It's that time of year when we can show our support for public broadcasting in Alaska by participating in KAKM's Art Showcase and Auction. Several Alaskan artists contribute to this annual event, so it's a good opportunity to acquire Alaskan art while helping to keep quality programs on the air. This year's auction will be held February 21st-23rd from 7-10pm on Channel 7. All art up for bid will soon be available to preview in the Catalog online.
Here is a sneak peek of the 3 masks I have donated to the auction, 1 for each day of the event:
Additionally, 25% of all sales from this site between February 24th and March 31st will be donated to KAKM.
Thank you for your support,
Are you an Artist or a Copy Machine?
"For years I've not understood how a person can copy work from years past and call it art. Then it had meaning, maybe a purpose, and now a price tag. I find it sad as a Native American artist, that we have not just lost our way in things, now our things are for sale for the low, low price of no self-respect. And no respect for our elders. See through the eyes of tradition, but step firmly into your future. Stretch your talent like your legs. Once again, make your elders proud. You are not a copy machine, you are an artist." ~David Groat
David is a graduate of the Institute of American Indian Art, Santa Fe, New Mexico. He has won many awards for his imaginative clay masks and sculptures. His work is strong and powerful, full of depth and definition. David hand-builds each mask and figure, and paints them using variations of native designs of antiquity and ideas developed from stories and images of his own life. He decorates his masks with artifacts, as well as stones, driftwood, bones and shells he's collected along Alaskan rivers and beaches. Even rusted metal washed ashore becomes part of his work. Each piece is unique, a free-flowing creation of stunning beauty and individuality.