Artic Raven’s show features art from island in the Bering Sea
November 15, 2011 · Updated 9:03 AM
Arctic Raven Gallery’s seventh annual holiday art and gift show opens Friday, Nov. 25, 10 a.m., with a hot cider reception from 4 – 7 p.m., at 130 First Street.
Owner Lee Brooks recently returned from the Saint Lawrence Island in the Bering Sea with fossilized whalebone, baleen and walrus ivory sculpture and jewelry from the Siberian Yup’ik, for this year’s show.
“To find the most elegant work you need to establish relationships with the best artists. Even if it means traveling almost to Russia - over 2,000 miles,” said Brooks. “The remarkable thing was that after the first snow fell, it was eerily sunny and calm… an epic storm followed on the heels of my departure, with winds to 89 knots. The native carvers I had just visited were scrambling to find driftwood to stay warm.”
New prints depicting the Fraser River delta, by acclaimed Coast Salish artist Susan Point, the whimsical Tligit style carvings of Lonnie Acord, cards, calendars, Bering Sea jewelry and affordable gift items (like the piece shown, right) will also be featured in the show.