Doll artist Frank to lead kids workshops later this month

Noted Juneau doll-maker Mary Ellen Frank will lead “Alaska Action Figures,” a workshop for kids, at the Alaska State Museum later this month.

Frank, known for her intricate portrait dolls of cultural figures, will help students create miniature chenille stem action figures with Alaska Native clothing and tools, drawing on her own work in the museum collection and other museum artifacts for inspiration.

The workshops will take place over two weeks and are divided by age group into two sessions: Dec. 21, from 1 p.m.-3 p.m. for grades 3-5; Dec. 28, from 1 p.m.-3p.m., for grades K–2. Pre-register by calling the museum at 465-2901.

Frank’s workshop is the December holiday installment and the fourth in a six-part youth activity series, “Exploring Arts and Culture at the Alaska State Museum.” The 2011 season marks the 14th year of the youth workshops series, sponsored by the Friends of the Alaska State Museum and funded in part by the citizens of the City and Borough of Juneau through sales tax revenue.

For more information, visit the Friends of the Alaska State Museum at


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