Five up and coming, established Alaska Native artists participated in a one week advanced level stone carving workshop with internationally-known Inupiat artist, Lawrence Ahvakana and renowned co-instructor Patrick Stone in August 2011 at the Alaska Native Heritage Center in Anchorage.
The intensive workshop, Expand your Vision: Cultural Expression Through Stone, purpose was to introduce stone materials -- alabaster and limestone -- as workable mediums to create sculptures. Through presentations, lectures, discussions and safety training, the five participants learned carving, shaping and sanding skills. The texture, grains and attractive appearance of the alabaster and limestone provided a new challenge to the artists. Additionally, marketing and installing art were part of the project. On October 7, 2011, the artists featured their work at ANAF's First Friday exhibit through October 31, 2011.
The workshop artists were Iris Julia Currey (Yup'ik/Akiak), Apayo Moore (Yup'ik/Dillingham), Andrew Abyo (Sugpiaq/Pilot Point), Robin Lovelace-Smith (Tlingit and Tagish/Sitka) and Drew Michael (Yup'ik and Inupiat/Bethel).
Lawrence Ahvakana Art Piece