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Tsimshian artist to demonstrate Northwest Coast carving at state museum

Posted: July 12, 2012 - 12:02am

The Alaska State Museum will host artist demonstrator Abel Ryan on Saturday, July 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a short break for lunch, and Sunday, July 15 from 8:30 to 1 p.m.

Ryan will demonstrate Tsimshian-style carving.

Born in Ketchikan, Ryan is a member of the Wolf Clan and 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.

Summer hours at the museum are 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily. For more information, call 465-2901.

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