Artists of All Nations fosters communal creative space

Pua Maunu uses watercolors and pen and ink to paint at Artists of All Nations, a communal art space at the JACC on Sunday, Sep. 24, 2017. (Photo by Annie Bartholomew/KTOO)

Juneau painter and 2017 Juneau Arts and Humanities Council Juried Art Show Winner Pua Maunu uses watercolors and pen and ink to paint at Artists of All Nations, a communal art space at the JACC on Sunday, Sep. 24, 2017. (Photo by Annie Bartholomew/KTOO)

More than 30 artists, children and crafters got together this past weekend for an open studio gathering at the Juneau Arts and Culture Center. 

It was the second monthly Artists of All Nations event put together by the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council.

The Artists of All Nations events are a result of the JAHC’s Diversity and Inclusion Task Force, which responded to Alaska Native artists’ desire to create art as a collective experience.

“Most of the Native artists that I know, including myself, work in community,” says program facilitator and JAHC and KTOO board member Debra O’Gara. “We’re trying to set up just a community space where people can come in, work on their projects, but also view what other people are doing and get ideas and inspiration for not just for your project, that you’re working on, but also give inspiration and ideas to somebody else.”

Open to all artists and mediums, activity included both Raven’s Tail and Chilkat weaving, beadwork, carving, needle point, painting, coloring and mixed media.

Juneau artist and UAS professor Abel Ryan works on a carving at Artist of All Nations, a open studio and community art space happening once-a-month at the JACC. (Photo by Annie Bartholomew/KTOO)

Juneau artist and University of Alaska Southeast professor Abel Ryan works on a carving at Artist of All Nations, a open studio and community art space happening once-a-month at the JACC. (Photo by Annie Bartholomew/KTOO)

Juneau artist and University of Alaska Southeast professor Abel Ryan worked on a bas relief carved plaque, which is part of a commission with two rings that feature a of formline whale design.

Ryan said the art form is at least 1,000 years old, “It’s a lot of fun to learn how to do and it’s easy to get lost when composing the designs.”

More than 20 artists gathered at the JACC for Artists of All Nations, a monthly creative space open to all artists and mediums. Juneau artist Pua Maunu of the Plein Rain Painters works on projects on Sep. 24, 2017. (Photo by Annie Bartholomew/KTOO)

More than 20 artists gathered at the JACC for Artists of All Nations, a monthly creative space open to all artists and mediums. Juneau artists Crystal Cudworth and Pua Maunu of the Plein Rain Painters works on projects Sep. 24, 2017. (Photo by Annie Bartholomew/KTOO)

Juneau painter and 2017 JAHC juried art show “Best In Show” winner Pua Mauna worked with water color and pen and ink at her first Artists of All Nations.

“It’s a great space and I love meeting all the artists here and seeing what they’re doing,” Maunu said. “It’s very inspirational.

Alfie Price of Juneau sews patches and to a denim vest at Artists of All Nations on Sunday, Sep. 24, 2017. (Photo by Annie Bartholomew/KTOO)

Alfie Price of Juneau sews patches and to a denim vest at Artists of All Nations on Sunday, Sep. 24, 2017. (Photo by Annie Bartholomew/KTOO)

Juneau artist Alfie Price sewed patches to his “Rock and Roll Battle Vests.” Made from old jean jackets, his designs are adorned with patches from favorite bands, political statements or personal messages that represent the wearer.

Price usually sources his denim on eBay or hunts for them at local thrift stores.

He said the older the better, “If they’re kind of worn in they look a lot cooler, and they’re more comfortable.

The next Artists of All Nations gathering takes place Sunday, Oct. 22 at the JACC.

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