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PUBLISHED: 4:12 PM on Wednesday, October 4, 2006
The art of giving back to the community

  Thyes Shaub
Born of a desire to give something back to others, Thyes Shaub started making jewelry for charities and local causes she believed in deeply. She received so many positive comments about her early designs that she decided to start a small jewelry business. This October Shaub will begin displaying her work year round at the Juneau Artist Gallery and will be their featured artist this First Friday, Oct. 6.

"This is Thyes' first month with the cooperative," said Dianne Anderson, fellow JAG member. "I have admired her work for years and feel she has so much to offer."

Shaub uses genuine semi-precious stones, high quality lead crystal and glass, Swarovski crystal and freshwater pearls in her creations. Some of her favorite stones are amazonite, black obsidian, carnelian and many colors of quartz.

"I love the feel of real stones but also enjoy the huge variety of crystal and glass beads that add interest to my creations," Shaub said.

Shaub serves as finance chairman for the Southeast Alaska Food Bank and began making jewelry creations for their silent auction, which led to donations to auctions for many other worthy causes. She welcomes people to contact her for donations.


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  Thyes Shaub will begin displaying her work year round at the Juneau Artist Gallery and will be their featured artist this First Friday, Oct. 6.
"Its one of the main reasons I started doing this and I feel great that my artwork is helping other Alaskans," Shaub said.

Before pursuing her artistic interests, Shaub had a distinguished career in state government and the stewardship of natural resources. In 1991, she began her own independent lobbying and government consulting business, Shaub & Associates, which she still actively leads. Her work has taken her from the state to national political forefront working on behalf of Alaskans.

"My husband Rusty and I came to Alaska in 1975 for what we thought would be a few years. We've been here ever since," Shaub said. "Even our children were 'made in Alaska.'"

Rusty Shaub works as a bush pilot while Thyes Shaub fills her days and nights sharing her passion for Alaska and Alaskans. Whether it's the art of jewelry or the art of persuasion, Shaub has more to give than ever.

See her work along with that of almost 30 local artists in the Juneau Artist Gallery inside the Senate Mall Building downtown. Open year round, local artists operate the cooperative 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday all winter.


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