City museum, Sealaska will host Native arts and crafts fair

Posted: Wednesday, December 01, 2004

The Juneau-Douglas City Museum and Sealaska Heritage Institute will host the Ninth annual Native Arts & Craft Fair from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3, and noon to 5 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, at the City museum.

This fun cultural event is a great opportunity for families to explore Alaska's Native art and craft traditions by watching local artists demonstrate their skills.

Alasks and sell works carved in ivory, silver and wood, beading of all kinds, fur dolls, paddles, halibut hooks, trade bead necklaces and much more.

"Come visit with new artists and let them share the history with you," said Donald Gregory, Sealaska Heritage Institute event coordinator and demonstrating artist.

Gregory has been involved in planning the jointly sponsored event for the past nine years. First organized as a way for Native artists to promote and sell their works during the winter season, the event has grown to a larger cultural event at the City museum. According to Gregory, every year the quality and quantity of works increases, as does the number of people who attend the two-day event.

In addition to presenting the opportunity to watch art being created by local Native Alaskans, the fair also provides a great chance to purchase authentic Native art directly from the artists at good prices, said Gregory.

Saturday will feature a drop-in children's trade-bead necklace activity from 1 to 5 p.m. There is a $5 materials fee; supplies are limited.

Make the City museum part of your plans for Gallery Walk Weekend. Learn about Alaska Native art and culture, enjoy complimentary cookies and punch, and get a jump start on your holiday shopping.

For more information on the Native Arts & Crafts Fair and other City museum activities and programs, contact the City museum at 586-3572. The City museum is at Fourth and Main streets, next to the Capitol, and is a program of the Parks and Recreation Department.

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