January 09, 2004
Dance Rattle. Norman Jackson, 2003.
Carved yellow cedar, paint, creek pebbles, spruce root. 10.5
x 5 in.
Photo courtesy Ketchikan Museums
FOUNDATION AWARDS ART GRANTS TO KETCHIKAN MUSEUMS - Thanks
to generous grants from the Rasmuson Foundation, three important
artworks by Ketchikan artists have recently been acquired for
the permanent collection of the Ketchikan Museums. Leaping
Salmon Sharks, a diptych of mixed media drawings by Ray Troll;
Eagle-Human Transformation, a painted, yellow-cedar dance
rattle by Tlingit carver Norman Jackson; and Aleut Hunter,
an oil painting by Mary Ida Henrikson, were all purchased through
a new Rasmuson Foundation program, the Art Acquisition Initiative.
The Rasmuson Foundation created The Art Acquisition Initiative
early in 2003 to encourage and support practicing Alaskan artists
by helping museums within the state to purchase their work. The
program is administered by Museums Alaska, the statewide association
Leaping Salmon Sharks is currently displayed at the Tongass
Historical Museum, as part of Ray Troll's traveling exhibit,
Sharkabet: A Sea of Sharks from A to Z. Norman Jackson's
rattle was recently exhibited in the Totem Heritage Center's
Student and Instructor Art Show. Mary Ida Henrikson's painting
was shown at the Tongass Historical Museum in 1998, in conjunction
with Qajaq: Kayaks of Siberia and Alaska, a traveling
exhibit from the Alaska State Museum. It is currently at the
Anchorage Museum of History and Art, where it is in consideration
for inclusion in the upcoming All-Alaska Juried Art Exhibition.
Friday - January 09, 2003 - 1:30 am
June Allen Column
Photographer: Harriet Elizabeth Hunt; Donor: Ketchikan Public
Courtesy Tongass Historical Society
Ladies, for the Library; From Bookcase to Building(s) - One
thing Ketchikan's founding fathers didn't think of was a library.
In their 1900 petition for Incorporation of the city - and thereby
for the ability to qualify for outside assistance as well as
the right to raise local taxes to pay for community needs - one
of the first things those men had been thinking of was the need
for a school. In fact, there were those fellows who were certain
their down-south sweethearts or wives would refuse to join them
in the wilds of Revilla Island if there were no school for their
children! And so the first schoolhouse was promptly built. As
mothers arrived with their children and newcomer families also
began to arrive, Ketchikan promised to grow. And it was the women
of Ketchikan who thought immediately of the need for a library.
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