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Category Archives: Exhibitions
Doll wins All State in Alaska high school competition Japanese Exchange Student wins Best of Show honors at All-Alaska High School Competition It may be a stretch for me (Mary Ellen Frank) to take any credit for these … Continue reading
Juneau City Museum Receives a Tlingit Revered Elder Doll
Niece Micalyne and Uncle Ed Kunz accompany the presentation of the doll of their grandmother/mother Cecelia to the Juneau Alaska Museum. NIADA artist Mary Ellen Frank created this work replicating Cecelia’s regalia that she left her granddaughter, including extensive micro bead embroidery.
As a thanks to the family for their permission to work with clan crests, stories and images of their revered elder, Mary Ellen made a doll of local family spokesperson, Ed Kunz and surprised the family with it. He had, coincidentally, brought the 1905 regalia that the doll was wearing (from an early photo of Ed with his traditional dance group) and Ed slipped the tunic and mittens on.
The artist is now aware of the work that awaits her to complete his miniature tunic but this also means a continuing connection with this wonderful family. Continue reading
Hey… the Whitehorse Yukon Territory exhibition of northern Native (aka First Nations) dolls from Canada was super… Especially the Athapaskan work which is so rare. There is a decent exhibition catalog so the photos I took were of details that the one or two each doll got in the publication, didn’t show… With these figures, most collectors are very interested in footwear and the level of detail in the construction. Continue reading
In the summer of 1993, Peter and I traveled to Würzburg Germany to visit his parents, who had the year before to retired to the homeland. He had made this trip many times in his childhood, and even spent a year in school. This was my first trip to Europe and only seen castles in photo books, I had no idea this experience would have such a strong influence on my creative expression and how my dormant Catholic roots were still very much alive. Continue reading