Museum's holiday tradition continues with 15th Annual Crafts Weekend
November 18, 2003
The Anchorage Museum of History and Art will host its annual Crafts Weekend and ReadAlaska Book Fair on Friday, Nov. 28 and Saturday, Nov. 29 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 30 from noon to 5 p.m. This juried crafts show will feature local artists who will display and sell their crafts, including a variety of beadworks, wearable art, jewelry, pottery, ornaments and metal artwork. Among the art selections will be beadwork by Terri Atwell, hand-dyed silk and rayon dévoré scarves by Patricia Carlson, basket designs by Penelope Cyr-Lorenson, and handmade soaps and accessories by Denali Dreams, Sound Soap and Seven Sisters Soap Co.
The Read Alaska Book Fair, in its 12th year, brings together 20 small publishers, artists and illustrators to autograph their books. Featured book signings include Sharon Bushell signing copies of her two volumes of interviews with long-time Alaskans called, "We Alaskans," on Nov. 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Barbara Lavallee will sign copies of her newest book, "Groucho's Eyebrows," as well as other books she has illustrated, including the best-seller "Mama Do You Love Me?" from 1 to 2 p.m. Kathy Hughes, Linda Billington, Barbara Brown, Karen Heath, Janet McCart, Deb Wahrer and Stacey Saunders, contributors to the anthology, "Alaska Women Write: Living, Laughing, and Loving on the Last Frontier," will be available from 3 to 4 p.m. to sign copies of their book.
Pam Flowers will sign copies of her children's books, "Alone Across the Arctic," "Big-enough Anna" and "The Little Sled Dog Who Braved the Arctic," from noon to 1 p.m. and 2 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 29. Flowers will also present a slide show at 1 p.m. in the museum auditorium that follows her solo dogsled trip on the route of the Fifth Thule Expedition across the Arctic. Authors Bill Sherwonit and Andromeda Romano-Lax, co-editors of "Travelers' Tales Alaska: True Stories," will sign copies of their book from 1 to 3 p.m. Elizabeth Tower, M.D., will sign her new book, "Alaska's Homegrown Governor: A Biography of William A. Egan," on Nov. 30 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Providing a festive backdrop for the events, the museum's holiday exhibit opens Nov. 28 with a variety of dolls and toys displayed throughout the Atrium. The atrium's Christmas tree will be decorated with a garland of more than 100 dolls dressed in costumes from around the world. Also on display are popular antique dolls and toys from the museum's permanent collection, hand-painted circus animals and a dollhouse decorated for the holidays. Visitors will also enjoy a display of model diesel and steam trains from 1920 to 1960, courtesy of the Northern Lights Model Railroad Club, and will have the opportunity to lean how trains have played a significant role in the nation's history. The holiday exhibit is sponsored by First National Bank and will be on view until Jan. 4.
Local musicians also will perform during Crafts Weekend. On Nov. 28, Denise Martin and Jim Kerr will play a hammered dulcimer and guitar beginning at 11 a.m. "Emeralds" with champion fiddler Amanda Kerr accompanied by virtuoso fiddlers will perform at 1 p.m., the "Chameleon Ensemble" at 2 p.m., and the "Midnight Starlight Jazz" with Bridget Sullivan on vocals, Tom Lambert on piano, Liz Santoro on bass and John Wheatley on tenor sax will perform at 3 p.m.
The "Chamber Music Ensemble," a seven piece Renaissance ensemble with harpsichord will perform at 10:30 a.m. on Nov. 29. At 11:30 a.m., "Flat Baroque" will perform beautiful 16th century music in costume. The "Northstar Ceili Band" performs at 1 p.m. playing traditional Irish music and "Midnight Starlight Jazz" will perform again at 3 p.m. on Saturday with vocals by Kirsten Angell. At 1 p.m. on Nov. 30, the harpist "Skookums" will perform and classical guitarist, Shawn Lyons will perform at 4 p.m. to conclude the event.
Featured artist, Jacqui Ertischek, will have polymer clay jewelry and art for sale on Nov. 29 and the Anchorage Philatelic Society with Alaska Postal History Covers will be at the museum from noon to 5 p.m. on Nov. 30.
Admission to the museum is free during Crafts Weekend, although, there is a $3 charge to see the exhibit, A T. rex Named Sue. Museum members enjoy a 10 percent discount on all purchases made during Crafts Weekend.