From Manasie Akpaliapik, originally from Baffin Island, Canada and now based in Montreal. Original muskox horn carving, 10 x 10 x 8 inches. Manasie Akpaliapik was born in 1955 in a hunting camp near Ikpiarjuk (Arctic Bay), Nunavut, on north Baffin Island. Now based in Ottawa and Montreal, Manasie is known for his animated and ambitious sculptures that sympathetically utilize the unique material and structure of bone, ivory and stone. Deeply connected to the culture and traditions of the Arctic, his works reflect a concern for the vulnerability of his homeland. They offer unflinching depictions of social ills that have impacted northern communities and reflect the belief that humans must live in balance with and respect all living things. Available for viewing in our Grand Marais gallery.
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Decades ago, Jan Sivertson traveled to far north Canada and Alaska and brought the work of Inuit sculptors and Cape Dorset printmakers back to her small Grand Marais, Minnesota gallery. Today, Sivertson Gallery is widely known for its extraordinary collection of prints, sculpture, jewelry, and dolls that tells the story of living off the land and sea sustainably and against all odds. An “Inuit Premiere” celebration is held annually in October, centered around the Dorset Fine Arts print release; Sivertson Gallery is one of the few US galleries chosen for the honor of carrying these prints. The Inuit Premiere is held on a weekend and filled with festivities, traditional throat singers, and artist demonstrations—and exciting new prints for sale.
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