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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-…

Hip Hop is often confused as a musical genre. The reality is that it's a culture, comprised of 5 pillars; Turntabling, Breakdancing, Rhyming, Beatmaking, Knowledge, and Graffiti. These forms are their own lifestyles in a way, yet still maintain close connection to the societal dialogue Hip H…

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By Kaylene Johnson-Sullivan

In the rear of the Smithsonian Arctic Center, on the second floor of the Anchorage Museum, is the Gillam Archeology Lab, where I found Canadian artist Glenn Gear, who relishes his multi-cultural heritage, uniquely incorporating European and Nunatsiavut ethnicity into video games, collages an…

When three of our grown children relocated to the East coast, husband David and I found ourselves traveling for Christmas/New Year holidays. Sleuthing for art is a good way to pause from competitive family board gaming and over-indulgence of hollandaise sauce and roast beef, too.

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In my art wanderings, I seek out contextual narratives, which I often rework into my own paintings. Sometimes an image will express more than its companion writings. Social injustice, perseverance of man, and Climate Change issues — evident in our ever shrinking planet, made profound stateme…

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Here are excerpts from ten 2019 Sleuth pieces, which describe Alaska’s year in art (entire pieces can be Googled). Artists reacted to denial of Climate Change, global resistance to mass human displacement/migration, while visually embracing universal commonalities. At the Christies Education…

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It just wouldn’t be the holiday season without a large-scale production of Charles Dickens’ ‘ A Christmas Carol’ and once again, it’s Juneau-based Perseverance Theater bringing the classic to Anchorage’s audiences Dec. 20-29 at the Performing Arts Center.

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In a large classroom on the third floor of UAA/APU’s Consortium Library, a small group of Anchorage citizens gathered to hear Dahr Jamail hawk his acclaimed book, ‘The End of Ice’, reportage about the state of the planet. While a few students wandered in and abruptly out, appearing not to ca…

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The theater scene appears to be alive and well in the Mat-Su Valley, with numerous productions of all levels happening throughout the year.

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Outdoor public art fetches up in most cities and towns, mostly ignored, with original meanings lost on new generations. For example, no one knows what to do with Confederate statues whose bygone meanings are lost, leaving only tropes of slavery’s dehumanization. However, the 55-foot orange C…

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