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Tsimshian artist to demonstrate Northwest Coast Carving at the Alaska State Museum

Posted: June 14, 2012 - 12:03am

The Alaska State Museum will host artist Abel Ryan on Saturday, June 16, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a short break for lunch.

Ryan will demonstrate Tsimshian-style carving.

A member of the Wolf Clan, Ryan 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 also 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.

For more information, visit www.museums.state.ak.us.

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