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Free Youth Activity with Tsimpshean artist Abel Ryan at the Alaska State Libraries, Archives and Museum

by Amy Carney on 2019-02-27T14:59:00-09:00 in Events, Museums | Comments

Juneau – The 2018-2019 Youth Art Activity Program at the Father Andrew P. Kashevaroff (APK) State Library, Archives, and Museum presents Traditions with Salmon and Art with artist Abel Ryan on Saturday, March 9. Participants will look at how salmon influence art and technology in Alaska, then learn about the formline design process and practice creating salmon designs. The morning session from 10 am to noon is designed for ages 6-9, and the afternoon session from 1 to 3 pm is open to ages 9-18. These workshops are free, but registration is recommended by calling the Alaska State Museum at 465-2901.

Abel Ryan was born in Ketchikan, Alaska in 1978.  He was raised in Metlakatla on the Annette Island Reserve in Southeast Alaska.  Abel is half Tsimshian, a member of the Metlakatla Indian Community, and a member of the Laxgiboo Clan.  In May of 2006 Abel graduated from Sheldon Jackson College with a B.A. in Liberal Arts and a minor in Art.  In May of 2009 he graduated from University of Alaska Fairbanks with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Native Arts Studio and Printmaking.

Abel studied traditional Tsimshian art under master carver Jack Hudson of Metlakatla.  He has carved in Metlakatla, Sitka, Juneau, and Fairbanks for over 24 years. Working in the medium of wood and metals, Abel produces masks, bowls, spoons, pipes, ladles, plaques, combs, bracelets, rings, pendants and other hand carved items.  He is also proficient in two-dimensional graphic design using Northwest Coast formline art. In June 2013 Abel was invited to an international carving competition in Beijing China. Abel has taught classes at Sheldon Jackson College and the University of Alaska in Sitka, Juneau, and Fairbanks, Sitka Fine Arts Camp, and the Alaska Native Heritage Foundation in Anchorage as well as done artist demonstrations at the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka, Museum of the North in Fairbanks, in Washington DC, and the Alaska State Museum in Juneau Alaska.

Youth art activities are held monthly from October through May and are led by the Alaska State Museum’s solo artists in connection with their exhibits or by local artists who highlight the unique collections of the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum. Visit for more information. The Youth Art Activity Program is partially funded by the citizens of the City and Borough of Juneau through sales tax revenues and is sponsored by the Friends of the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum.

A person experiencing a disability who needs an accommodation for events hosted by the Alaska State Library, Archives, and Museum can contact the Division’s ADA coordinator at (907) 465-2988 to make any necessary arrangements.

The Alaska Division of Libraries, Archives, and Museums collects, organizes, preserves, and makes accessible materials that document the history of Alaska, provides access to government information for state agencies and other researchers, and promotes the development of libraries, archives, and museums statewide for the benefit of all Alaskans.

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