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Holiday Season Bazaars Highlight Local Artisans

Abby Twyman
November 25, 2019
Today is: December 14th, 2019

Prince of Wales Island is home to many artisans who make a living by sharing their craft with the world. Be it body products, drawings and paintings, jewelry, carvings and sculptures, instruments, clothing, dance regalia, taxidermied fish, quilts and blankets, photographs, fur crafts, traditional bows, or food, the locally-made products available are high quality and made with heart. Every year, many artisans can be found selling their wares at the holiday bazaars. These are a great opportunity to see their artistry on display, get to know the artists, and purchase gifts for people on your holiday shopping list (and maybe one or two things for yourself!!).

The following local artisans have become well known around Alaska and beyond, and are excellent examples of people turning their passions into successful businesses!
  1. Crystal Toman Owner of Island Mist Soaps, who handcrafts vegan artisan soaps, scrubs & natural salves

  2. Cammie May Owner of Cambazam Art, who creates colorful and imaginative art

  3. Jo Wendel Designs and sells unique fossil jewelry

  4. Stormy and Bonnie Hamar Owners of Kasaan Arts Museum and Canoes, create and sell handmade traditional Native wood and fur crafts

  5. Travis Peterson Owner of Off the Hook Taxidermy, preserves fish beautifully and creates unique displays of trophy catches

  6. Theresa Mackie From Quilters by the Sea, brings together quilters from the island to work on collaborative projects

  7. Marty Sharp Owner of Sharp Creations, is a painter who works mostly in watercolor and is inspired by the natural beauty of Southeast Alaska

  8. Kathy Peavey Owner of Southeast Alaska Art Glass, who creates, and offers classes in, glass art including fused jewelry, fairy lights, and garden art

  9. Madelaine Voegeli Owner of Strictly Local Gallery who creates and sells unique art, offers painting and yoga classes, and provides a community studio space

  10. Craig and Kathy Yates Owners of Taats Art and Designs, who hand-make original and Authentic Tlingit-Haida art including carving, dance regalia, and fur crafts

  11. Jeri Rosenthal Founder of The Art Center for Prince of Wales, who creates, and teaches others to make beautifully designed and painted ceramic arts

  12. Gerry Welch Owner of Welchman Longbow, who crafts hand-hewn longbows and warbows, and guides customers through the process to hew their own

  13. Juliette Isanogle Owner of Wild Art USA Gallery, who offers for sale unique nature and wildlife photographic art metal prints

  14. Matt Scaletta Owner of Wildfish Cannery, who sells a nice line of smoked seafood products, and offers custom smoking services

If you're on the island this holiday season, stop by one of the holiday bazaars or give them a call personally to place your order. Below is a list of this season's events:

  • November 9th - Coffman Holiday Bazaar
  • November 16th - Thorne Bay Bazaar
  • November 30th - Craig Winter Bazaar
  • December 7th - Klawock Holiday Bazaar
  • December 14th - Craig Christmas Bazaar

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