Sunday, August 17, 2008

Local Art

People in Brevig are often trying to sell their beautiful artwork. Here's a piece that came through yesterday. It is made out of whale bone, walrus ivory and baleen. The photos are of the same piece, the artist carved both sides.

I think it takes amazing talent to look at a bone and be able to see and create a visual image. The cost of this carving is $750, which is a great deal. We can always get better prices in the villages by buying directly from the carver. Once they go to Nome or Anchorage into the gift shops, prices are much higher. We have actually not purchased much in the way of art. It's just not in the budget at this point. But someday we hope that we can start a collection of interesting artwork from our time in Brevig.

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