Celebrity book-signing and benefit concert highlight Museum's Crafts Weekend and ReadAlaska Book Fair
September 19, 2002
Friday and Saturday, Nov. 29 & 30, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.;
and Sunday, Dec. 1, Noon to 5 p.m.
The Anchorage Museum sparkles this holiday season with music and artistry during the 14th annual Crafts Weekend and 10th annual ReadAlaska Book Fair. This free, thee-day event showcases fine crafts created by Alaska's premier artists, artisans and craftspeople, including: beadwork, wearable art, hand-dyed vintage linens, silver and gold jewelry, turned bowls, ornaments, porcelain, and books personalized by Alaska authors and illustrators. Special additions to this year's event are a lecture and book signing by former Alaska governor Walter J. Hickel and a concert by fiddler-poet Ken Waldman.
The weekend following Thanksgiving has become a tradition honoring the creative spirit of crafts, books and music in the beautiful setting of the museum's atrium decorated for the holidays. Artists are selected through a jurying process, which brings new artists to the event each year. The museum's atrium and several galleries are the backdrop to the artists' booth spaces. This year, 44 artists from Cordova, Kodiak, Fairbanks and Anchorage have been selected to participate.
Well-known Alaska authors from 20 small publishers will autograph their books during the ReadAlaska Book Fair. Governor Walter J. Hickel will give a lecture and sign his newly released book, Crisis in the Commons - The Alaska Solution, in the museum's auditorium Nov. 30 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Ken Waldman, Alaska's fiddling poet, debuts his new CD, Music Party, at a museum benefit concert at 7 p.m. on Nov. 30. Tickets for the show, titled "An Evening with Ken Waldman and Friends," are $25 and can purchased in the Anchorage Museum Shop or by calling 907 343-6163. Seating is limited, so we recommend purchasing tickets early.
For more information, contact Georgia Blue at (907) 343-6195.