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I come from a long line of quiltmakers and seamstresses. I own quilts made by my Great-grandmother, Great Aunt, Grandmother and my Mother. There are pictures of the last time I saw my Grandmother, of my sisters and I sitting at her feet as she tried to teach us how to tat. My mother, a seamstress and quiltmaker, taught me to knit and sew at a young age.
The first quilts I made were utilitarian-for my children, babies of friends. But you only need so many quilts, so I started making Art quilts intended to hang on the wall. Then, and now, my quilts tend to represent Kodiak in some form. There is constant inspiration from this beautiful place where I am lucky enough to live.
Bonnie Dillard is a life-long artist who has a Bachelor’s degree in art education. She taught visual arts at Kodiak High School for 20 years, including drawing, painting (watercolor and acrylic), printmaking, pottery and sculpture. Within the past five years of retirement she has done a variety of “artist in the schools” residencies and workshops and currently volunteers teaching art at St. Mary’s school. Drawing, painting and bringing others’ attention to the beauty of the natural world are her main passions in the art realm.
As an artist, Bonnie is now looking to increase her painting skills by proposing outrageous art installations and murals in her hometown of Kodiak.
Natasha Zahn Pristas
I'm Natasha, and I live with my family on Kodiak Island in the Gulf of Alaska. I can't escape Alaska's influence on my work: coastal Alaska can be gray and green for long periods of time, but when it's sunny and bright here, it's unlike any place on earth! I delight in capturing those sudden moments in my work so that my art brings a happy burst of color to people's lives.
I love working at markets, meeting locals and visitors, and making connections with the people who enjoy my designs. In addition to selling my art independently, my art can be found at retailers around the state and through Alaska Souvenir. Five of my pieces are in the permanent collection at the Kodiak History Museum. I sell wholesale as well; businesses, please contact me to gain access to the wholesale page.
Antoinette Walker is an contemporary Alaska artist capturing the marine and coastal life of her Island home of Kodiak, and Bristol Bay where she fishes for sockeye salmon. Kodiak and Bristol Bay are her primary sources of inspiration for her nautical and historical images of a fishery of by gone days. She has exhibited her art in solo and group art shows in Alaska and Arizona. Her work is in many public places,the Kodiak Public Library, The Alutiiq Museum of Kodiak, The Baranov Museum also of Kodiak and the Pratt Museum of Homer.She has a piece in The Living Alaska, A Decade Of Collecting Contemporary Art In Alaska Museums which is traveling the state this year, and a piece in the All Alaska Biennial Exhibition now on display in Anchorage.
Born and raised in Kodiak Alaska, I started commercial fishing (Halibut longlining and Dungeness crabbing) with my pops in my early teens. I have since moved on to Salmon Hatcheries and currently Research & Monitoring as a Fish Technician. My artwork is greatly inspired by the encounters and observations I've witnessed over the years of fishing and remote living.
My name is Hanna Sholl, my Sugpiaq (Alutiiq) name is Agasuuq, meaning cormorant. I was born in Kodiak, Alaska to Sophie Frets (Hansen) and Bruce Burns. My maternal grandparents were Walter and Edna Hansen. I introduce myself in this way to honor my ancestry, homelands, and relationships, each of which informs my art.
Angela Toci is a lifelong Alaskan and was born and raised on Kodiak Island. Drawing inspiration from her love of the ocean and nature she uses sea water to add a little bit of Alaska to each piece she creates. Join us on March 6th in welcoming Angela as The Frame Shop's Artist of the Month
Amarie Young grew up in Tornado Alley of America, but mostly in small town Central Texas. She currently resides in Chiniak, Alaska on Kodiak Island. She is an artist, photographer, seamstress, mother and cabin dweller by the ocean.
Jennifer spends much of her time in the field, closely encountering bears and other various wildlife. She has been known to build relationships with her subjects before painting them, explaining why her work really reaches out to grab your attention. Through connection, color and her use of confident brushstrokes, Jennifer reveals painting style with ease.