Meet Kodiak's 2021 Crab Fest artists
Artists are organized alphabetically by last name. Scroll through to learn more about the artists!
A mixed media artist originally from Estonia. I make installations and clothing. My main material is yarn. 90% of materials used in all projects are repurposed and recycled in order to reduce waste and keep sea monsters alive and well.
Hey! I’m Kai, I was born and raised in Kodiak and grew up around boats. A majority of my inspiration comes from commercial fishing and pop culture. I love doing digital art, but making sculptures with my hands is my jam!
I've always loved art and the process of making art. From an early age I was drawn to any crafting activities school offered. As I was taking drawing and painting in college I decided to take a ceramics class. The timing was right because there was a huge interest in reviving hand-made pottery at the time. So there were wonderful creative potters teaching in the field. The only other thing I can remember is that I was influenced by the ancient Japanese and Chinese pottery that I had seen in art museums.
I have spent most of my adult life living on Kodiak Island. My creative process is profoundly influenced by the beauty of this place. I love mimicking nature as a constant presence as I'm working in clay. I love making functional pots and sharing the joy of using them on a daily basis.
I see beauty and value in found materials, both natural and manmade. My house has jars of driftwood, rocks, sand, shells, sea glass and metal pieces on most window sills. I combine these in ways to share the interest and simple beauty of time and weather altered objects.
Bones, the secret inner structure of life. My art is intended to reflect the grace, beauty and abundance of nature. Symbolic of the circle of life, always being reborn, recreating itself anew, never ending. Using bones as a medium is truly a gift from life.
Woody Koning is a long-time resident of Kodiak Island. He came here in his twenties to take a job in commercial salmon fishing and never left. He settled in Chiniak over forty years ago, married Verda and they raised two daughters “off the grid.” Koning fished salmon, halibut, herring and crab which took him around the archipelago. Koning’s fascination with the beauty of the region and it’s amazing inhabitants finds it’s way into his artistic expression. Woody studied art at Foothill College in California prior to arriving on Kodiak Island. Heart issues put an end to his fishing career and he pursued work as a contractor and developer. Eventually, Woody’s heart gave way resulting in a heart transplant which forced his retirement. The time provided by his retirement and better health has allowed Koning to rekindle his work as an artist.
Mary Jane Longrich
I am a Kodiak born artist with an Alutiiq heritage. I enjoy the textures and colors of spruce forests, beaches, mountains, the light and the action of the sea, sky, clouds, fish, birds, and animals. I appreciate the old beads that have a history, were made by hand, traveled and been traded among cultures, and are each unique . . . I combine them with silver and sometimes vintage buttons or found items. I hope to reflect the world in my art.
Mary Mathes & Kay Underwood
Bruce Nelson, is local to Kodiak Island, but is known throughout Alaska as a painter that captures the wildlife and Alaskan scenery that we love. You will find glass balls, the beach sand of kodiak, birds, bears and of course the wild salmon and halibut in all their natural glory.
I consider myself more of a craft person than an artist. I have been making clay creatures since I was in college. I have made multiple garden monsters over the years and have donated many to the Arts Council for the Art Auction. This year I have expanded my horizons a bit and came up with Kodiak Birds. So far I have created this Eagle and a puffin.
Angela Toci is an Alaskan artist and was born and raised on Kodiak Island. Drawing inspiration from her love of the ocean and nature she often uses sea water in her paintings to infuse a little bit of Alaska into her artwork. Her original pieces are also available in the form of art print, greeting card or vinyl sticker.
I come from a long line of quilt makers 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.
Several years ago, I was fortunate to attend a relief printing workshop with Evon Zerbetz. After that, my work changed dramatically. If I was going to incorporate my own printed images into my quilts, I wanted to print on fabric that I dyed myself, so I taught myself how to dye. My pieces often incorporate embroidery, beads, and a variety of fiber embellishments.
I have had a piece juried into Earth, Fire, and Fiber at the Anchorage Museum, and the Kodiak History Museum received a Rasmuson grant to purchase four pieces for their permanent collection.
Born and raised in Alaska, I get my inspiration from the wild animals that roam throughout the state. I’m Aleut and love to tell stories through my pieces. After a rainy Kodiak winter I have been incorporating bright colors into my work. I’m a relatively new artist and this is my first show. I look forward to creating more pieces in the future.
In my work I strive to tell a story through my experiences and imagination. My creativity and life stories are expressed with coastal marine themes that capture the wild beauty of my home,Alaska.
The medium of encaustic is my material of choice; a blend of molten beeswax, damar crystals, and pigment.
I like: flowers, trees, ravens, sea life, small things often overlooked, unusual ways of seeing, the beauty in things often considered to be ugly — all with oriental touches. I have pursued these items with camera, pencil, watercolor, oil paint, pastels, charcoal, and melted wax. I also like to give these tools a chance to play together and with whatever muse happens by. Then there’s the sharing with an audience: this sharing somehow completes a circuit.