Tsimshian carver and metalsmith Abel Ryan to demonstrate techniques at the Alaska State Museum

Abel Ryan will be the Alaska State Museum’s second featured artist in the museum’s Native Artist Demonstrator Series this Saturday, Nov. 17. Ryan will be there from 10:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., with a lunch break.

A member of the Wolf Clan, Ryan was born in Ketchikan and belongs to the Metlakatla Indian Community. He received a BA from Sheldon Jackson College in 2006, as well as an additional degree in 2009 in Native Arts Studio and Printmaking from the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Apprenticed under master carver Jack Hudson of Metlakatla, Ryan particularly excels at Northwest Coast, specifically Tsimshian-style, wood carving.

In honor of Native American Heritage Month, the Alaska State Museum’s Saturday Native Artist Demonstrator Series presents three separate demonstrations on the last three Saturdays in November. The final demonstration takes place Nov. 24 and features Tlingit carver and bentwood box maker John Hughes. Admission is free for all Saturday Native Artist Demonstration Series events.


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