum here in Tulsa too (of which I will include a blog post about when I go visit the Gilcrease (

The outdoor garden of the Philbrook Museum, Tulsa, OK — the fountains were fantastic!

I am always fascinated by the design of buildings.  I especially enjoy old architecture influenced by Europe, especially Italy.  Instead of posting photos of some of the beautiful art in the Philbrook Collection, I have posted a few shots of this building.  You must visit the collection of art in the Philbrook.

Click here to read about the fascinating history of the Philbrook Museum

The Italian-style architecture of the Philbrook

In the near future, I intend on doing a couple of presentations/demonstrations in Chilkat weaving both at the Gilcrease and at the Philbrook.  I just have to get settled into the vibe of Tulsa, talk to the directors, and set the date(s).

Christina Burke explains the old dance floor that changed colors every few seconds in the Philbrook Museum

Notice the dance floor colors in these three photos.  Golly, I’d love to design and build a home/studio/ballroom that has a dance floor with changing colors!

Categories: Arts & Culture


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