Tlingit carver John Hughes to demonstrate at Alaska State Museum

On Saturday, Nov. 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. (with a short break for lunch), local Tlingit carver and bentwood box maker John Hughes will lead an artist demonstration at the Alaska State Museum, the third and final installment of the museum’s Saturday series.

Hughes, Raven of the L’uxnaxadi clan, studied at the Native Arts Center at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. He lists listing among his mentors such esteemed formline artists as Nathan Jackson and Alvin Amason. Hughes credits the late artist Jean Flanagan Carlo with persuading him to take his art seriously. Since then, Hughes has created countless bentwood boxes, paddles, totems, silver and other metalwork, as well as what he terms “large individualistic statement pieces,” ranging from traditional to contemporary.

The demonstration closes the 2012 Saturday Native Artist Demonstrator Series. Every year, in honor of Alaska Native and Native American Heritage Month, the Alaska State Museum presents special demonstrations throughout the month of November.

Admission is free for all Saturday Native Artist Demonstration Series events.

Winter hours are 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.


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