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Anyone that was living in the Anchorage area on November 30th of 2018 remembers the events of that day vividly. At 8:29 a.m., a magnitude 7.1 earthquake hit about 10 miles north of the city and was felt as far away as Fairbanks.

All cities display boastful public art, usually presenting a biased viewpoint. Perhaps cave dwellers invited nearby cave neighbors to see their wall imagery, bragging about what their clan had accomplished. Maybe those visitors weren’t happy to see crowing narratives stained onto rocky surfa…

Fans of the band 36 Crazyfists will likely know the name Thomas Daniel Noonan. For years he spent time traveling the world as the drummer for the metalcore band that was formed in Anchorage, Alaska but was later based in Portland. In between shows he developed a passion for pencil art. As a …

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All cities display boastful public art, usually presenting a biased viewpoint. Perhaps cave dwellers invited nearby cave neighbors to see their wall imagery, bragging about what their clan had accomplished. Maybe those visitors weren’t happy to see crowing narratives stained onto rocky surfa…

Fifteen community arts organizations and counting have joined together to shine a light on the arts community that has been dark since March of this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Six months later, with no end in sight and still unable to bring large groups of people together, these 15 a…

We are not even a year into the COVID-19 pandemic and it feels like it will never end. What if it doesn’t?

One minute you’re settling into your armchair, feet propped up, ready for a relaxing, end-of-summer read. The next, just pages into the first chapter of Wings — Game Birds and Bird Dogs of Alaska by Ninilchik author Mike Chihuly, and you’re immersed in chilly, but invigorating, temperatures,…

‘Walker Evans: Starting from Scratch’ by Svetlana Alpers (b. 1936) is an entire semester in one volume. Alpers, daughter of a Russian refugee, graduated from Radcliffe/Harvard, spending decades as professor of art history at the University of California, Berkeley, accumulating awards too num…

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If you’ve seen the sculpture in Spenard of a giant Spam can with a raven perched on it, you’re familiar with the artwork of John Coyne. An excellent painter as well, Coyne’s sculptures are often large and metal. In the interest of observing and discussing mankind’s effect on the earth, Coyne…

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) exhibition, “FélixFénéon the Anarchist and the Avant-Garde-From Signac to Matisse and Beyond (Online and in Situ thru January 2, 2021)” --I recommend watching MoMA’s Online video. Fénéon was a charismatic Renaissance man. Admirers were able to look past his mu…

Alaska Hydrographics owner Paul Reed has been making custom coating work for over 10 years. What started as a hobby grew into a full fledged business with an endless stream of requests from the community.

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Nationwide, readers young and old will gather by their computers, tablets, phones and TVs to watch a historic reading of Ray Bradbury’s classic novel Fahrenheit 451, streamed over YouTube, Facebook, and Instagram at 12:30 p.m. AKDT on Saturday, August 22, 2020.

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Questions:Does art need to depict rape-- or just be allegorical? Does abject art become therapeutic, surfacing in entertainment genres: movies/videos, advertisements, or that museum excursion with lunching and souvenir shopping? Should we be influenced by written narratives about abuse; are …

At the Kensington Gardens in London there is a statue of Peter Pan, the boy who would not grow up. Since 1912, the bronze art has been a favorite of visitors and was commissioned by author and Peter Pan creator JM Barrie. He commissioned artist Sir George Frampton to build the statue in the …

“In cities the darkness gobbled me up and spat me out,

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COVID-19 has led to the wholesale cancellation of about any event people planned for in the year 2020. In these parts, a lot of those events were scheduled at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. Last season was cut short and the venue, as well as those who perform and work there, are …

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Ever since humans started wearing clothing, someone in the group was relegated to do laundry.  And while there are still world communities where fabric is hand-washed, and many places where material is dried on clotheslines, desire to do laundry faster using less muscle power created washing…

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It was a gorgeous summer afternoon when I walked onto the Anchorage Museum’s thick green lawn surrounded by multi-colored flower beds, interspersed with pathways, for a drawing lesson by Rebecca Pottebaum (Public Programs and Audience Development Manager). With Covid-19 spiking, the Museum’s…

For Heather Lende, the fall of 2016 was a time of great hope and optimism. The country was getting ready to elect its first female president, and the Alaska writer of national acclaim decided it was time to ride the wave and enter the world of election politics. She threw her hat into the ri…

