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NEWS Capital City Weekly From January through December, there was rarely a lull in the artistic life of Southeast. In 2009, our region welcomed new performers and artists to the spotlight, and some venerable local artists reached high points of their careers. In the course of the year, The Capital City Weekly interviewed artists old and young, experienced and the novice. Seen together, these representatives of Southeast's large artistic communities begin to paint a picture of the vibrant contemporary culture of our region.

Creative community members spice up Southeast life

King of Pins: Bill Spear: Bill Spear was once chairman of the board of one of the largest venture capital banks in the world, but he decided he'd rather be drawing. He made a career switch and for the past three decades, Spear has made his living designing pins for fans in Juneau and beyond. He has conceived of nearly 2,000 designs. including special commissions for businesses and organizations around the country.
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King of Pins: Bill Spear: Bill Spear was once chairman of the board of one of the largest venture capital banks in the world, but he decided he'd rather be drawing. He made a career switch and for the past three decades, Spear has made his living designing pins for fans in Juneau and beyond. He has conceived of nearly 2,000 designs. including special commissions for businesses and organizations around the country. "To keep your integrity as an artist is tough," Spear said. "If you don't enjoy it for itself, you're going to be frustrated."
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