Alaskan art adventure |

Alaskan art adventure

Wren Wertin
Special to the Daily"Starlight Bear," by Lena Amason, Native Alaskan artist.

Alaska – snow, adventure, endless days of sun followed by bottomless days of dark. These are natural companions of the United States’ largest – and most forbidding – state.

But there’s a rich art heritage most of the world doesn’t know about, traditions passed from generation to generation. The Vail Symposium’s Artist Series continues at the home of David and Alice Rubenstein Sunday at 5:30 p.m.

Attendees will be treated to a panel discussion by Native Alaskan leaders and artists, a video, first-hand glimpses of artwork and a dinner created with Alaskan ingredients such as moose and salmon.

Works of interest to collectors will also be available for purchase.

“These methods people use to produce artwork have been passed from generation to generation as part of an entire lifestyle often called “subsistence’ living,” states the Web site for the Alaskan Native Arts Foundation, a champion native artists. “Through this way of life including hunting and gathering, people have developed close ties to the land, which are now also protected by law. These laws permit Alaska Native people to legally harvest animals and plants, such as walrus ivory, bowhead whale baleen, whalebone, moosehide, caribou antlers and sealskin that can provide raw materials for making art. Artwork made of these materials and by Alaska Native artists may be sold, with restrictions by country or U.S. state.”

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