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November 18, 2002

Winter√ùat the Burke: Native American Carvers Demonstrate Their Talents

Seattle - This winter the Burke offers a fantastic opportunity to come in from the cold and observe art in the making! Each Saturday, from 11 am - 3 pm, talented young Native carvers and established artists alike will create totems, masks, boxes, and more, right before your eyes. Set within the context of the current exhibition, Out of the Silence: The Enduring Power of Totem Poles, these carving demonstrations illustrate one of the core messages of the show- that monumental sculpture continues to thrive on the Northwest Coast. Stop by for a while or stay all day, but dont miss your chance to chat with a carver as he works or see a figure take shape from a piece of cedar. Carving demonstrations are included with admission to the Out of the Silence exhibit.

November 2002
November 9: David Robert Boxley, Tsimshian
November 16: David Boxley and David Robert Boxley, Tsimshian
November 23: Shaun Peterson (Puyallup) and Bruce Cook (Haida)
November 30: David Robert Boxley, Tsimshan
December 2002
December 7: Frank Fulmer, Tlingit
December 14: David Boxley, Tsimshian
December 21: Frank Fulmer, Tlingit
December 28: Frank Fulmer, Tlingit
January 2003
January 11, 2003: Frank Fulmer, Tlingit
January 25, 2003: Frank Fulmer, Tlingit
February 2003
February 15, 2003: Frank Fulmer, Tlingit
February 22, 2003: Frank Fulmer, Tlingit
David Boxley (Tsimshian)

David Boxley is a Tsimshian carver from Metlakatla, Alaska. He left a teaching career to devote all of his energies toward carving and researching the legacy of Northwest Coast Native American art. David Boxley is an internationally recognized artist showing and demonstrating his art in many parts of the United States and Europe. He is a master of many forms: from totem poles and masks to box drums and prints. For more information about the artist, please visit David Boxley's web site at www.davidboxley.com

David Robert Boxley, Tsimshian

David is the son of renowned carver and cultural leader David A. Boxley. All of his life, David has been exposed to Northwest Coast Native art and culture, traveling with his father across the United States and Canada raising totem poles and performing traditional Tsimshian dancing. Now making a name for himself as a carver, David was recently commissioned to carve a totem pole for the Quileute Tribe, which stands in front of their tribal center in La Push, Washington. In addition to his notable talents as a carver, he creates two-dimensional prints and silk-screens; and designs apparel for dancers.

Bruce Cook, Haida

Local Haida artist Bruce Cook worked with sculptor Steve Brown to complete a cedar canoe which was recently exhibited at the Legacy Gallery in Seattle. Bruce participated in the Gathering of Indigenous Visual Artists of the Pacific Rim,?at the Evergreen State College in June, 2001. Hailing from the village of Hydaburg, Alaska, Bruce carves masks, canoes, and totem poles. He worked recently with a team of carvers who created a housepost figure honoring Upper Skagit linguist and leaderVi Hilbert, which currently stands at IslandWood, on Bainbridge Island.

Frank Fulmer (Tlingit)

Frank Fulmer was born into the Tlingit legacy rich in tradition. His family hails from a small village called Hoonah, gateway to Glacier Bay, Alaska. Frank's first inspiration came from totem poles carved by his great grandfather, Frank St. Clair. Based upon an 1880 photo found in the Burke Museum archives, Frank felt inspired to carve a replica of a 10 ft. Raven dance staff for the Burke Museum's Emerging Artist Series. For more information about this Tlingit artist, please visit the website for Frank Fulmer at www.wolfheadstudios.com

Shaun Peterson, Puyallup

Born in 1975 in Puyallup, Washington, Shaun Peterson is of Puyallup and Tulalip descent. He works in the Coast Salish style, and has spent much time studying the components of Coast Salish art in museums. He combines contemporary materials with traditional design approach. Shauns work is now part of public and private collections around the world. Public works include carved cedar panels, etched glass, and steel sculpture in Seattle and Tacoma. His drums, rattles, masks, and serigraphs can be found in various galleries of Northwest Coast Native art.

* Photos of carvers and their work available on request.

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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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