Auke Bay artist wins one of five "Earth, Fire & Fibre" awards

Five artists were awarded prizes in this year’s “Earth, Fire and Fibre” statewide craft exhibit, including Auke Bay artist Sandra Mander. Mander was one of four artists to win a $500 award for her porcelain work “White Bird.”

Mander, who reclaimed a passion for ceramics at the University of Alaska Southeast about 10 years ago, has shown her work in Juneau at the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council’s gallery and in University of Alaska’s juried art shows, among other places.

The $1,500 Juror’s Choice Award went to Anchorage artist Amy Meissner for her art quilt, “Spontaneous Combustion,” created with wool, cotton and domestic linens. The other three artists to win $500 awards are Lael Gordon of Seward, for her “Endgrain Parquet Cabinet,” crafted of Douglas fir and eastern maple; Diane Melms of Anchorage, for her fiber piece “Tangerine Sky;” and Kathryn Rousso of Ketchikan, for “All Worlds Intertwined,” a weaving created with red and yellow cedar bar and woven abaca.

The statewide biennial craft exhibit, now in its 29th year, showcases Alaskan artists working with traditional craft materials such as fibre and clay. This year’s exhibit, juried by Andrew Glasgow of Asheville, N.C., features 41 works by 34 Alaska artists, selected from 360 submissions by 119 artists. The exhibit is funded in part by the Alaska State Council on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Exhibition dates for “Earth, Fire and Fibre” are Oct. 6-Jan. 5 at the Anchorage Museum, Jan. 31-March 1 at the Alaska State Museum in Juneau, and May 2-31 at the Fairbanks Arts Association’s Bear Gallery. For more information, visit


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