Stonington Gallery - Selected Works
This premier gallery, located in Seattle's historic Pioneer Square, is staging an exhibit of Northwest Coast art for temporary exhibit at SeaTac's North Satellite terminal. The art works included in the exhibit represent the Pacific Northwest Coast's ancient tradition in contemporary form.
The first display case that one comes upon when walking along the corridor includes artwork by renowned Tlingit glass artist, Preston Singletary, who pays homage to the Tlingit tradition of cedar and spruce root basket weaving using the modern medium of blown and sandblasted glass. Each glass basket is created by blowing and meticulously sand carving designs inspired by the ancient Tlingit basket weaving patterns.
Poised in the middle of the grouping of Singletary's glass baskets is Inupiaq artist Larry Ahvakana's pensive and lovely At the Celebration Seated Inupiaq Woman carved from New Mexico Alabaster. As a young child being raised in Point Barrow, AK, Larry grew up under the traditional cultural influences of his grandparents who helped to raise him. Ahvakana went on to study at the Institute of American Indian Art in Santa Fe, New York's Cooper Union School of Art and graduated from the Rhode Island School of Design.
The second case along the corridor features Tlingit artist Raven Skyriver's Chinook, an incredible salmon made from blown glass. Using silver foil for the iridescent scales on a salmon’s skin, or coaxing the shape of a fin out of molten glass, Skyriver’s technique of hand-blown and off-sculpting glass is astounding and alive. Skyriver focuses on realistic glass sculptures of aquatic life of the Puget Sound area, highlighting creatures such as salmon, whales, octopuses and seals. This ambitious young glass maestro won the coveted Artist’s Choice and Audience Choice Awards at the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, WA during 2012, further cementing his place among the highest echelon of glass artists.
The third case in line features the traditional red cedar carving Sea Raven Mask by Kwaguilth artist Trevor Hunt. Trevor is part of the great Hunt family of Fort Rupert on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. He comes from a long line of hereditary carvers and artists that have been instrumental in the survival of the Kwaguilth art form on the Northwest Coast.
The last case features work by Santa Fe juniper carver Hib Sabin. Hib is acutely attuned to the connection between the human and animal spirit worlds. His cast of figures are the mythological creatures that have populated the Northwest Coast legends. Themes of transformation are quite common in his work, specifically transitional moments between life and death. Among Sabin's typical cast of characters are owls, ravens, eagles, coyotes, bears and mountain lions.