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Art in Kodiak

Written by: Posted on: December 31, 1969 at 7:00PMPosted in: Main Topic

Art in Kodiak

Kodiak is home to a large number of local artists. From mediums such as jewelry-making to theatre arts, Kodiak has a wide variety of options for all art-admirers.

The Kodiak Arts Council does an amazing job keeping Kodiak up to date on local artists and art-inspired events for all age groups. The Art’s Council often sponsors musicians to visit the island and play live shows, a wonderful treat for everyone on the island!  This summer they introduced a program named “Sum’ Arts for Kids”. The program consisted of various short summer camp programs centered upon different mediums. Some of these included radio theatre, theatre camp, experiments in edible art, creative puppet lab, and many other unique classes!

The Arts Council also sponsors a first Friday of the month “Art Crawl”, a walk that highlights various shops and art galleries on a specific route. The shops that participate in the walk often feature local artwork/artists that change monthly. Harborside Fly-By, The Kodiak Island Brewing Company, and Dead Humpy Art Gallery are just a few of the business that participate in this on-going event.

Many local shops and art galleries promote the beautiful and unique artwork of Kodiak artists. Stop by   Orion’s Sports to view locally-crafted jewelry by Lisa McCormick. Dead Humpy Studio & Galley is a beautiful art gallery that features photography, jewelry, and souvenir clothing unique to Kodiak. Northern Exposure Gallery is the perfect shop to stop by for handmade crafts and art prints, as well as custom framing. Just a few of their featured artists include Bruce Nelson, Priscilla Messner, and Rie Munoz.  

The Alutiiq Museum features art inspired by the Alutiiq heritage and the museum’s collections. From jewelry made of ivory to mask carving and weaving, there is an impeccable amount of art unique to Kodiak and its history.  Check out the online artist gallery for artist biographies and to view their works.

Discover Kodiak hosts an annual art event called the Chocolate Lover’s Fling.  This event calls on the artists of the community to submit works of art created on salmon taxidermy forms. Any and all mediums go-- a few examples from past submissions include painting, mosaic, metalwork, and mixed media. As the name suggests, it is also a night to indulge in chocolate. Local bakers submit their finest chocolate creations (cookies, cakes, brownies, cupcakes, etc.) and attendees are invited to sample these dishes.

Whether you are looking for wildlife photography or would like to purchase unique souvenirs, you will find yourself happily overwhelmed by the amount of art the island inspires. 

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