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Alaska Native Art Opening Reception
November 13, 2015 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Join us for the opening of a special exhibit exploring the Pratt Museum’s diverse and rarely seen collection of Native Art from across Alaska, featuring fine and functional art from St. Laurence Island to Southeast, archaeological finds to contemporary works.
At 6 p.m., Port Graham Artist Jim Miller will present a special talk: “Second Life: Spiritual Restoration Through Traditional Art.” Miller will also be presenting a bone and antler jewelry workshop on November 14.
Jim Miller is an acclaimed Alaskan artist, with works in the collections of the Pratt Museum, Valdez Museum, and featured shows at Ptarmigan Arts and the Alaska Native Arts Foundation.
Miller writes: My Yupik name is Ayalriitt, translated it means “the traveler-in a spiritual way” or “the one who goes”. I have worked for about thirty years as an addictions counselor and specialized in family treatment and community development. Personally and professionally I have used traditional art forms as a process of healing from the effects of historic trauma and multi-generational grief/loss. I have been a woodcarving instructor for the youth of Prince William Sound and the Lower Kenai Peninsula for twenty years. I use traditional media such as ivory, bone and wood. More recently I have focused on metal arts jewelry, utilizing copper, brass and German silver.