The museum will have free evening hours on Friday, Oct. 14, from 4 to 8 p.m. for a "Sharkabet" book signing. A presentation on sharks by "Ratfish" Ray will begin at 6 p.m. The museum is also presenting a day of youth art activities based on sharks on Saturday, Oct. 15.
A drawing workshop for students in grades K - 2 with guest artist Kathy Hocker will be 10 a.m. to noon. Shark researcher Cindy Tribuzio will perform a dissection of a spiney dogfish from noon to 1 p.m, and a drawing session with Ray Troll, for students in grades 3 - 8, will be 1 to 3 p.m.
Pre-registration is required for the activities. Call the museum at 465-2901 for information.
The "Sharkabet" exhibition is based on Ketchikan artist Ray Troll's recently published children's alphabet book by the same name, "Sharkabet" features more than 40 original illustrations ranging from angel sharks to zebra sharks, as well as other shark-related materials.
General admission is $3. Visitors 18 and under are admitted free of charge. An annual pass that allows unlimited visits to the Alaska State Museum and the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka is $15.