Alaskan artists display their works at annual artisan expo

Claire-Elise Baalke/Sun Star Reporter
October 16, 2012

A beautiful glass display of a single diamond is shown at the University of Alaska Museum during the artisan expo. October 12. David Spindler/Sun Star

With 18 vendors selling their wares at the UAF’s Museum of the North, the 2012 Artisan Expo was a hit starting at 10 a.m. and going until 5 p.m. on Saturday Oct. 13. The artwork spanned from jewelry and scarves, to pottery and paintings.

The artisan expo is an annual event where Alaskan artists come together to display their works and sell them.

“There might be a few UAF students,” said Codi Burk, a theater student and museum attendant. The percentage of UAF students was low, but the turnout was high. According to Burk there was a surprisingly big turnout at only 11 in the morning because they had good advertising.

“You have to be known to become a part of the show,” said Chelsey Curry, a museum attendant and UAF student. Artists like Dee Carpenter, who was selling paintings and bags, said that this was her first year at the show. Whereas for other artists, such as Terra Shideler, who makes baskets, said she’s been attending for three years. Wendy Smith-Wood, who designs textured scarves, says she’s been taking part in the expo for 2 years.

“If you talk to the artists, they love this show,” Curry said.

Burk stated that most of the artists that come to the expo have pieces of their work for sale in the museum store, so they come to the show to promote their work. UAF students may not have been represented at the expo, but can still promote the artistic community through the Museum of the North.

Looking forward to next year’s artisan expo Burk says she would like to see more pottery because the pottery is her favorite part.



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