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April 19, 2003

Artist-in-Residence: Israel Shotridge, Tlingit Master Carver

Seattle -- The Burke is pleased to welcome Artist-in-Residence Israel Shotridge, an accomplished Tlingit Master Carver. On Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, April 19 through July 2*, from 12-4pm, Shotridge and carving assistant Fred Fulmer will complete the third replica of the historic Sun Raven Totem Pole within the exhibition Out of the Silence: The Enduring Power of Totem Poles.

A member of the Tongass Tribe, from Ketchikan, Alaska, Shotridge began carving the Sun Raven Totem Pole in 1998 as a gift to his tribe, to help preserve the historical totem. The pole is an exact replica of one carved by Tlingit Charlie Brown, a relative of Shotridge, which was raised on Pennock Island, near Ketchikan, in 1938. Shotridge will complete the Sun Raven Totem Pole at the Burke before traveling with it to Ketchikan, where the University of Alaska, SE, will accept it on behalf of the Tongass Tribe and where it will be raised in late August.

For over twenty years, Israel Shotridge has been working to preserve the deteriorating tribal totems, which are in desperate need of restoration and replication. In addition to his work on the Sun Raven Totem Pole, he has participated in over a dozen restoration projects throughout Southeast Alaska. In 1992, he was awarded the prestigious Alaska State Native Art Fellowship by the Alaska State Council on the Arts.

As an Alaskan Native artist, Shotridge brings to his work the pride and sensitivity of his Indian heritage. The sophisticated beauty of the Tlingit designs are highly regarded in the world of art and the work of Israel Shotridge remains faithful to its origins. Shotridge has been carving commissioned pieces for private and corporate collectors for nearly two decades, and many of his works can be seen around the world in museums, visitor's centers, cultural centers, airports, and other public venues.

Israel Shotridge's residency at the Burke Museum represents a wonderful opportunity for the public to watch a Master Carver at work, to converse with him about his artistic heritage, and to see a totem pole come to life.

For additional information about Tlingit Master Carver Israel Shotridge, please visit www.shotridgestudios.com.

*PLEASE NOTE: There will be no carving demonstration on Saturday, June 7, 2003.

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The Burke is located at the corner of NE 45th St and 17th Ave NE on the UW campus. Hours are 10 am - 5 pm daily, and until 8 pm Thursday. The Museum Store and Museum Caf?are also open during these hours. Admission to the permanent exhibits is $6.50 general, $5 senior, $3 student/youth, FREE to Burke members, children 5 and under, UW faculty, students, and staff. Admission to the special exhibition Out of the Silence is $8 general, $6.50 senior, $5 student/youth.. Out of the Silence is FREE to Burke members, children 5 and under, UW faculty, students, and staff. For 24-hour information, please call 206-543-5590, or visit www.burkemuseum.org

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