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Sleuthing for artists contextualizing Climate Change, I came upon ‘The Rule of Five’ (Rule) by Professor Richard J. Lazarus. OK, I read a few chapters—they seemed dry. While bored on Zoom, I began flipping Rule, discovering sub plots where Lazarus described Supreme Court history and rituals:…

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Recently, on a sunny Sunday, husband Dave and I drove up-up Rabbit Creek Road, to the home and studio of award-winning Nature photographer, Carl Johnson. His Anchorage Museum class had been terminated because of Covid-19. So, Dave was making up a class, while I came along to enjoy the Inlet …

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Love, Death & Socialism by Elstun W. Lauesen

Alaska artists who have been financially burdened by the COVID-19 pandemic are invited to apply for a $1,500 Alaska Arts and Culture Emergency Relief (ACERF) COVID-19 Grant before June 30, 2020.The Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Alaska Arts and Culture Foundation, the Atwood Foundatio…

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With a mask on and my timed-ticket (Wednesday 4-6 pm) in hand, I ventured into the re-opened Anchorage Museum to sleuth for art, to see what Covid-19 had laid waste, hoping it wouldn’t look like Pixar’s ‘Wall-E’. Gone were the red high-backed sofas surrounding the snack bar, which was, surpr…

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Akela Space is opening its doors for the first time since last October on Friday. Previously co-owned by photographers Mikey Huff, Oscar Avellaneda-Cruz, Jovell Rennie, and promoter Willie Dalton, the gallery has shifted ownership to Young Kim and Rennie.

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The USDA Forest Service – Alaska Region, Wildlife Forever and Bass Pro Shops are proud to announce the winners of the 2020 Alaska Fish Art Contest®. The 2020 National Fish Art Contest received over 5,000 entries from 47 states and 32 international countries. Seventeen entries were submitted …

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With Anchorage greening-up, and quarantine restrictions cautiously lifting, I look forward to once again sleuthing for art at the Anchorage Museum. Heading to buy dog food the other day, I waited outside Alaska Mill and Feed as only twenty-odd shoppers were allowed in. Most were leaving with…

PALMER — In just a matter of hours, the first and possibly only tickets to shows at the Alaska State Fairgrounds were swooped up on Thursday. 

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By O’Hara Shipe

Come on! With everything there is to worry about these days: getting the Virus, the economic downturn; do we need to ban books in Mat-Su, Alaska: ‘The Great Gatsby, Invisible Man, Catch 22, The Things They Carried, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings’? It reminds me of ‘The Music Man, 1962’ when…

Five renowned Alaskan artists have joined forces to commemorate this historic time in our state, releasing a limited edition print that brings together a diversity of styles and perspectives. The Alaska Endures commemorative print unites the work of Alvin Amason, Ray Troll, Sara Tabbert, Kar…

Rasmuson Foundation has named Wayne Price of Haines as its 2020 Distinguished Artist. The award recognizes one Alaska artist annually for a lifetime of creative excellence and outstanding contribution to the state’s arts and culture. The honor is accompanied by a $40,000 award.

This past week the Anchorage Museum was to have their North X North (Critical Futures) conference—Coronavirus cancelled! Their website states, it was to be, “a shared experience to explore radically new modes of thinking and responding to our collective futures and to a changed climate.” Acc…

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With the spring break travel being thwarted and stock markets plummeting, all in response to the uncertainty over the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), and possible shortages because of breakdowns in overseas manufacturing and supply routes, two venues celebrated National Youth Art Month…

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Blue Chair Productions is a breath of fresh air in the Anchorage theatre community. Each production company and black box theatre group has their own vibe and style, and it seems the Blue Chair has cornered the market on thoughtful and emotional entertainment. In their newest production, Ugl…

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At this month’s College Art Association Conference in Chicago, I presented: ‘Climate Change Alert through Arctic Aesthetics’, for a session entitled ‘Art Criticism Between and Around the Coasts’.

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The Anchorage Museum has a strong commitment to acknowledging the art of Alaska’s indigenous people, and recently they have embarked on appreciating all Arctic aboriginal artists, such as Norway’s Aslaug Juliussen. Not only is Northern ancient craft being recognized as fine art, but present-…