Ray Troll's Sharkabet, A Sea
of Sharks from A to Z
Photos courtesy Ketchikan
October 29, 2003
Wednesday - 12:30 am
Ketchikan, Alaska - Ray Troll's Sharkabet, A Sea of Sharks
from A to Z swam into the Tongass Historical Museum on October
17. More than 270 residents attended the Sharkabet opening,
eager to see the bright and colorful exhibit. Thirty-seven original,
large-scale color drawings are featured, each done in Troll's
zany trademark style. Also in the exhibit are actual shark specimens,
shark-themed Native Alaskan art, and photos of sharks found in
the Ketchikan vicinity. Among the most dramatic displays are
the jaws of a huge Great White shark found on Gravina Island
in 1977, complete with razor-sharp teeth.
Sharkabet is educational and entertaining for
adults and kids alike. In the days following the opening, the
museum has been conducting special tours of the exhibit for local
school classes. Excited students are learning about prehistoric
sharks, as well as sharks still swimming in the world's oceans
today. They leave the Museum with a great deal of shark knowledge,
not to mention appreciation for Ray Troll's work as an artist.
In conjunction with the exhibit, Troll has presented slide shows
and shark workshops in most of the elementary schools in Ketchikan
and Prince of Wales.
Sharkabet will be at the Tongass Historical
Museum until February 1, 2004. Admission is always free to locals.
Bill Rotecki tries
on 3-D glasses to view a Troll shark mural.
Carolyn Stallings and
her grandson, Trenton, lean in to get a closer look at some of
the shark specimens on display.
Haida artist Donny
Varnell examines Alaska Native shark art on display.
Susan Doherty studies
Troll's drawing of the Thresher Shark
Ray Troll points out
features his 3-D shark mural to Lynn Wadley and Linda Millard.
Mrs. Paulson's First
Graders from White Cliff Elementary School listen to Program
Coordinator Frances Leach before entering the exhibit.
Teacher Cathy Paulson
studies the Megalodon, a long-extinct,
60-foot shark, with some of her students.
Students learn about
the unique teeth structure of the Heliocoprion, a shark species
that lived 250 million years ago.
A young girl takes
a closer look at sharks in the specimen case.
With Halloween approaching,
students get excited about the Goblin Shark.
Ray Troll having fun
with students at the Tongass School of Arts and Sciences.
Tongass School of
Arts and Sciences kids attend a program presented by Ray Troll
Addy Carraway, Juliene
Gordanier, Ashlyn Harty and Daisha Mastapose from Mrs. Stanton's
kindergarten class pose for a picture in their colorful ratfish
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