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Seattle, Washington 98104

Telephone: 206.405.4040
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March 2-31, 2017

Drew Michael



S o l o   E x h i b i t


Opening Reception: First Thursday, March 2nd



Last year Stonington Gallery presented our debut exhibition by ambitious young Inupiaq/Yup'ik artist Drew Michael. The exhibit was a runaway success, with collectors and institutions acquiring works from all over the country. Now, it is with great pride that we welcome Michael back for a second solo exhibition, as he continues to evolve his deeply personal mask-forms based on his own life and on the culture and mythologies of the Yup'ik and Inupiaq peoples.

Drew Michael is making artwork that draws on his heritage, his queer identity, his interests in chakra and indigenous healing, and his religious upbringing. These stunning sculptures can be seen as stand-ins for his emotions, and their solidity, serenity and spirituality are evidence of a young man yearning for a place, for security, and for love.

In 2016 Michael was featured in the exhibition Alaska Passe/Present at the Musee Boulougne sur Mer in France, which has become the first museum in Europe to acquire contemporary Alaskan art for their permanent collection. He took the opportunity to study historic Alaskan masks in the Musee's collection, and to travel around France. In late 2016 he worked with the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, and carried back the inspiration from their collections to his studio. Some of the works in March's exhibit were produced directly after the contact with NMAI.


March 2-31, 2017

S p o t l i g h t  O n :

Larry Ahvakana

Opening Reception: First Thursday, March 2nd


We are proud to present a tightly-focused exhibition of work in stone and wood by master sculptor Larry Ahvakana (Inupiaq), who is working towards a larger show later in 2017/18. This spotlight exhibition is a peek into what the multimedia sculptor is focusing on in his studio, and at the many facets of his practice.

Ahvakana was born in Fairbanks and raised in Point Barrow, AK. Barrow--recently renamed Utqiaġvik in 2016, its indigenous name--is the northernmost city in the United States, deep within the Arctic circle. At age seven, his family moved to Anchorage, leaving family ties and his indigenous language behind.

While attending the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, he found his Native identity reawakened and respected. By participating in the local tribal culture there, he recalled significant memories of his traditional upbringing and re-dedicated himself to Inupiat culture.

One of Ahvakana's mentors while at IAIA was Allan Houser, the legendary Apache sculptor. He credits Houser with being a strong influence as he learned to carve. In addition to studies at IAIA, he also attended New York's Cooper Union School of Art and the Rhode Island School of Design. Ahvakana is recognized as an artist, educator, and cultural elder.

"I was taught stone carving by an Apache master stone carver – Allan Houser. He taught me the ins and outs of understanding sculpture and understanding your own direction and your own people," Ahvakana said. "That was the basis for doing my work. To look into my own Inupiaq culture — through my parents and experiences with the village life when I was young in Barrow."   -Larry Ahvakana




Stonington Has Moved --

But Not Far!


Stonington has moved two doors down the block: from 119 S Jackson to 125 S Jackson. The view and the venue has changed, but the vibe has not: we recommit ourselves to honoring and exhibiting the highest quality works from around the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.


125 South Jackson Street

Seattle, WA 98104

(Corner of Occidental and Jackson)

Tel: 206.405.4040


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