Suquamish artist works on display at Roby King

The work of Suquamish artist Larry “Ulaaq” Ahvakana will be on display at Roby King Galleries in downtown Winslow through Wednesday, June 28. The new show includes carved wooden masks, bronze sculptures and fused glass wall pieces.

Ahvakana is a graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, Rhode Island, the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and the Cooper Union School of Art in New York.

“All my life, I was surrounded by my culture and my people, the Inupiaq of northern Alaska,” he said.

“The dances and songs of the Inupiaq tradition is the oral history of my people. It is the emotional interpretation of our respect and involvement within the environment of the North Slope of Alaska. My work involves the use of many media and materials. Within my designs, I incorporate the sense of my cultural design, but the interpretation is very personal and the conceptual format, I hope, will give the viewer an idea of the Inupiaq tradition.”

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