san juan island art

Private Residence – Raven Masks2

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Playful raven masks by Trevor Hunt and Tom Hunt bring to life an empty space above the home’s long hallway.   An evocative moon mask by Rande Cook serves as the focal point at the end of the hall.

 

Private Residence – Salmon Run2

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“Salmon Run” cedar panel custom designed by Rande Cook. Salmon swimming towards the front door welcome those who enter the home and symbolize abundance. Rande is a master at designing pieces of the right scale for challenging architectural spaces.

 

 

“Two Bears” by Quaraq Nungeosiak

inuit stone carving of two bears by Quaraq Nungeosiak located at Arctic Raven gallery in Friday harbor WA

“Two Bears” by Quaraq Nungeosiak
7″ x 2″.5 x 3″ – $600

Northwest Coast Art

“Northwest Coast Native art has always had the power to enthrall viewers. From the first explorers to the present day collector, highly graphic and inventive Indian designs have intrigued and sometimes mystified observers. Distinguished by sophistication and complexity, yet composed of simple traditional elements, Northwest Coast Indian art has become one of the most sought after contemporary art forms.

Although grouped together as “Northwest Coast” the work of the major cultural groups – Haida, Tlingit, Tsimpshian, Kwagiutl and Coast Salish – show many stylistic differences. All Northwest Coast native art, however, makes use of local cedar for masks, monumental art, wood carving, bentwood boxes and baskets. Magnificent totem poles and house posts have become emblematic of the Northwest Coast and tell stories of a rich, ancient native culture.

The same traditional form-line designs used on totem poles and masks are now employed on contemporary two-dimensional art. Serigraphs or silk-screens sold in limited editions have become one of the most popular forms of non-traditional, commercial Northwest Coast Native Indian art.

Coast Salish artist Susan Point’s works in glass, and Kwagiutl artists Richard and Stan Hunt’s bronzes have also stretched the boundaries of materials used by contemporary Northwest Coast tribal artists. As prominent Haida artist Robert Davidson has said: “The only way tradition can be carried on is to keep inventing new things.”

“Bear” by Quaraq Nungosuituk

walking polar bear sculpture inuit

“Bear” by Quaraq Nungosuituk
10″ x 6″ x 4″ – $1,600

“Dancing Bear” by Markoosie Papigatok

dancing polar bear inuit sculpture

“Dancing Bear” by Markoosie Papigatok
6″ x 6″ x 4″ – Sold

“Bear” by Joanie Ragee

Bear by Joanie Ragee Inuit Sculpture

“Bear” by Joanie Ragee
9″ x 3″ x 4″ – $520

Private Residence – Sun Mask

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Rande Cook’s “Sun” mask graced the invitation to our “Ten Years After” anniversary show. Although it looks custom designed for the home’s master bedroom, it was not. By carrying a large inventory and knowing what pieces are available from select artists, the gallery can often find the appropriate piece without needing to commission custom work.

Private Residence – Frog Panel

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Striking colors and a playful design characterize “Frog,” a sliding cedar panel custom designed by Rande Cook to serve as a cover for an entertainment center in the master bedroom.