52 Fridays – #2. Alaska

Art tour of american states

Today we are travelling northward to our largest state, the 49th in the Union – Alaska. I had to do some digging for today’s gallery, but I think it was worth it!  I found some great traditional art at Alaska House, plus more traditional pieces and modern work from studio sites around the web.  Which is your favorite?  I’ll tell you mine at the end. 🙂

traditional alaskan art

Ulu, made by Maynard Lindor, Dancing Man Knives - Homer (photo British Blades.com)

alaskan jewelry

Lampwork Bead by Basement Studios - Juneau

alaskan artists and jewelry

Necklace by Rowan Law - Juneau (photo Capital City Weekly)

Alaskan pottery and art

Fluke Sea Salt Jars by Colette Oliver - Juneau

art from alaska

Very Hungry Caterpillar Hat and Cocoon by Lina Poulson - Wasilla

Modern Alaskan Art

Custom Stuffed Animal Dress by Rachel Sigmon - Anchorage

native alaskan traditional art and clothing

Walrus Intestine Raincoat by Christina Alowa - St. Lawrence Island Yupik

alaska house

Brothers on the Water by Alvin Amason - Fairbanks (photo by superk8nyc)

Sara Tabbert Alaskan printmaker

Surface, woodcut print by Sara Tabbert - Fairbanks

alaska art photography

Winter Boating by Dustin Boller - Bethel

Frankly, I feel a little chilly after working on this gallery.  It’s time for a cup of Chai!  Have you chosen a favorite yet?  I think it’s hard to choose – there really is a wonderful range of work here.

I think I’m going to pick the Ulu.  Functional beauty is my thing – and I love the contrast of ruggedness and razor sharpness in these pieces.  They’re supposed to be beast in the kitchen, too!

Next week we’ll warm up, I promise…  We’re heading to Arizona!