Two exhibits to close at Alaska State Museum

Friday, March 9, will be the last opportunity for the public to view two exhibits on display at the Alaska State Museum: “Sailing for Salmon: The Early Years of Commercial Fishing in Alaska’s Bristol Bay, 1884-1951,” curated by historian and conservationist Tim Troll; and “Open Book,” a solo exhibit by Ester artist Sandy Gillespie.

“Sailing for Salmon: The Early Years of Commercial Fishing in Alaska’s Bristol Bay, 1884-1951” presents photographs and artifacts documenting 125 years of commercial fishing the world’s largest sockeye salmon run before the introduction of motorized boats.

In “Open Book,” visual artist Sandy Gillespie blends abstract oils, mixed media, encaustic painting and bookmaking to explore the relationship between communication and art. A bookmaker and writer in addition to a painter, Gillespie complements the large paintings with much smaller handmade journals and found art.

Winter hours at the museum are 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. Discounted winter admission is $3. Visitors 18 and under are admitted free of charge. For more information, call 465-2901.

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