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Restoring the 'Center of Kasaan'
web-posted Wednesday, September 2, 2015
On Prince of Wales Island, beside a trail west of the small community of Kasaan, sits Náay I'waans. Also known as the Whale House or, more specifically Chief Son-i-hat's House, this building is the oldest surviving example of traditional Haida architecture in the United States. Originally built by Chief Son-i-hat in the 1880s, Náay I'waans was once home to the wealthy and revered chief and his family. Today, the site attracts ogling tourists from all over the world. As carver Eric Hamar puts it, the site also serves as the "historical and emotional center of Kasaan."
Disparate Minds
web-posted Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Artists Andreana Donahue and Tim Ortiz met in Nevada four years ago while developing and managing a progressive art studio, where people experiencing developmental disabilities can get assistance creating art and becoming artists. The two found that they had the same views on working with artists living with developmental disabilities, and started Disparate Minds, a project with the goal of researching, recording, and blogging about the process of progressive art studios around the country, as well as reviews of the artists' work.
Learning Sm'algyax
web-posted Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Every other summer when she was a child, Jerry Ann Gray would visit her maternal grandparents in Metlakatla and listen to them sing Sm'algyax, the language of the Tsimshian people.
Art in Unusual Places
web-posted Wednesday, September 2, 2015
For this week's edition of Art In Unusual Places, contributors were asked to focus on black and white imagery. Here's what they came up with.
Linda Rosenthal: Living her dream
web-posted Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Linda Rosenthal vividly remembers the day she made a lifetime commitment to music. It was late summer in her home town of South Bend Indiana, and she had just turned 6 years old.
web-posted Wednesday, September 2, 2015
The dense, grey curtain suspended from floor to ceiling marches slowly up Gastineau Channel.
web-posted Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Juneau
September First Friday Art Walk
web-posted Wednesday, September 2, 2015
One year anniversary party, music by Kiwi Express and photo booth by Sydney Akagi
web-posted Wednesday, September 2, 2015
It's raining and it's Monday. The first thing that comes to mind is that old song, "Rainy Days and Mondays Always Get Me Down." I happen to love the rainy days, which is a good thing when living in a rainforest. During the summer, Mondays don't seem to be a day of gloom and doom, beginning the countdown to Friday. Every day is a work day for those of us in the visitor industry. In fact, it is not uncommon to find me at my desk at HQ or guiding a tour on Sundays. This is the nature of the industry and the price we pay to enjoy the work we love. And I do love what I do. Meeting visitors who are excited to be in my town and getting to feed them is one of the most fun things I've ever done.
web-posted Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Editor's note: This week's On Writing column was written by guest columnist Lowell Ford, an inmate at Lemon Creek Correctional Center, and is the third of a three-part series on writing classes offered at the facility.
Tsimshian artist teaches formline at Juneau jail
web-posted Wednesday, September 2, 2015
A group of inmates at the Juneau jail received an incredible opportunity last week - to learn the basics of Northwest Coast art and formline design from the nation's most renowned Tsimshian artist, David Boxley.
Who's your diva, week 2
web-posted Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Juneau Lyric Opera will host its popular annual fundraiser "Who's Your Diva?" on Sept. 19. This event will showcase nine local women, who will compete for the chance to be named Juneau's Official Diva for 2015.
web-posted Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Fall's coming early this year, or at least it feels that way to me. I woke up to 33 degrees and frost on my roof here in Anchorage on Aug. 29. This may be slightly unusual, but it's happened earlier, too. Aside from the cooler weather, there are other signals that cold weather is on the way.
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