Tsimshian Artist to demonstrate Northwest Coast carving at the Alaska State Museum

The Alaska State Museum will host artist demonstrator Abel Ryan on Saturday, Aug. 27 and Sunday, Aug. 28 from 8:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with a short break for lunch.

Ryan will demonstrate Tsimshian-style carving. Abel Ryan is a member of the Wolf Clan; he was born in Ketchikan and is a member of the Metlakatla Indian Community. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Sheldon Jackson College in 2006, and in 2009 received a degree in Native Arts Studio and Printmaking from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Ryan has practiced traditional Tsimshian art for more than 16 years and has studied under master carver Jack Hudson of Metlakatla. Concentrating primarily in the medium of wood, Ryan has produced masks, bowls, spoons, pipes, ladles, plaques, combs and other hand-carved Northwest Coast formline art. He has taught at Sheldon Jackson College, the University of Alaska Southeast, and the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Summer hours at the museum are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. Summer admission is $5. Visitors 18 and under are admitted free of charge. Winter hours begin September 21.

For more information, call 465-2901.


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